The musical ‘Godspell’ burst onto The Cooper School stage last week with an all singing, all dancing variety of music, pantomime and vaudeville performances, delivered by an incredibly talented cast of 14 students from year 8 though to year 13.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell was first produced on Broadway in 1971 and it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the biblical story of Jesus Christ. The production was certainly a celebration of some fantastic singing, dance and acting talent from the cast, who interpreted one of humanity’s greatest events in a fun, wacky and very imaginative way.
The part of Jesus was played by Sam Terry (Yr13), his first ever singing role and he certainly stepped up to the part as the lead and, amongst other songs, delivered a superb solo with ‘Beautiful City’.
Liam Corton (Yr12) played John the Baptist and Judas. This was Liam’s first ever production and he delivered a fantastic performance. Most of the choreography was directed by Poppy Cooper (Yr13), who was ably supported by Laura Nellis (Yr13) and together they certainly put the dance and energy into the show.
There is no place to hide in Godspell, the whole cast was superb and everyone was on stage throughout the show, most took on a lead role with a solo song and everyone delivered a fantastic performance.
Nothing as loud and bright as Godspell could happen without sound and lighting. Josh Green (Yr11) a regular performer in previous school concerts, took the lead backstage and confidently managed the demanding technical support that was required.
Mrs Sharon Beckett Head of Music said:
‘This was the last production at school for many of the student’s involved. They were all amazing and I’m so proud of them all. Godspell is about a community coming together, and in the same way the whole cast and student’s of all ages, became a fabulous team. What a wonderful group of talented young people they are and I will miss so many of them. Some are going on to Musical Theatre and Drama so we need to watch out for them…’