Preview: Pantheon’s Jesus Christ Superstar

King’s Theatre, 18th – 22nd November

This Tuesday, Pantheon begin their run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar at the King’s Theatre. Pantheon are one of the most prominent amateur dramatic groups in Glasgow, having put on fantastic musicals for over ninety years. The club has members from all over Glasgow who work in a variety of professions, with many coming from Glasgow University.

I have the privilege of visiting the club during their band call rehearsal to interview some of the cast who are also studying here at Glasgow Uni. In this production two of the leads, Mary (Vicki Robertson) and Jesus (Lawrence Sharkey), are current students. Sharkey is no stranger to leading roles having starred as Dr. Jekyll in the Cecilian’s Jekyll and Hyde and having performed in  commercial venues such as the Pavilion. However as I grabb a few minutes with him during a brief recess in the band call, it’s obvious that he is very modest and both excited and slightly daunted by the “big responsibility [of playing] in a very established theatre.”

Both Vicki and Lawrence speak at length about the social aspect of the club and how friendly and welcoming it is. This was something that jumps out at me in the brief hour that I spend in  rehearsal with the cast. Robertson tells me about the fact that Jesus Christ Superstar as a show is very much ensemble based. As I talk to two of the ensemble members, David Watt and Victoria Murray, I am struck by how much of a community feel the club has, with every member talking about wanting to come back to Pantheon.

Having heard just a tiny proportion of the band call, I can completely see why. The quality of the performance is high and while it is plain to see just how much hard work, time and effort has gone into the show, it is also obvious that it has paid off.

See the cast in action at the King’s Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, 18th – 22nd November.

For more information and tickets click here.

[Darren Hardie]

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