A GROUP of local superstars laid on an impressive production of one of the world’s most famous musicals at Bournemouth Pavilion last night.

Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera Company (BBLOC) chose Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar for their annual show.

The 1970s spectacular follows the last weeks of Jesus’ life and was a Broadway and film hit.

Special mentions must go to those in the roles of Jesus (Matthew Traher) and Judas (Charles Michael Duke) for their heart wrenching performances.

Both parts entail several solos and a grisly death scene, which the two actors carried off well.

Traher’s finest number was the touching Gethsemane when, weighed down by responsibilities and the world’s worries, he talks to God.

Mary Magdalene (Kirstie Rogers) also displayed great talent, especially on the classic I Don’t Know How to Love Him and the gentle Everything’s Alright.

King Herod’s Song was a glorious bit of camp, and the chorus cannot be faulted for their many different incarnations and dance routines.

Unfortunately a technical hitch forced a brief hiatus shortly before the crucial crucifixion scene.

Hats off to the cast and crew, though, for getting back on track as soon as possible and picking up where they had left off.

Overall, this was a thoroughly enjoyable night’s entertainment and a fantastic advert for amateur dramatics.

Get your tickets quick!

Jesus Christ Superstar runs for six performances from July 24 – 27 with matinees on Thursday and Saturday.