Bloomington High School South seniors Taylor Crousore and David Blackwell were sad to end their high school careers alternating the lead role in “Carousel.”
Crousore, half jokingly mentioned doing one more show, a small one perhaps, but a chance to do one more.
This led to their playing opposite each other as Jesus and Judas in South’s production of “Godspell.”
They’re both three year veterans of Bloomington South’s “Sounds of South” and this will be the fifth show they’ve appeared in together.
Both Blackwell and Crousore will be headed to Indiana University in the fall.
Through the years in high school Blackwell has balanced his theater work with a demanding high school program and a starting role on South’s football team.
He said “balancing things has always been something that took real skill and commitment.”
This fall he’ll be a preferred walk-on for the IU team.
He says, “It’s a chance for me to show what I can do, and I’ll be trying for a scholarship in my sophomore year.”
He’s thinking about a major in elementary education, but at the same time he says that he won’t be abandoning music.
Crousore will be keeping music and theater as his primary focus as he moves from high school to college.
He has been admitted to IU’s very competitive Bachelor of Fine Arts program in musical theater.
He says about living in Bloomington and being active in the arts that, “it’s been great to be able to take advantage of all the music and theater offerings that the community and IU offer.”
In talking about their roles each has something special to say.
Blackwell said of Judas, that although he’s not really like him, “at least we do present him as a character that is somewhat resisting playing the role that been assigned to him.”
Crousore also has special thoughts about playing the part of Jesus.
“It’s tough because at first he’s a clown, a friendly popular sort, but then the darker responsibilities come to dominate. It’s quite a range, but I appreciate the opportunity to work through it.”
Godspell with music by Stephen Schwartz will be performed by members of Bloomington South High School’s “Sounds of South” Friday and Saturday April 10th and 11th of 2009 a Jackson Creek Middle School.