Croydon Parish Players features in this weeks edition of the Maroondah Leader (see article below). If you haven't booked your tickets as yet for our upcoming musical - which opens in less than 2 weeks! - you should do so ASAP by clicking here. Tickets are selling fast. You won't want to miss out on what is going to be a sensational show!
Introducing our beautiful Angels! Ruth, Cassie, Kate, Amy, Kacey and Jess have been working hard to put together some spectacular dances. With a combined 70+ years of dance experience between them, this is one talented group! The Angels were inspired to start dance for various reasons, but a love of performing is common to all of them. Jess started dancing when she was six, all her friends were having lessons and she didn’t want to miss out on the fun! Kate likes dance as it “tricks the body into being active, whilst having fun.” She’s really enjoyed successfully pirouetting, and motioning flicking Jesus off the stage in Herod’s song.
Amy has been dancing since she was five, and did calisthenics before that. This show has brought about new challenges for her, as she is a cast member as well as choreographer. Amy has loved seeing her ideas come to life, and she’s looking forward to seeing it all come together on stage with costumes, staging and lighting.
Cassie started tap lessons this year, which has been useful for the Herod dance. This style of dance is fitting as Cassie describes herself as a tap shoe, “really loud and looks cool!” She’s always loved the challenge of dancing, rehearsing moves over and over again until she wonders why they seemed so hard in the first place! Cassie can’t wait to share with the audience a story that is so important to her life.
It’s not just the dancing that has been challenging; Ruth has enjoyed the “awesome notes” that the Sopranos have (up to a C6!) in some of the songs. Singing and dancing (and remembering to breathe) at the same time isn’t easy, and it’s been something that the ladies have had to work on during rehearsals. Ruth’s dancing career was put on after knee surgery at age 15. She’s thrilled to be dancing again, and loves sharing the show with new and old friends.
Dance has been a part of Kacey’s life for twenty-four years, “dancing feels like home” to her. She brings a lot of energy and life to the show, her passion shows in every rehearsal. Kacey loves the Superstar chorus, where all the Angels dance in unison. The different poses look very striking up on the platforms!
All of them struggle to pick just one favourite move, as Amy’s choreography has so many highlights! Jess’s favourite move is the kick line in Herod’s song. Cassie loves the Charleston in Herod’s song. Amy loves the Angels interactions with Colin, who is playing Judas, in Superstar. Ruth loves doing “the bounce,” you’ll have to come and see the show in October to know what she’s talking about!
All the Angels are looking forward to sharing this production with you all! If you haven't booked your tickets yet, do so now by clicking here! See you in October!
Photos of Rehearsals of Jesus Christ Superstar are up on our Current Productions page for you to check out and see how the show is going. Between you and me, it looks amazing!
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We look forward to seeing you there!
I love Jesus Christ Superstar from a Christian perspective. It portrays a human, relatable Jesus that the audience can connect with. Jesus Christ was both fully human and fully divine, JCS portrays only one side, a fully human one. This is contrary to many portrayals on Jesus which overlook the side of him that was tempted or the side that was wrestling with himself in the garden.
The show centres not around Jesus but his betrayer, Judas. The whole story is taken from Judas' point of view. It gives the audience the feeling of loving Jesus with all their hearts, followed by the the experience of betraying him. We can imagine the inner battle Judas is experiencing as we all doubt and ask difficult questions. I believe that the reason that the character of Judas is my favourite and probably the majority of peoples favourite is that we see a little of ourselves in him. We love Jesus, but do we love Him enough to stay when his teachings contradict our behaviours or when following Him is harder than we expected? Possibly my favourite line in the show is sung by Jesus when he says “God, Thy Will be done, Take Your only Son”. How great is the love of God for us that he did something no-one expected in order for us to be forgiven.
Another key “character” is Mary Magdalene. To me, the relationship between her and Jesus is beautiful and about completely turning over a new leaf. It shows the confused longing of a women who never learnt any way to relate to men other than in a sexual way. Wouldn't many women perceived by society in the manner she was experience the same confusion? I am sure I would. In the arena tour, Mary removes her make-up. She is finally content to be herself and be loved for who she is. This touches me and highlights the impact of Jesus, then and now. He changes us with his unconditional love and forgiveness, no matter what we have done in the past.
I love that the show leaves the audience with thought provoking questions for example, why Jesus came to earth when he did and who was Jesus? True, the answers are not provided, but the right questions are asked. If you think about it, it is actually similar to the way Jesus taught in parables, he asked thought provoking questions, often without providing clear answers. In Jesus Christ Superstar, we are provided with questions and allowed to come to our own decisions.
The music is catchy, dramatic, passionate and spiritually uplifting. In my opinion, this is a fantastic way to discuss the life of Christ. The modern setting highlights to me and the audience, the continued relevance of Jesus in our lives. In my life I have felt and experienced too much to ever not believe in him. I feel privileged to be a part of the show that creatively performs the story that I have based my life and my actions on and I can't wait to show this passion to our audience.
This piece was written Cassie who is part of the cast for Jesus Christ Superstar. Cassie can't WAIT to share this show with you - along with the rest of the cast. Be sure to book your tickets - click here now to do so - you won't want to miss out on this show!
Another new member to our group is Robbie, who will be playing the role of Jesus in out October production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He’s no stranger to the show, the first time Robbie saw Jesus Christ Superstar was to support his brother who played the role of Jesus. Since playing Pony Boy Curtis in The Outsiders at age 16, Robbie has frequently been on stage, performing in various musicals and plays. One thing Robbie has really enjoyed so far was hearing how well the Priest’s all sounded singing together. When he’s not performing, Robbie works in promotions and enjoys anime and socialising. He is looking forward to singing Gethsemane, as it is his favourite song from the show.
Playing the role of Simon is Gerard. Despite being heavily into music and drama, Gerard has never performed in a musical before, so he is looking forward to making up for lost time in our production of Jesus Christ Superstar! Gerard lives and breathes music, for the last ten years he has run his own record shop as well as writing and releasing his own music, and working as a disability support worker. Gerard has loved all the songs from the show so far, particularly Simon Zealots/Poor Jerusalem, but he’s looking forward to hearing the rest of the “cracking tunes” from the second act!
Make sure you come and see what is bound to be another fantastic show.
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Croydon Parish Players
We are a not-for-profit theatre group based in Croydon, in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. We have two seasons each year: a play season in May and a Musical season in October. For more information contact us! To be kept up to date with what's on at CPP, enter your email below. You will then receive a notification email whenever a new blog is posted.