Summer may be overall slow, but Highwood Theatre is gearing up for two student musical productions.
First, there’s “Godspell” – this year’s Musical Theatre Intensive program for seventh through 12th graders.
The show, with concept and book by John Michael Tebelak and music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, brings vaudevillian elements and diverse musical styles to a contemporary take of the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Henry Gottfried, an actor who appeared in the first national tour of “Bright Star” and the TV production of “Peter Pan Live!” is directing.
“This seemed like a stretch of the muscles,” he said.
It’s also new for Gottfried to be directing kids this age.
“But young actors are pretty gung-ho” he said. “Because this is summer camp, these kids have chosen to be there.”