By Katie Bahr
This year, the St. John Neumann Regional Academy drama department will present, "Godspell".
The storyline of Godspell is energetic and exciting and follows the Gospel of Luke.
The cast this year has worked hard to prepare the show and has had a fun time doing so.
I am blessed to be part of "Godspell" and to perform and practice with such wonderful people. I have become close to everyone in the cast. They are like a second family to me.
I have been a part of one other show during my time at St. John Neumann, "Zombie Prom." While not very widely known, "Zombie Prom" was the first show I've ever performed in, and just like this year, I made many new friends and learned a great deal about performing, acting and singing on stage.
I have so many great memories from both of my acting experiences, and I would not change my decision to audition for either musical for anything.
Unlike most public schools, St. John Neumann does not turn down anybody who auditions for the show, so if someone is in 7th grade and wants to try it out then our director will not turn them down.
"Godspell" is not just about Jesus preaching and telling parables, but the building of a community.
The eight main characters, excluding Jesus, live in an abandoned city alleyway and have absolutely no idea how to work together or communicate.
Jesus sweeps in and throughout the musical, teaches them how to get along and build a community with each other's help.
The nine main characters are: Jesus (Joey Pierce, senior); John the Baptist/Judas (Jimmy Gibbons, senior); Sonia (Janaya Daniele, junior); Jeffrey (Nick Fischer, sophomore); Herb (Joe Orso, senior); Robin (Katie Bahr, junior); Joanne (Olivia Pierce, freshman); Peggy (Alyssa Gregory, junior); Lamar (Alexis Griess, 7th grade); and Gilmer (Ally Lax, junior).
The director is St. John Neumann French teacher, Mr. Kyle Murphy. He has directed and performed in countless shows throughout high school and college and has a lot of experience in the field.
Murphy has a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Lock Haven University. At the college level alone, he was involved in seven main stage productions, and was accredited nationally by the National Theatre Review for his role as a in "Tartuffe."
He worked semi-professionally for the Corner Bistro Dinner Theatre in Carbondale for five years.
"It is truly a privilege to work with such talented students. Their dedication never ceases to amaze me. They are always willing to come in early, stay late, even clean or organize - whatever I ask of them. I am proud of each and every one of them and consider it an honor to be their director," remarked Murphy.
In conjunction with our musical, our Fine Arts department also will be displaying St. John Neumann students' art work throughout the gymnasium.
Godspell will be presented at 6 p.m. May 3 and at 4 and 3 p.m. May 5 at our high school gymnasium, 901 Penn St.
Ticket prices are $6 for students and $8 for adults.
If you donate a non-perishable food item, we will deduct $1 off the ticket price. All food items will be given to a local food pantry to assist the hungry in our area.