the Minack News - September 2010
the winner is...
end of a season the question on the lips of many of our regulars is
often 'Which show is going to win the Minack Trophy?' In a season which
included many highlights, the favourites for best show of the year were
'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'James and the Giant Peach', 'Love's Labour's
Lost' and 'Hot Mikado'. Those of you who saw these shows and others,
may well have your own favourites but the Trophy has been awarded to
The Barnstormers for their superb production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.
Congratulations to everyone involved with this spectacular show.
Review of Jesus Christ Superstar for The Cornishman by Frank Ruhrmund
MIRACLE would have been welcome at the Minack on Monday but, although we were
in the presence of the great miracle worker himself Jesus Christ Superstar and
perhaps because, after all, it was a bank holiday it was not to be.
although it rained from start to finish, it failed to prevent either the Surrey-based
Barnstormers from coming up with a superb version of this Andrew Lloyd Webber
and Tim Rice rock opera, or the majority of their huge audience from staying and
enjoying its every gripping moment.
first performed in New York, in praising it one of the city's critics reckoned
it would be around for a long time to come.That
was all of 40 years ago and it is still going strong.
by Neil Reynolds and played in modern dress which, with its men in suits and shades,
its guards with their riot shields, and a populace ready to shout "Hosanna" as
well as and, almost in the same breath, "Crucify him", adds to its relevance.
by Fran Newitt with musical direction by Ian Skipper, the patterns of movement
are as varied as they are vibrant, the band is splendid, and the ensemble playing
as disciplined as it is dedicated.
word, too, for production designer Jill "Wigs" Wilson and technical director Bruce
Reed, for everyone, in fact, who help make this production such an unforgettable
experience. While its set pieces, The Last Supper to King Herod's Song, the suicide
of Judas Iscariot to the Crucifixion, are supremely well staged, at the same time
and, as it were, despite its rock 'n' rolling, foot stomping and swinging background,
and the fact that its storyline is so well known, it is ultimately very moving.
the sincerity of the large cast, whether apostles, dancers, soul girls, palm wavers
or leading characters is as striking as the courage they displayed when singing
and dancing in the rain on their opening night, there are particularly excellent
performances from Helen Bartlett as the caring Mary "I Don't Know How To Love
Him" Magdalen: Paul Longhurst who makes the very most of one of the show's top
numbers "King Herod's Song": Sean Kingsley as the troubled Judas Iscariot who
has more than heaven and pieces of silver on his mind; and Stuart Matthew Price
who in the difficult role of the doomed Jesus Christ is, indeed and in every sense,
From: Mike Moss
Sent: 30 September 2010 08:38
write up, especially re the Minack Cup and all of the photos, was excellent.
the Minack Theatre, as I lived in Penzance for some 12 years, and Frank Ruhrmund
from my Scouting days down there, I was well able to visualise the production
- I just wish I could have been there to see it.
to all concerned.
Sent: 06 June 2010 20:03
Photos from Minack Theatre
find below a link to few photographs I took last Tuesday at your performance of
Jesus Christ Superstar. The performance and the atmosphere these were both amazing
and it was the perfect backdrop for the performance. http://www.fatandbalding.co.uk/minack/
you click on each of the thumbnail images you can enlarge them and then scroll
through the larger images if you wish
J A Trodden
08 June 2010 21:21
Subject: Jesus Christ
was at the Wednesday Matinee performance of Jesus Christ Superstar and I want
to congratulate The Barnstormers and the really talented musicians on a truly
brilliant performance which was right up there with the Norman Jewison Film in
terms of quality and far ahead of the stage version I saw at the Palace Theatre
in the 1970's
Tyne & Wear
Sent: 05 June 2010 17:03
I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar at The Minack on Thursday evening, and I
have to say that this was one of the best productions I've seen, and I've seen
a few! JCSS has always been my favourite musical, I first saw it on it's first
night at The Palace Theatre in Cambridge Circus, 1971 I think, and have seen numerous
productions since in various parts of the country. Hall for Cornwall a few years
ago, and now The Minack.
for the 'big ask'!! I noticed some of the crew wearing JCSS/Minack fleeces. Any
chance of 'acquiring' one? I'm quite happy to pay, and for the postage back to
Cornwall, size XL! (I did buy a programme and a poster on the night!).
up the good work, and please consider my 2nd favourite musical, 'Blood Brothers'
if you are returning to The Minack.
Sent: 02 June 2010 20:46
Jesus Christ Superstar
heard of you guys before but today I went to see JCSS at the Minack theatre. No
just an A star performance but A Star with a million pluses!
saw the film back in the 70's and always loved it. Now second time around and
some 30+ years later I wasn't disappointed. Fantastic, so moving and emotional.
Just a perfectly brilliant performance, well done all of you, I just had to say
thankyou for such a memorable show, you obviously put every single ounce of energy
and emotion into it.
A million thanks
Constable phoned to say that she went to the Minack last night (Monday) and just
had to call to thank the Barnstormers for such a wonderful and stunning show despite
the elements. She was very disappointed that some of the audience left at half
time as the weather didn't affect the performance. She asked that her thanks be
conveyed to the cast. She goes to the Minack quite often together with her son
and said it was probably the best show she had seen there.
selection of photographs at the Minack Theatre by Pete Marr and others
selection of photographs at the Minack Theatre by Rachel Hosken
selection of photographs at the Minack Theatre by Paul Jeram
is well and truly upon us and that must mean that The Barnstormers tour to the
Minack in Cornwall is now looming on the horizon. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' has
a full cast of over 50 performers and rehearsals have recently got off to an encouraging
production team of Neil Reynolds (Director), Ian Skipper (Musical Director) and
Fran Reynolds (Choreographer) are overwhelmed by the exceptional talent amongst
the principals, dancers and chorus and are delighted finally to get to grips with
this iconic show. We've no doubt that JCS will be one of the theatrical highlights
Barnstormers will be performing 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Minack Theatre
in Porthcurno, Cornwall (www.minack.com) from Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June
2010 and we hope that some of you will be able to travel down and support them.
The Minack Theatre box office (01736 810181) opens on 22nd March.
Rehearsals at Laverock School - Sunday 23rd May
those that won't be able to make the journey down to Cornwall, The Barnstormers
are pleased to announce that they will be staging two dress rehearsals in the
open-air on the tennis courts at Laverock School, immediately adjacent to the
Barn's rear 'cast' car park.
will be two performances on Sunday 23rd May at 2.00pm and 5.30pm open to all friends,
family and Barn supporters that would like to come along. Numbers will be limited,
so please call the Barn Theatre Box Office on 01959 561811 to reserve your place.
these two Dress Rehearsals will be taking place in the open-air on all weather
tennis courts, we are asking that everyone bring along their own chairs/rugs etc
to sit on and you are also welcome to bring along a picnic to enjoy whilst you
are watching the show. Access to the tennis courts will be via the Barn Theatre,
so those arriving by car will be able to park in the Barn's car park as usual.
Barnstormers are very grateful to the governors of Laverock School for allowing
them use of their facilities, and we would encourage as many of you as possible
to get along and support these two Dress Rehearsals. These will be the final two
performances before the cast, crew and helpers head down to Cornwall a week later,
so let's make sure we send them off on a high! Once again, spaces will be limited,
so book early to avoid disappointment!
more info on the production, check out the Facebook group 'Jesus Christ Superstar
at the Minack Theatre - May 2010' or contact Richard Allen on firstname.lastname@example.org.