The Fandango Musical Players Inc. present Jesus Christ Superstar at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside, PEI, May 8-10. Arts East recently caught up with the community theatre’s founder, and director of this production, Shirley Anne Cameron, to find out what’s in store Thursday to Saturday.
Have you always been involved in music / theatre throughout your life?
SAC: Yes, I have a degree in music education and have been singing and playing since I was very young. I was involved here in Summerside in several musicals that our high school performed. I went on to introduce musicals to the school I worked in where we performed one each year.
Tell us a little bit about the Fandango Musical Players Inc.
SAC: Fandango Musical Players Inc. is a community based theatre company whose mandate is to provide an opportunity for actors, singers, and dancers to perform in the genre of musical theatre that is non-professionally based and community supported.
What inspired you to start the theatre company?
SAC: I initiated the company because I saw a need for an organized production company to present musical theatre in the Summerside area.
What have been some of your favourite past Fandango productions?
SAC: This is our third community production and I think my favourite because it was so inspirational to me as a young person in the early 70s.
What has it been like to prepare for this production of Jesus Christ Superstar?
SAC: It is a joy. I have already been involved in Jesus Christ Superstar with another community production company in the role of Music Director.
What can audience members expect from the production?
SAC: The audience members can expect an exciting and mixed interpretation of the last week in the life of Christ. We are interpositioning the traditional and the contemporary. We have the best musicians available. The set and costumes are extraordinary. The leads playing Judas and Jesus are phenomenal singers and actors. The two pieces “Gethsemane” and “Heaven on Their Minds” are worth the price of a ticket. Not only will the audience receive the pleasure of watching the cast dance, act, and sing, they will be listening to an incredible band.
What makes Fandango's production a little different from other Jesus Christ Superstar productions?
SAC: I think the value we put on keeping the standards and quality of production very high enables us to produce a remarkable show for community theatre.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Fandango Musical Players Inc.
May 8, 9 & 10, 7:30pm
Harbourfront Theatre, Summerside PEwww.harbourfronttheatre.com/superstar.html