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Port Chester Begins Summer Theater Season

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Performances of “Godspell” are set to open the Port Chester Council For The Arts’ summer theater season this weekend.

The show is a reunion for alumni of all the previous council productions of the popular musical based on the gospel of Matthew. It tells the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of skits and songs set in modern day society. Stephen Schwartz wrote the songs and John-Michael Tebelak wrote the book. Denise Colangelo, executive director for the council, co-directs the performance with her daughter Christina. Cindy Moore returns as musical director.

For tickets to Godspell, call 914-939-3183 or inquire by email . Admission is $18 for general public and $15 for seniors and children 12 and under. The performances will take place at the Girl Scout House, 60 Parkway Drive in Port Chester at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Youth/Teen Theatre production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will take place July 20 and 21. The show is directed by Kelly Budde with musical direction by Cindy Moore. Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the music and Tim Rice wrote the lyrics.

The show tells the Old Testament story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, who finds himself blessed with prophetic dreams. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he’s taken to Egypt where he endures a series of adventures that challenge his spirit and humanity. Eventually his suffering brothers find their way to Egypt groveling at the feet of a stranger, who turns out to be their grown brother Joseph. In the end, he shows them compassion and they reconcile.

The next week, a cast of 82 will take the stage in the Children’s Theatre presentation of “Peter Pan” July 27 and 28 . The show features an original script by Diane Linen, with direction by Julie Colangelo and musical direction by Cindy Moore.

Tickets for both “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Peter Pan,” are $12 general public, $10 for seniors 65 and older and children 12 and under. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunn Performing Arts Center at Rye Country Day School on Cedar Street, Rye.

The Port Chester Council for the Arts is a not-for-profit arts organization based in Port Chester, devoted to developing and providing high quality arts programs for children and adults.

Call 914-939-3183 for more information or visit the council online.

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