Godspell Musical Performance at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 23 2000

Godspell Musical Performance at Concord, April 13, 14, 15, with Special Matinee on April 16

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College’s performing arts students proudly present Godspell, a musical based on the gospel according to St. Matthew. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, Godspell includes music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Songs from the show include Day by Day, By My Side, and We Beseech Thee. Ann Grace Lile, professor of Fine Arts at Concord College, directs the musical. "I became interested in the theatre when I was 12-years old," commented Lile. "I enjoy theatre and performing, and feel fortunate to have this position at Concord. I also feel fortunate to live in this area. The people in Athens remind me of the friendly Texans I grew up with. And, besides, it’s gorgeous here!"

"I chose Godspell," continued Lile, "because I have liked the music and the show since the early 70s. The show is difficult because the entire cast is on stage the entire show. It’s a high-energy show, not like a ‘book’ musical, where characters have limited performances."

Company members include Concord students Cindy Boyce, Kahlil Joseph, Robert Moore III, Aaron Brakefield, Karen Atha, Heather Comer, Steven Fenton, Wendy Hendrick, Lance Parks, and Beth Sampson. The performance will be held in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Art Center, April 13, 14, and 15 at 8:00 p.m., and April 16 at 2:15 p.m.

Ticket prices for the 8:00 p.m. performances are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for senior citizens, and $2.00 for non-Concord students. Concord students, faculty, and staff will be admitted free to the 8:00 p.m. performances.

Sunday Matinee is a fundraiser

A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, April 16, as a fund-raiser for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. Ticket prices for the Sunday matinee will be $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $2 for all students. Free or complimentary tickets will NOT be honored at the Sunday matinee performance.

Reservations may be made by calling the box office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 1-304-384-5101. Additional information can be requested by calling the same number.


Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the College’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Emily Myers, a student in Concord College’s Communication Arts Department wrote this press release.