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Northview performs Godspell musical

Friday, March 7, 2003

Jesus, portrayed by Cody Nicoletti, dazzles his disciples with a magic trick during a rehearsal of Godspell at the Northview High School auditorium Friday.

Northview Drama and Music Departments present Godspell, on Thursday and Friday.

It was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

Based loosely on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, it boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day by Day."

Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as pantomime, charades, and vaudeville, Godspell is a unique reflection of the life of Jesus -- with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.

The show begins with Jesus declaring himself as God and king in whom there is no beginning and no end. This is followed by a prologue in which various philosophers (Socrates, sophomore Emily Pugh; Thomas Aquinas, senior Ashlee Vitz; Martin Luther, senior Derrick Bowman, DaVinci, senior Schuyler Brinson; Edward Gibbon, sophomore Miranda Caldwell; Frederic Nietzche, junior Charla Freeman; Jean-Paul Sartre, freshman Derek Latham; and Buckminister Fuller, senior Jackie Schroeder) expound upon their ideas of God. Their debate disintegrates into the song "Tower of Babble."

It is at this point John the Baptist (sophomore Daniel Reinoehl) enters, bringing order and singing "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord."

He is joined by Jesus (sophomore Cody Nicoletti) and the disciples (seniors Jackie Schroeder, Ashlee Vitz, and Steve Burton; juniors Charla Freeman and Amber Guthrie; sophomores Miranda Caldwell, Tyler Hutcheson, Trent Piatt and Cody Whitesell; and freshmen Char Mayne Jackson and Derek Latham). Each one is featured in a musical number as they explore the Gospel of Matthew and the life of Jesus.

These performers are supported by a 15-member chorus including seniors Derrick Bowman, Schuyler Brinson and Tiffany Meadlo; juniors Lauren Burns and Heather Hewitt ; sophomores David Fox, Alisha Graham, Amber Modesitt and Amber Williams; and eighth graders Ahyna Alstott, Sarah Braun, Kristen Burton, Tiarra Clerk, Sandy Little and Maggie Williams.

Assistants to the director are freshman Stephanie Frakes and sophomore Anthony Robison. Stage Managers are junior Michelle Deighton and sophomore Matt Hutcheson, and stage run manager is junior Elizabeth Horrall.

The band includes pianist and music director Steve McCullough, percussionist Jim Thistle, and bass player Allison Koehler.

The choreographer is Quincy Del Colletti while junior Cecil Archer and Mr. Steve Pfrank are producing art and set pieces.

The director is Nancy Ewing, assisted by Dianna Knox.

Normally set in an urban and gritty environment -- a junkyard or abandoned playground -- our show is set in a modern high school whose students display a variety of different personalities.

The first act shows the formation of a community and the second act a "beginning" in which they are ready to move through the challenging sequence of events leading to the crucifixion.

You may purchase tickets, all reserved seating, in the Media Center at Northview High School. Tickets can be secured by calling 448-2661 Ext. 1235 during the school day.

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