Monday, November 15th, 2010
IN THE beginning, God created the heavens and the earth in seven days – and then someone turned the last seven days of Jesus Christ into a rock opera.

It was two people to be exact, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who came up with the idea of making a messiah musical based on the Gospels’ account of the last week in Jesus’ life.

Directed by Ryan Taaffe at Wanneroo’s Limelight Theatre this November and December, Jesus Christ Superstar won five Tony Awards in 1972 and was made into a film the following year.

“I have loved this musical since I first saw the Norman Jewison film starring Ted Neeley when I was a child,” Taaffe said.

“It’s a fantastic story and has great songs and, because it’s a rock opera, it provides a wonderful challenge and a beautiful score.”

The story leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion is told through the eyes of Judas, Pilate, Mary, the Apostles and Jesus himself via songs such as Gethsemene, I Don’t Know How to Love Him and Jesus Christ Superstar – all chart-topping hits.

Involved in theatre since age 13, Taaffe trained at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and Curtin University and has played the lead role in numerous plays and musicals over the years and is also a qualified drama teacher.

Most recently, he won a Finley Award for best musical after directing Cabaret, also scoring second place with Fame.

Taaffe has also been a Storm The Stage judge and is an Independent Theatre Association committee member.

After performing in the musical Chess earlier this year, he believes his main challenge with Jesus Christ Superstar is the fact it has no dialogue.

“The cast need to be able to convey all the emotions required through song and they’ve been doing a wonderful job of it,” Taaffe said.

“It’s a fun musical with both laughs and tears and I defy anyone not to walk out humming or singing at least one of the songs.

Jesus Christ Superstar plays at 8pm, November 25, 26, 27, December 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11 with 2pm matinees on December 4 and 11. Tickets are $26 adults, $21 concession and $13 children.

Book on 9571 8591 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday, or online at

jcs1: Rebecca Griffiths as Mary and Tyson Walton-Cherrie as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.

jcs2: Heavenly angels in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar: Elise Giaimo, Shantel Robinson, Jessica Howes, Liane Allen, Clare Wood, Susan Flood and Alyssa Burton.

jcs3. Herod’s harem get up to some frisky business in Jesus Christ Superstar… Rachel Monamy, Shannon Aitken, Jessica Temby, Rebecca Burke, Kate Goyder, Hannah Ferrie and Hillary Readings.

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