Godspell was an interesting rite of passage. While traveling through a dramatic representation of an adolescent bible study with Jesus herself, and dramatized teenage manifestations of biblical figures, the audience was kept interested and alert during the history lesson, with frequent pop culture references and bombastic musical numbers. I was very curious to see this show, being that Jesus was going to be played by a black woman and that it was going to be performed in the Berklee Performance Center (BPC). Jazmyn Vialet graced the stage with a calm confidence and a pink heart painted on her forehead, and I loved that. She wasn’t timid or overly effeminate in this role, she just was, which I greatly appreciated.
As far as the production itself, I’ve seen Godspell before and had already decided that the script is not great to me and the costumes are really lazy. However, the way that these students performed made me realize that the true beauty in productions like this is that they are human. So much of the show is filled with quirky conversations, opinions, and interpretations that stem from ideals concerning what happened before we were even alive. It’s a funky twist on learning from a book that very few people truly understand (the bible), and a fun way to experiment with viewing Jesus as more of a manifestation of teachings for all people through His life, His love, and His sacrifice. The audience knew that the person called Jesus on the stage was not a similar depiction of what we see in books, on TV, and in movies, but we all found comfort in the cast’s enthusiasm and Jazmyn’s delivery of Jesus’ principles and His teachings through her strong voice and engaging stage presence.