Superstar show puts talent in the spotlight

Amy Roche- Jesus Christ Superstar
Amy Roche- Jesus Christ Superstar

Two rising young stars are set to take centre stage in the musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ which is being presented by Brighouse Theatre Productions next month.

Produced by Jayne Davison and with musical direction by Mark Breen, the show will be presented at Brighouse Civic Hall from April 1 to 5.

Chosen to play the demanding role of Jesus is 27- year-old Ben Guilfoyle who first performed as Jake in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ with Brighouse Light Opera Society, which was later to become Brighouse Theatre Productions when it amalgamated with Brighouse Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Ben is deputy manager of Dracup Lodge Nursery in Bradford. After leaving school he did a performing arts degree at Huddersfield University which led to a job at Eureka in Halifax.

He said: “Rehearsals have been brilliant and Mark and Jayne give you the freedom to make the part your own”.

Amy Roche, who will play Mary Magdalene, loves performing on the Brighouse stage. In 2011 she won the award for best female performer from NODA for her role as Miss Adelaide in Brighouse Theatre Productions’ ‘Guys and Dolls’.

A veteran of musical theatre in West Yorkshire, she said: “I think it’s going to be a really good show. Everyone’s passionate about the great music and lyrics.”

Another reason for Amy to enjoy being in the show is that her fiance Chris Sheard is playing one of the Disciples. Chris and Amy live in Birkenshaw and plan to marry next year. Amy is an administration manager with the NHS, working at Batley Health Centre . In her spare time she is a dance teacher with the Rebel School of Theatre Arts, a professional performing arts and casting agency, and she runs fitness training classes. Her last show was ‘High Society’ in Batley.

Audiences will be able to hear Amy in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical singing the haunting song ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’.

Other well-known songs include ‘Everything’s Alright’, ‘Heaven on their Minds’, and ‘Superstar’.

Evening performances start at 7.15pm and the matinee on Saturday, April 5 is at 2.15pm. Tickets can be booked on 01484 402435 and will also be on sale at Ryecorn Wholefoods, Brighouse onMarch 22,24,26,28 and 29 from 10am to 1pm.