(YOUNG ARTISTS ENSEMBLE ALUMNI & FRIENDS) PRESENT
THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Young Artists Ensemble Alumni and Friends will join together to present GODSPELL January 9 - 12, 2014, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and Sunday at 3:00 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, the play is directed by Chelsea Glasner, with Music Direction by Nick Berke and Choreographer by Abby Cluster.
GODSPELL, in its original inception, was creator John-Michael Tebelak's thesis project. He recruited 21 year old Stephen Schwartz to write the music, and the show was performed by their fellow college friends in a 50 seat black box theater. YA4Ever’s production of GODSPELL is not too dissimilar from the original - we too are all students and young working actors singing the same music in a black box theater almost 40 years later.
“GODSPELL has and will stand the test of time,” says director Glasner,
“because of its message of love and community conquering all.” Based
on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved
songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast
performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons
Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn
Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come
humanly and hearteningly to life.
Young Artists Ensemble is an award-winning theatre company for young people that has received many accolades, including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts. Most recently, it received six top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for last year’s Teen Summer Musical CABARET and its Conejo Theatre For Everyone production of THE HOBBIT.
When the Young Artists Ensemble started in 1981 it was a small group performing on a shoestring budget in the back room of a local park. Today it produces an annual Family Theatre Season as well as annual Teen Dramas and Teen Summer Musicals. YAE works to instill a seed of love for the arts in the youth of this community that will continue to grow and blossom throughout their lives. Yearly it provides opportunities for hundreds of kids between the ages of 10 and 19 to perform in well-known musicals and plays, and hosts an annual program that integrates developmentally delayed adults into the theatrical community.
Tickets are only $20 for the center section and $15 for the left and right sections for all ages and can be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or visiting www.yaeonline.com. All wheelchair and handicap companion seats are only $15.
DETAILS FOR CALENDAR LISTINGS
WHAT: GODSPELL, in its original inception, was creator John-Michael Tebelak's thesis project. He recruited 21 year old Stephen Schwartz to write the music, and the show was performed by their fellow college friends in a 50 seat black box theater. YA4Ever’s production of GODSPELL is not too dissimilar from the original - we too are all students and young working actors singing the same music in a black box theater almost 40 years later. Come hear the amazing voices of YAE Alumni and Friends bring this show to life. Only four performances so order today! YA4Ever was designed to support the performing arts and raise money for Young Artists Ensemble
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 9, 10 & 11 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 12 at 3:00
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA
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