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March 7, 2013

Day by Day, St. Joe's readies for "Godspell" production

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute presents 'Godspell'

Tonawanda News — KENMORE — Roles don’t get much more iconic than this.

When Patrick Blosat of Buffalo was cast as Judas Iscariot in the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute production of “Godspell,” the musical based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, he saw quickly that it was likely to be a very interesting experience.

“I realized it was going to be a long road, because Judas is clearly the antagonist and the villain,” Blosat said during an interview this week. “Well, I don’t see myself as a villain, I see myself as a rather nice guy.”

Jimmy Corra, who plays John the Baptist in the musical, has somewhat of the same challenge. His character, he said, represents the Old Testament, has a real fire-and-brimstone mentality and has to come in screaming.

“I’ve found that it’s a difficult role to get into, because I have to be mad at everyone,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not usually like that. But I try to understand what he was about. It’s been a fantastic experience.”

“Godspell,” which runs from Friday to Sunday at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College, is St. Joe’s follow-up to its Kenny Award-winning production of “Anything Goes,” which took home last year’s overall award for outstanding performance, three of the four outstanding actor/actress awards and the honors for vocal performance. 

In contrast to the light-hearted Cole Porter production, the musical by Stephen Schwartz depicting part of the life of Jesus Christ was described by both students as “powerful.”

“To get another interpretation of what Jesus Christ’s message was during his life ... it’s a very powerful show,” Blosat said. “Now that I understand the show, I realize our acting and our singing mean more than anything else. We’re basically acting out the life of Jesus.”

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