Park Production of ‘Godspell’ Holds Audience Spellbound (Photos)

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Godspell Hellertown Park

Photo by Chris Christian

‘Godspell’ cast members perform on the Dimmick Park bandstand stage in Hellertown Friday evening. A second and final performance of the show will be held Saturday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the park.

❗️UPDATE: Saturday evening’s performance is POSTPONED until Sunday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. due to the threat of incoming severe weather.

With temperatures in the 70s and a light breeze blowing through the trees, the weather was nearly perfect for a community production of the musical “Godspell” that was held in Hellertown’s Dimmick Park Friday night, before an audience of several hundred people.

Audience members were kept engaged by the show’s youthful performers, who moved throughout the crowd at times, bringing the action literally right in front of them.

A second and final performance of the musical will be held this evening (Saturday, June 19) at 6:30 p.m. in the park, which is located at Durham Street and Constitution Avenue.

There is no charge for admission, but free will donations will be accepted.

Attendees should bring folding chairs or blankets for seating on the grass, and since the weather forecast includes a chance of showers and thunderstorms around showtime, they may also want to bring raingear and umbrellas. There is no covered seating in the park.

The production is directed by Saucon Valley High School theater director, and is set to be his final musical produced in the district.

First performed off-Broadway in 1971, “Godspell” became a hit as an adaptation of a series of Biblical parables set to popular music.

For more information about “Godspell,” visit the event page for the show on Facebook.

Photos by Chris Christian. For more photos, visit Chris Christian Photography on Smugmug.

Hellertown Borough Council President Tom Rieger, left, talks with Hellertown Police Sgt. John Donato and Mayor David Heintzelman at Friday night’s performance of ‘Godspell.’ The borough has been supportive of the youth-based production and assisted with the logistics of staging the musical in the popular park, as well as with publicizing it to the community.

Throughout the show, cast members bring “Godspell” out into the audience, making the performance interactive.

There is no admission being charged but donations are being accepted on behalf of the organizers of ‘Godspell.’ Pictured above, Nancy Heintzelman–wife of Hellertown Mayor David Heintzelman–and Hellertown Borough Council President Tom Rieger volunteer as donation-takers at Friday evening’s performance in Dimmick Park.

Well-behaved dogs are permitted in Dimmick Park–as long as they are leashed at all times–and a number of attendees brought their pooches along to enjoy the show.

Kennedy Pacchioli of Hellertown sings during the Dimmick Park production of ‘Godspell’ Friday evening.

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