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ursdey, November 27, 1980, The Sun 11 i~ good humor Juld enthusbunn, the entire cast of "GodspeH" ~ an Jose. They are (top, left to right) Gsq McPberesn, ~ Ne-wberg, the John the Baptist and Judas roles; Joe Hoover, who tekel the i~/?~C/// i >/: i! i}i i ~ ~ Stephen-Jesus rob; AHen Hilton, Mark Gsdiq~e~ sumd (bottom, left to r~bt) ]~dme Gdbq er, Wmdek, Tamam Pttemon, MaryAnne bsnk , md Sude Rke. 'Each meter phys many roles ht the musk~d. @ Mark G asher u the humMe nner wm be emdted over die proud Pberboe, p yed by TJummm Paterson. I il :~ : ~: Billed by the heridan High School students as "an early Christmas present" to the commu- nity, "Godspell" 18 the story, with skits, songs, and vaudeville routines, of the ministry of Christ, based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. "It's amazing that a religious musicalhas been a national and international hitwith audiences of all types," says Barbara Jelinek, drama teacher and di- rector of the play. "Despite the simpli- city of the 8etting--a table, a sawhorse, and assorted props--the play is not easy to perform. It depends on a special group spirit, an eager, joyous feeling. It 18 In the 'comedla del arte' tradi- tion of drama, in which wandering players pre- sented a play anywhere, even in the streets, spontaneously, with a few props, much impro- visation, and gustol Every performance of "Godspell" varies a little. Our players devel- oped many of the bits of 'business' themselves, and they're still finding different ways to do things. "We chose the play because our seniors, particularly, wanted to do it very much," she explains, "and because they really do have a special ensemble feeling and warmth. They're talented and, after four years of play-making, experienced. I believe it will be a unique, memo- rable Christmas gift to the community." Blaine Cameron is the music director, a soloist, and ,jazz guitar player, with backing by Dan Cox on drums and percus- sion; Brian Rentsch, bass, and Scott Ross, recorder. Lisa Parsons is the piano accompanist. The swing choir also sings. Tyrene Hampton 18 the choreographer. "Godspell" will be presented at the high school cafetorium Thurs- day and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. Students are also Invited to a dress rehearsal Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Joe Hoover rand PJcberd Ne beq do s esft.sboe vaudeville routine to son "it's All for the Best." Other songs from the production bdude the bit "Day By Day" and "God Save the People." a r-nusical baseo upon the Gospel of St. Matthew Thursday Friday, December 4 5, 1 80 8:00 PM Tickets, $2.50 i .... ~iiii:,I Gdlqber es the Goed Sm=tten aklJ tbe m= besm =d Idt by robbers. "Who=ccusestbee?" "Nome, myLord." "NdtberdoL Ge =d sin ne moro." Joe Hoever sad Ehlae Gdisgher act out the story d the wom= =cuesd of adultery. Abu HJlteu nd Suie Rke, es =lpb, flank Falser Abndum (Tmmus htenon) =d (Rkbud Newbers) t. this scene.