HYT celebrates community with 'Godspell'

Come sing about love, enjoy all good gifts, and learn your lessons well with the Heights Youth Theatre’s (HYT) production of Stephen Schwartz’s classic “Godspell,” opening Friday, Jan. 20. The show is appropriate for all ages.

As told through a variety of games, storytelling techniques, music and dance, the parables of Jesus Christ come to life in this modern take on a timeless tale of loyalty, friendship and love. The show focuses on building communities through sharing joy, music and stories with others.

“Godspell” is directed by Cleveland Heights resident Eugene Sumlin, with music direction by Stacy Bolton, and comprises 40 young actors in grades five through 12. Lead cast members  include Avery Pope as Jesus and Spencer Skok as John the Baptist/Judas. Jack Ina is the production’s stage manager.

HYT has a rich 64-year history in the Heights, offering kids year-round opportunities to hone their theatrical skills and entertain audiences.

“Godspell” will be presented at the Monticello Middle School auditorium, 3665 Monticello Blvd.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20 and 27, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 21 and 28, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 22 and 29, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission; $9 for seniors and children under 6. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office, which opens 45 minutes prior to each show. For more information, visit www.heightsyouththeatre.org.  For group seating information, call 216-410-7500.

Founded in 1954, HYT produces three to four complete musicals each year, offering kids and families an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the theatrical arts. HYT’s goal is to make theater affordable and accessible to people of all incomes and backgrounds in a nurturing environment that encourages social and emotional growth.

Pamela Fine

Pamela Fine is executive director of Heights Youth Theatre.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:23 AM, 01.03.2017