Music, energy and colourful costumes will accentuate the play Jesus Christ Superstar at the Bashaw United Church.
Actors from Ponoka and Bashaw will be entertaining for six nights and tickets are going fast.
Jesus Christ Superstar is directed by Ponoka resident Lori Kirchner with musical direction by Robin King.
Ponoka resident Ben Wilson, who will be playing Jesus, is looking forward to putting on a great show but admits he was somewhat leery after seeing other versions of the musical production.
“I never knew much at all about the play Jesus Christ Superstar before Kirchner asked me if I was interested,” he said. “I watched a few You Tube clips online to get a feel for it and my first impression was that I was horrified by the extreme ‘70s rock ballad style of the music and costuming, Kirchner and King have taken a much more contemporary interpretation of the score but are keeping a very authentic and traditional style of costuming and acting.”
Wilson is pleased with the direction of the play and believes Kirchner and King have created a good balance with the music, acting and costumes.
“I think we have just the right mix of staying true to the score but not sounding like a long haired ‘70s rock band,” he said. “The music has grown on me a lot and we’re having a lot of fun at rehearsals.”
The play boasts 32 cast members and is being presented in collaboration by the Bashaw Adult Learning Council, the Bashaw United Church and the Majestic Theatre.
The play has already sold 650 tickets out of 900 and they are going fast.
Tickets are available for sale at Drs. Ross, Wilson, Heimdahl & Zobell and at Mr. Bill’s Computers.
The musical production will be performed on April 24, 25, 26 and May 3 at 7 p.m. and on April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m.