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The Coloradoan Reviews " Feathers On The Breath of God", July 2013

by Stacy Nick, writer for The Coloradoan

The Coloradoan reviews "Feathers On The Breath of God" at the Bas Bleu Theater, July 2013.

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'Feathers' looks into inspiring story of saint


Feathers on the Breath of God,' written and staring Jeannine Goode-Allen, follows the inspirational tale of St. Hildegard von Bingen. / Courtesy of Rebekah West.

It’s not every day that a musical with tap dancing 12th-century nuns comes through town.

Then again, St. Hildegard von Bingen wasn’t your ordinary nun.

Last year, St. Hildegard was named a saint and Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. The 12th-century mystic was respected by her Pope, built two abbeys and preached openly as a woman during a time when it was unheard of for a woman to have any power, said Jeannine Goode-Allen, writer and star of “Feathers on the Breath of God.”

The musical about the life and impact of the saint, comes to Fort Collins’ Bas Bleu Theatre on Thursday.

Goode-Allen, a Boulder-based, classical singer, said she found her own voice in the songs of the saint. She wanted to share St. Hildegard’s story.

That’s not to say that it was easy. Goode-Allen built a studio to rehearse in and began a two-year collaboration with director David Sharp and musician Gary Grundei. And while she’d sung most of her life, Goode-Allen also enlisted the help of a vocal coach and studied Latin. It’s one thing to sing; it’s another to master St. Hildegard, she said.

But despite the struggle, Goode-Allen said there was always a feeling that comparatively, anything she would attempt would be easy, or at least easier, than St. Hildegard had it.

The show also is a lot more than just the performance. The pre-show “marinade,” as Goode-Allen calls it, includes an art exhibit, the chance to sample some of St. Hildegard’s remedies of parsley heart wine and nerve cookies, meet the cast and get a better understanding about the show.

Except the tap dancing.

“You just have to experience that one to really get it,” Goode-Allen said. “But (St. Hildegard) would have loved that — it’s that idea that you can do anything.”



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