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December 12, 2009
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My school will be putting on Godspell, Jr. this school year. I usually like to show the students a movie of the production to familiarize them with it. In this case, I think it would do more harm than good. Do you have any suggestions on how to handle this particular play: costumes, set, etc.? The cast will consist of 4th - 8th graders.
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December 17, 2009
Hi Renee! This is a great show to connect throughout the school. Caren's thoughts about costumes are perfect, practical,age appropriate(especially for 5-8) and up to date. Again, brainstorming set ideas with your kids will generate a unique and practical set that they can MOVE and ACT in. Give students your priorities for set(safety, dance/acting space, budget,creativity and let them go! many do this with a simple playground setting..jungle gym, see saw etc. This equipment is easily moved and sturdy...even the plastic ones. This is a great cut of Godspell...keeping it simple will show off your kids. Don't forget to display set designs in your lobby during the performance. You will have a ball!

December 16, 2009
Hi Renee. I think what's nice about the show itself is that you can choose anything you want in the way of costumes and set. The last time I did the show in a high school, we did contemporary clothing, but started in B/W and then after Prepare Ye they all changed into color, each "apostle" a different color. Once they had their color I had each character design their own costume, but they had to justify all their choices based on their character. Jesus was all in white. We added a "choir" and they were all in white as well. Our set was boxes and ladders and all the props were in the boxes. The major set piece was painting the floor in a design that incorporated symbols of all the monotheistic religions in an abstract design in shades of greys. All the lighting was done like a rock concert. I don't know if any of that helps you. I do have pictures somewhere if you're interested in seeing them. Good luck :)