Youth to perform ‘Godspell’

By D.A. Sharpe | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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The Wise County Heritage Museum is a place where a creative impact is made on our community, and it is our privilege and blessing that it is available as a benefit to our local culture and heritage. Not only does it preserve our roots of the past for this vibrant North Texas area, but it co-exists with cutting edge aspects of today’s culture.

You may not realize it, but a recently renovated, pretty fully-equipped theater is the venue for stage presentations by Wise Countians from a number of organizations. At the Wise County Heritage Museum this past weekend and also for this coming Friday and Saturday evening (with a Saturday matinee squeezed in) is the JOY Christian Academy’s production of the original musical, “Godspell,” which opened on Broadway May 17, 1972. Its 40th anniversary is this coming Thursday, so the musical these two weekends at the Wise County Heritage Museum certainly is timely.

Often this musical is confused with the musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” also a 1970 Broadway production. It was subject to criticism about the accuracy of its theological content, but such is not true for “Godspell.” A generally Christian audience can see this event and not feel discomfort.

Saturday night’s production nailed it to the wall with the affirmation of the talent of the youth we have in Wise County. This lively cast of 26 youngsters, ages 11 to 18, exhibit an enthusiasm and faithfulness to the arts in theater that truly is an inspiration. Direction is from Decatur’s own Eve Roberts (Mrs. J. R. ) who does an outstanding job in this, her eighth year in a row for this series of youth presentations.

I commend the occasion of this weekend to be a unique opportunity for citizens of Wise County and surrounding areas to be washed in JOY and satisfaction to witness the professional character evident in these kids. Reserved seating may be arranged with advance orders online ($10 adults, $5 children and students), or just pay at the door for open seating. Just Google JOY Christian Academy. If you’re not there, you will have missed a fine opportunity to enhance your life.

D.A. Sharpe

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