Remember that time Jesus Christ was in Pike Place Market? He bought a bunch of kale and a banana. He one-handed a salmon. It was in all the papers. If that event has slipped from memory Taproot Theatre's production of "Godspell" will probably shake the cobwebs loose."Godspell" continues with five shows a week through Aug. 15. Wednesday and Thursday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. Saturday matinees have a 2 p.m. curtain.
Set in contemporary Seattle, and landed in Pike Place Market, Taproot's lively and exuberant version of the iconic play sings and dances across the stage with fire and verve. Directed by Karen Lund, and backed by a talented crew, this version of the 1971 Off-Broadway hit celebrates eternal truths of the spirit, and summer in the Emerald City.
Mark Lund designed the sets, and Beth Orme choreographs the movement. The specific fight choreography is taught by Matt Orme. Andrew Duff handles the lights and Nanette Acosta dresses the cast.
The cast is a talented one indeed. Ryan Childers handles the challenging dual role of Judas and John the Baptist. Mr. Childers is a veteran of the Seattle stage scene in general and Taproot Theatre in particular. He trod the Taproot boards in "Le Club Noel" during the Holiday season of 2013. Earlier that same year he appeared in Taproot's production of "The Whipping Man." He was also prominently featured in 2012's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol."
Mike Spee steps into the role of Jesus. Mr. Spee played the titular role in "Dick Whittington and His Cat" (as Dick Whittington, not the cat) for Seattle Children's Theatre in 2014. He was also named as a local "person to watch" during the Seattle Critics Choice Award season in 2013.
Katherine Jett leads a talented group of featured players appearing in "Godspell." The Shakespearean trained actress played Halina in "Starling" for the Confrontational Theater Project. She also performed a well-received Anne in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," for Seattle Shakespeare Company in 2011.
Tickets for "Godspell" are $20-$40 depending on the patron's choice of seat and performance. The less expensive seats can be found on Wednesday nights and for the Saturday matinees. Seniors and students receive a $5 discount. Tickets may be reserved on the Taproot website, or by calling 206.781.9707.
Taproot's Jewell Theatre is located at 204 North 85th St, in Seattle. Paid parking is available in the Chase Bank lot, closest to the theatre. Complimentary parking is provided by Bank of America, and the shared lot for the Department of Licensing and All That Dance.