Entertaining for 100 years

PUBLISHED: 09:18 19 November 2010

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jesus christ superstar

Robert Davies Photography 2010

When EMCo were making plans for their Centenary year they had no idea it was to be one of their toughest. After 100 years of entertaining the town of Exmouth the Company, in common with many, have begun to feel the financial pinch.

When EMCo were making plans for their Centenary year they had no idea it was to be one of their toughest. After 100 years of entertaining the town of Exmouth the Company, in common with many, have begun to feel the financial pinch. The cost of mounting a full scale musical has increased year on year. Adding together the cost of hire and transport of stage set, costumes, venue, orchestra, stage lighting, sound, insurance and copywright – it soon becomes clear that this is an expensive hobby. EMCo also perform a most valuable and entertaining community service. The Company brings West-end musicals to the area at a fraction of the price of a London show. Alright – one could argue that this is an amateur company – but remember that amateurs do what they do for love and that doesn’t mean that what you’ll see is ‘amateur’ish’.

On the contrary – Jesus Christ Superstar is an exciting and moving evening of entertainment brought to you by an energetic and talented company. The music is vibrant – remember the very moving I Don’t Know How to Love Him and the title song Superstar? Combine the biblical account of the last days of Jesus of Nazareth, written 2,000 years ago, with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and the lyrics of Tim Rice with some spectacular effects – and this makes for a very powerful and potent piece of non-stop entertainment.

The show hasn’t been available to non-professional companies for many years but for its 40th birthday the Really Useful Group have released the rights for one year only, EMCo snapped up the offer and this forms part of their 100 year celebrations. The Company is thrilled that representatives of the Lloyd Webber group will be travelling to Exmouth to join in their celebrations.

David Youll, the director of this production, explained that this has been one of the most challenging and rewarding productions he has worked on: “The story stands for all time. Day to day we encounter similar stories of persecution, torture and struggles for power. So it seemed appropriate that our setting should be timeless. That doesn’t remove the emotion and the connection we have all felt working on this wonderful show.”

Chairman Val Clarke said that ticket sales are slightly lower than expected – but urges everyone not to miss this show: “Maybe people have lost the habit of going out to the theatre – but this is too good to miss. Remember that after this year amateur rights will be withdrawn – so see it while you can.” David Youll added that nothing can have the same impact as live theatre. “It is immediate and has an energy that is missing in, say, television or film.”

EMCo urge all to support this community venture and help to make sure that it will still be entertaining the people of Exmouth in another 100 years.

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