A few cast members stand out from the rest: Lauren Meyer's booming voice is a showstopper every time she opens her mouth. When she takes the limelight, belting out tunes like "Turn Back, O Man," you could feel the air in the room change. She is magnificent.
Another standout for his ridiculously deep baritone and comic stage presence is Clayton Strohmenger. Really, the human body shouldn't bend that way, and a voice that big shouldn't come from such a slender person. Fantastic!
As Jesus, James Cameron Vance II is compassionate and instructional, briefly chastising his flock to help them learn morality through the witty parable re-enactments.
Local theater newcomer Stephen Hayward, as John the Baptist and Judas Iscariot, is someone to be watched. Reminiscent of a young Bryan Archer -- a longtime mainstay on the local stage -- his face is earnest and his manor compelling.
The entire cast and orchestra should be highly praised for putting on something that is at once robust and personal. This is what good community theater is about -- the type of show that only comes along once in a blue moon, that rides solely on the chemistry and talent of its cast and crew.
If you want something you can take your family to and leave feeling charmed and uplifted, go see "Godspell." I can't think of a better way to spend a family Valentine's Day than seeing such an exquisite show.
"Godspell" plays tonight and Feb. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. It shows this Sunday and February 16th at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy! Don't miss it.
Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at autumn.hopk...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.