Jesus Christ Superstar was last performed at the Regent Theatre by the Society in 2003 we return to that wonderful Rock Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber again. Always popular with audiences, this time we had in board two ex-West End performers at the helm. Martin Warden as Director and Mark Connell as Choreographer, along with our resident MD Mike Wren.
With their wealth of experience the cast rose to the occasion both creatively and vocally in what is a challenging score to say the least. Our brilliant back stage technical crew were ably assisted by a fully qualified company who came in to oversee the staging and hanging of Judas which was particularly crucial to the visual effect.
We played to good houses and in the financial climate it gives the Society a longer lease to continue with future productions for the enjoyment of all.
This production was a cast favourite with many cast members returning for the future production of Sunset Boulevard.
Phillip Kinsella as Jesus, gave us a strong portrayal of the Bible Story with the Crucifixion scene being both moving and amazing at the same time. How was he suspended on the cross in such a realistic way whilst hoisted into the upright position – one could not help but wonder how it was accomplished.
Marcus House cut an authoritative figure as Pontius Pilate while Sian Naylor as Mary Magdalene gave an excellent rendition of the favourite “I don’t know how to love him’. She certainly has a fine voice, as indeed do the rest of the cast. One of the Priests managed such low notes they must have come through his boots! – Pat Gooding Ipswich24