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Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Berkshire Theatre Group, Pittsfield, MA
August 7th to September 4th, 2020
EXTENDED through September 20th, 2020
Director: Alan Filderman
Music Director: Andrew Baumer
Choreographer: Gerry McIntyre
Scenic Designer: Randall Parsons
Lighting Designer: Matthew E. Adelson
Costume Designer: Hunter Kaczorowski
Assistant Costume Designer: Elivia Bovenzi Blitz
Sound Designer: Nathan Leigh
Associate Sound Designer: Jeffrey Salerno
Audio Engineer: Kaique De Souza
Percussion: Jacob Fanto
Guitar: Dave Brown
Production Stage Manager: Jason Weixelman
Assistant Stage Manager: Corey Cavenaugh
Production Assistant: Caroline Stamm
Starring: Nicholas Edwards, Alex Getlin, Najah Hetsberger, Kimberly Immanuel, Tim Jones, Isabel Jordan, Emily Koch, Hannah Kochzela, Brandon Lee, Dan Rosales, Michael Wartella, Zach Williams
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Photo Credits: Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware
Godspell 2020
Godspell 2020

Berkshire Theatre Group's production of Godspell (August 2020). The first Actors Equity Association approved musical since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exterior of the Tent
Exterior of the Tent

The production was done in an outdoor tent. All major components of the lighting and sound design were to be set up and struck daily to account for wear and tear from the elements.

The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion

The crucifixion was challenging as the actors could not touch each other. They ended up repeating their gesture from the beginning of the show while Nicholas Edwards reacted at center. The lighting design (by Mathew E. Adelson) and score helped to enhance the moment.

Godspell 2020
Godspell 2020

Berkshire Theatre Group's production of Godspell (August 2020). The first Actors Equity Association approved musical since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Winner of Broadway World's 2020 Best of the Decade Awards

Best Sound Design - Nathan Leigh

Best Production of a Musical

Best Ensemble 

Best Director of a Musical - Alan Filderman

Best Lighting Design - Matthew E. Adelson

Best Set Design - Randall Parsons

Reviews

"But they sing with clarity, conviction and a radiant gratitude for the chance to be there." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"This “Godspell” isn’t just the folksy, feel-good take on the New Testament that first appeared off-Broadway in 1971. It’s a clarion call of the times, COVID and all. As is. Now." - Dan Dwyer, The Berkshire Edge

"As we took our seats for the start of the show, “This Train Is Bound for Glory,” sung by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, was piped through the large tent. It caused me to hope that our train to glory will finally leave this pandemic station."- Lindsay Chessare, America Magazine


 

Working on Godspell was a truly unique blessing at an incredibly challenging time. 

We all are aware of how different Summer of 2020 was for most theatre folk. I was no different, finding myself unemployed, and searching for purpose when there were no theater's producing work. All of my contracts had been cancelled. Then one day in early July, my friend, and fellow Sound Designer Nathan Leigh, messaged me. Berkshire Theatre Group had begun getting national press about how they were going to produce the first Equity approved show since the beginning of the pandemic. Nathan was unable to