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A Delightful Feast by MSVA Students

A Delightful Feast by MSVA Students

MIT School of Performing Arts presented its spring production, "Godspell" September 6, 7 and 8. It played with a live band on stage in Spotlight Theatre in Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe, Manukau.
Godspell, based loosely on the Gospels and parables of Jesus, remains one of the most popular sweet rock musicals of all time. A musical conceived and written by John Michael Tebelak with lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz, follows the story of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew and featured some of the best-loved songs from modern musicals, including Day By Day and All For the Best.

Production did not just dust off some 40 year-old period piece. This play had a very fresh and contemporary feel in both its design and approach, by allowing the actors derive many scenes.

Directors Cat Ruka & Jason Te Mete had chosen to collaboratively devise this piece utilizing a variety of choreographic and theatrical methods with 2nd year level students; who were given the opportunity to significantly contribute to the creative process. “As teachers we feel it is imperative that at 2nd year level students are given the opportunity to experience the process of devising, where they can contribute to the creative process and therefore experience a sense of collective ownership and responsibility”.

The directors’ were bold and took risks; the entire play had an interactive approach of there being no fourth wall. The show was designed with an interesting ‘menu style’ approach where audience picked what they would like for entree, mains and dessert. “Whether the end result is successful or not, we believe the process of discovery and problem-solving is an invaluable learning experience for those who wish to pursue a sustainable career in the performing arts”.

The show was very welcomed and appreciated by the theatre lovers and local community; with closing night being sold out.

The Team: Choreographer Cat Ruka, Musical Director Jason Te Mete, Costume Designer Cat Ruka, Lighting Designer Paul Richardson, Stage Manager Cath Dickey and Producer Padma Akula.

When: 6th 7th 8th Sep 2012; 7:30pm
Where: Spotlight Theatre
Who: 2nd year students of performing arts; 3 year Bachelor of Creative Arts degree.


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