The curtain is set to rise on what is believed to be the first staged production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Scarborough today.
The production’s director has praised the “amazing community effort” that has brought the show to fruition.
The staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera at the YMCA has been supported by a host of local businesses and organisations.
Director Duncan Lewis said: “Every theatre production relies on the generous support of local businesses and organisations and Jesus Christ Superstar has been incredibly fortunate in having an amazing community effort to bring us to the point where we are about to take to the stage.
“We have been working to a tight budget with this production and the way in which the community of Scarborough has supported us has been overwhelmingly positive.
“For example, we have had a lot of local businesses lending props and DNC Scaffolding Ltd donated the complete stage set and the staff to erect it.
“Yorkshire Coast College provided an incredibly talented mix of musical students and staff as the band; Stephen Joseph Theatre gave technical equipment, costumes, advice and support; we have had fabulous choreography provided by Julie Nockels and Joanne Hall from Rowlies Academy of Dance; Qdos Entertainment lent additional technical equipment and Mojo’s Café has sponsored the T-shirts worn in the production.
“We have had lots of other in kind support too - all in all, a fantastic effort.”
His views were echoed by Steve Marsh, the YMCA’s executive director. “The YMCA is very grateful for the support of the local community in supporting all our theatre productions which in turn, directly benefits the young people we strive to support.”
Instead of taking place in Ancient Rome, the musical will be set in the music industry with Jesus, a rock star, fast gaining icon status.
The cast includes Damon Hotchin, from the Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach adult acting group, taking on the role of Jesus.
The production will also feature a seven-strong band and three backing singers, made up from music students and staff from Scarborough’s Yorkshire Coast College Westwood Campus. Cast members have also been drawn from local schools, Scarborough Sixth Form College and York College, and the set and costume designers work part time at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Existing YMCA volunteers are also involved in costume, technical and front-of-house roles.
Jesus Christ Superstar runs at the YMCA Theatre, St Thomas Street, Scarborough, from Thursday April 10 to Wednesday April 16, with performances at 7.30pm on all days except Sunday April 13 when there will be a 2pm matinee followed by a question and Aanswer session with director and cast.
Tickets from YMCA box office on 01723 506750.