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GODSPELL — by Eagle House at Wilde Theatre

It’s Lent so we decided to get “churched up” this week.

We headed to the excellent Wilde Theatre, at South Hill Park to see the Eagle House [ School in Sandhurst] present their GODSPELL.

The 1971 show with music by Grammy award winning Stephen Schwartz [Enchanted ] and a loose script based on the Gospel of Saint Matthew ( originally re-envisioned by playwright John-Michael Tebelak) is a popular show for touring companies and has enjoyed many revivals.

The structure of the GODSPELL musical is a series of parables interspersed by rock arias that have been inspired by the Book of Psalms.

The structure of the musical is a series of parables interspersed by rock arias that have been inspired by the Book of Psalms.

The original London production starred characters like Julie Covington, David Essex, Jeremy Irons and Marti Webb. We were fortunate enough to have seen the original West End Wyndhams production back in 1972. But we love to see new productions and were excited to see the Eagle House show.

In the Seventies the stage show was a fluid and conceptual performance. It borrowed elements from dance, music and circus to tell the story of “Christ’s Passion”.

In the early days of the stage-show the figure of Christ was dressed as a clown. His “tribe” were portrayed as a group of irresponsible, long-haired hippies.

Now the hippie clothing is gone, because today’s youth movements tend to be associated more with athletic trainers and sportswear. The younger elements of the Eagle House Godspell Team wore printed t-shirts with the hash-tagged “Godspell logo” while main cast members wore distinctive tartans.

The magnificent Wilde Theatre is perfect for this kind of innovative, unpretentious presentation. At Godspell the audience was seated on all four sides of the staging.

After the exultant sound of a brass shofar the audience and cast “Prepared” for the “Way of the Lord”. This first song was an exceptionally compelling and enthusiastic number, sung by the whole cast [all five teams] who circled the newly baptised Christ in a spiritual state. Followers were given rubber wristbands to show their affiliation and discipleship.

Exceptionally compelling and enthusiastic…

A characteristic of the earliest shows, and all theatrical productions since, has been topicality.

Once we saw Godspell during the period known as the Three-Day Week, this was in the “power-cut Seventies” and the big joke was that it didn’t matter how dark things got because the audience was “The light of the World.”

Similarly, during the storytelling from Eagle House we had mentions of Facebook, Premier Inn, Justin Bieber and Fake News.

And of course the big, rich baddie (before “All for the Best” ) was Donald Trump.

Ben Trunck, perhaps shorter in stature than we expected, played a fascinating Jesus character — full of vivid personality. While Mark Dickin interpreted Judas skulking presence perfectly.

A feeling of “loving community” encompassed everything…

Each year group of Eagle House wanted to stage their own parable and musical number — so this meant the show was a wonderful consolidation of excellent sketches — each interconnected with the next.

The overall experience, from the perspective of the audience, was a feeling of “loving community” that encompassed everything.

Day By Day” always was — and still is — the most memorable song from the show and in Basingstoke the number was handled intelligently and with sympathy.

All Good Gifts” was brilliantly choreographed and elegantly efficient. Also, at one point, after “Save the People” we had an army of scary zombies grabbing at souls…

There was humour, movement, excitement and tenderness throughout the show — with great dramatic use of simple objects, like the coloured blocks.

Our favourite song was “On The Willows” — it came after the Last Supper scene. Psalm 137 — from which the song is taken — has been set to music by several composers over the years and the lament found in Godspell is possibly the best of all of them. The Eagle House vocalists performed the difficult harmonies with distinction.

This was an excellent production.

All 128 cast members [ages 9 to 13] should be congratulated, as well as their staff at Eagle House and the committed parents who made it all possible.

5 Stars

Words: @neilmach 2017 ©
Links: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SouthHillParkArtsCentre
http://www.eaglehouseschool.com/

Godspell at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park was ann amateur production presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

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The River Card – Jan 29 2010      The Firestation     Windsor

Formed in Stoke-on-Trent at the end of 2005, The River Card are a melodic hardcore band who after a few member changes have existed with the current line up since the beginning of 2007.

The River Card have shared a stage with the likes of Hatebreed, Killing The Dream, Set Your Goals, Grave Maker, Have Heart, Vultures United, Bane, Down To Nothing, Parkway Drive, Your Demise, Verse, Dead Swans, Reign Supreme, Cruel Hand, Ruiner, Unrestrained and Dirty Money to name a few. Since the release of ‘No Prize Just Pride EP’ in 2007 The River Card have worked hard touring the UK and Europe a number of times.

The River Card have just released a new album ‘Serious Titles’ in March 2009 and extensively toured the UK, followed by a 6 week Euro tour in late 2009 and a split 7″ release on Power Negi Records. 2010 will continue to see The River Card as one of the hardest working bands in hardcore.

http://www.myspace.com/therivercard

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BAD PENNY ~  Live


Formed by some of the most accomplished and gifted musicians on the circuit. BAD PENNY will rock you to your foundations, playing the best classic rock anthems, executed with all the passion and fury you would expect from this impressive collection of musical maestros.

Bad Penny  JAN gigs

Jan 16 2010      9:00P
Ye Old Swan Inn     Burnham

Jan 29 2010     9:00P
The Royal Oak     Hampton

Jan 30 2010     9:00P
Rose and Crown     Sandhurst

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/badpennylive

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Prezence

Local hard working 5 Piece Classic Rock Covers Heroes,  Prezence have a load more gigs lined up at local venues this January…

JAN/FEB gigs

Jan 16 2010      9:00P
The Coach & Horses     Isleworth

Jan 23 2010     9:00P
Pyrford Social Club     Pyrford

Feb 6 2010     9:00P
The Fox & Duck     Ham

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/prezencerock

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Alix Live–  Percy Lambert – Jan 30 2010
2 High Street, Weybridge, Surrey

Like a lot of great artists, Alix is influenced by different genres and keeps his music fresh and exciting by blending rock, soul and funk in a wide ranging repertoire.

This includes James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Doors, Funkadelic, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Troggs, Lenny Kravitz, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Prince, Marvin Gay, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Doobie Brothers, Stereophonics, Sam and Dave and other major rock/soul artists.

Overseas tours have included clubs and stadiums in Canada, Hong Kong, Belgium, Holland, France and Dubai where his band Unkle Jam, played at major function venues including the Hard Rock Cafe. Alix has backed Dennis Edwards and The Temptations on the same billing as the James Brown Band and has played with George Clintons P Funk Allstars to name a few major bands.

His vocal range continues to wow audiences with the authentic sounds of the original artist in his own unique style.

Alix can now be seen touring the Home Counties with his Alix Live Band performing a mix of his own material and covers as one of the most versatile acts available to live music venues.

Sat 30th Jan ( + Jam Pact With Tony Chick & Mark Z):
The Percy Lambert, Weybridge

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Land of Cain

Land of Cain is a superb four piece rock/metal outfit from West London. Featuring astonishing guitar work, a pounding rhythm section, progressive strains and thought provoking lyrics the band are becoming a force to be reckoned with on the local  hard rock scene.

The band started life as “One Bitter Pill” in 2004, with Grant Chambers and Aaron Waddingham in the original line-up. In 2007, Grant and Aaron decided to take the band in a darker and heavier direction, and with the addition of Spencer Dargue on Drums and Chris Jordan on Bass, the band began writing the new material which would later evolve into the songs for their first album “Collapse the Control”.

Land of Cain  JAN/FEB gigs:

Jan 30 2010      8:00P
THE COACH AND HORSES     Isleworth

Feb 5 2010     9:00P
THE GLOBE     Brentford

Link:

http://www.myspace.com/landofcain

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