Jesus story resurrected in Castle Hill

THE powerful events of Jesus Christ's final week on Earth will be brought to life on Friday in the St Paul's Castle Hill production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice follows the last week of Jesus's life through the eyes of Judas, the disciple who ultimately betrayed him.

It ends dramatically with Jesus' crucifixion.

Director Justin Fitzgerald said he and the cast had put their own spin on the production, with shows performed from this Friday to April 16, in the lead-up to Easter.

"Many other productions would show Judas as the anti-hero or the antagonist," Fitzgerald said. "But we don't see Judas as the bad guy. We see him as the one who asks the questions and is the voice of the people."

Fitzgerald also said there would be some audience interaction.

"We have also tried to make the audience feel more intimately involved," he said.

The role of Judas will be performed by Nelson Padilla, with Jessica Mann playing Mary.

Garry Druery will make his acting debut as Jesus.

Fitzgerald described the show — which has a cast of nearly 60 people, a 22-piece rock orchestra, and many volunteers — as a contemporary portrayal of historical events and its style of music was "relatable to many generations, from gen Y to the baby boomers".

Shows: 8pm on April 11 to 16, 421 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill.

■Tickets: $11.70.

■Details: 0474298869, spch.org.au/my/superstar/

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