Whitkirk Arts Guild

Type of Performance Musical
Ticket Price (Full Price) £7.50
Ticket Price (Concession) £6.00

St Mary's Church, Whitkirk are proud to present an amateur production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the world-famous rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Name Role
Sam Battersby Apostle
Andrew Brown Annas
Chris Burdis-Green Chorus
Robert Butler Apostle
Rosemary Copeland Chorus
Lynn Evans Chorus
David Farrar Apostle
Deb Greaves Pilate
Emma Greenwood Soul Girl
Gail Jackson Herod
Matthew Jackson Judas
Mike Jackson Priest
Nick Jackson Caiaphas
Matthew Jameson Jesus
Sheila Jameson Apostle
Becky Manley Mary
Lorna Marshall Simon
Louise Norbury-Robinson Soul Girl
Jason Robinson Apostle
Sean Robinson Apostle
Vikki Robinson Chorus
Janette Songhurst Chorus
Keith Speight Priest
Anne Spencer Apostle
Helen Thomson Chorus
Lee Wallace Peter
Laura Wilkinson Apostle
Laura Wilkinson Soul Girl


Name Role
David Battersby Audio Editing
David Battersby Sound
Anne Bigland Front of House
Lynne Bigland Bookings
Lynne Bigland Stage/Technical Crew
Tim Bigland Stage/Technical Crew
Tony Dawson Stage/Technical Crew
Thomas Gulliver Stage/Technical Crew
Charlotte Hodge Director
Nick Jackson Publicity
Lorna Marshall Costumes
Adam Moore Lighting
Adam Moore Technical Lead
Louise Norbury-Robinson Musical Director
Chris Speight Stage/Technical Crew
Dan Speight Stage/Technical Crew
Andrew Thomson Stage Manager
Ian Thomson Audio Editing
Ian Thomson Sound
Tricia Thomson Stage/Technical Crew


As any seasoned theatre-goer will agree, often you get the feeling you are about to see an excellent show simply by stepping into the auditorium. This was exactly my thought... Christine Castle

As any seasoned theatre-goer will agree, often you get the feeling you are about to see an excellent show simply by stepping into the auditorium. This was exactly my thought as I entered Whitkirk's production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The Church Hall had been transformed by an impressive thrust stage, scaffolding and subtly painted flats.

The vibrant chorus, costumed in appropriate modern dress, set the scene, singing expertly without the benefit of a visible musical director and had no missed cues! The role of Jesus, sensitively played by Matthew Jameson was a tour de force. Matthew Jackson, as Judas, captured brilliantly his tortured soul and his diction in solo numbers was excellent. Becky Manley’s interpretation of 'Mary' was perfectly performed. Other principal roles complimented the overall high standard of this production. Purists may have been concerned in the casting of women in the roles of Pilate, Herod and Simon, but their performances outweighed the detractors. After all, by modernising the production, why not?

The director should be congratulated on a strong and innovative production. The musical director had trained her cast carefully, adjusting the score for her principals' capabilities.

The production was ably controlled by Andrew Thomson (Stage Manager) and his crew; excellent lighting design by Adam Moore with sound and audio editing by David Battersby and Ian Thomson.

The 'pièce de résistance' had to be towards the end of the performance when the Cross miraculously appeared from the stage to rise to a height of 14ft!

This production has re-affirmed my belief that community theatre is reaching very high standards and my congratulations are extended to everyone concerned with the production.


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