Hastings Senior High debuts annual musical this weekend

Local4 News at 11:30
Published: Apr. 14, 2023 at 3:45 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - This year the Hastings High theater department will be performing ““Godspell”” the musical for their annual performance.

They will be performing the revised version that came out in 2012 of the original “Godspell,” filled with a unique and contemporary view of all of Jesus’ teachings.

Directed by Christian Yost, director of vocal music at Hastings High says, “One of the reasons we chose this musical is because it features a lot of our kids, there’s a lot of really big solos and it kind of spreads the light over a whole bunch of different people. And so when you come to see the show you get a whole wide variety of music and a whole wide variety of entertainment from the kids. And its quite a crowd pleaser.”

Hastings Public Schools System recently upgraded the Hastings High auditorium with all new lights and sound systems.

Not only was the department thrilled with these changes but also the students.

“I am actually really happy about how the Hastings Public Schools system is supporting us in our arts and seeing what we are doing here, seeing our successes and helping support us. This musical I think the production, the money, and the time put in by all of the people the actors, the band, the lights and sound, and our directors is just a blessing for all of us,” said Karson Howard, who is an actor playing the role of Jesus.

The department along with the students are excited to be performing “Godspell” and describe it as positively challenging.

“I have loved this show since the beginning. It is deceptively difficult. It’s not conversational text like if you were gonna go see a classical musical. And so if we go too slow it gets really boring but if we go too fast, it kind of goes way over your head. So, it’s been a really good challenge for the actors to work on their story telling,” said Yost.

The musical will debut April 14 through April 16 and tickets can either be bought online or at the door.

Shows on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.