Review: High-energy Godspell production at King’s Lynn Arts Centre

One of the most exciting shows to hit the West Norfolk stage is this high-energy and hugely entertaining production by King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Hats off to Kevin Shippey on his triumphant directing debut in Lynn. He inspired the cast of 11 to deliver a fast-moving, exuberant performance.

They bounced their way through the parables based on the gospel according to St Matthew in a timeless celebration of friendship, loyalty and love.

The success of the show depends on the style in which it is presented. Kevin Shippey and his cast devised a diverse range of improvisations which were clever, always amusing and often hilarious.

The singing was excellent, especially in close-harmony, and favourite numbers, including Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord and Day by Day were real show-stoppers. A significant contribution to the show's achievements was the skill of the five-piece band led by Liz Pipe.

Clean-cut Ollie Johnson took centre stage as Jesus with Hayley Dennis, Tom Watson, Lauren Hoskins, Laura-Jayne Shippey, Ross Woodhouse and Laura Farr shining among the team providing energetic support.

Alison Croose

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