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An Actor's Studio Summer Camp Production



An Actor's Studio Summer Camp Production

Friday, June 24 at 6:00PM
Saturday, June 25 at 2:00PM & 6:00PM
General Admission
$8 in advance
$10 at the door
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Content Warning: This show is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Full content advisory is listed below

The Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s Actor's Studio camp presents Godspell Jr.


A group of disciples help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, are employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' groundbreaking messages come vibrantly to life.

SYT's Actor's Studio camps are for rising 10th-12th graders. These camps teach advanced theatre techniques and provide essential training for young actors interested in pursuing a professional theatre career. Actors in this camp rehearse and produce a full-length musical in just 3 weeks.

Content Warning: This show is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Full content advisory is listed below

Approximate Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission

Content Advisory


  • Use of words and phrases such as “You scoundrel”, “Heathen”, “fricken”, “torture”, “sinners”, “fools”, “hell”, “slave”, “surrender your life”, “wrath”, “curse”, “eternal fire”, “promised land”, “severe famine”, “starving to death”, “darned”, “blood”, “killed”

  • Jibberish insinuating violence: “And so fricken was the strickpocket that he clickened the stortz and furplunkt the schmontz!”

  • Mention of violence: “slapping” and “punching”

  • Language from the Bible directed at different religious groups: “When you do some act of charity, don’t announce it with a flourish of trumpets, as the heathens do in the synagogues and in the streets.”

  • Use of a Hebrew blessing for bread and wine: “Baruch atah Adonoy, Eloheinu melech ha-olum, Ha-mo-tzi lechem min ha-aretz.” 

  • Suggestive language: “Once this son of yours turns up, after running through your money with his women, you killed the fatted calf for him!”


Themes & Situations:

  • General religious themes

  • Characters are baptized onstage

  • Discussion of repentance

  • Idea of abolishing the law

  • Idea that man will be in the lowest place in the kingdom of Heaven, if he does not follow the demands of the Law

  • Ideas of “Heaven” and “Hell”

  • Discussion of prayer and an onstage prayer from Jesus

  • Mention of paid servants and a slave hugging his master, pushing his master, and sticking his tongue out at his master

  • Suggestive idea of Jesus’ Crucifixion: “Jesus, his hands outstretched, is in a position suggestive of the Crucifixion.”

  • Representative religious metaphors through seeds and nature (i.e. the actor playing the seed is “trampled on,” eaten by birds, and choked by the weeds)

  • Mention of the Devil

  • Mention of faith being “killed”

  • Mention of people passing away: “Let them not pass, like weeds away”


Potential Scary Moments: 

  • Actors represent a parable where the Man, Wife, Child, and belongings are ordered to be sold by the King in order to repay his debts

  • Debtor grabs fellow servant “by the throat”

  • Debtor “kicks” fellow servant 

  • Servant is sent to jail

  • Scene of over the top 3-stooge like “violence” involving punching 

  • Suggestive violence: “Judas raises his hand to strike back”

  • Mention of killing a calf

  • Theatrical interpretation of the following violent scene: “when he fell in among robbers who beat him, stripped him, and left, leaving him half dead”

  • Jesus shouts over people during an argument 

  • Sounds of thunder

  • Cast member attempts to strike Judas with a sword

  • Jesus’ crucifixion is represented on stage, although an actor will NOT be tied to an actual cross


Other Cautions/Advisories: 

  • Mention of magic and use of magic tricks throughout

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