Behind the Scenes - Godspell 2017

We have all heard, used and applauded the statement, "It takes a village to raise a child." At Northside the truth and reality of this age-old adage comes to life throughout each and every College musical. For us Godspell was a labour of love created by a collaborative Christ-centred community.

Forming this unique army of volunteers are our teachers and teacher aides, our students, our Alumni, our administrators, our maintenance crew, our parents, our Alumni parents and our grandparents!

Together they have painted, sewed, hammered, glued, sung, hair-sprayed, danced, applied make up, dressed, managed backstage, directed, supervised, photographed, ushered, digitally-enhanced, prayed, created melodic music and much more than can be recorded here!

To all our collaborative villagers we say THANK YOU, BLESS YOU and we LOVE YOU.

--Mrs Ann Margaret Rose

College Volunteers Coordinator

Godspell has filled our hearts with a deeper gratitude and appreciation for our caring, Christ-centred College community!

Northside Christian College 2017 Musical - Godspell

What was your favourite moment from the musical?

Genevieve:

Year 9, Chorus member

Probably finishing the whole musical (on stage) for the first time and realising just how everyone's hard work had led to an amazing, enjoyable, standing-ovation-worthy production.


Hena:

Year 10, Chorus

I loved everything! But if I had to chose it would be the finale. The story is so full of hope and when we're on stage, you can feel the emotion. The last scene was filled with sadness as Jesus died but within a few minutes that sadness was turned to hope and everyone was screaming and really happy in the end and it was just amazing.


Samuel:

Year 12, Band

Finale - 'Beautiful City' part. I loved the whole cast singing out what Jesus had entrusted them to do after he had died. Quite emotional with the music going on and all.


Narelle Musumeci:

Secondary Teacher, Backstage Choir Coordinator

Hearing all the harmonies of some complex songs come together beautifully.

Michaela:

Year 9, Chorus

My favourite moment in the musical was at the very end of the finale, because it's a very emotional and powerful part. It gave me this amazing feeling of accomplishment, and to be able to share it with all of my friends around me was incredible.


Liam:

Year 12, Band

My favourite moment from the musical was definitely playing alongside a very talented band! The amount of energy that everyone put into all our rehearsals and all five shows was indescribable! Also, being able to attach our part of the production to the acting and vocal pieces was so fun and enjoyable to watch. This was honestly the biggest highlight of my schooling life and I could not have chosen to be a part of a better musical than Godspell! Also a BIG thank you goes to Mr Drew for all his hard work in the arrangements for the musical.


Joshua:

Year 10, Chorus

My favourite moment was singing all the songs downstairs in sync with the leads upstairs.


Ensemble


Mr Maitlohn Drew:

Music Teacher, Music Director

It is truly inspiring seeing how much the students develop in their level of performance over four months.


Lauren:

Year 12, Chorus member

Getting to know so many wonderful students and teachers during this production was amazing. I loved all of it but definitely one of the highlights was Johnny's interpretive dance, Donald Trump and 'Light of the World' with the confetti machine. That was a lot of fun! Being able to tell Jesus' story in a musical was incredible!


Shania:

Year 12, Chorus member

Watching all the leads gain confidence and really begin to enjoy the spotlight. So proud of them all (especially my bro, who had never sung in front of people before). I loved getting to mix with everyone from different grades and being part of one big Godspell family.

Favourite moment: It's so hard to choose, but definitely Vusa and his moonwalk, Jonny and his interpretive dance, and Cat and her rap. You guys rock! (Not that kind of rock)


Mrs. Kayleen Morrison:

Sports Admin, Band

Watching the reaction from the audience as it mirrored what was occurring on stage.


Annalise:

Year 9, Cast

When our hands were held up for the last beat, we all had that fuzzy feeling that we had done something eventful and worthwhile. That was my favourite part because it shows the hours we had put into this musical, which made something incredible.


Sophia:

Year 11, Vocal Solo

I really loved after every show how we'd come back downstairs and everyone would just be so so happy and excited of the amazing production we'd created.


Stacey:

Year 11, Chorus

The first performance seeing the audience's reactions was really cool. There was this one lady who when the confetti went off in Light Of The World had the most amazed look on her face. Her jaw almost touched the floor. It was great.


Ensemble


Rachael:

Year 11, Chorus

The boom boom boom end arm thingy, which is cool cause we all do it together and then the people clap.


Liam:

Year 9, Chorus

My favourite moment was when we finished the final show and we were all standing there on stage thinking that this was it and we were done!


Joseph:

Year 12, Dance Chorus

My favourite moment was when the disciples were saying goodbye .

Northside Christian College Musical Backstage ChoirBackstage Choir


Mrs Marina Hoehn:

Year 1 Teacher, Backstage Choir

I really enjoyed the way the students brought parables to life through expression, action and interpretive dance. Also, working along side such a committed cast in vocal rehearsals has been such a blessing to me.


Mrs Lyn Smith-Cottrell:

Art Teacher, Set Designer

There are quite a few favourite moments - the realisation that we are able to honour God transparently and boldly and with joy. Plus that beautiful moment when it all came together and we knew that, once again, God had smiled upon us.


Natasha:

Year 9, Chorus

Being with the whole cast and watching the leads from downstairs.


Bethany:

Year 12, Lead

My favourite moment was when we do the famous 'Northside three punch' move at the end of the finale. It's the best feeling knowing that you have given the life-changing message of the Gospel to a whole new crowd.


Chelsea:

Year 9, Second Violin

Being able to make connections with people I thought I'd never talk to.


Abigail:

Year 12, Lead

My favourite moment from the musical was when we first did Jesus' crucifixion. The leads and teachers gathered in the drama room to do an intense two-hour rehearsal. Little did we know this rehearsal would be different. As we acted out the scene, we found ourselves brought to tears. We began to experience the true emotions and mourning that those around Jesus would have. It was magical.


Ben:

Year 11, Lead

The singing and dancing was the very fun, but I also enjoyed showing people what everyone worked so hard on.

Samara

Year 12, Dance Chorus

I absolutely loved being back stage, whether with the dance chorus or the whole chorus. We all knew the lines and songs, even for the numbers we weren't in. So we would be downstairs watching the monitor, singing and dancing together and getting excited when we heard the audience laughing while we waited for our next song! Also, through the story of Godspell, I feel like I have a new perspective on the book of Matthew and Jesus' life. Seeing that Jesus was a person just like us, who actually died for our sins and rose again, really touched me. It made me realise how incredible His sacrifice was and how great his love is!


Romy:

Year 10, Lead

The gratitude of being chosen as a lead and working as a team with not only the amazing leads but also with the whole chorus, directors and backstage crew. It's been a truly surreal experience working together and sharing the message of Gods' power.


Zachary:

Year 12, Chorus

My favourite part was getting to know some people in the Middle School who I didn't know.


Joshua

Year 11, Backstage

The Donald Trump impersonation was my favourite part.


Production team

From the Directors:

Mrs Katie Gentle

It’s hard to believe that the curtain has fallen on Godspell! There is such a legacy at Northside when it comes to musicals. As a newcomer to the twenty plus years of amazing performances, I am consistently awed by the heart of my colleagues and the volunteers who have (many from the very first musical) worked faithfully to produce quality shows, which encourage our students just as much as they wow audiences. One cannot count the time collectively put into this musical, but greater than the labour of love has been the prayer putting this show to the stage. From the very beginning it became clear that Godspell was a wonderful opportunity to tell our story, the Gospel message, and there is no cast or crew that would have been more suited to doing it with such creativity, integrity to scripture and passion for quality arts!

Mrs Thea Eisenmenger

When an event of this magnitude comes along, we tend to judge its success on numbers – how many people were involved, how many people came to see the show, how many cans of glitter hairspray we went through… But the true value of being involved in Godspell lies in the impact it has had on all who experienced it – cast, crew or audience. The friendships that were formed, the laughs that were had, the lessons learned – these are the things that will live on and continue to connect us as a community. That’s why Northside musicals are so special. That’s why they are so much more than just a performance. That’s why being able to be a part of one, in whatever capacity, is such a blessing and a privilege. Thank you to everyone who played a part in ‘Godspell’. Our lives are forever richer.

How would you describe Northside Christian College musicals?

Grant:

Year 11, Band

Absolutely amazing, professional quality.


Genevieve:

Year 9, Chorus member

Amazing, very professional and very entertaining. You probably would be surprised that so much could come from a school musical.


Samuel:

Year 12, Band

Northside musicals really are once in a lifetime opportunities.


Narelle Musumeci:

Secondary Teacher, Backstage Choir Coordinator

Loads of fun to be involved, singing with the kids and the choir. Our musicals are always such a high standard and really well cast. No matter who directs them, they have all been fabulous. For many years we have had some incredibly talented teachers on the musical committee working together so it always ends up polished and awesome.


Michaela:

Year 9, Chorus

The Northside musicals are beyond anything I have ever seen. You feel like you're in one big family. There was never, "chorus and leads" or "leads and vocal soloists".We were always just one cast, and that is why I think Northside musicals are so special. I have made so many memories and I will never forget what it was like.


Tiffany:

Year 9, Dance Chorus

An incredible opportunity to build friendships and have fun while working with others!


Dancers


Emma:

Year 12, Disciple

They are an opportunity to grow. I love the fact that pretty much all of the male leads had never sung until the musical, and they all did so well!


Lily:

Year 9, Dance Chorus

I would describe Northside's musicals as great teamwork. We all worked well together to deliver Godspell and I think every performance just got better and better. Not only because there was a bigger audience but also there was more energy throughout each performance. I am very grateful for everyone's time and commitment they put in to produce Godspell and am very happy I got to be apart of it.


Dancers


Zoe:

Year 10, Dance Chorus

Being apart of a Northside musical is a fun-filled, rewarding, incredible, memory-making experience. The teachers are hard-working and passionate, the cast super talented and all the volunteers incredibly skilled. I loved every minute of Godspell and can't wait to be a part of Northside's next musical!


Allie:

Year 11, Dancer

Northside's musicals are truly unique in that we not only have to opportunity to perform spectacular shows for the community but also we get the chance to devote everything we do to God. We had regular prayer circles with the cast and great devotions, which drew us all closer to each other and to our Heavenly Father.

Other comments or stories you'd like to highlight?

Genevieve:

Year 9, Chorus member

It was so much fun to be able to talk to and experience everything with people from Grade 9-12 because you wouldn't usually get the opportunity to do that anywhere else.


Hena:

Year 10, Chorus

I love the fact that a musical can bring people together. I got to know a lot of people. I've formed many new friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.


Samuel:

Year 12, Band

I was in the band for 2015's Annie musical and I just absolutely loved this year's production of Godspell as well. It really is a privilege to be a part of it and to work with so many talented and enthusiastic people. I would give anything to relive the energy and hype!


Band


Hannah:

Year 12, Chorus

Overall a great experience, supportive community where everyone was a valuable member and chipped in and did their part to help to the best of their ability. If I could have this experience again I would, unanimously.


Michaela:

Year 9, Chorus

My dream for so long was to be in a musical and Godspell was my very first one and it is one of the best experiences I've ever had in my entire life. So thank you for anyone and everyone who made this musical possible.


Tiffany:

Year 9, Dance Chorus

Pineapple juice really does help your voice when doing back to back shows.


Kate:

Year 12, Band

The people behind the scenes who made the sets, painted them, planned them and put them all together, deserve a lot more praise than the band and cast do. They made the atmosphere. They created it in Whitehouse. So thank you set designers.


Mr Maitlohn Drew:

Music Teacher, Music Director

There is an incredibly difficult song in Godspell called "Alas for You". Many productions of the show cut the number due to its constantly changing metres. The Northside Godspell Band rose to this challenge, taking inspiration from the late artist Prince, who used to fine his touring band $2,000 each time they made a mistake on stage. The Northside Godspell Band put their own twist on Prince's approach, keeping a tally of their own errors each time they played "Alas for You". Whoever clocked up the most mistakes at the end of the week's rehearsals had to buy the rest of the band a round of soft drinks. No names mentioned, but a certain band member went through a fair bit of cash, buying drinks for the band almost every week... (In fairness to this unnamed person though... it was a very difficult drum part).

Davina:

Year 11, Vocal Solo

Jonny's interpretive dance never gets old.


Mrs Marina Hoehn:

Year 1 Teacher, Backstage Choir

The members of the Backstage Choir are a talented and committed support crew who always get so much enjoyment out of the time they put into rehearsing and contributing as a valued link in the awesome chain which are Northside Musicals!


Ryan:

Year 11, Vocal Solo

The boys and I all got together before every show and I lead us in prayer. This was always a powerful moment and we went out to every show super confident in ourselves.


Lachlan:

Year 12, Cast

I would gladly do another Northside Musical again :)


Mrs Lyn Smith-Cottrell:

Art Teacher, Set Designer

I am so humbled every musical at how these beautiful students rise to heights way beyond their years to enthral, captivate, teach and serve. Every one of them has a significant and possibly eternal part to play. I love the team that we work with - the synergy of thought and ideas that provides a catapult of momentum towards the goal that God has given us. Above all I am so grateful (in spite of our human frailty) for our Creator's beautiful leading and covering in all that we do. We praise You Lord, and give You all the glory!


Jonathon:

Year 11, Lead

Right back to the very first auditions I told myself this will be heaps of fun, I have to do it. I walked into the drama room with the row of teachers staring me down. My heart was thumping and I felt sick. I acted my best, and sang my hardest but only the teachers could decide who they wanted. Once I was told that I was to be a lead, I was excited at first, but as performance week grew nearer and nearer I felt like it was the worst decision I have ever made in my life. By the time the first performance came round I was dreading everything, telling myself I would stuff up, or I would trip over and completely embarrass myself. With the help from my fellow peers and teachers in the way of prayer, I knew I had to go out on stage and perform my very best, and that was all I could do. As each performance came and went, I began to relax and enjoy the experience more each time. By the last performance I was having the best time of my life and could not imagine what my life would have been like without Godspell. I just wish it could never have ended. Through this experience I have created new bonds and relationships with people I would never have thought of knowing, and stepped out of my comfort zone to somewhere I didn't even know existed within me. But the biggest thing for me is that I can always trust God with everything I do. I would never have been able to step a foot on that stage if I didn't have God. Thank you everyone!


Sophie:

Year 9, Dance Chorus

I loved being in the Godspell because when I was younger I used to come and watch the shows and then dream of how I could be in a Northside Musical.