Launceston College cast take to the stage for Jesus Christ Superstar

SHOW TIME: Harrison Collis Oates will lead a cast of 150 in Launceston College's performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. Picture: Paul Scambler
SHOW TIME: Harrison Collis Oates will lead a cast of 150 in Launceston College's performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. Picture: Paul Scambler

Launceston College has gone full circle with its latest production of Jesus Christ Superstar

This year’s show marks two decades since former students Cheyne Mitchell, Tania Lanham and Jenny Bakun first helped bring the iconic rock musical to Launceston audiences. 

Now the trio has reunited for the school’s 20th anniversary production, serving as director, choreographer and musical director respectively. 

Mitchell, who was in year 12 when he played the role of Simon Zealotes, said it was great to be a part of the production once again. 

“The college is really excited to be building relationships with former alumni and to hopefully inspire the next generation of students who are passionate about performing,” he said. 

“We have the passion, we have the students, we have got an incredible team of professional staff.  

“We’ve got a bit of a hashtag that has been trending with our kids at the moment, and its LC pride.

“It’s just how much love being up on stage and really love what they are doing.”

About 150 students are involved in the production, which will open at Princess Theatre on Wednesday. 

The high-energy show is set to be a new take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘70s rock opera, set in the not-too distant future on the eve of the world’s next big financial crisis.  

Former Launceston College cast member and newly appointed TasDance creative director Adam Wheeler has also been contributing to rehearsals. 

Mitchell said the cast had become like “one big family” over the past few months. 

“They are so well behaved, which is so weird,” he said. 

“You put 150 kids in a room, between 16 and 18, you expect some drama. But luckily the only drama we get is up there on the stage.”

During Tuesday’s dress rehearsal Sheridan Collis Oates, who will play the role of Judas, said she couldn’t be more excited for Wednesday’s opening performance. 

“The rehearsals have all gone really well – the music is awesome, the costumes, the lights. I think we are all just ready to get on stage now in front of an audience,” she said. 

Jesus Christ Superstar will be performed from August 8 to 11 at the Princess Theatre. Tickets are available here

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