“We’ve added characters to create a cast of 20 [10 more than the original cast], and found a way to make this story work for us,” she said.
The group, donned in pastel-colored garb that carries both an early ’90s rap and bohemian vibe, does a fantastic job of re-enacting the parables of the New Testament with a modern-day spin.
Through rock, gospel and ragtime music and dance performances, “Godspell” conveys that peace can be attained by following the teachings of Jesus Christ — such as the importance of forgiveness and loving your neighbor.
Andy Crisp, who plays Jesus, said he chose this production because the story is personal to him and his faith.
“I had to strongly consider the humbling role of Jesus, but ultimately decided it was a good fit,” he said. “The experience has far exceeded my expectations and has been extremely fun.”
Inglima said she was happy to see so many of the young actors excited and enlightened by this play.
“Many of them had a hard time grasping the theme at first, because the story is not linear,” she said of those who were not previously familiar with “Godspell.” “I think they’ve gained a lot from this experience.”
VyVy Tran, 15, who had never seen the show before joining this production, said it was a real awakening for her.
“It teaches us that everyone is the same, regardless of religion or ethnicity, and we should all have something to believe in,” she said.
“It really makes you want to learn more about what’s out there.”
Marc Cohen, 14, who is a soloist for the song “All Good Gifts,” said his Jewish faith gave him a different perspective on the story.
“I now see how [Christianity] connects to other religions, and I love how the teachings make everyone feel connected and come together as one,” he said.
Assistant Stage Manager Sean Mabry, 17, agreed that regardless of religious faith, everyone can learn something from this story.