Day 4: About These Shows
I'm not around on Thursdays, so instead of talking about the kids, today I'll talk about the shows.
In the last camp, both the teens and preteens put on shows new to Stage Right students. In this camp, both shows are musicals Stage Right has successfully staged student productions of in the past, and they also happen to be two shows I love.
For those of you who are not familiar with them, I will give you a brief run-through.
Godspell, like Jesus Christ Superstar, is a musical about Jesus told through fun rock music. Unlike Superstar, which focuses on the narrative leading up to the Crucifixion, Godspell takes a more abstract approach and focuses on the various parables—stories with lessons—that Jesus tells throughout the Gospel.
Non-Christian actors and audience members need not worry, because Godspell is not a show that tries to "convert" anyone or preach that Christianity is the way to go. Director Tony Marino told the teens on the first day that the message is not of indoctrination, but of community: Jesus as the main character brings everyone together to celebrate their differences and work as one.
What's cool about Godspell is the freedom that comes with casting and staging. The characters, besides Jesus, Judas, John the Baptist, and some philosophers, are all unnamed, so every person plays themself. Also, because there are so many versions of the show, there will be a mix of music from folksy to jazzy to pop to rock. It is fun, inspiring, and philosophical throughout, and there are LITERALLY no small roles in this show.