"New Wine" Performing Renditon of "Godspell"

Updated: April 22, 2019 09:01 AM

"New Wine" of Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet is putting on five days of coffee house concerts. Each night, they'll be belting out tunes from the 70s musical "Godspell."

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The musical group is made up of 9 - 12 grade students from around the northland. They are from different denominations/religions, too. Each June, they travel to different parts of the country to spread their message to others. Director of the group, Amanda Olsen, says the concerts act as a fundraiser for that trip. 

Godspell is an adaption of the gospel according to Matthew. The theme behind the story is building faith as a community. Sam Rengo, a member of New Wine, says his role as Jesus has been fun, but challenging.

"It's a physically taxing role," he says. "I have a lot of lines and songs throughout the whole show, but we've had a lot of different rehearsals."

The group has been hard at work the past few weeks with dance and song rehearsals. In addition, they're aiming to differ from the rendition that was done back in 2015. 

"The goal with Godspell is to always make it new, fun (and) modern" Olsen says. "There's a lot of improv, different jokes. We have a new rap song in it this year."

Shows run May 1 through May 5 at the Cloquet church. Tickets are $12. Click here to buy tickets. 

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