Samantha Taylor and Caleb Bunn rehearse a scene from 'Godspell.' The musical opens its two-weekend run at 8 p.m. Friday at McIntyre Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro.

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Samantha Taylor and Caleb Bunn rehearse a scene from 'Godspell.' The musical opens its two-weekend run at 8 p.m. Friday at McIntyre Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro.

Broadway musical arrives in Tarboro

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Having gone from the land of the Bible to Broadway, the musical “Godspell” now makes it way to a theater stage in Tarboro.

The Tar River Players continue its 29th season with a two-week run of the play opening at 8 p.m. Friday in McIntyre Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College, a release says. The musical also will be staged at 8 p.m. Saturday and March 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and March 9.

The performance stars Caleb Bunn as Jesus and John Carson as John the Baptist and Judas Iscariot.

Directed by Dawn Whitehurst, it features music directed by Guyla Evans and choreography by Pat Petruzziello.

“Godspell” is drawn from a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew. The book “Godspell” by John-Michael Tebelak was adapted as a musical by Stephen Schwartz. First performed off-Broadway in 1971, the release says, it moved to the Great White Way in 1976 for a 500-plus-show run. It also has seen Broadway and off-Broadway revivals and a national tour.

The characters are “a rag-tag bunch of individuals who are drawn by the magnetism of Jesus,” Whitehurst said in the release. “(They) then begin to understand him and his teachings and grow into a community which loves and cares for him and for each other.”

“It is a difficult show in that all of the actors are on stage throughout the entire show, acting out the parables, singing and dancing, and that can be very tiring,” she said.

The other members of the cast are Chad Farrar, Newman Jones, Faith Mae Kiser, Pat Petruzziello, Alison Rhodes, Aaron Riggs and Coley Sykes, all of Tarboro, Jess and Sam Gaul, both of Bethel, and Samantha Taylor of Pinetops.

Available at the door, tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students or groups of 10 or more.

The auditorium is in the college’s McIntyre Building. The college is at 2009 W. Wilson St.