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Musical 'Godspell' forces students to multitask

February 28, 2006|by KAITLYNN SUMPTER

This weekend, Boonsboro High School is pulling out all the stops for the return of a play that still lingers in the minds of many at the school. The high school's choral and drama departments will present Stephen Schwartz's "Godspell," a play that was produced on the BHS stage 10 years ago.

Michael J. Bair, the play's director, says it has been 10 years since the high school's choral and drama departments have collaborated on a play.

"When the system went to semester scheduling, the departments really became quite fragmented," Bair says. "It really forced students to choose between one of two loves."

He says that when Paula Boyd, the play's musical director, asked him to direct "Godspell" again, he saw it as the opportunity to bring the two programs together for a reunion of sorts.

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"Godspell," based on the Bible's gospel of Matthew, was first performed in the early 1970s. The play utilizes multi-colored costumes, playful skits, and music that clearly evokes memories of the '70s. While the play presents the life and work of Jesus as portrayed in the Book of Matthew, it does it in a playful and original way through song and dance.

"It's very different. You do so many things in this play," says BHS junior Will Davis. "You can't just focus on acting or singing. You have to be good at both. I'm very glad I did this play."

Senior Jesse Pendergraft, who plays John the Baptist, says that this has been a great experience for him. He is surprised at how much he has enjoyed the dancing portion of the show. He credits choreographer Sherry Kibler with creating great dances.

"It's hard work," Pendergraft says. "But it's fun work!"

The play will be performed Thursday, March 2, through Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. There is also a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

For tickets, call the school office at 301-766-8022. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.

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