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Summarized by Janus Wilkinson

LDS Church's Position Sought Over High School Production of 'Godspell'

OGDEN, UTAH -- A very heated debate over a Utah High School's plan to put on the musical "Godspell" has led to questions about the LDS Church's position on the musical. Ogden High School had planned to put on the musical but with such a controversy going on, the production may be delayed.

Some protesters in the Utah town say the play is too religious. Others say it is sacrilegious. School officials and supporters say the message behind "Godspell," is one of community healing, and they vow that the show will go on. One parent of a student had asked the School Board to cancel the play saying that it had no place at a school. Another complaint came from the assertion that school officials passed on incorrect information, stating that Brigham Young University had once performed the play. That information was incorrect and may have influenced many people into supporting the school's decision to present the play.

Harold Oaks, BYU associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, said "Godspell" had been presented as a high school workshop but never as a university production. He also said that while The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had taken a stand that the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" did not present Christ as a deity, the Church had not taken such a stand on "Godspell."

Tose in favor of the production say the messages promoted in the play are tolerance, forgiveness and loving one's neighbor, without a specific religious belief being promoted.


Godspell' has some parents upset in Ogden
Deseret News 17Sep00 A1
Associated Press
Too religious or sacrilegious? Both sides are adamant


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