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Jesus Christ Superstar

Directed by Morgan Garrity    Musical Direction by Ben Murray    Choreography by Clay English

Date: 7 June 2014 

Location: Phoenix Ensemble, Beenleigh Showgrounds, Beenleigh 

When: dance call – 9:00am-10:30am (please wear appropriate clothing and shoes) 

Individual vocal times confirmed in confirmation email.

What to prepare: Please prepare 2 contrasting excerpts no longer than 2 minutes each. Sheet music is preferable, however there will be equipment for Bluetooth devices available. 


Rehearsals will commence on the 15 June and be held Monday, Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. 

Not all cast will be required at all rehearsals, however we expect full attendance when required. 


Performance dates are Friday and Saturday nights opening on the 17 October and closing on the 15November. 

The Show 

Jesus Christ Superstar will be familiar, in basic fact, to anyone with knowledge of western religion. Borrowing from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the musical tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus Christ’s life. In this production, the world is skewed. What would have happened if after September 11, World War 3 had broken out, and it was thrust upon the masses that their only salvation was religion. In this day and age, giving a religious entity that kind of power would result in a religious dictatorship… a regression to ancient Rome. Jesus and his followers are here to bring about faith in humanity and teach of love, acceptance and unity. 


The Characters 

Jesus – Tenor playing age 25-35 

Judas – Tenor playing age 25-35 

Mary – Alto playing age 16-35  

Pilate – Baritone or Tenor playing age 35-50 

Ciaphis – Bass playing age 40-60  

Annas – Alto playing age 25-35 

Peta (Peter) – Alto playing age 25-35 

Simon – Tenor playing age 20-35 

Disciples – Various males and females playing ages 18-40 

Priests – Various males playing ages 25-50 

Ensemble – Strong singers and dancers 

Please note that some of these roles have changed gender (please refer to voice types).


To register for an audition please contact the director via email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

After you have returned your audition form and CV, your audition will be fully confirmed.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play E-mail

After a groundbreaking season featuring drugs, a murder trial and male strippers, Phoenix Ensemble heads into more wholesome territory with an innovative adaptation of Frank Capra's much loved Christmas story, It's A Wonderful Life, as its final show of the year.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Ten actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects.

The Phoenix production, directed by Steve Pearton, will play at the boutique Pavilion Theatre in Beenleigh over two weekends from December 6, including Sunday matinees.

Steve (last seen on the Phoenix stage in 12 Angry Men) says the original Capra film has always been a personal favourite, and as soon as he read the radio show adaptation, he knew he wanted to tell the story.

"It was also an appropriate time in my life to create something uplifting and inspiring. I see theatre as a way of giving back to the community, and doing a story like this is a perfect chance to give audience members a warm-fuzzy feeling leading into the hectic Christmas period."

wonderful life emmawill webThe director says the story remains a favourite among audiences because of its universal themes that reflect earlier material including, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Dante's Divine Comedy.

"It's about an everyman character in crisis. He must endure a period of trial and suffering before finding happiness. He can only find salvation by accepting the joys as well as the sorrows in his life.

"Frank Capra (the director of the original 1946 film) was himself a Christian, and many religious themes run through his stories, most notably this one. It's ultimately a very uplifting and humanitarian story, and hopefully it's a journey that everybody can relate to."

Presenting a radio play on stage brought a number of challenges for Steve and his cast, not the least being the fact the actors spend most of their time working only with their voice and a microphone. Which is what makes the presence of the "studio" audience so important.

"We've incorporated a degree of interaction between the actors while they are on mic to heighten the emotion elements of the story and as visual guides for the 'studio' audience. There is also a certain amount of insider jokes written into the script purely for the benefit of the live audience, all of which helps us to tell the story.

"We are relying heavily on three main things: the quality of the vocal performances; the pre-recorded sound effects and music; and the creation of live sound effects. Alone, any one of those things is pretty lifeless. Mixed together, it's possible to create a wonderful (pun intended) atmosphere that brings the story to life. In a sense, we are bringing a kind of magic back to theatre.'

Steve describes it as a very old-fashioned way of telling a story. "It involves the audience in the telling because they have to use their imagination. As an added bonus, they get a peek into the behind-the-scenes world of how radio works."

The concept of radio plays as theatre is one growing in popularity at the moment and Steve is confident this production will be one of the best presented to date in Brisbane.

"Audiences can expect a fresh retelling of a classic story. There may also be a few surprises in store, so keep your eyes and ears open!"

Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Street, Beenleigh

7.30pm: 6, 7, 13, 14 December

3pm: 8, 15 December

Tickets: $24 adult; $22 concession, $20 child (under 15)


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Jermima Turner
Emma Seach
Marie Ortquist
Robert Gettons
Jacob Paint
Sue Matley
Isaac Tibbs
Cherie Fonua
Daniel Smith

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