FLOYDS KNOBS — A completely different stage setup, a flexible script and an element of the actors’ own personalities will throw a different light on a Floyd Central High School production of a Broadway hit.
The school’s theater department will present a revised version of “Godspell” beginning tonight. The show is a modern representation of well-known parables in the New Testament of the Bible.
Robbie Steiner, director of theatre arts, said the show features a large cast with a number of students taking the stage.
“The kids have been really excited about it because we get to do a new version of the show that’s just been released,” Steiner said. “It’s got a lot of new musical arrangements.”
He said the stage has been built into a round, with seating all around it. He said the setup has been a challenge for actors and the technical crew, but thinks it will open up the story to the audience.
“It’s a lot more of an intimate experience for the audience and more of a vulnerable one for our cast,” Steiner said. “I think it makes a more meaningful experience for our audience.”
Collin Jackson, a junior, plays Jesus. He said students were able to make their own additions to the show, not only bringing it closer to today’s world but also making it more their own.
“[The writers] have been able to incorporate today into the play rather than that original, which is more relevant to the ’70s,” Jackson said. “We’ve been able to workshop a lot with this and everyone has been able to contribute their own ideas.”
He said some of the music has changed, but there’s likely a lot audiences will recognize if they’re familiar with the play.
“A lot of the music has remained similar,” Jackson said. “It’ll be fun for the audience to listen to what they know and hear the new twists that we put on it.”
Many of the other characters in the show simply take the name of their actors.
Missy Cathcart is one of those. She said the name isn’t the only aspect of herself that carries over, but a bit of each actor’s personality bleeds into the show.
“It’s finding a different side of you that you didn’t know was there,” Cathcart said. “You have to reach into yourself to find some element of your character.”
Jackson said while the show centers around Christianity, it’s not necessarily about one particular religion and urges audiences to keep an open mind.
“I think it’s important to note that this is a show that lets you take what you get out of it,” Jackson said. “The point of the show is not to be religious; it’s all up to interpretation.”