Gospell GAP show Compstall 2012


St Paul's Church in Compstall, near Stockport, rocked to the music of Godspell performed by local young people. Some of the cast from the three performances last month are pictured. The musical - based on the Gospel according to St Matthew - was directed by Mick Boyle, an experienced drama teacher who is the husband of Vicar Lynne Boyle.

The message which underpins the show is one of building and being community; it is about Jesus building His community of disciples, teaching and guiding them and preparing them to continue His work after His death and resurrection.

The Revd Lynne Boyle said: “For all those of us who were involved this show really did have a sense of a community pulling together to make something wonderful happen.

“People from the church, the village, the local community and beyond all worked as one to make this Godspell production such a success.”

Villagers sang in the backing group; others played in the band, worked on sound and lighting, prepared and painted scenery, provided props, constructed staging, sold tickets, sold refreshments, and some performed the important job of cleaning the church each evening after the performances.

The show was a Growth Action Planning (GAP) initiative to involve teenagers more in church life. The parish is now considering putting on another show.