Jesus Christ Superstar!
Jesus Christ Superstar
On Friday the 11th of July I went to see an amateur production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Jesus Christ Superstar at Abergavenny Borough Theatre performed by the V.I.G Theatre Company. Expectations were high following on from last year’s production of Witches of Eastwick, which won the Best Technical Production Award in the NODA Theatre Awards 2013. With the Music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the words written by Tim Rice the production is loosely based on the last week of Jesus’ life. The musical begins with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ends with the crucifixion.
I had heard alot about the show before hand but had never actually seen anything on it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect apart from it being a rock opera; truthfully the word opera put me off a little bit but to be fair to the show it was better than I expected it to be.
In this version of the show the majority of male characters were played by females so at first it took me a while to get use to this, as I was not entirely sure who was who to begin with. The lack of costumes was also quite confusing as all characters wore ankle boots with leggings and a black t-shirt, the only way to tell the males from the females was the fact that the only female lead wore her hair loose whilst those playing male characters tied their hair back. Once you became accustomed to this it became easier to tell the characters apart.
Miles Harding, the only male lead character, played the role of Jesus Christ, which I thought was a good choice, as he did a great job at portraying the character. His voice was well suited to the role although during some of the quieter solo songs he sung it was difficult to hear, as the music was too loud in places.
Lisa Marie Williams played Judas Iscariot and did a brilliant at job. At first I found it difficult to work out who her character was but after the first song I had managed to figure it out.
In her first lead role for V.I.G Autumn Mason portrayed Mary Magdalene and did a good job as well.
The cast all sounded great on the night and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, from the balcony .I was able to see everyone clearly and hear the music well although at times the band was louder than the singers and it was hard to hear them, but that only happened for the quieter songs.