Ripon Operatic Society returns with Jesus Christ Superstar


Oct 6, 2021
Photo of lead actor in Jesus Christ Superstar
The musical is based on Jesus' last two days

Ripon Amateur Operatic Society will stage its first major production since covid tomorrow when it performs Jesus Christ Superstar.

The award-winning musical will be performed at various days over the next two weeks in the newly-refurbished theatre at Ripon Arts Hub on Allhallowgate.

The 120-seater theatre underwent a major refurbishment when it was forced to shut last year.

It has a new ventilation system, new seating, improved sound and lighting and a modernised bar.

Photo of Ripon Arts Hub

The newly-refurbished Ripon Arts Hub.

Shows will be held on selected days over two weeks  — October 7 to 9 and October 14 to 16 — with evening performances at 7.30pm and additional 2.30pm matinee shows on Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 October.

The rock opera, which follows Jesus’ last two days through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, is set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.

It includes songs such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, “Superstar” and “Heaven on Their Minds”.

Ripon Arts Hub re-opened in September after 18 months of fundraising by volunteers behind the scenes,

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The upgrade of the premises, which are owned by the society, was partly funded by a £54,339 grant from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, launched to help cultural organisations and heritage sites to recover from covid.

As well as being the setting for the society’s own productions and rehearsals, the re-vamped venue provides Ripon’s first community arts space.

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