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12. Cotton Patch Gospel

Book by Tom Key & Russell Treyz

Music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin

Based on the book “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan

 

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois


Cast (In Alphabetical Order)

Breanna Behrman (Narrator, Angel) 

Doug Brinkman (John the Baptizer, Andy)

Bob Ecker (Simon (Rock), Dr. Caiphas)

Gregg Irwin (Director, Joe, Disciple)

James Irwin (Narrator, Ensemble)

Stacy Irwin (Choreographer, Asst. Director)

Brayden Kinzler (Narrator, Ensemble)

Bette Dale Moore (Musical Director, Mary)

Ian Perry (Young Jesus

Jodi Perry  (Narrator, Ensemble)

Jonathan Perry (Matthew, Jud)

Adam Watkins (Narrator, Jesus)

Jodie Watkins (Ensemble)

Michelle White (Narrator, Satan)


The Band:

Katrina Pearce (Fiddle)

Dennis Stokes (Mandolin)

Chris Williams (Guitar)

Sign Language Interpreters

Janeale McClees

Twila Murford

Ruth Morrison

Veva Tesch

 

Production Crew

Director:.................................................................... Gregg Irwin

Assistant Director / Choreographer ........................... Stacy Irwin

Musical Director............................................... Bette Dale Moore

Set Manager:......................................................... Bill Henscheid

Technical Director / Program Design.................... Jonathan Perry

Costume Designer / Stage Manager: ............... Tracey Calascione

Sound: ................................................................................. Drew

Lighting: .................................................................. Lavar Rivers

Spot Lights.......................................................... Dorraine Denny

 

Nampa Civic Center Staff

Bill Stephans.................................................................... Director

 

 

Synopsis

The Time:      Not too long ago

The Place:      Rural Georgia

The Story:     A boy named Jesus is born to a virgin mother and brings a message of Love to the world through his teachings and personal sacrifice. Sound familiar?


Director’s Note:

 

I first saw ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’, with my father, about 20 years ago. It was playing in a small theatre of no more than 200 seats, and the cast was only a few feet from the front row of the audience. My father and I both loved the music of Harry Chapin, one of America’s greatest songwriters and storytellers, which is what drew us to this show we had never heard of. We didn’t know what to expect, but we were excited; which might be how you feel right about now.

 

As you may have guessed, this is a bible story; but it’s not just a show for “church folks”. It doesn’t matter where you attend, or if you even go to church at all. Whether you came for the story, the music, because you know somebody in the show, or just because the tickets where cheap, we’re glad you’re here.

 

I can’t tell you what this show will mean to you, but I can tell you that I have never forgotten the feeling I got when I watched this show. The actor’s passion; the humor, words, and music; and the message behind it have stayed with me all these years. And I found out it wasn’t just me. My dear friend Jonathan Perry also saw the show when he was younger, was touched by it, and like me, he never forgot it.

 

Now, Jonathan and I get to experience the show again, albeit from a different perspective. This time, we’ll be watching it through your eyes.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

Gregg Irwin

Musical Numbers

 

Act I

Somethin’s Brewin’ in Gainesville

I Did It / Mama is Here

It Isn’t Easy

Sho “Nuff

Turn It Around

When I Look Up

Ain’t No Busy Signals / Spitball

Blind Date

Goin’ to Atlanta

 

Act II

Are We Ready?

We Gotta Get Organized

We’re Gonna Love It While It Lasts

Jubilation

Dangerous Man

Jud

Thank God For Governor Pilate

One More Tomorrow

I Wonder