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TWO GARNET VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE IN 'GODSPELL' AT THE MEDIA THEATRE
The Media Theatre revitalizes the classic musical
“Godspell” now through August 27. The show, with music by Stephen Schwartz and
a book by John Michael Tebelak, features a cast of children, teens, and adults
as the followers of Jesus while they humorously act out his parables from the
Book of Matthew.
Hannah Brady, age 12, plays one of the Disciples.
She is from Garnet Valley, and will be attending the 7th grade at
the Middle School there this fall.
She did her first show at The Media Theatre
several years ago when she appeared in “Velveteen Rabbit Christmas”, and has
been in almost every other children’s show produced there since that time. She
was also in the 2016 summer musical “School of Rock”. She’s also been in school
plays and was cast as a supporting role in an independent film, “Reins of Hope”.
She is currently involved with two more film projects, which are a pilot tv
series and a horror movie.
Of the show “Godspell”, Hannah says, “It’s
everyday people getting together to forget today’s world and to experience
something different, while sharing the virtues of faith, hope, and love. In
this production, they connect as a team to learn how to put down the electronics
and work together.”
“The musical appeals to all ages, background, and
religions,” she explained. “It’s a learning experience. You put away what’s not
important and just focus on each other, with friendship and love.”
Her favorite song in the show is “All For The Best”.
“That song acknowledges the fact that some people don’t want to work for what
they get,” she said.
She likes the message of “Godspell”. She said, “It’s
heartwarming and real. It’s a quest to connect with others and to show that
there is much good in the world if we just try to find it.”
Another cast member is Lauren Saddic, also a
Disciple. She’s 12, and also attends Garnet Valley Middle School in the 7th
grade, but lives in Glen Mills. She’s been in “Into The Woods”, “Annie”, and
two productions of “The Jungle Book”.
Lauren said, “The show is about God and Jesus,
basically, but on a wider scale it’s about life’s lessons. It calls out to all
religions, and even if you don’t believe in God at all the show teaches you to
make the right choices and to be a good person.”
Lauren’s favorite parable in the production is
about The Rich Man and Lazarus. “This talks about when you do something bad you
will receive the consequences for your wrongs. It reminds you that when you
make the right decisions you receive the benefits.”
“The musical is a lot of fun,” she said. “You
learn while you watch.”
“Godspell” at The Media Theatre is directed by Roger Ricker,
with music direction by Ben Kapilow. Austy Hicks plays the role of Jesus. For
tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org