Godspell

Director: Jan Smith
Music Director: Sheryl Wise
Producer: Angel Palmer

Show dates: 
October 25, 26, November 1, 2, 2019 – 8pm
October 27, November 3, 2019 – 2:30pm

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Director's Notes:

I’m very honored that you have chosen to join us for Zanesville Community Theatre’s production of Godspell.  One of my greatest joys is working with some very fine veteran stage actors, as well as bringing in fresh new talented actors.

Godspell is, and has always been, very special to me. As my first lead character, way back when, I have either played Judas or Jesus in three different productions.  This is also my third time directing this wonderful stage musical.  It is not only a show with a great message, it is also a lot of fun for the audience members as well as the cast. 

And what a cast they have been! They are not only fine performers, singers, and dancers, they have also brought such personality to each of their characters.  Man, did I get lucky! I have a producer extraordinaire, an award winning costume designer, an exceptional musical director/ choreographer, and there is no stopping the amount of talent my cast members bring to this stage! Again, so lucky!

Godspell has touched the hearts and minds of audiences for nearly 50 years.  It has been revised for Broadway and road tours 3 times.  Now THAT is what I call longevity.

Please, sit back and enjoy the show and, as always, thank you for supporting the arts.

Jan Smith

Cast and Staff Bios

Jared Gantzer (Stephen/Jesus)

When I was asked to play the role of JESUS in ZCT’s production of Godspell, I was both excited and scared, to say the least.  Being able to participate in a show that centers itself around love, forgiveness and community has been a great experience.  Those three things, it seems, are often in short supply and I really liked the idea of being able to share them on the stage.  I knew right away that this show was going to be a special one.  From our very first rehearsal, it was clear that everyone involved was excited and ready to go all in to make this the best show we could.  We had some long rehearsals where we would sing, dance, jump, run a scene, dance some more and then run the scene again.  We were tired, sore and covered in sweat.  Everyone worked really hard, but it never seemed like work to me.  Not even once.  I felt like I got to come to the theatre three days a week and play with my friends.  I am so proud and feel so lucky to be able to share this experience with this group of people. I got to make new friends, strengthen existing relationships, and share the stage with the love of my life.  You can’t ask for more than that.  I hope you enjoy our show and take something positive away from it.  Remember, It’s All For the Best!

Zackary Devoll (David /John the Baptist/ Judas)

I blame my parents for getting me involved in the theatre, specifically my mother.  Therefore, I hold no responsibility for my over dramatic actions or spotlight hogging.  I am in my last year at Muskingum University where I study History, Theater, and Education.  I have been the president of our Alpha Psi Omega- National Theatre Honor Society.  In addition to the theatre, I am also a professional clown and magician, which works wonderfully with this style of show!  Theater credits of mine include: Anselmo in Man of La Mancha, Billy Idol in The Wedding Singer, Captain Donovan in TRAP, Theo in Pippin, Self in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Kevin in Bye, Bye Birdie and many more!  As a director, I have directed or assisted (and sometimes choreographed) Murder on the Morning Show, The Omlet Murder Case, Mary Poppins, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Godspell has always had a special place in my heart as a dream musical.  Thank you to my directors, professors, family, and theatre friends like Johanna, Nick, Gavin, and Sydney for helping my improve every day in my craft.  I hope you enjoy the show!

Ashley Scott (Robin)

This team of dedicated individuals has worked and played hard these past few months to bring this story to life.  Being able to create and bring my character to life has been a blessing and a joy.  I have created memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.  It is my sincerest desire that you will be blessed by this adaptation of Godspell.

Becca Wilson (Sonia)

Becca is so excited for you all to join her on this wonderful adventure!  She is 19 and has been seen in Evita, Quilters, City of Angels, High School Musical, and, most recently, starred as Mary Poppins in the Renner’s production of Mary Poppins. She loves being on stage and is now channeling that passion by working with the homeschool youth in Homegrown Players.  When she is not at the theater, you will find her with her friends or singing around the house.

Christy Rahrig (Karen)

Christy is honored to be in this delightful and inspiring show.  Stage credits for the Zanesville Area include: the Angel City Alto in City of Angels, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Bird Girl in Seussical the Musical, Bunny in In-laws, Out-laws, and Other People Who Should Be Shot, Mrs. Merkle in Bye, Bye Birdie, and Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  She was also on the production team for Shrek the Musical and The Lion King, Jr. at The Renner.  While this is her 12th show in Zanesville, Christy is no stranger to the stage, having done over 30 productions in her native northwest Ohio.  Christy also sings in the Greater Zanesville Singers, the St. Nicholas Choir, the St. Nicholas Resurrection Choir, and plays the saxophone in the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band.  Christy is thankful to be doing another show with her husband, Kevin.

Josiah Gross (Lamar)

Josiah is in the 9th grade and is 14 years old.  Aside from theatre, Josiah has a passion for art and animals.  He has been in many shows, with some of his favorite roles being: Mufasa in The Lion King, Jr. and Troy Bolton in High School Musical.  Josiah has had a blast playing the part of Lamar in Godspell and hopes you enjoy the show!

Kevin Rahrig (Herb)

Hello all, Kevin Rahrig here.  This is my fifth show at Zanesville Community Theater with my past two being the Angel City Four Tenor in City of Angels this year, and General Ghengis Kahn Schmitz from Seussical, the Musical in 2018.  Also performing in this show is my wife, Christy, who will always be By My Side.  Now it is time to Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord; hope you enjoy the show and thank you for supporting the arts in Zanesville.

Lura Wallace Brannon (Peggy)

Lura is beyond excited to be in this production!  Not only is this her biggest role in a musical to date, it is the most fun (and exercise) she’s ever had during rehearsals.  The time commitment required has helped her deal with being an empty nester...since her son, Romeo, moved out this summer to attend college at SSU. But her husband (Ben) and dog (Willie) have missed her being at home (at least a little bit).  She is grateful to have been chosen to go on this adventure with this amazing cast and crew and to have the opportunity to spread love and joy.

Minh-Chau Scott (Gilmer)

Minh is a senior at Tri-Valley High School.  She was most recently in: High School Musical, as Gabrielle Montez; in Seussical the Musical, as ensemble; and in Mary Poppins, as Winifred Banks.  She also does competition hip hop at Genesis Dance Academy and volunteers at Genesis Hospital.  She hopes you enjoy the show!

Nate Kearns (Jeffrey)

Nate, a Spanish teacher at Barnesville High School, is making his ZCT debut after a 13-year hiatus from theatre.  He was in several shows in high school (in Northeast Ohio) and college (at Harding University in Arkansas), including Annie, The Sound of Music, State Fair, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph…, and The Music Man.  Nate, his wife KJ, and their 3 daughters (McKinley, Reagan, and Kennedy) live in New Concord and attend Zanesville Community Church.

Sarah Gantzer (Mary)

Sarah is a very active member of the arts community in Zanesville.  She is a board member of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony, Zanesville Memorial Concert Band, as well as Zanesville Community Theater.  She is also the Camp Director for Zanesville Community Theater’s summer camp.  Some of her favorite roles to date have been: Marian in The Music Man, Gerda in The Hollow, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Ulla in The Producers, Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and Alaura in City of Angels. When not on stage or directing, Sarah is a teacher and Literacy Coach for Zanesville City Schools, an elementary Robotics coach, ZHS Drama Club advisor, and the Chorus and Choreography instructor at Movement on Main. She lives in Zanesville with her husband, Jared, and their 5 children. She is so thankful to share in creating this art with her friends and family, as well as the amazing audiences in Zanesville.

Tahnee Kay (Joanne)

Tahnee is so happy you have joined us for our production of Godspell.  Some of her favorite past roles have been: Young Little Edie in Grey Gardens; Doralee in 9 to 5 the Musical; Anne in A Little Night Music, and Pierrot in Oh! What a Lovely War which was performed in The West End.  When not on stage, Tahnee is a stay-at-home mom to her two children.  She would like to thank her friends, family, and husband for all of their love and support.

Jan Smith (Director)

Jan is well known in the community as both an actor and a director for such shows as: Annie,
Annie Get Your Gun, and Godspell. “Annie Get Your Gun”, and “Godspell”.  “Godspell” has a special place in his heart for it’s message of love and redemption.

Jan has been happily married to his wife, Pam, for 37 years.  He has two beautiful daughters, Jenna and Brianna, a great son-in-law, Seth, and some really amazing granddogs who love to spend time with his own special girl, Dior.

When not at the theater, Jan spends his time leading tours at The Wilds and singing with his friend Roger Touvell.

He prays you find the joy in the message of this show!

Sheryl Wise (Musical Director/Choreographer)

Sheryl has been a part of the ZCT family since the late 1970’s.  During that time, she has been on the directing staff of numerous shows.  Some of her favorites include, Noises Off, Hello Dolly, Seussical, and Annie.  She has also enjoyed performing onstage and some of her favorite shows include Sweeney Todd as Mrs. Lovett, Steel Magnolias as M’Lynn, and Little Shop of Horrors as Ronette.

Sheryl has also been seen onstage or as part of the directing staff at Zane Trace Players, Licking County Players, and Cambridge Performing Arts Center. She is semi-retired but continues her passion for education as the drama director as Philo High School.  Sheryl also serves as Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newark and is on the Board of Directors of the Zanesville Concert Association.