ICT kicks off year with ‘Godspell Jr.’

Iola Community Theatre has an exciting 2009-2010 season planned with productions of “Godspell Junior,” “Memories, Dreams and Shadows: A Soldier’s Recollection” and “Nunsense.”
Actors, 18 years and younger, who enjoy clowning, pantomine, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville are invited to audition at 7 p.m. Monday for the Sept. 18, 19 and 20 production of “Godspell Junior.” Those auditioning should enter through the alley door. Richard Spencer is the production’s director.
“Godspell Junior” is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.
The story begins as John the Baptist enters and sings “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” and follows Jesus’ journey and teachings through to the crucifixion.
“Godspell” boasts many well-known songs including “Day By Day,” “Learn Your Lessons Well” and “All Good Gifts.”
The story s based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew with lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz.

RELIVE HISTORY through the music and songs of America’s war times — Civil War through the current turmoil — at ICT’s production “Memories, Dreams and Shadows: A Soldier’s Recollection.”
The “USO” style review of patriotic numbers will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at the Warehouse Theatre, 203 S. Jefferson. Auditions will be Sept. 14 at the Warehouse Theatre.
The show will feature several new songs written by Jan Knewtson, who is also the production’s director.
The show is ICT’s celebration of Iola’s Sesquicentennial.

“NUNSENSE” is sure to lift spirits.
The inspired madness of “Nunsense” takes the audience to a fundraiser being put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken, N.J., to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia .
Updated with new jokes and a brand new song, “Nunsense” will be Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8, 2010, at the Warehouse Theatre. Auditions will be Jan. 4 at the Warehouse Theatre.
These programs are being presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.