Acting Out Playhouse to perform Godspell Junior

Performances this weekend at SUNY Orange

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Based on the Broadway musical that inspired a generation, the award-winning Acting Out Playhouse, in conjunction with SummerStar Theatre, will present “Godspell Junior” with two performances planned for Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. at the William and Helen Richards Theatre (formerly Orange Hall Theatre) on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.

The Acting Out Playhouse strives to nurture young, local talent and offers the opportunity for those budding entertainers to perform both mainstream and classic shows on the stage. This summer, the group of 28 Orange County-area performers, ages 5 to 11, are performing Stephen Schwartz’s beautiful musical which revolves around a group of people helping 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. “Day by Day” is by far the most well-known song of the show. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

Under the direction of Terry Odell and musical direction by Mady Odell, each member of this youth ensemble gets a moment to shine. They include Rebecca D’Ambrosio, Stephen D’Ambrosio, Violet Tinnirello, Nathan Dunlavey, Sophie Cresser, Kaden Nagel, Angelina Tuscano, Kayla Wasserman, Paige Manno, Leigha Humphrey, Ciara Kelly, Jack Eubank, Abigail Yurchuk, Charlie Curabba, Lucas Cresser, Logan Nagel, Caelyn Osbern, Lauren Luck, Macy Whipple, Aidan Oehlmann, Julia Vinarub, Isabella Tuscano, Rocco Manno, Michael Kelly, Sienna Battifarano, Kelsi Berghahn, Nathaniel Mero and Madeline Coley.

Preorder tickets for $15 by going to; tickets are also available for $18 at the box office. Small children under 2 on laps are free.

With more than 30 years of experience as a director, dance instructor, performer and vocalist, Terry Odell has combined her special and elementary education experiences with the performing arts to form The Acting Out Playhouse. She created the Playhouse 12 years ago with “Godspell” being her premiere production.

“The Acting Out Playhouse has been thriving in Warwick for the past 12 years because my heart is full of passion for what my staff and I feel is important," she said. "The performing arts and the way we train our students at The Acting Out Playhouse helps to develop incredible skills beyond performing on stage. We have trained young Broadway, film, and off-Broadway artists, and I am so proud of them. I'm just as proud of the students who were afraid to speak up in class, who have speech and developmental delays, not only verbally, but physically and emotionally, and are opening up and feeling more secure about themselves. The Acting Out Playhouse has become an important part of our community and a theatre home to many Orange County kids these past 12 years.”

The newly named William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall is universally accessible. General parking is available in the college parking lot at the intersection of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues.

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