London-based director to lead Jesus Christ Superstar at the Astra

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London based director to lead Jesus Christ Superstar at the Astra TheatreThe Astra of Gozo has formally presented Hugh Wooldridge – an international director, who will be leading the musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the theatre in March next year.

The theatre said that Wooldridge is, “closely associated” with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The official presentation was held during a press conference attended by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, Hugh Wooldridge, Mro Sigmund Mifsud Musical Director and Michael Formosa, Administrative Secretary at the Astra Theatre.

Mr Wooldridge commented, “I am so happy to be in these magical islands. As a child I remember older people talking about the bravery of Malta and Gozo during the Second World War. Later, I had friends who had made Malta their holiday destination of choice.”

He went on to say that he had been “so impressed with the talent he met during this weekend: on and off-stage and is looked forward to work with the technicians, creative personnel and performers.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar is one of my most favourite musicals and I have directed productions of it all over the world. For the 50th anniversary of Teatru Astra we are celebrating a brand new production involving all of the community,” said Mr Wooldridge.

He concluded by saying that, “together with organising team and Mro Sigmund Mifsud, we are planning next Palm Saturday and Sunday to be an exciting event, which truly reflect – in a contemporary way – the greatest story ever told. Please come and join in!”

Michael Formosa who spoke on behalf of the Astra Theatre noted that 2018 is a significant year in the history of the theatre which opened its doors 50 years ago, in 1968. “Since then the theatre has consolidated its roots and the engagement of Hugh Wooldridge – an international-fame musical director, proves the artistic development of the theatre and the high quality events it produces for the benefit of the community at large.”

The engagement of Hugh Wooldridge, was also welcomed by Mro Sigmund Mifsud , whom he said will improve further the quality of the musical productions at the theatre.

Dr Justyne Caruana, Minister for Gozo, said that such a production and high profile artistic director is an opportunity for Gozo. The Ministry for Gozo, she remarked, will continue to support the arts in Gozo and congratulated Teatru Astra on this major undertaking.

The musical Jesus Christ Superstar, which is supported by Valletta 18 and the Ministry for Gozo, will be held at the Astra Theatre on Saturday, the 24th (8.00pm) and Sunday, the 25th of March (3.30pm).

Booking is available on www.ticketline.com.mt and on help desk number +356 79244048.

Photograph: DOI/Clodagh Farrugia O’Neill

 

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