Sterling Playmakers to stage ‘Godspell’ for our time in need of healing

The updated script comes from the Broadway revival. The show can be enjoyed both live and online.

Sterling Playmakers is proud to present both in-person and virtual performances of Godspell, an uplifting musical about community. Based primarily on the Book of Matthew, Godspell focuses on eight strangers, all from different walks of life, coming together to tell the lessons and parables of Jesus Christ through improvisation, various games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing.

Featuring a score from Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, The Prince of Egypt, Wicked) with various contemporary genres from pop to rock and gospel to vaudeville, this show has made a lasting impression on American musical theater since its New York premiere in 1971 and later film version in 1973. The script Sterling Playmakers will produce comes from the 2011–2012 Broadway revival, which masterfully injects this story with contemporary references and dazzling new music arrangements.

The cast of ‘Godspell’ (left to right from top): Noah Hamadé (Jesus), Joshua Finger (Judas & John the Baptist), Lauren Baker, Courtney Camden, Kate Clark, Chris Gray, Carson Hopkins, Melanie Kurstin, Arista Michelle, Spencer Milligan, Stephen Soares, Kareem Taylor, Ashley Williams.

When the show premiered in 1971, our country was very much divided with the Vietnam War and counterculture movement, which was highly politicized and a moment of social tension in our American history. It feels right to set the show in today’s time as we seem to be in need of healing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the same unresolved social issues.

Our group of strangers will begin the show divided in a black and white world as masked protesters during the pandemic. Through the teachings of Jesus, they learn to come together and build a beautiful city of man, and spread the message of tolerance, compassion, and love.

Godspell runs live for two weekends, with evening performances at 8:00pm on July 29, 30, 31 and August 13 and 14, 2021, and matinee performances at 2:00 pm on July 31 and August 1, 14, and 15, in The Theatre at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls, VA. Tickets for in-person performances are $20 for general admission and are available at or can be purchased at the door.

Streaming performances will be available online from August 11 through September 20, 2021, with household tickets available at for $25. More information about this production of Godspell can be found online at

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided by HIS Sign for the matinee erformance on Saturday, July 31, at 2:00pm

COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed. We follow CDC guidelines and request that for the safety of all patrons, all unvaccinated individuals wear masks. Current detailed guidelines are available here. Additionally, socially distanced seating will be available in parts of the auditorium.


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