As I’m sure you know, gentle reader, Godspell is superficially the story of the time before and immediately after the crucifixion of Jesus. But our retiring theater director and English teacher John Minigan wrote the true analysis in the program:
My generation has not made things easy for this generation, and they are fully aware that they will bear a burden…. Godspell is a play about a disparate group of people coming together and forming community and also about the idea that the strongest and most active communities can grow from tragedy….
Before the show began, a slide show of news photos from Black Lives Matter, Parkland, and other recent instances of activism primarily by young people drove home the point.
Since this was very much an ensemble production, I don’t want to single out any individual cast members. But I can’t resist mentioning the magnificent singing of Kayla Silverman and Grace Carter, who overwhelmed the audience with the quality of their performances. I also want to observe that there were many more than the typical one or two strong male voices (and sometimes fewer in your typical musical in high school): at least five or six did a great job, in addition to the usual complement of female voices.
Three cheers for John Minigan’s final production as Weston High School’s theater director!