At the end of Term 1, King’s enjoyed an outstanding season of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, presented by our talented 2017 Glee Club. Year 13 student Daniel Sewell (Marsden) reflects on the recent performances and the triumph of this year’s production.
Every year, those students with a passion for all things musical, take to the stage for the ever-popular Glee Club performance. This year was no exception, with the critically acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber as the production of choice. Jesus Christ Superstar combines the arc of a traditional Broadway musical with a true rock concert experience.
Following the figure of Jesus Christ, this abridged story sees the protagonist struggling against Pontius Pilate and Judas, while striving to bring about the word of God and being entangled with his mistress Mary Magdalene.
Year 13 student Cameron Mataira (Selwyn), who played the lead role of Jesus Christ, says performing in Jesus Christ Superstar was an awesome experience.
Being part of this cast allowed me the opportunity to make new friends and grow closer with others, as we spent hours together rehearsing,” says Cameron.
“There was a certain energy that everyone brought to the stage when performing. That energy was a product of everyone’s passion and love for the musical and it was what made Glee Club so special this year.”
Cameron’s sentiments ring true, as committing to something such as Glee Club that requires hours of weekly rehearsals, is no easy task. The result onstage was a testament to all the hard work and dedication of the performers, as well as the director Jeremy Birchall.
Fin McLachlan, who played Judas, noted the production was one like no other.
“Despite having been acting, singing, and dancing since a young age, I never get over the thrill of performing, something I shared with many other cast members. This show was definitely one for the books,” recalls Fin.
Overall, this year’s Glee production was a must-see and a show that was easily accessible to students and adults alike. It provided some of our budding performers with the perfect outlet for their talent. One can now only wait and see how next year’s show will top this one.
Written by Daniel Sewell