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Mafair casts ‘Godspell’

Staff reports • Jul 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Members of Mafair United Methodist Church will act out a number of parables from Jesus’ early teachings during “Godspell,” this year’s Fun Fest musical set for July 15-17.

Written by Stephen Schwartz, “Godspell” is based on parables found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. These teachings — about God’s loving character, how to approach the altar of God, forgiveness, debts, humility and caring for one another — are interspersed with songs including “Day by Day,” “Light of the World,” “All Good Gifts” and “Bless the Lord.”

Act One introduces Christ, with his baptism by John the Baptist, to the cast, which is made up of people from all different walks of life and personalities. They are perplexed and curious, but receptive to the teachings that Christ shows them. The group is an ensemble assuming all the different characters that portray the scripture and parables that are related.

Act Two begins with the group talking the talk, but not walking the walk of the lifestyle that Christ has shown them. Their confusion deepens as Christ begins to share with them details of his impending death and resurrection. The group joins Christ for the Last Supper, his final prayers in the Garden of Golgotha and eventually his arrest and crucifixion.

“Godspell” ends joyfully as Christ rejoins the group after the resurrection in the finale.

Mafair’s cast includes Ken Alfrey, Mitch Davenport, Jim Downs, Bob Feagins, Vickie Harris, Melissa Killebrew, Kim Lane, Nadine McMackin, Eric Rowe, Phillip Stover, Jeff Summar, Lisa Summar, Bo Tatum, Leslie Tatum, Danielle Treece and Kimberly Wellman.

The performances will take place in the church’s sanctuary, 1409 E. Center St., at 7 p.m., July 15, 16 and 17. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and lemonade, cookies and popcorn will be available until show time.

Attendance is free, but numbered tickets will be given as people arrive so they will be assured seating.

For more information, call 378-9620.

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