Ottawa High School students are set to bring a classic 1970s era musical to life this weekend.
The OHS cast will present their production of “Godspell” 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ottawa Memorial Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The show is directed by Angie Miller, with vocal direction by Lori Underwood and band direction by Courtney Nichols.
“It’s definitely a funny show,” Keegen Henricks, OHS sophomore, said. “Eleven out of ten would recommend.”
Nichols said the music is outstanding.
“The music for this show is a ton of fun,” said Nichols, OHS band director. “I’ve done a lot of musicals, and this one might have some of my favorite music. There’s not a song I don’t like. And the kids are having fun with it.”
Student vocalists will be accompanied by a group of professional and semi-professional musicians.
“It’s a cool experience for kids to get to play with a live band,” Nichols said. “There’s a lot of schools that don’t get to use a live band — they have to purchase the performance accompaniment that plays over the speakers. So it’s really cool to use a live band, and it’s a good experience for kids.”
According to Noah White, OHS student and OMA technician, setting up the technical side of the production has been smooth sailing.
“We’ve had no problems besides general maintenance of equipment — other than that it’s been pretty easy,” White said. “This show has got a little more tech to it, and the pit is a little smaller [compared to other shows.]
According to Henricks and Cady Bonnell, OHS junior, this fall’s show incorporates many fresh faces into the OHS theatrical tradition.
“There’s a lot of new faces this year, including myself,” Henrick, a member of the school’s choirs, said. “It’s been a really really good experience, and a really really stressful experience as well — singing all the different lines and songs and such. But it’s been great.”
For Bonnell, a veteran of OHS theater, it’s been gratifying to watch a new crop of performers blossom.
“It’s been really fun to get a bunch of new people in this year, including Keagan,” Bonnell said. “I’ve been doing this for three years; it’s a lot of fun each year, and it’s always a new challenge.”
Both performers encouraged the community to attend one of the performances this weekend.
“It’s always a fun show to see, even if you aren’t religious,” Bonnell said.
“Definitely do it,” Henricks said. “It’s going to be so much fun.”