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'Godspell' on stage in Willmar, Minn.

Jessica Bays, center, leads the cast of "Godspell" in "Bless The Lord." The production is on stage today through Sunday at First Covenant Church in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

WILLMAR -- First Covenant Church presents the musical "Godspell" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the church at 801 Willmar Ave. S.W. in Willmar.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, with the proceeds benefiting Willmar Music Matters.

Tickets are available at Good News Bookstore, Whitney Music and First Covenant Church in Willmar.

Billed as one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, "Godspell" is based primarily on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Featuring a "sparkling, seminal score" by Stephen Schwartz, "Godspell" boasts a string of recognizable songs, led by the international hit "Day By Day."

As the cast makes its way through "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Save The People," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "Bless the Lord," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," audience members get to see the parables of Jesus Christ come to life. The show also presents the story of Jesus' last moments beginning with the Last Supper.

The cast and crew members come from throughout the community with Mitch Schueler playing Jesus and Aane Twedt playing Judas.

Other cast members include Leland Floren, Alex Burdorf, Don Broberg, Dale Bays, Amy Swanson, Jessica Bays, Carrie VanderBeek, Diane Gleaves and Lucinda Sweazey.

Chorus members are Cathy Bays, Rachel Elmhorst, Noah Daniel, Drew Corneil, Sheree' Boberg, Doug Reese and Brian Daniel.

Playing in the band are Sam Benson, Brock Sombke, Max Drodofsky and Sara Miller.

Rebecca Lawton is running the sound and lights, with hair and make-up by Sheila Bass.

The directors include drama director Merica Overcash, music director Brian Daniel, choreographer Pauline Prawl, costuming director Dori Twedt, lighting director Josh Carlson, sound director Larry Davis, set directors Don Twedt and Aane Twedt, marketing director Cathy Bays and marketing assistant Beth Daniel.