BIFF selects 'Godspell' for this year's Sing-A-Long feature film

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BELOIT - "Godspell," the 1973 film based on the Broadway musical of the 1970s has been chosen as the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) Sing-A-Long feature film. It will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Schubert's Luxury 10 Cinema, 2799 Cranston Road.

The BIFF Sing-A-Long, this year sponsored by the Janesville law firm of Brennan Steil SC, has become one of the most popular BIFF events, featuring films like Sound of Music, Grease and Frozen. Getting dressed up is an option enjoyed by many in the audience.

"Godspell" was created by theatre students at Carnegie Mellon University and caught the eye of producers who moved it to an off Broadway setting in 1971. The film features song-and-dance recreation of parables, or stories with a spiritual message, from the Gospel according to Matthew. The big hit of the show, Day by Day, made it into the top ten on the Billboard charts.

To add to the fun that evening, there will be pre-show activities led by Michelle Dennis and friends, representing the area's thriving community theater scene. Also included will be prizes for the best 70s style dress up.

Nominated for the top prize at Cannes, "Godspell" was directed by David Green.

All of the cast members used their real first names except for those portraying Jesus and Judas.

Tickets for the BIFF Sing-A-Long are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and will go on sale online later in the month.

The Beloit International Film Festival this year marks its 14th season as the region's major international cultural event. BIFF is sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit, in association with Beloit College.

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