Heaven is firmly on the mind of the members of Galashiels Amateur Operatic Society (GAOS) this week, as they put the finishing touches to their 2011 production – Jesus Christ Superstar.
Over the years, GAOS has provided audiences with a musical mix of the well loved and traditional, together with the new and innovative.
This year Jesus Christ Superstar aims to achieve both with a show full of well-known songs.
It is based on a deeply familiar story, yet through Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera, it is told to audiences in a new and very different way.
The cast was chosen last September and has been rehearsing, under the direction of Jeff Thomson, ever since.
The demanding role of Jesus has gone to Tom Lambert – a newcomer who only joined the society last August.
Tom regularly sings with his own rock band and his experience in this area shines through in his portrayal of Jesus.
The cast also includes faces more familiar to regular GAOS goers – Michael Hyslop as Judas, Alistar Waddell as Caiaphas, Kenny Lamb as Annas and Lisa Watson as Mary Magdalene – to mention but a few.
And everyone – cast and chorus – has been put through their paces by choreographer Marie McCullough.
GAOS president Evelyn Watson said: “The rights to perform Jesus Christ Superstar have only been granted to a limited number of adult companies for a limited time.
“Gala Opera is among the chosen few. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience this unique event.”
The run lasts from Monday, March 7, to Saturday, March 12. Tickets, £11 (£8 concessions) are available from the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels.