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The Worklight Series

The Worklight Series

The new musical process at Goodspeed’s Terris Theatre has been redesigned and relaunched as The Worklight Series where musicals will be developed and presented as staged readings.  Audiences will still experience great stories and music, but since the shows will be more actively in progress, the performances will look different than they have in the past at The Terris—focusing not on costumes, scenery or props, but the musical on the page, and actors with book-in-hand. 

We will be now able to give the authors true flexibility to change the show every day and test it with an audience—something that had become more difficult in previous seasons as the productions progressed in scale. As an exciting element of this new approach to works-in-development, we will create content that will offer the audience glimpses inside the rehearsal studio—opening up the process as part of the experience in advance of the staged readings. 

May 27 - June 7

Book, Music and Lyrics by Douglas Waterbury-Tieman
Directed by Igor Goldin

Johnny Baker is the best fiddler that's ever been, and he aims to prove it. But his boasting attracts the attention of another fiddler—the Devil himself—who shows up with a plan for Johnny’s destruction. With fame, fortune and love tempting him at every turn, Johnny must find his true path and the strength to win a battle of the bows with the highest possible stakes. It’s a jubilant new musical with one foot in the Georgia mountains, one foot in the Grand Ole Opry, and music that will stir your soul.


We will be announcing our summer show soon!

Oct 21 - Nov 8

Book by Stephen King
Music and Lyrics by John Mellencamp
Directed by Jeff Calhoun

The Gothic southern musical about a decades-old tragedy that haunts a family has a roots rock score by Grammy winner Mellencamp, (“Pink Houses,” “Jack and Diane,” “Small Town”) and a book by Carrie, Misery and The Shining Master of Horror novelist King. It is an eerie tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge. Set in an isolated cabin, the story explores two dark love triangles as it weaves back and forth through time.


Tickets for The Worklight Series will go on sale to the public starting April 1. Goodspeed members will be notified about advance purchase opportunities. Three-show packages for The Worklight Series will be available for $99 and single tickets for $39 through the Goodspeed Box Office and at goodspeed.org.

The Terris Theatre is located at 33 North Main Street in Chester, CT.


Developing new works is at the heart of the Goodspeed Musicals mission and the cornerstone of this effort is The Terris Theatre. Established over 35 years ago, this intimate theatre is dedicated exclusively to the creation of new musicals. Here Goodspeed provides resources, guidance, time and support to artists—established and emerging—as they develop original musicals. The Worklight Series will be an important part of Goodspeed’s new works initiative that includes the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed, Festival of New Musicals, artist residencies, industry readings and full scale productions at The Goodspeed.