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JPII-MUSICAL May-26-2011 (250 words) xxxi

Musical about Blessed Pope John Paul II kicks off in Spanish dioceses

By Sara Angle
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "Fear Not," the musical prepared for World Youth Day about the life of Blessed Pope John Paul II, is touring Spanish dioceses in the days leading up to event.

The musical covers the early years of Karol Wojtyla, the young boy growing up in Poland who became the first Polish pope. It discusses his love for theater, college years, love for his family and friends, experience during World War II and career as a college professor. The show culminates with his election as pope in 1978.

"I believe my life, and the meaning of it, is with God ..." the young actor playing Wojtyla says during the performance.

Through music, dance and spoken word the musical is designed to attract young audiences and teach them about Blessed John Paul's rise to the priesthood and inauguration as pope. It also shares messages of hope, faith and love.

The original script was written by Spanish journalist Agueda Lucas, and several musicians collaborated on the musical score. Father Jose Antonio Fernandez, a retired priest from the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., is the project manager.

The cast includes more than 70 actors, actresses, musicians and dancers who perform 13 songs during the musical as well as the official World Youth Day song, "Strong in Faith."

The trailer for the show has already received more than 2,000 hits on Gloria.tv, the Catholic video website, and hundreds of views on YouTube.

The final performance will be in the Madrid Arena Aug. 17, during World Youth Day.

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