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February 26, 2014

TRP's 'Godspell' opens run Friday

TARBORO — An iconic show that helped define a generation opens a two-week run in Tarboro this week when the curtain rises on the Tar River Players' (TRP) production of "Godspell" in McIntyre Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College.

The second show in TRP's 2013-14 season, "Godspell" made its theatrical debut in the early 1970s – quickly becoming a hit and subsequently a classic.

Based on the New Testament's Gospel of Mark, "Godspell" interweaves Biblical parables with rock-esque musical numbers to tell the story of Jesus and his disciples from their beginnings through the crucifixion.

A crowning production for the Jesus movement of the 1970s – in contrast to the more controversial "Jesus Christ Superstar" of the same era – "Godspell" offers an evening of theatre that makes it as effective today as it was 40 years ago.

"I did it in high school, and it was a magical experience," director Dawn Whitehurst said. "I've never forgotten that, and I've always wanted to direct  'Godspell' to recreate that.

"The music is so good, and the message...well. Inevitably, the cast becomes a family, and that's the true magic."

Therein lies part of the show's allure.

For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.

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