GUNTERSVILLE — With near capacity crowds, The Whole Backstage Theatre, with season sponsor Sonny Lewis, opened its winter production of “Godspell” this past weekend.

“Godspell”, directed by John Davis Rollings and Diane DuBoise, centers around a small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

“Godspell” was written by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and was conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak.

There are four performance left and tickets are going fast. Performances that remain are on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. and the final showing on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

As an added benefit, show-goers are encouraged to arrive early on Thursday and Sunday to enjoy a soup dinner prior to the show. For a minimum donation of $5, they will receive a bowl of homemade soup, cornbread, a dessert and a drink. No reservations are required for the soup supper.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 256-582-7469 during regular business hours. Regular business hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday—Friday.

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