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Concord University Theatre To Present ‘Godspell’

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 01 2019


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University 

Office of Advancement 

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ATHENS, W.Va. –  Concord University’s Theatre Department will present a production of “Godspell” on April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7 p.m. and on April 14 at 2 p.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s H.C. Paul Theatre.

“Godspell” is a vibrant and energetic retelling of the Gospel of Matthew. Concord’s rendition was written by John-Michael Trebalak and features music composed by Stephen Schwartz. Produced in cooperation with Music Theatre International, this dynamic, high-spirited production reflects the culture of the American 1960s and 1970s.

“I have been honored to direct this production,” states the play’s director and theatre professor, Karen Vuranch. “Using song and dance and a contemporary setting, Christ and his Apostles tell the parables, teaching love and tolerance.” Although the story moves inevitably toward the crucifixion, Vuranch states that it also defines community and Christ’s teachings in an upbeat way.

CU’s theatre department will perform the classic 1970s version of the musical that is filled with upbeat, folk rock music. Vuranch says, “The music is really, really memorable. Every song is fun, engaging, and will get the audience to clap and sing along.” She also explains that in early productions of the play, people who portray the disciples would use clown faces. For Concord’s production however, the disciples will wear different colored scarfs.

The production has resonated with its cast members, as they have begun to apply the underlying themes of endearment and congregation of the play to their lifestyles. “From the beginning, we talked about the importance of community and these students really took the lessons of the play to heart. I am very proud of our Concord University students who have participated in this play,” continues Vuranch.

She adds that while some of the actors and actresses are theatre and music majors, others have diverse backgrounds, such as psychology, biology, and education.  “But, the thread that draws them together is their talent and their commitment,” she said. “This is a beautiful production and will move anyone who comes to see it.”

Trevor Darago, a Concord freshman, will play the lead role as Jesus Christ. This will be Darago’s second play performance at Concord. He explains how the play is freely written. “There’s less stage direction and less structure. It’s kind of do as you please, so we’re having to come up with our own visions for the show,” he said.

The cast also includes Caleb Zopp as Judas, and Karissa Bowden, Tiffany Dillon, Kendall Hamons, Brooke King, Kristen Knight, Corey Lucas, and Kaley Morris as apostles. The choir will be composed of Cassidy Hicks, Michael McGrady, and Victoria Schaefer Hicks.

Admission to the musical is free for Concord students, faculty and staff with a valid Concord ID. General admission is $5.

To obtain tickets for this event, visit or call 304-384-5101 for reservations. Tickets must be claimed 15 minutes prior to showtime at the Concord University Box Office, located in the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Cash payments will be accepted for this event. Without reservations, guests will be granted admission on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about the production, contact the Concord University Box Office at 304-384-5101 or sends e-mail), or Karen Vuranch at 304-384-5259 or sends e-mail)


This press release was written by Concord University students Ashley Workman and Daniel Smith. Workman is a senior majoring in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is from Charleston, W.Va. Smith is majoring in Communication Arts with a Journalism emphasis. He is a senior and his hometown is Richwood, WV.



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