Cast list for Godspell

Cast List

Jesus- Brandon Taylor

John/Judas-Zion Middleton

Nick- David Wade

George-Caleb Albert

Anna Maria-Elsie Harrington

Telly-Faith Johnson

Lindsay- Kate Loble

Uzo-Natalie Renk

Morgan- Bella DeLong

Celisse-Emma Templeton

Production Staff

Director/Musical Director– Kyle Branzel
Choreographer– JJ Niemann
Production Stage Manager– Zoe Knutsen
Costume Designer
– Claire Peterson
Scenic Designer-Jeff Downing
Props Designer– Mary Gegenhuber
Technical Director– Paige O’Neill
Sound Mixer– Greg Janysek

Caleb Albert (George)

Caleb is ecstatic to be performing again and in the beautiful state of Montana. A graduate of Elon University in Musical Theatre, Caleb has appeared across the country in shows such as Chicago(Billy Flynn), Anything Goes(Billy Crocker), Footloose(Chuck Cranston), The Music Man, 9 to 5, and many others. You can also see Caleb in NYC singing in The Christmas Spectacular featuringThe Radio City Rockettes. Enjoy the Show!

Bella DeLong (Morgan)

Bella DeLong grew up at Grandstreet Theatre, performing in shows like All Shook up, Hairspray, and, Legally Blonde. She then went on to get her BFA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, and is now living and working as a performer in Los Angeles. Bella is so excited and grateful for the opportunity to come home and perform with this wonderful community!

Elsie Harrington (Anna Maria)

Elsie Harrington grew up at Grandstreet and has loved every moment of learning, teaching, and acting here. Past summer productions include Sister Act and Newsies, and other favorite Grandstreet roles include Elsa in Frozen Jr. and Israel Hands in Treasure Island. Elsie’s heading to Yale University this fall to study theatre and pursue a myriad of other interests. She’d like to send lots and lots of love and thanks to Retta and Marianne.

Faith Johnson (Telly)

Faith Johnson was born and raised in Helena, MT. She is a Grandstreet Alum, class of 2018, and started when she was four years old. She has been in many Grandstreet shows including, Annie, Cry Baby the Musical, My Fair Lady, and Billy Elliot. Faith has also done multiple shows at Carroll College Flex Theatre, including Ariel in The Little Mermaid, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown! She would like to thank Grandstreet and her parents for all of their support over the years and is excited to be in yet another amazing summer show.

Kate Loble (Lindsay)

Kate thinks that participation in the musical Godspell has been a blessing and a gift! She is a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago, studying Comedy Writing and Performance. Her past credits at her home theater, Grandstreet, have been Snail in A Year With Frog and Toad, Jovi in Elf! Jr, and Joan the Goat in Treasure Island. She enjoys nature, slapstick, Italian food, art, and trying to lead with compassion in everything she does.

Zion Middleton (John/Judas)

Zion Middleton is an Atlanta,Ga native. He currently attends Elon University as a Sophomore obtaining his BFA in Music Theatre. He is beyond grateful to Grandstreet Theatre for this wonderful opportunity. He would also like to thank his mother, grandmother, and brother for all of their support. Other credits include: Adolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone), Lucas (Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin) and Fortinbras in Hamlet

Natalie Renk (Uzo)

Natalie Renk is a recent graduate of Grandstreet Theatre School & Capital High School. She is attending the University of Montana in the fall as a Theatre Education major. Some of her recent roles include Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach. She is so excited to bring Godspell to life and would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her while she follows her dreams.

Brandon Taylor (Jesus)

Brandon Taylor is from Fullerton, California and is so excited to be joining the Granstreet family. He has previously worked at Clinton Showboat and Legacy Stage. Some of his past roles include Jack in Into the Woods, Johnny in Green Day’s American Idiot, and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. Brandon would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support!

Emma Templeton (Celisse)

Emma Templeton is thrilled to be spending this summer at Grandstreet! Recent credits include Footloose, Mamma Mia and Treasure Island (Squire). Emma is planning to study theatre as a rising college Freshman and is beyond excited to make a career out of something she so dearly loves! She would like to thank both her family and everyone at Grandstreet for always supporting her.

David Wade (Nick)

David Wade is delighted to be back at Grandstreet for another wonderful summer. Recent theatre credits include Jeff in Lobby Hero and the New York debut of something/someone/something/someone. Recent film credits include leading in Don’t Look At Me and Love of Swine. He studied with the Atlantic Acting School and currently resides in New York City. He loves Helena dearly and hopes to keep coming back for years to come.

Kyle Branzel (Director/Musical Director)

Kyle Branzel grew up in a Catholic church that did not readily welcome all aspects of his humanity. The same is true for many other LGBTQIA+ people who are often marginalized at the hands of those overlooking Jesus’s most important message: love. Please consider making a donation to Q Christian Fellowship, which advocates for radical inclusion of queer Christians nationwide and works to end faith-based bullying. qchristian.org

Jeff Downing (Scenic Designer)

Jeff is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio and received a BFA in Theater Design and Production from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Jeff has been directing, teaching, and designing professionally since 2003. Some of his directorial credits include Into the Woods, A New Brain, Zanna Don’t!, Urinetown, Grand Hotel, Seussical, The Laramie Project, A Man of No Importance, Pippin, Marvin’s Room, and Captain Louie. He has written two original musicals for PGT with collaborator Barry James; Once Upon a Time and Toby and Walter. At Grandstreet, Jeff has directed The Secret Garden and Lucky Stiff. He has played some of his favorite roles on the Grandstreet stage, including the Baker in Into the Woods, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chip in Spelling Bee and Man One in Songs For a New World. Jeff has served as Artistic Director at Grandstreet since 2102.

JJ Niemann (Choreographer)

JJ is thrilled to be returning to Grandstreet to choreograph after performing in Mary Poppins in 2014! JJ is a NYC-based actor, teacher, and choreographer who spent a majority of the past few years in the Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon. Other recent credits: the World Premiere of Bliss at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, The Muny, Pittsburgh CLO, Bay Street. BFA: Elon MT ’17. Connect with him @jjniemann!

Claire Petersen (Costume Designer)

Claire Peterson is delighted to be back at Grandstreet Theatre! She is originally from Helena, and graduated in 2021 with a dual track BFA in costume design and acting from the University of Montana. Claire’s recent costume designs include A Year With Frog and Toad at Grandstreet, and Spring Awakening at UM. She is starting the MFA program at San Diego State University in the fall. Thanks Grandstreet for always supporting her as an artist.

Mary Gegenhuber (Props Designer)

Mary is originally from Milwaukee, WI but moved to Montana in 1976. She performed in her first play at age 12 but fell in love with production work and was a stage manager by age 16. Mary started at Grandstreet in 2006 as a Props Designer for Ah, Wilderness.  Mary performed in two Grandstreet showsTitanic and Annie Get Your Gun.

Zoe is thrilled to be stage managing for Grandstreet Theatre this summer. She has always loved Montana and is grateful for the opportunity to be spending her summer in Big Sky Country. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Stage Management at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and all who have made it possible to make theatre in the midst of the pandemic.

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