LOCAL stage school The Song Shop this week brings to the stage one of the best-known musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Based originally on a concept album project, the rock opera tells the story of the final six days in the life of Jesus, through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples.
More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ is being hailed as the messiah of Judea. Nervous about losing their power, the Romans, with the help of Judas, find and arrest Jesus and crucify him. The musical covers the events of Palm Sunday, healing the sick, Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, his trial, flogging and crucifixion.
The classic score contains many well known songs including ‘What’s the Buzz’, ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’ and the title song ‘Superstar’.
In the principal roles are Chris Tomlinson as Judas and brothers Matthew as Jesus and Nick as Pilate. Portraying the challenging role of Mary Magdalene is Heather Robertson, whose previous work with The Song Shop has so far been backstage. Supported by a vibrant company of talented youngsters and adults and a talented clutch of principals from Montrose, Arbroath, Brechin and Laurencekirk, the show is set to be one of The Song Shop’s finest productions.
Fraser McGlynn from The Song Shop said: “The cast have had to combine all the skills of singing, dance and drama, that they learn in their weekly classes to pull off some of the really powerful musical numbers.”
Jesus Christ Superstar begins in the town hall from tonight (Wednesday) and runs until Saturday.
Tickets are available now from Henry Hogg on the High Street or from The Song Shop on 01674 673236.