“Godspell” Prepares for the Big Stage

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Godspell is the more modern adaptation of the the life of Jesus Christ and it’s coming to West.

Junior Maddie Campbell said that the play is a class project. “The repertory theatre class at West puts on a play or musical every spring. It’s for a grade,” said Campbell. Even though it’s for a grade, Campbell is always happy to have the honor of being in any play or musical put together. Senior Topher Hockaday said that his favorite thing about being apart of Godspell is when the cast gets to become goats.

In this program, there is a total of 10 actors/actresses and five technicians that make this play possible. Hockaday plays Nick, a character that is similar to Hockaday, and John the Baptist. Campbell’s character is Anna Maria.

Campbell also plays other roles like a sheep and a tax payer.

Mr. Rackers and his first hour class prepare for the opening day of their production "Godspell." Photo by Mikayla Garrels.
Mr. Rackers and his first hour class prepare for the opening day of their production “Godspell.” Photo by Mikayla Garrels.

“I can relate to my character in that Anna Maria and I both used to be shy. I used to be terribly, horribly shy. But, like Anna Maria, I have overcome my shyness through performance. She learns to be strong and stand for what she believes in as the show goes on,” said Campbell.

Aside from being apart of performances, there is a lot of memorizing lines and practicing that goes into being in Theater. Hockaday said that he just started learning his lines on April 10.

Campbell agreed and said, “Memorizing comes really natural to me. If I read through a scene once or twice the next time I go through it, I will know it.”

To view the hard work and memorizing abilities of the the cast and crew, those interested can experience Godspell at the West Performing Arts Center April 19-21 at 7:30 pm and 2:30 pm April 21. Tickets can be purchased for five dollars at the door.

By Megan Sparks

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