Rock opera show in ‘limbo’


There was just a week left of rehearsals when covid halted the progress of the local production of rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and now organisers are waiting, and hoping alert levels come down quickly and a new performance slot can be found.

The cast of 65, a live band and many volunteers have clocked up countless hours in preparing for the musical.

A show budget of $120,000 also puts pressure on Variety Theatre Ashburton and Ashburton Trust Event Centre, which are using the production as a joint fundraiser.

Show director and event centre manager Roger Farr said lockdown has put a big dampener of things and now the production was in limbo.

For the show to go ahead later in the year there needed to be some certainty around alert levels.

“A lot of ducks have got to line up over the next few weeks.

“There is also the possibility that we might have to pull the plug, but we don’t want to do that unless absolutely necessary.”

Mr Farr said there was lot at stake financially and that was a concern.

“We can’t really afford to cancel it, but we’ll have to see how things pan out.”

He said so much effort had been put in by some many people over the last few months.

The wardrobe and set were finished and there was only a week remaining of rehearsals and final technical work when lockdown struck.

Mr Farr said rehearsals could start again under level 2, but it needed level 1 to be able to perform the show and to bring in the audience.

November is being eyed as a possible month for the production.

-By Mick Jensen