The Theatre Program at Texas A&M- Kingsville concluded a successful run of their spring musical Godspell, with three performances this past weekend.
It was Directed by the Theatre Department’s Artistic Director, Corey Ranson, with the assistance of music major, Sia Kuresa as Music Director, and communications major, Luis Aguilar as choreographer.
This musical tells the story of what led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as told in the book of Matthew.
However, this story is told like no other Biblic
al story has been told before.
Set in the classroom of a modern Ivy League University, Jesus, the janitor, teaches the commandments of God through parables and eccentric musical numbers.
Ranson, who has directed this show four times in the last 20 years, says that what inspired him to direct this show for the community was “because we need more love going on today.”
Sophomore, Communications major Jackson Lewis played the lead role of Jesus.
This is Lewis’ first lead role and musical production for which he describes as a “daunting” challenge. When asked how he prepared for such an important role, Lewis mentioned his religious background being the root of his preparation.
“I read the book of Matthew…” then jokingly added, “…and I stopped drinking sodas.”
He hopes this production has helped the community understand that religion is not all serious, or as he says, “You can have fun and still be religious.”
Judas was played by business major Nickolas Villarreal, who is not new to the Little Theatre stage.
Villarreal was in last Fall’s production of “References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot,” where he played the Coyote.
Villarreal believes he carried the heaviest weight in the production of Godspell by betraying Jesus.
His character development consisted of musical preparation and a lot of effort to remain serious throughout the entire show while all the other characters were “silly.”
“It teaches how to be kind to one another,” he said about the show.
Another shining talent in the cast was student, Laurie Guajardo.
Guajardo sparked the heat in the theatre with her seductively rhythmic solo “Turn Back O Man”.
This was her second time doing the show.
She continued by stating, “This show helps you reevaluate your life and realize that everything is going to be okay.”
One thing is clear, tears were shed.
Whether they were tears of laughter because of the comedic moments in the show, or the disturbing crucifying scene that ended the show, everyone left the theatre blessed.
Live, laugh, and love each other because all lives matter.