PLAINVILLE â€“ The Wheeler Regional Family YMCA will host Southington Community Theatreâ€™s production of Godspell Sept. 10 and 11.
The musical is based on the Gospel of Matthew which tells the story of how the teachings of Jesus Christ led to the building of a community. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the gymnasium of the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA at 149 Farmington Ave. The production features 15 adult performers as well as 8 children, ranging in age from 5 to 15.
Mary Perlini, business manager with the Wheeler Regional YMCA is a board member of Southington Community Theatre as well as the producer of the show and a performer. She said that with the covid-19 protocols that schools have in place, Southington Community Theatre sought a different venue to put on the show. Since the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA stepped up, Southington Community Theatre will be showing their thanks with a donation to the Yâ€™s annual campaign.
â€śThis is the first time we have been able to put on a play since 2019,â€ť said Perlini. â€śThe cast has been rehearsing three or four times a week since July and the excitement is palpable. We have an amazing cast with an amazing energy and spirit; itâ€™s going to be an awesome show.â€ť
Perlini thanked Amanda Savio, president of Southington Community Theatre, for working to keep the group engaged with the community during the pandemic.
â€śTheater took a big hit last year,â€ť said Perlini. â€śNo one was able to do anything, not even Broadway.â€ť
Southington Community Theatre adapted by hosting more than 40 â€śquarantineâ€ť performances via Zoom and a pre-recorded Christmas concert last year.
Perlini said that she believes that people will enjoy the Theatreâ€™s production of Godspell.
â€śThe music will be familiar to a lot of people, since the musical was adapted into a film,â€ť said Perlini. â€śPeople are also familiar with the Bible and the Parables of Jesus. Godspell is like a 1970s version of the story of Jesus and his disciples. While the characters of Jesus and Judas remain the same, the people in the cast play themselves.â€ť
Perlini said that different productions of Godspell often put their own twist on the play, with a more famous example incorporating the events of 9/11. Perlini said that the Southington Community Theatre production will be focused on the idea of unity and bringing people together.
â€śItâ€™s about identifying with something bigger than just ourselves,â€ť she said.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. They can be purchased by visiting southingtoncommunitytheatre.org, stopping in to the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA., Plainville or The Music Shop at 405 Queen St., Southington or Just For You Gift Shoppe at 979 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.