Dec. 2-31: Cotton Patch Gospel on stage at Limelight Theatre


The Greatest Story Ever … Retold, featuring Harry Chapin songs

St. Augustine, FL — A modern retelling of Christ’s story, Cotton Patch Gospel at Limelight Theatre is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with folk songs by Harry Chapin.

The musical runs Dec. 1-31 on the Matuza Main Stage. Opening night on Dec. 2 includes pre-show complimentary champagne and a meet-the-cast party following the show.

Herod is the Governor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs — only to rise again. As an adult, Jesus tours the Bible belt like a soul-saving preacher, and falls in with a group of cohorts named Jim, Jack, Rock and Jud. The narrative is accompanied by a three-piece band of pluckers and pickers — with the lively music elevating the evening.

Shelli Long is director and music director, and the local musicians are Brooks Clarke on banjo and guitar; and Kimberly Zielinski on violin; and Sean Tillis on bass.

The talented cast includes well-known actors who sing their way through the Gospels, playing a multitude of characters including disciples, which bring the stories to life — all with humor and amusing song lyrics, thanks to Harry Chapin.

The cast includes Blake Michael Osner as Matthew and other characters; Ben LaBonne as Jesus; Michael Cejvanovic as Jud and other characters; Matt Kelley as John the Baptizer and other characters; Josh Morris as Andy, Mary and other characters; Jim Warren as Rock (Simon) and other characters; Fadil Cejvanovic as Tom and other characters; and Brian Johnson as Mr. Tedam and other characters.

Sponsored by Design Extensions, a St. Augustine based web design and marketing business.

Preview night tickets on Thursday, Dec. 1 are $15 per person. Terrific Tuesday on December 6 features two tickets for $30. Regular tickets prices through Dec. 31 $26 for adults; and $10 for student rush (30 minutes prior to show); and a FREE child ticket is available with full paid adult ticket.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Patrons can choose their seats online at or by calling 904-825-1164.

Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in uptown St. Augustine. FREE parking is available on site and street-side.


Musical at Limelight Theatre

  • December 2-31, 2016
  • Preview: December 1
  • Terrific Tuesday: December 6


  • $26 for all seats
  • $10 student rush (30 minutes prior to show)
  • FREE child ticket with full paid adult ticket



  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and Terrific Tuesday
  • 2 p.m. Sunday matinee


  • Blake Michael Osner – Matthew & other characters
  • Ben LaBonne – Jesus
  • Michael Cejvanovic – Jud & other characters
  • Matt Kelley – John the Baptizer & other characters
  • Josh Morris – Andy, Mary & other characters
  • Jim Warren – Rock (Simon) & other characters
  • Fadil Cejvanovic – Tom & other characters
  • Brian Johnson — Mr. Tedam and other characters


  • Brooks Clarke — banjo and guitar
  • Kimberly Zielinski — violin
  • Sean Tillis — bass


  • Director & Music Director: Shelli Long
  • Production Manager: Amanda Arany
  • Assistant Director and Stage Manager: Matthew Whaley
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Ryan Walker
  • Costume Director: Alison Zador
  • Costume Intern: Lillian Black
  • Set Designer: Dom Grasso
  • Light Designer: Tom Fallon
  • Sound & Light Booth Operator: Maria Tolzmann

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