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"Godspell" a hit

July 30, 2012 - Mike Donahey
“Godspell” ended its run July 28 at the Martha Ellen Tye Playhouse.

Those who did not attend the Marshalltown Community Theater’s production of the popular play missed a good show. My better half and I attended and we’re glad we did.

Energetic, fun, joyful and inspirational are a few words which I could use in describing the play. In brief, it is is a contemporary version of the New Testament Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

Marshalltown’s Tom La Ville stepped up to the plate to direct with audience and performers better for it. Assisting him was MCT veteran Brenda Morris. MCT fans and others will remember La Ville skillfully directed the compelling and controversial “The Laramie Project” three years ago. La Ville, who retired from Marshalltown High School some time ago, has periodically “unretired” to direct plays he likes and which offer an important message.

The Rev. Craig Luttrell, ministry assistant at Marshalltown’s First United Methodist Church, was exemplary in playing Jesus. Expectedly, much of the action centered around Luttrell, and he didn’t disappoint.

Luttrell said he was recruited to play the role by La Ville, who had directed him years ago in MHS productions. He also said he would consider doing other MCT productions, providing he can work around his demanding FUMC schedule. Also earning kudos was James (JJ) Gummert who played John the Baptist and Judas. It would be remiss not to acknowledge the other performers — a diverse and talented group who were busy acting out many of Jesus’ most well-known parables with spirited singing and dancing.

A good sized-crowd was on hand the final night, which I expect motivated the cast. My wife and I left the Tye Playhouse refreshed — and I know others did too — making the $10 per ticket admission a bargain.



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