Bo Paul as “Jesus” in Bay City Central High School’s production of Godspell. 
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Article by Laura Asiala

Easter comes early this year in Bay City with the production of Godspell by Bay City Central High School April 21, 22, and 23 at 7 pm.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (played by Robert “Bo” Paul) is played out in a series of parables and songs, based on the Gospel of Matthew. The twelve disciple, including Judas (Paul Jacobs), take on different roles, as they bring the gospel to life, backed by a chorus of Philosophers and Pharisees.

“The kids and I are very excited to bring this Broadway musical to Bay City, and especially at this time of year. ‘Day by Day’ is the hit song from the musical which most people will immediately think of, but there are some really wonderful songs in addition to those, such as ‘Bless the Lord’, ‘All Good Gifts’ and ‘Prepare Ye',” said director Pam Barnes.

In addition to performing for audiences in the auditorium, the cast is committed to taking excerpts of the production to people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to see it, including students at the Bay Intermediate District “Living and Learning Center” on April 12.

“This musical appeals to kids of all ages,” said Barnes, “And we’re looking forward to sharing it broadly with the community.”

Godspell will also be Barnes’ “curtain call” for directing at Bay City Central High School. After 20 years and over 40 productions, including Into the Woods, Singing in the Rain, West Side Story, Charlie Brown and Seussical, Barnes is taking a well deserved bow.

“I have enjoyed every moment I’ve spent with the kids over the years. I truly believe that the world belongs to those who can perform, and the while there are very few kids—although there are a few—who have gone on to become professional actors and performers, I think the skills that you learn during drama and musical performances are ones that stay with you and serve you a lifetime, “ said Barnes. “I’m thrilled to go out with a musical like Godspell.”

The musical is directed by Pam Barnes, with vocal music direction by Amy Hughes , instrumental music direction by Don Clark, and technical direction by Matt Reid. Clark will direct a combo featuring student guitarist Elise Poirer, along with Mike Andress and Scott Stuifbergen.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The show begins April 21,22, and 23 at 7 pm. General seating tickets are available in advance from the Bay City Central High School Office (call 989 893-9541) or at the door.

© Laura Asiala, 2011