Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Godspell Opens This Friday in Rockaway

With a great cast, including many of your NYC teacher colleagues. Also a great set designed by Director (and NYC teacher) Frank Ciaiti. Below the graphic is my recent piece in The Wave which focused on the cast.
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Top to Bottom and Left to Right... John Panepinto, Renee Steadman, Chazmond Peacock, Matthew Smilardi, Stephen Ryan, Matt Leonen, Michelle Ricciardi, Nicole Mangano, Karen Mascolo. Not pictured: Jacqueline Samaha.
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Sep 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Sep 13, 2014 8:00 pm

Sep 14, 2014 2:00 pm

Sep 19, 2014 8:00 pm

Sep 20, 2014 8:00 pm

Sep 21, 2014 2:00 pm

Sep 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Sep 27, 2014 8:00 pm

Sep 28, 2014 2:00 pm

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Left to Right .. Nora Meyers (Stage Manager) , Kimberly Simek (Assistant Director), Frank Caiati (Director), Gabrielle Mangano (Choreographer) , Jeffrey and Heather Arzberger (Musical Directors)
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Memo From the RTC: The Road to Godspell – The Cast



I popped into a rehearsal of Godspell at the RTC – the set is magnificent but if I reveal details I’d have to kill you – and had a chance to talk to some of the cast, led by Matt Smilardi as Jesus and John Panepinto playing dual roles as John the Baptist and Judas. Well, actually, Matt and John were doing other things so I didn’t speak to them but I did to Renee Steadman, Jackie Samaha, Michelle Ricciardi and Stephen Ryan, all of whom are playing Jesus disciples. “When my friends ask me what the show is about, it’s the parable of Jesus before the crucifixion set to rock music. Right, that’s normal,” said Michelle, making her RTC debut. The show is “carefree and vampy”, said Renee, also an RTC first-timer. Jackie thinks the music is great and loves how everyone works together. Steve, who has never seen the show, which is based on book of Matthew, is excited at Gabrielle Mangano’s choreography. “Gabby is no joke,” he said, “there are pyramids, cheerleading stuff, jumping on and off sets during dancing. If you can’t do it – well, we’re expected to do it.” Director Frank Caiati has staged a very fast moving show. Each character get to do a solo that enhances the parable – with the support of the rest of the cast singing 4 or 5 part harmony. The songs provide the flow of show. And Frank is encouraging the actors to ad lib. “We have freedom and space to act,” said Steve. “So if I came to see show on a Friday – it might be a bit different the next day,” I asked? They all nodded their heads.



I’ll try to catch up with the rest of the cast– Chazmond J. Peacock, Matt Leonen, Karen Mascolo and Nicole Mangano – in a follow-up interview in future columns.



Godspell runs at the Rockaway Theatre Company Sept. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8:00pm and Sept. 14, 21, 28 at 2:00pm. Tickets can be ordered by calling 718-374-6400 or by visiting www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

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