Ipswich: IODS searches for Jesus

Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society is rehearsing for this year's Sounds Familiar in Concert. Next

Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society is rehearsing for this year's Sounds Familiar in Concert. Next year, it's staging Jesus Christ Superstar and needs a Jesus. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society is searching for Jesus, well, somebody to play him in its production of Jesus Christ Superstar next year.

The rock opera, the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, is based on the last week of the messiah’s life and told mainly from the perspective of Judas, the disciple who betrayed him to the Roman authorities.

The multi-award winning company will bring it to the Ipswich Regent from April 9-12 next year and really need more men to audition for Jesus, Judas, Herod, Pilate, apostles and ensemble.

It is being directed by Martin Warden, who grew up in Woodbridge and was in the professional touring show of Jesus Christ Superstar. The choreographer is Mark Connell, also no stranger to the West End having last appeared in Mamma Mia!

Pre-audition rehearsals are on November 5, 7, 12 and 14 at The Labour Club Hall, Silent Street, Ipswich. Actual auditions are on November 17.


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Anybody interested in coming along should call IODS secretary Maria Page on 01394 276978.

The company is currently gearing up for its annual Sounds Familiar in Concert at Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre Woodbridge from October 22-26. Packed full of familiar songs from films and West End and Broadway musicals, read more about it in this Friday’s Event.

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