Opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Ipswich Regent and local theatre company Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society pulled off another excellent show before a very appreciative audience. Although not a full house, considering the capacity of the Regent there was a relatively small number of empty seats, a triumph in itself especially on opening night. We were amply rewarded by the professionally delivered performance of this Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical.
Phillip Kinsella as Jesus, gave us a strong portrayal of the Bible Story with the Crucifixion scene being both moving and amazing at the same time. How was he suspended on the cross in such a realistic way whilst hoisted into the upright position – one could not help but wonder how it was accomplished.
Marcus House cut an authoritative figure as Pontius Pilate while Sian Naylor as Mary Magdalene gave an excellent rendition of the favourite “I don’t know how to love him’. She certainly has a fine voice, as indeed do the rest of the cast. One of the Priests managed such low notes they must have come through his boots!
One or two bursts of Brian May-type guitar sprinkled here and there only added to the show. All in all a very good evening of entertainment was enjoyed by all.
Jesus Christ Superstar is at the Ipswich Regent Theatre until Saturday 12th April. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 433100 or you can book online at www.ipswichregent.com
Pat Gooding – Ipswich24