GODSPELL at Oak Grove Theater Arts


BWW Review: GODSPELL at Oak Grove Theater ArtsBWW Review: GODSPELL at Oak Grove Theater Arts

BWW Review: GODSPELL at Oak Grove Theater Arts

Oak Grove Theater Arts Presents: GodSpell

Divine spell is a musical vscomposed by Stephen schwartz with the delivered through John-Michael Tebelak. The show opened Off-Broadway May 17, 1971

Personally, I’ve only seen one production of this show before, so I was excited to see a new version. As usual, Scott Brusven and the Oak Grove kids didn’t disappoint. The set design and lighting was very cool and the cast and crew did a great job being safe. They even had a christening scene with hand sanitizer.

One of the first soloists we see is Grade 10 student Heath Thomsen on Prepare Ye and his wonderful performances on All For The Best and All Good Gifts. The latter two were among my favorites from Act 1. Heath is a talented performer and I can’t wait to see more of him.

Next, we have Erin Dummer (Grade 11) as Jesus. Erin was able to show off her vocal abilities several times throughout the show. Some of my favorite Erin moments came during Day By Day and during one of the best acts of Act 2 Beautiful City.

Emma Swanson (9th grade) really got to shine on Day By Day and it was also one of the first big dance numbers on the show. Well done to choreographer Ellory Lystad. Kate Machachek was able to show off her powerful voice on Learn Your Lessons Well.

Maia Ruhland (12th grade) was able to show off her powerful voice on Bless The Lord. Maia hit a few notes during this song which gave me chills and Claire Peterson (9th grade) closed Act 1 with a beautiful rendition of Light Of The World.

Lindsey Simonson (12th grade) performed wonderfully on By My Side. She was joined on this song by Ella Corwin (9th grade) and Maia Ruhland. The 3 voices are perfectly mixed.

Cale Bauer (11th grade) had some hilarious comedic moments throughout the show that made everyone laugh. Cale was able to mix his comedic timing with his dancing and singing abilities on We Beseech Thee.

Lilly Quern (11th grade), Becca Wenstrom (9th grade) and Ella Corwin (9th grade) performed a haunting rendition of On The Willows as one of the last songs in Act 2.

Big thumbs up to the 6 member live pit that helped bring all the music to life. It was great to see them on stage with all the artists.

A HUGE Congratulations to all the cast and crew and everyone who took part in this production. During those crazy times of last year, it’s so great to start to get back to some normalcy.

This is another great performance from the Oak Grove kids. I hope you will take the opportunity to attend one of the last performances.

Tickets are available on https://www.showtix4u.com/events/20029 or at the door.

*** Photo credit by FatCat Studios.

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