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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

October 26, 1998

Central gets religion in 'Godspell'

By IRENE SITILIDES
and SUZANNE GREGORCZYK
The Tattoo

When "Godspell" is performed at Bristol Central
High School next month, student actors will tell
the story of Jesus through humor and music.

"I love this play because you can improvise a
lot," said senior Crystal Bilodeau, "and I
wanted to do it because the music is absolutely
beautiful."
 
Although the director, James Smith, is in charge
of all final decisions, the cast works together
to create many of the more imaginative scenes.
They take everyday situations and turn them into
funny and sometimes ironic skits.

The play, which ran on Broadway for years, aims
to entertain the audience while teaching about
the Bible by showing Jesus journeying through
its stories.  The actors, including junior Matt
Martin as Jesus, combine short scenes with humor
to depict their own versions of the Bible's life
lessons.

The bond between the actors -- and the respect
they have for each others' talents -- was
evident during a recent rehearsal.
 
Even though the cast consists of seven seniors
and one junior who have worked together on
previous performances, they welcomed two
newcomers, junior Jason Sirianni and sophomore
Stephanie Landon, with open arms.

The apparent closeness within the cast makes for
a better play.
Bilodeau, who has been involved in performing
arts since she was a freshman, will star in the
musical as one of her two final theatrical
performances as a Central student. Bilodeau and
the other actors laughed frequently and appeared
to enjoy themselves during a rehearsal.

Although on opening night the actors hope their
performance will appear to be effortless and
natural, it takes an enormous amount of time and
effort to perform a musical of this stature. 
The cast plans to practice for eight to nine
hours weekly.
  
All their dedication should pay off in the end.
  
On November 20, 21 and 22 don't be surprised if
you leave Central's auditorium doors feeling
awestruck with the talent and ambition of these
10 amazing high school students.

Tickets will be available at Ink Spot Printing,
43 Middle St., starting Nov. 2. They will also
be on sale in Centralrquote s lobby from 6 to 9
p.m. on Mondays. Tickets are $7 for students and
seniors, $9 for adults.


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