Second Musical of the 2017 Season Builds a Beautiful City at Stage 9

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Hutchinson, Kan. – September 21st –October 1st, 2017, the magical retelling of the Gospel of Saint Matthew comes to Stage 9. Prepare Ye, for Godspell (2012 Revised Version) is a timeless musical that is sure to thrill audiences night after night.

Godspell (2012 Revised Version) is the dramatic retelling of the Gospel story in the most childlike manner. In Godspell (2012 Revised Version), the audience will find themselves drawn into each story as this ensemble of performers starts to create a community within itself. Each from a different walk of life, containing their own stories, eventually coming together in the end to create a “Beautiful City”. With many well-known tunes from the original, such as “Day by Day”, “All Good Gifts”, and “Prepare Ye!”, Godspell (2012 Revised Version) is sure to enthuse and delight Stage 9 audiences of all ages!

Godspell (2012 Revised Version) is a powerful musical and a testament to what can happen when a group of people bond together as an ensemble. This small company will help Jesus tell different parables from the bible in many different ways, with multiple storytelling techniques and games, and is sure to be loaded with plenty of comedic timing. Another classic arrives in the 2017 season at Stage 9.

This incredibly successful rock opera needs very little of an introduction. It speaks for itself. When it was first produced on Broadway in 1971, it became the leader in stage treatment of Jesus Christ. Stephen Schwartz’s (Wicked and Pippin) ground-breaking musical Godspell has been updated in a new production that premiered on Broadway in 2012. Stage 9 is pleased to be one of the first theatres in the area to revisit this classic musical with a fresh look. All of the musical’s major hit tunes remain in this eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville. This powerhouse of a musical comes full circle with the equally talented actors:

Jesus: Joshua Hall
Judas/John the Baptist: Seth Svaty
Community Members: Andrea Acker, Callie Atkins, Melissa Desemo, Jordan Gajewski, Piper Harding, Katelyn Nevins, Peytan Phemister, and Steven Rousey

This musical is infused with Jesus‘ messages of kindness, tolerance and love. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Do not miss this powerhouse as it takes the stage. 

Stage 9, is located at 9 S. Main in Hutchinson. Performances for Godspell (2012 Revised Version) are September 21 - 24 and September 28 – October 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., and September 24 and October 1, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for ages 8-14. Children must be eight years old to attend Stage 9 productions. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at as well as at Apron Strings, located at the intersection of Sherman and Main Street in downtown Hutchinson. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door the night of the performance. 

All seating is general admission. The house opens at 7 p.m. for evening performances and 1:30 p.m. for matinees. Stage 9 seats 85 people and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To check availability of seating, please contact Stage 9 by email at or by phone at 316-350-PLAY (7529).

For more information about Godspell (2012 Revised Version) or to schedule interviews with the director, cast and/or crew, contact Charles Johnston at 646-628-4353

Godspell (2012 Revised Version) is presented with special arrangement with Musical Theatre International, Inc.

Stage 9’s mission is to excite minds, move hearts, and change lives through theatrical performance, arts education, and live entertainment in Hutchinson, Reno County, and south central Kansas.  A 501(c)3 organization, Stage 9 strives to produce quality entertainment and provide opportunities for artistic expression, specifically focused on ages 18 and up.  At home at 9 S. Main in downtown Hutchinson, Stage 9’s 2017 Season features Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rebecca Feldman, a musical comedy about an eclectic group of pubescent spellers, Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple (Female Version) pitting polar opposite roommates, a staged reading of The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman that examines the tragedy of the murder of Matthew Shepard, the groundbreaking musical Godspell by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz, a loose retelling of the Gospel story,  Stage 9’s haunting annual fundraiser Talking Tombstones, and the romantic tales of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine.

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