NORTH WILDWOOD – The students of Wildwood Catholic High School will present the school’s winter play, “Godspell,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in the high school auditorium.
“Godspell” is a “small group of people who help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing,” according to a synopsis provided by play director Mary Walsh.
The synopsis says the music for this version of “Godspell,” which Walsh referred to as the 2011 revival, is “an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage.”
The play progresses from the telling of Jesus' parables to portraying the Last Supper and the crucifixion, but brings to life Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love.
Traditionally set in a nontraditional setting, the Wildwood Catholic High School “Godspell” production is set on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, with a carnival-style backdrop with tall casino hotels in the far background. The actors all wear a fluorescent pink dot, or two, on their faces, which Walsh said links all the characters together.
“The dots show they are one community,” Walsh said.
Walsh said the play is written so all the parts are essentially even, except for Jesus, who is played by Fred Speiwak. The other lead is played by Micah Rucci, who divides his time playing John the Baptist and Judas Iscariot. All the other parts were named for the members of the original cast, and are collectively known as the “Community Cast Members,” including: Maecy Bischoff, Skyla La Monica, Jonathan Feraco, Lena Cassidy, Stephanie Black, Katie Black, Aidan Sorensen, Julian DiAntonio, Morgan McGough, Sarah Stuart, Grace Stuart, Cory Krause, Charlotte Squillace, Jesus Perez, and Emma McCoy.
Walsh said audience members will be selected each night to participate in the production, with one being asked to portray Lazarus, who Jesus raised from the dead. An index card with lines will be provided to the audience member. Walsh said audience members will be picked to play Pictionary and Charades as part of this production of “Godspell.”
Walsh, who also designed costumes and sets, is joined by musical director Andrew Hink, choreographer Jessica Donahue, “Parable of the Sower,” director Maecy Bischoff, lights by Julia Jett, spotlight by Mitchell Garabrandt, and sound by Annika Marks.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children under 12.
The high school is also hosting its Mr. Wildwood Catholic competition 7 p.m. Monday, March 20.