I had the pleasure of being in the company of Lichfield Operatic Society last night, as they brought Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s epic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, to life.
The impressive set and lighting was immediately apparent as the band struck up under the baton of Oliver Rowe. As the familiar songs blasted through the auditorium, it was a joy for the ears. Although there were moments where words on stage were lost, this didn't detract from the enjoyment of the show.
The stage buzzed with energy throughout and performances were strong from all involved. Phil Bourne's Judas dominated the stage, spitting lines with passion and the gravelly tone to his voice was a delight. Paired well with Eoin Edwards as Jesus, they made for a formidable duo to lead the show.
Equally strong performances came from Victoria Beck as Mary, with some beautiful characterisation as she sang, and the utterly hilarious Dan Anketell as King Herod - if you have a cameo part, that's how you pull it off!
Amongst the cameo appearances from the men, there were some rather impressive performances. Michael Manser was excellent as Peter - in voice and character - whilst bass, Mark Johnson, was a vocal delight as Caiaphas. He was complemented well by James Pugh (Annas), Ray Hibbs, Elliot Beech and David Hill (Priests).
One particular performance of the night came from Pete Beck as Pilate. His dominating stage presence and vocals were outstanding.
However, it was when the whole ensemble came together that the show shone. Under the direction of Lynne Hill and stunning choreography from Charlotte Middleton, this show was a true success.
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