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Park Avenue Theater presents 'Godspell Jr.'

Courtesy/Monica Kaplan<br>
The cast of Park Avenue Theater’s “Godspell Jr.” have been practicing “Day by Day” throughout June. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at Park Avenue Theater in Prescott. Front row L-R: Isabel Flores, Rachel Kaplan, Leandra Benson White, Giselle Lewis, Bethany Clesceri. Middle row L-R: Liz Aranda, Samantha Staltari, Sydney Merricks, Sarah McGick, Arie Boelts.
Top Row L-R: Wesley Bradstreet, Sage Taylor, Amariah Ratcliff.

Courtesy/Monica Kaplan<br> The cast of Park Avenue Theater’s “Godspell Jr.” have been practicing “Day by Day” throughout June. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at Park Avenue Theater in Prescott. Front row L-R: Isabel Flores, Rachel Kaplan, Leandra Benson White, Giselle Lewis, Bethany Clesceri. Middle row L-R: Liz Aranda, Samantha Staltari, Sydney Merricks, Sarah McGick, Arie Boelts. Top Row L-R: Wesley Bradstreet, Sage Taylor, Amariah Ratcliff.

Turn Back, O Man and Learn Your Lessons Well in the Beautiful City next weekend as Park Avenue Theater presents "Godspell Jr."

Directed by Joanne Mack Robertson and starring Isabel Flores, Rachel Kaplan, Leandra Benson White, Giselle Lewis, Bethany Clesceri, Liz Aranda, Samantha Staltari, Sydney Merricks, Sara McGirk, Arie Boelts, Wesley Bradstreet, Sage Taylor and Amariah Ratcliff, the show will run Wednesday, June 24-Saturday, June 27.

Robertson said she wanted to do "Godspell Jr." because she believes it to be a great play with some phenomenal music.

"It's a classic as far as musical theater goes," she said. "And it translates well to our stage at Trinity Presbyterian Church."

Having rehearsed for five weeks, Robertson said that while some productions run into bumps in the road, there haven't been any major problems for this production. She said that everyone in the group has been fully committed since the first day.

Further, Robertson said that many of the actors in the play didn't know each other, but she has seen their friendship grow. In an earlier press release, Robertson said that the story is about "community" at its core.

"The play lends itself to community," she said, also noting in the release that it shows "how very different people come together and become friends and followers of Jesus."

Robertson also spoke very highly of the singers and dancers, stating that they are amazingly talented.

But she also mentioned the show's uplifting message, stating that it is a good opportunity to step back and take in a message from the Book of Matthew in a fun and entertaining way. And the show, she said. "continues to be relevant even though it was written 30, 40 years ago."

"Godspell Jr." will be at Park Avenue Theater, located at the corner of Park Avenue and Copper Basin Road in Prescott in the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and under. For more information, email Robertson at tpcjoanne@cableone.net.

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