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Ipswich: Jesus Christ Superstar by the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society at the Regent Theatre until Saturday.

PUBLISHED: 22:25 09 April 2014 | UPDATED: 22:26 09 April 2014

Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society's production of Jesus Christ Superstar at The Ipswich Regent.

Ipswich Operatic & Dramatic Society's production of Jesus Christ Superstar at The Ipswich Regent.

I’m a fan of Jesus Christ Superstar. I’ve seen it in the West End. I’ve seen the film (several times) I’ve seen amateur and professional productions and I’ve seen it in concert at the Regent.

And the IODS production which opened at the Regent on Wednesday is right up there with the best. It’s a fantastic show from start to finish.

The best productions of JCS are performed on a minimalist stage with a 20th century feel, even if it is retelling a 1st century story.

The three main characters, Christ, Judas, and Mary Magdalene, and superbly brought to life by Phillip Kinsella, Jonathan Mudd, and Sian Naylor.

They all have the strong voices their characters need and the stage presence that is vital.

What makes JCS so attractive for amateur groups is the large number of smaller characters who have show-stopping numbers.

This can be a danger for amateur groups who do not have a deep enough reserve of talent.

It is not a problem for IODS. All the solo numbers are massive successes – and many have fresh interpretations I have never seen in other productions.

In short this IODS show is a huge success giving audiences in the area the chance to see a really top-class show.

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