Parish musical to fund local charities

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Updated: 10:57 am

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

The storied tradition of the St. Sebastian youth ministry Lenten musical continues with this year’s production of “Godspell” from April 5-7. The performances will be in the Holy Cross Academy gymnasium on the St. Sebastian campus in Ross Township.

The cast features teens from nine local parishes and 11 high schools. Donations will benefit Project HOPE and the diocesan mission in Chimbote, Peru. The musical raises at least $30,000 per year.

The production rotates biblically-based musicals every four years — “Godspell,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and a “wild card.” But while the titles are repeated, the productions follow different themes each time.

The musicals have been directed by Craig Kreutzer for the past 21 years. The production’s roots stem from the early 1970s when Dr. John Brungo and his late wife, Corrine, got together with then-Father Paul Bradley (now bishop of Kalamazoo, Michigan) to organize a benefit to fight world hunger. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” became the first musical under the present format in 1975. Corrine served as director for some 25 years.

Performance times will be April 5 at 7:30 p.m., April 6 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. There is no cost for admission, but donations are accepted. Cast members will explain the mission of the production during intermission. For information, call youth minister Katie Dorman at 412-364-8999, ext. 8520. 

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