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MHS Set For Performance

November 16, 2011

ST. MARYS — Local high school students will be showcasing their musical and dramatic talents during the annual fall musical, which will run Friday through Sunday.

St. Marys Memorial High School students are presenting Godspell this weekend with three performances: at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“All tickets are general admission, and they are available at the door,” Director Anne Torres said.

Tickets will cost $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults.

Torres noted she has 14 students, in grades nine through 12, in the cast and approximately 10 students helping with stage crew.

“I chose this production because it’s a smaller cast,” Torres said. “We’ve done so many bigger-cast shows, so I wanted to do something smaller.”

The music was also a decision factor, she said.

“It has rock ‘n’ roll music, which is a different genre than we’ve done before,” Torres said.

Memorial High School seniors Troy Newlove and Leah Renner said their favorite song in the musical is “On the Willows.”

“On the Willows’ because it brings my part closer with betraying Jesus,” said Newlove, who plays Judas.

Renner said the song brings about the ending of Godspell.

“I like ‘On the Willows’ because it kind of concludes the play,” said Renner, who plays Gilmer.

Senior Keith Frische plays Jesus in Godspell.

“I like ‘Save the People’ the best because that’s when Jesus makes himself known to everyone,” Frische said.

A special aspect of Godspell, Torres noted, is that all of the cast members are on stage during the entire run of the show.

“I like that it’s a serious story, but we’re being serious and crazy at the same time,” Renner said. “I like that because I like making people laugh.”

Newlove said he enjoys Godspell because of its teachings.

“I like Godspell because it’s a fun way of putting the gospel of Matthew into actions,” he said.

Frische said Godspell is “amazing.”

“It’s amazing to put it shortly because I never thought you could take the Bible and put it into a musical, and it’s amazing,” he said.

The three encouraged residents to come and see their show this weekend.

“We’ve all worked very hard, and it’s going to be a great performance,” Frische said.

Newlove said it will be entertaining.

“People should come to our show because it will not fail to entertain them,” he said.

Renner said they will not go away without a smile.

“It’s a night of giggles,” she said.

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