© 2023 Eastwood Uniting Church Musical Society Inc.
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Jesus: Sam Hile
John the Baptist/Judas: Anthony Mason
Jacob: Isaac Owen
Kyle: David Forbes
Brett: Michael Clewes
Joanne: Emma Sedlak
Madeline: Chloe McKenzie
Sonia: Suzanne Chin
Alex: Kathryn Weismantel
Kelly: Rebecca Forbes
The Philosophers: Guy Burge, Michael Clewes, Rachael Foreman, Chloe McKenzie, Isaac Owen, Caroline Reddel , Emma Sedlak, Juliet Smith, Myfanwy Warner, Josh Woodward
Pharisees: Guy Burge , Caroline Reddel, Adam Wilson
On the Willows: Lynn Bock, Cathy Bulfin and Joshua Woodward
Ensemble: Phoebe Atkins, Callista Banks, Belinda Bongers, Simone Caruana, Matthew Cooper, Janette Cosier, Dominique Fisher, Kathy Henson, John Kane, Caryn Kneale, Jeanette Komli, Amelia McCann, Alison Moyes, Melody Newberry, Linda Newman, Megan Reddel, Lyndal Walker, Adam Wilson.
DIRECTOR WENDY COSIER
MUSICAL DIRECTOR ANDREW YAGER
Assistant Musical Director Stephen Lee
Accompanists Sharon Weismantel, Michael Stanbury
PRODUCTION MANAGER KATHERINE SHARPHAM
Production Assistant Megan Willis
CHOREOGRAPHER CLARE BURGESS
CONTINUITY ELAINE GOW
SET DESIGN WENDY COSIER and HOWARD COSIER
STAGE MANAGER PETER DRACAKIS
Assistant Stage Manager Adam Virzi
Stage Construction Crew Howard Cosier, Keith Barry, Peter Fergusson
Stage Performance Crew Brendan McGrath, Beth Virzi, Kieran Gilkes
DECOR LINDA NEWMAN
Decor Team Karen Swancott, Tracey Dick-
WARDROBE BETH VIRZI
LIGHTING WAYNE CHEE
Lighting Operators John Weismantel
MAKE UP DIRECTOR ELIZA ANDREWS
Make Up Assistants Ainsley Burge, Jeni Sistrom, Jeanette Komli, Caryn Kneale, Dominique Fisher
Front of House
House Managers Jessica Lee & Penny Wilson
Publicity Adam Wilson, Anthony Mason & Emma Sedlak
Photography Bronwyn Carroll, Donna Mould & Andrew Yager
Booking Agent Jenny Beddoe
Mail Booking Agent Helen Wilson
Performance Catering Eastwood Uniting Church
Publicity Design Brendan McGrath
We performed Stephen’s re-
About the Show
For further research, John-
This show came to be known as “Godspell” (an Old English word meaning “good news”) – a truly joyful musical that takes many of the liturgical elements of a traditional Church service (hymns, Scripture readings, teachings and even sacraments) and re-
From the Director
Godspell is a surprising show. It is unconventional in its structure; its setting varies from production to production; its songs use the lyrics of traditional hymns and ancient Christian writings, and these are set to music that encompasses rock, folk, gospel, Broadway and jazz.
Audiences are often surprised to find themselves laughing so much during a show that has content that many would describe as “religious”. Perhaps this is (at least in part) because we don’t realise or remember just how surprising Jesus was and is – surprising in what he taught, what he did, who he said he was and what he said he was going to do.
Jesus was and is (among many other things) a radical. His teachings, actions and claims drew both crowds and condemnation. People from all walks of life followed him and had their whole lives changed. Others condemned and persecuted him.
Perhaps for others the distance of time and culture makes the stories seem distant or impersonal. Jesus Christ “turned up” in an obscure village, in a country on the other side of the world more than 2000 years ago. But what if he turned up at a different time and place instead? What if he appeared on a railway station concourse in an obscure suburb in this country, this week? And what if you were there? What would you do? Would you stop to listen? Would you recognise his teaching as something out of the ordinary – personally life-
What if Jesus’ words speak to you today?
I hope that Godspell shows you something new and surprising about Jesus. And after the show, why not pick up the Bible and be surprised by Jesus – for the first time, or once again.