Jesus Christ Superstar Comes to Bournemouth Pavilion

•Guest Post from Rachael at The 15 Mile Foodie

 

Thanks to some last minute ticket availability from Bournemouth Bloggers, Wednesday night I was lucky enough to watch Jesus Christ Super Star at Bournemouth Pavillion.

 

Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera are Bournemouth’s biggest amateur musical company and on opening night they pulled off a fantastic performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice production that originally hit the stage in the 1970s.

 

The play is technically a rock opera, in that rock n’ roll music is used to tell a theatrical story, roughly based on the gospel and written from the perspective of Judas one of the 12 apostles.

 

The show takes you on the journey of the last 7 days of Jesus Christ’s life, a story of love, friendship and betrayal.

 

 

Music has the power to transport you back in time, some of the songs in this production did just that, I remembered lyrics from songs I hadn’t heard for probably 20 years.

 

Obviously there was the “Superstar” anthem itself and well-known songs including “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, “Everything’s Alright” both beautifully portrayed by Kirstie Rogers who played Mary Magdalene the lead female role.
Matthew Traher playing a more human version of Jesus demonstrated a fantastic vocal range, especially during his stunning performance of ‘Gethsemane’.

 

Charles Michael Duke deserves huge recognition for his role as Judas Iscariot, I recently read about his battle with Cystic Fibrosis and subsequent double lung transplant last year. It is so hard to believe how he has recovered in order to play such a demanding role. Please check out his story on YouTube and consider organ donation. #DonateMate.

 

 

The styling of the set was simple but effective and costumes had been well thought out to portray the characters, I particularly enjoyed flamboyant King Herod’s costume and judging by the audience reaction I wasn’t alone.

 

A very talented support cast along with the leads make it hard to believe that this show is an amateur production, I urge you to buy a ticket to experience the talent of Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera Company for yourself.

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Jesus Christ Superstar is on at the Bournemouth Pavilion until Saturday 27th July. You can buy tickets here.

 

Tickets were gifted from BH Live, however all words are Rachael’s own. 

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