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Godspell incorporates a new twist

Godspell rehearsals are coming to an end and the opening date is only six days away. Excitement, sweat and hard work has brought all the participants of the Godspell production to this point and soon students, faculty, staff, friends and family will all have the opportunity to enjoy the art of theatre.

“If nobody has seen the show then it’s a startling surprise, because these are a group of theatrical clowns and the idea is, ‘What if Jesus came to clowns, and what language would He use to teach them?’” said Laura Holland, Godspell director and chair of the Communication, Arts and Media department.

Most of the action is exaggerated and dramatic. Holland incorporated multiple bits from current movies.

“Our challenge is for the audience to understand that they are not going to see realism,” said Holland. “They are going to see bold funny bits, and people going from parable to parable to parable.”

The show is a diverse combination of musical styles with Motown and soft shoe dancing, theatrical singing and plenty of comedy.

“It’s a great show. It’s really going to be a different genre for people that love theatre, because it’s not a normal musical for the most part. It has a real message that could possibly change someone’s life in the process of just doing what we love as actors and singers and dancers,” said Alisa Moss, who plays Joanne.

Godspell opens Thurs., March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances are Fri., March 4 and Sat., March 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 6 at 2 p.m.

Individual tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at a cash-only box office.

Story by Rejoise Nwadiuko, Photo by Wyatt Bullard

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