Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. But as we let our own light shine, we give permission for others to do the same. That is why we are, each of us, a child of God.
- Godspell, excerpted from a quote by Marianne Williamson
I have agreed to be part of a cast taken from three area churches to put on a production of "Godspell" next month. We started rehearsals this weekend- which, for those of you who like to keep track, means we have four weeks till opening night! Ack! Luckily, it is a very easy score to learn. I'm very excited, as this is the first show I've ever been in, outside of a pit.
Right now, I think we have seven or eight performances scheduled total, on the North side of Chicago, Evanston, and possibly one in Elmhurst. Every single dime is going to go to support The Night Ministry. When I know the dates, locations, and times are set in stone, I will let everybody know, if you'd like to come see it. Which you should- a fun show, for a great cause!
I get to give the small speech above during the Prologue. For those of you intimately familiar with the show, you will notice that it is not in the original 1973 score. The Marianne Williamson quote replaces one by Buckminster Fuller, which says:
Man is a complex of patterns, of processes...
I live on Earth at present, and I don't know what I am.
I know that I am not a category
I am not a thing - a noun
I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process-
An integral function of the universe. .
The change was apparently one of several made when the show was revived in 2001. I am sure you will notice a few more, if you know the original score and script well. But I really like the updates, and I have always loved the original quote my small speech is excerpted from:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
At any rate- I hope a whole bunch of you can make it! At the very least, come see what has me by the nose for the next six weeks!