Actors rehearsing for dinner theater production of ‘Godspell’


Tribune Staff Reports

The cast of Jackson County Community Theatre’s dinner theater production of “Godspell” is busy rehearsing for the upcoming shows.

Dinner shows are at 6 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at The Pines Evergreen Room along U.S. 31 south of Seymour. Reservations are required. Tickets are available online at or by calling 812-358-5228.

A non-dinner show will be at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16, and tickets may be reserved through the website or calling. Unsold tickets will be available at the door.

In the 1970s hit musical, Jesus uses parables to teach his rag-tag group of common folks how to live and love as they form into a community of his followers with dance and 1970s-era music (often with Biblical lyrics) and more than a little silliness in his method.

Beginning in 1971, “Godspell” had successful runs on and off Broadway and in theaters all over the world. It was made into a movie in 1977 (the year of its debut at JCCT).

“Day by Day” was the most successful song in a commercial sense, but people will enjoy the lively songs, such as “O Bless the Lord, My Soul,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “By My Side,” “On the Willows,” “Learn Your Lessons Well”and many more.

The part of Jesus will be played by Kyle Ronchetto. Tom Franke will play John the Baptist and Judas. The other followers of Jesus, who use their own first names in the cast, are Addison Bumbleburg, Lucy Horton, Elyse McGill, Evan Rohlfing, John Rohlfing, Brinna Sharp, Stephanie Strothmann, Corlette Waller and Paul Keller. The cast members are a heterogeneous mix of ages, JCCT veterans and newcomers, men and women.

Joel McGill (stage director), Dick Parman (music director), Georgiann Coons (vocal coach) and Katrina Hardwick (choreography) form the directing team. Sarah McGill is production manager. Band members are Georgiann Coons and Sherri Massengale (keyboards), Dick Parman (guitar), Sarah DeCamp (bass) and Ron Duncan (drums).

This will be JCCT’s 39th dinner theater in cooperation with The Pines Evergreen Room.

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