Popular rock opera in town

Ethan Scott who plays Jesus and Jessica Harrison who plays Judas in the English Martyrs School and Sixth Form production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ethan Scott who plays Jesus and Jessica Harrison who plays Judas in the English Martyrs School and Sixth Form production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
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A FAMOUS rock opera comes to Hartlepool this week - performed by the “wonderfully talented” youngsters at a town secondary school.

Almost 1,000 people are expected in the audience over the course of the four showings of English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Forty students, who have been rehearsing since September, make up the cast of the show, which kicks off in the school tonight.

Debbie Hayes, head of performing arts at the school and sixth form college, in Catcote Road, said: “Jesus Christ Superstar is an extremely challenging show and the students have really had to work hard to get everything together, they’ve been rehearsing three times a week since September.

“But it’s looking absolutely amazing.”

Youngsters from Year 7, aged 11, all the way through to 18-year-old Year 13s play their part in the show.

Ethan Scott plays the role of Jesus while Judas is played by Jessica Harrison, both described by Miss Hayes as “exceptional talents”.

The talented performing arts students at the school perform a production this time ever year to mark the end of the Catholic year of faith.

And Miss Hayes says the hundreds of relatives and friends who pack out the audience never fail to be impressed.

She said: “A lot of our performing arts students go on to prestigious stage schools, the quality of the students we have here is second to none.”

Almost 250 tickets are available for each night, which Miss Hayes believes will all be very close to selling out. Tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £4 for concessions and are available on the door. The production runs from tonight until Thursday night with each show starting at 7pm.