Belgrade High School doesn't normally do two musicals over the course of one school year. 

"In the 28 years I've done this, I've never had the second one be a musical," said director Lynn West. 

But with a set of talented and eager seniors, the choice wasn't a choice at all. 

"I couldn't not do one," West said. 

The play West chose for the seniors' last hurrah is "Godspell," a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with a book by John-Michael Tebelak. It will be performed with a live band. 

"I did ("Godspell") 39 years ago when I was in Belgrade High and it hasn't been done since," West said. 

Seniors on stage are Jazmine Gallagher (Sonia), Emma Mauritsen (Lamar), Page Rasmussen (Gilmer) and Avarie Schaff (Peggy). Behind the scenes, seniors involved in the production are stage manager Sidnie Martin, Nathan Ross on sound and James Stocker on set construction. 

West chose the play because of the size of the cast and ability to fit into the warehouse space. 

"I did want to do a musical to shocase their voices, their talents, that could fit in this space," she said. "It has an urban, inner-city feel."

"Godspell" is a series of biblical parables interspersed with songs like "Learn Your Lessons Well" and "By My Side." They are told by a charismatic Christ figure and acted out by an ensemble cast in a park. 

"People from all different walks of life listen to this fellow," West said. "He's so charismatic and interesting."

West talked with students about the play and its religious nature. They didn't know the play at first, but have grown to love it, with tears often flowing near the end of the play in rehearsal. Plus, West said, "Godspell" is a perennial favorite for people of her generation. 

"It is so good," she said. 

Rachel Hergett is the editor of Ruckus, the arts and culture publication of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. She can be reached at or (406) 582-2603.

Rachel Hergett can be reached at or at 406-582-2603. Hergett is on Twitter at @hergett.