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New production comes to Bradenton
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New production comes to Bradenton

Bradenton, FL -- Godspell, an off Broadway hit is being produced by Virtuoso Productions on April 21 - 24 at Christian Retreat. 

Godspell is an award-winning musical with songs written by Stephen Schwartz such as 'Day by Day and Prepare Ye’. 

The musical director for this production is international concert pianist Randy Estelle who went to school with Steven Schwartz! 

This production is an updated version set in a coffee shop with a script still requiring 12 very talented singers and actors. 

The actor who plays Jesus, John Henderson, has a theatrical degree from Palm Beach Atlantic and an extensive performing background from TV shows, theater companies in Nashville, Boston and New York City and touring worldwide with Disney Live and Feld Entertainment; he even portrayed “Caleb” in a recent “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” show in Tampa.

The directors, Jacob Ruscoe, a local school teacher, and Megan Ireland, a stay at home mom, are taking full advantage of the talent that this cast carries. Jeremy “J-Rock” Demers can be found entertaining crowds throughout Sarasota and Bradenton with his rocky rough voice and smooth guitar playing.

As John the Baptist/Judas in Godspell, Jeremy will be using those guitar skills as a bonus feature during a few songs such as “Light of the World” and “Finale”.  

The cast is made up of a menagerie of individuals, the youngest being seniors in high school to teachers themselves, college students to professionals.

Godspell is sure to be not just entertaining but comparable to theaters such as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Asolo.

For more information on obtaining tickets for Godspell visit www.vpaoso.com or call 941-345-7032.

Christian Retreat Auditorium is located on Upper Manatee River Road/Lakewood Ranch Boulevard at 1200 Glory Way Blvd., Bradenton.

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