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Jesus Christ Superstar: My Journey and the students of TSA College of Creative Arts

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Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock masterpiece written and produced by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s a global sensation that exploded into theatres in 1971, and thereafter changed the face of musical theatre forever.

The day had come after months of rehearsals for the cast and crew to gather at The Quarry Amphitheatre to bump in Jesus Christ Superstar. After long nights with Tech and Dress rehearsal, opening night arrived and suddenly we were on stage in front of a crowd for the first time. The excitement was real, the nerves were steadied by the realisation that we were not alone, a cast of 100+ taking their places ready for the show.

The scene was set – the Platinum team had envisioned the show in a unique way to be set at a rock festival where Jesus played by the incredible Vin Trikeriotis is the headlining act with his entourage of Disciples and Mary played by the amazing Genevieve Wilson alongside Judas played by Sam Rabbone brilliantly cast each character truly taking the show to another level. Pilate played by Jamie Mercanti the best portrayal I have ever seen of Pilate, Jamie should be the only ever person to play this role, incredible. Herod played by Paul Whitehead and Simon Peter played by Clay Darius both were outstanding.

This was my first experience in a musical. I was thrilled to be a ‘He-Brew’ coffee girl alongside Ivy Lynch with our own combi van. Working with The Platinum Entertainment group was such an honour and I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to have been in the choir with a tiny solo line through the show.

To the behind the scenes we go with the TSA College of Creative Arts team working tirelessly to make the cast characters come to life on stage. The students all worked so hard over the show run and should be proud of their efforts.  It’s incredible having the opportunity to work on such a great production with an incredible team and TSA College of Creative Arts are very thankful to Trevor and Katrina Patient from Platinum Entertainment for taking us under their wing. Until we meet again.

 

By Priscilla Walton

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