NEWBRIDGE Musical Society presents Jesus Christ Superstar from Easter Monday April 25 to Saturday April 30 in Newbridge College Theatre at 8pm nightly.
The launch night for the musical, which has been hailed as a great success, took place on Tuesday April 12 in Johnson’s Lounge, Newbridge.
Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, a dramatised version of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus. The opera is based very loosely on the Gospels, and features songs like “Everything’s Alright”, “I don’t know how to love him”, “Hosanna”, “Could we Start again”, “Last Super”,“Gethsemane”, “King Herod’s Song” and of course “Superstar”.
This year’s show, which is the 31st production of Newbridge Muscial Society, is being directed by Sharon McNamara, with Owen C Lynch as musical director and Sharon’s sister Julianne McNamara as choregorapher.
The cast are as follows Jesus - Mark Trundle; Mary Magdalene - Jenna Laming; Judas - Jim Walsh; Pilate - Martin Hennessy; High Priests - Rory Dunne, Pat McLoughlin, Padraigh Munnelly, Kris Kendellen; Apostles - Simon (Jim Donohoe) Peter (Conor Kilduff), John Mullen, Michael Farrell, Fintan O’Connell, Gary Lanigan, Derek McNamara, Terry O’Brien, Adam Trundle, Conor Burke, Rory Dignam and Herod - John Conroy.
Last year’s NMS production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, drew small audiences and the society are hoping for a bigger crowd this year.
Despite the small turnout however the show was an overall success and enjoyed by all those in attendance.