Theater and Religion

Hi Family!

For the last 5 weeks I have been working on a show called Godspell. It is a musical that tells the parables in the book of Mathew in the Bible through Jesus’ crucifixion. I took the position because I excited about the show’s story and the music ranging from folk to jazz to pop. When I got the script the opening note from the author stated that having a reserection in the play was not written in and not needed because it misses the point of the play, community.

This was very off-putting to me because I am a Christian. The only reason Christianity exists is because Jesus rose from the dead on the third day. The second act of the play i centered around the crucifixion and to say that the play’s community is more important than what is actually written is had to grasp for me. It is like the play write wanted to write a musical about God but doesn’t want the show to be about God, an interesting concept to a few of us in the production.

In the world of theater you are exposed to many ideas that my help you understand your own ideas or they may go against what you believe. you have to stick to your guns and not back down but you also can’t be an ass about it and still do the work if you can. I made my thoughts known when there was a concern, but this only happened once. I kept quiet otherwise because are creating a liberal art. If you are religious your faith will be tested but do not loose heart or your roots for they are where we began and make up who we are.

You Are Loved

-Shay

Published by Shay Goddard

College Theater technician enjoying life and rolling with the punches. I ride a razor scooter to get around and listen to 80's music while salsa dancing in my kitchen.

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