Merriman Theatre Group presents


The Prospect Theatre, Writhlington School


The Cast In Rehearsals

The award-winning Merriman Theatre Group is gearing up to their annual summer production, the legendary JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

Widely regarded as one of the first and most successful rock operas, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s retelling of the life of Jesus through the eyes of his friend and betrayer Judas Iscariot has become one of the most famous musicals, performed in stadiums and theatres around the world. The 50-strong cast of Merriman Theatre Group have been working on the production since January, bringing their own style to some of the most well-known songs in musical theatre, including I Don’t Know How To Love Him, Gethesemane and the show-stopping Superstar.

This has been one of the biggest challenges the group has set themselves, and the cast have risen to it with great enthusiasm.

Alice Graham as Mary

Director Graeme Savage says “Each year we try to push ourselves and the group a little further, to ensure that everyone is getting the best experience, and learning something rather than resting on our laurels. With Les Mis (in 2009), it was producing one of the most famous musicals in the world; in Titanic, we had the challenge of telling a powerful and emotional true story with respect and sincerity. Last year was our biggest production yet in terms of size as the Minimen joined us for Oliver, and this year it’s the challenge of helping a teenage cast approach a rock score, and regardless of its religious grounding, what is also a very powerful story in the events and politics of what takes place in the Easter story. To help with the practical side, the cast have worked with a full-time vocal coach for the first time, and the development in their voices in the last year has been very impressive. That has led to some very mature performances and what we hope will be an immensely striking production”

The role of Jesus has been taken on by Owen Stephens, a big contrast to the last role he played – the Artful Dodger in last year’s NODA Award-nominated production of Oliver. Jack Strawbridge (Bill Sykes in Oliver) plays Judas, and in her first major role for the company, Alice Graham plays Mary Magdalene.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is at the Prospect Theatre at Writhlington School on Saturday 7th July at 7pm, and on Sunday 8th July  at 3pm & 7pm.

Tickets priced at £8 adults / £6 children are on sale now through the Box Office on 01761 414957, or can be reserved online at

Owen Stephens & the Disciples