Review: Injecting fresh fizz into an old classic

Review: Injecting fresh fizz into an old classic

Review by Graham Williams - South Wales Evening Post, 12 July 2010

IT is incredible to think that Godspell – a musical revolving around the last seven days in the life of Christ – celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.

It is rooted in the hippy/flower power culture of the very early 1970s, but if anyone could breathe new life into such a show it is surely Jill Williams, whose role as the director of Class Act Theatre School is to develop the skills and confidence of the young people in her charge.

Here is someone who knows her musical theatre and has the ability to help her students convey character, energy and real emotion on stage, and there is no better vehicle for this than Godspell.

Based loosely upon the Gospel according to St Matthew, the story sees Jesus and his disciples – portrayed here basically as a group of contemporary kids on a street – re-enacting parables and stories.

Geraint Morgan is absolutely spellbinding in the starring role, and is ably supported by a top-notch supporting cast.

As is so often the case with Class Act's productions, it is the ever-fizzing energy that permeates the chorus which takes the standard up a notch.

Having seen shows in which some individuals will at some point start to flag and go through the motions, I am happy to report that I have never seen this happen in any of Class Act’s offerings, thanks to an ethos that sees each and every member of the company being given the opportunity to project character and to shine.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (now best known for the musical Wicked) the songs are many and memorable. The beautiful, bitter-sweet Day by Day, the haunting All Good Things, and vaudeville-style All for the Best.

An awesome show in every sense.

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