Lehman Catholic to present ‘Godspell’


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Provided photo Will Hoersten as John the Baptist and Conor O’Leary as Jesus perform in a modern-day production of “Godspell” at Lehman Catholic High School.


Provided photo Cast members rehearse for the upcoming Lehman Catholic High School production “Godspell.”


Provided photo Kaitrin O’Leary rehearses along with Kameron Lee, who plays Judas in Lehman Catholic High School’s production of “Godspell.”


Provided photo Conor O’Leary (Jesus) and principal player Jacquie Schemmel rehearse for Lehman Catholic High School’s upcoming production of “Godspell.”


Lehman Catholic High School will present its 39th annual all-school musical, “Godspell,” on March 23, 24, and 25, at the school. The Thursday night curtain is at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.

Based on the Gospel of St. Matthew, “Godspell” is not built on a traditional plot, but rather utilizes storytelling, song, and dance to tell its message, a reflection on the life of Jesus Christ through his teachings and parables.

Written by John Michael Tebelak in 1971, the show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Familiar songs in “Godspell” are “Day by Day,” “O Bless the Lord,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” and “All Good Gifts.” Lehman’s production is set in a modern-day high school with the principal players and chorus members assuming stereotypical teenage characters.

Sophomore Conor O’Leary is playing the leading role of “Jesus.” He is the son of David and Emily O’Leary of Sidney. Playing “John the Baptist” is senior Will Hoersten, son of Pat and Jennifer Hoersten of Sidney. In the role of “Judas” is junior Kameron Lee, son of Kris and Peg Lee of Piqua.

Principal players are Sarah Gibson, Mary-Kate Haas, Kyra Moos, Megan Neumeier, Kaitrin O’Leary, Leah Peoples, Jacquie Schemmel, Joe Schemmel, Jacob Schmiesing, Theresa Schmiesing, Aidan Snyder, and Caitlin Swallow.

Members of the chorus are Kaylen Armstrong, Miriam Bezy, Tessa Brown, Angela Brunner, Melanie Brunner, Kiera Burns, Sophia Flood, Kirstyn Lee, Clare Schmiesing, Theresa Schmiesing, Skye Shi, Shannon Staley, and Brieanna Werling.

This is the third time Lehman has staged “Godspell,” but the first time as the spring all-school musical. The 1993 and 2001 productions were done as class projects by the Lehman Limelighters Show Choir.

The production staff for Godspell includes Bill Zimmerman, director; Betsy Moorman, producer; Jenny Weber, vocal director and rehearsal pianist; Libby Galbreath Jacob, choreographer; and Elaine Schweller-Snyder, production consultant. Darla Cabe is overseeing costumes, Bradly Gravunder is in charge of the visual design, and Mark Iiames is taking care of the sound.

The musicians are Jenny Weber, piano; Betsy Moorman, keyboard; Eric Burgasser, guitar; Mary Beth Monnier, bass; and Ken Monnier, percussion.

Student crew members are Liz Pax, stage manager; Theresa Flood and Joe Ritze, sound; Josh Armstrong and Sam Ritze, spotlights; Lindsey Elsner, Lauren Larger, and Carly Edwards, backstage.

Reserved seat tickets for “Godspell” are $10. Bleacher general admission seating is $8. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved by calling (937) 498-1161, ext. 132.

Provided photo Will Hoersten as John the Baptist and Conor O’Leary as Jesus perform in a modern-day production of “Godspell” at Lehman Catholic High School.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/03/web1_Will-and-Conor.jpgProvided photo Will Hoersten as John the Baptist and Conor O’Leary as Jesus perform in a modern-day production of “Godspell” at Lehman Catholic High School.

Provided photo Cast members rehearse for the upcoming Lehman Catholic High School production “Godspell.”
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/03/web1_chorus.jpgProvided photo Cast members rehearse for the upcoming Lehman Catholic High School production “Godspell.”

Provided photo Kaitrin O’Leary rehearses along with Kameron Lee, who plays Judas in Lehman Catholic High School’s production of “Godspell.”
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/03/web1_Kaitrin-and-Kam.jpgProvided photo Kaitrin O’Leary rehearses along with Kameron Lee, who plays Judas in Lehman Catholic High School’s production of “Godspell.”

Provided photo Conor O’Leary (Jesus) and principal player Jacquie Schemmel rehearse for Lehman Catholic High School’s upcoming production of “Godspell.”
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/03/web1_Conor-and-Jacquie.jpgProvided photo Conor O’Leary (Jesus) and principal player Jacquie Schemmel rehearse for Lehman Catholic High School’s upcoming production of “Godspell.”

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