Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler has a population of nearly 575 students, 18 of which are about to embark on the musical mastery of the famed show, “Godspell.”
The state-of-the-art production will be making its opening debut Friday, Feb. 7. Seton will also be performing the musical at Catholic elementary schools on Feb. 12.
“Godspell” began its journey in 1970 and quickly found its footing as an Off Broadway show one year later under creator and director, John-Michael Tebelak. The show consists of a series of compelling parables comprised from “The Gospel According to St. Matthew.” Seton is performing the most updated version from 2012.
Bridget O’Neill, AP English teacher and English Department chair at Seton, will be directing the play with a production company made up of about 40 students.
“The sense of community that Jesus is able to garner from the disciples, I thought, was a perfect reflection of what we try to cultivate at Seton,” she says.
The gravity which the cast members give their roles weighs heavy on Austin Weigel, of Ahwatukee, as he plays the lead role of Jesus. A senior at Seton, Weigel aims to fully embody his character’s role through a modified 40-day fast. Through a simple breakfast, the absence of lunch and an ordinary dinner, Weigel hopes to channel the humility which Jesus portrays.
Harmonization and improvisation proved to be the most trying of challenges for the performers. The female lead, Haley Pugh of Chandler, even had to hit the high note of B for one of her songs.
The show has required a lot of hard work and is sure to be “an experience to come and watch,” according to Pugh.
IF YOU GO
What: “Godspell” on stage
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7-8 and 14-15, and 3 p.m. Feb. 9
Where: The Black Box Theatre in the Fine Arts Building at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, 1150 N. Dobson Road, Chandler
Cost: $5 for students, $10 for adults; tickets available on campus at the Seton Spirit Store or by phone
Information: (480) 963-1900, ext. 2036, or SetonCatholic.org
• Danielle, an intern at Ahwatukee Foothills News, is a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.