From Nora Dempsey, Lake:
I WANTED to say how in awe I am of the students (and staff) who staged Jesus Christ Superstar recently at the Medina Theatre (CP, 14-12-12
As an avid follower of musical theatre I was amazed at the level of professionalism and ability Medina College students and staff showed in this production.
JCS is a hard-hitting show for adults to put on but for a group of youngsters it could have been mind blowing.
Well, their performance was mind blowing. Jack Roberts and Laura Burnett, who played the leads of Jesus and Mary Magdalene were, from the outset, absolutely brilliant and played their respective roles with such empathy the audience could not help but be mesmerised.
Everyone on the stage gave 100 per cent of themselves to give the audience a theatrical experience to remember. I attended on the Friday night, which performance cumulated in a long, well-earned, standing ovation, after a show which took the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride.
With very clever use of big screens, one could compare the political turmoil of 2,000 years ago with that of today. The final crucifixion scene and tableau was clever, touching, thought-provoking and beautiful.
There was great and forceful acting from Luke Cumberpatch as Pontius Pilate, and light relief came in the form of Billy Urry with some dancers giving a nice "flapper" dance display.
Rich Wiseman, Will Doyle and Claire Galvin led a wonderful band giving the audience total musical perfection and wonderful treatment of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rich and varied music.
We hear so much negative press about kids nowadays, it was an absolute pleasure to watch high school kids, with great staff in support, showing us all what young people are really made of.
This bunch of youngsters were an amazing credit to their parents, their school and themselves, and I, for one, will remember their moving performance for a long time to come.