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Caldwell Students Performing in Musical Theatre Workshop

Caldwell, N.J., April 16, 2019 – The Caldwell University Musical Theatre Workshop presented the classic play Godspell on Friday, April 12. Produced by Music Faculty, Dr. Laura Greenwald, the Caldwell cast and crew brought to life the production that is based on the Gospel of Matthew and had worldwide popularity in the 1970s.

Warren Helms was musical director and on piano; Dan Yates, was stage director; Tim Metz was on bass and John Piepoli was a percussionist.  The cast featured Caldwell students Lisette Guiracocha, Andrea Gutierrez, David Iarkowski, Keith Kyewalabye, Jessica Lopez, Lauren Mann, Jennifer Montejo, Maria Tavarez and Osayewere “Rae” Uyinmwen. Billy Yates played Jesus.

Uyinmwen said it was a tremendous joy to be part of Godspell’s cast. “There is something so rewarding about being able to help share this show’s beautiful message.”

Mann said that in the days leading up to the performance she could “not bottle up her excitement.” She was thrilled to be a part of the cast as they showcased the culmination of their hard work.

Audience members in the Alumni Theatre were joyfully clapping and singing, some dancing in their seats as they recalled the music and lyrics that were created by Stephen Schwartz in 1971.

Greenwald said Godspell is a transformative musical with a positive message. “It has been a blessing to work and sing with these dedicated, talented students and my brilliant colleagues, Warren Helms and Dan Yates.”

The original cast album won two Grammys.