Meet the cast…Simon

This week we introduce another member of the cast Simon Zealotes played by one of ETC’s more recognisable faces Paul Barron

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“You will rise to a greater power, We will win ourselves a home.” Simon Zealotes – JCS

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Simon Zealotes (PHOTO COURTESY OF Nicole Walton Photography )

Name: Paul Barron
Character Name:  Simon Zealotes

Tell us a bit about your character: He’s one of the apostles but not necessarily happy with Jesus’ passive approach to change. He wants Jesus to recognise the power he has and use it to rouse the masses into violent action against the Romans. That said, he’s still supportive of Jesus and what he’s trying to achieve.
What’s your favourite song in the show and why? I should say my own but I think it’s probably ‘Heaven on their Minds’ – that’s the one I’d happy listen to on repeat time after time. In terms of one I’m actually involved in singing, I’d say ‘The Last Supper’. It’s so good to hear a large group of male voices which we haven’t had at Encore in a long time. I’ve also managed to learn a harmony for once in my life!
What other shows have you been involved in? I’ve been with ETC for around 15 years so I’ve done quite a few. ‘Anything Goes’ was my first and then I’ve played Fagin in ‘Oliver’, Nathan Detroit in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and the voice of the Plant in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ amongst others. I also play the Dame in the pantomime and I’m looking forward to getting back in my frock after a break last year!
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Simon and the cast  (PHOTO COURTESY OF Nicole Walton Photography )

Everyone knows the story of Jesus Christ Superstar but what can you tell us about Encore’s version that makes it different? To be honest, very little at the moment. Musically, it’s such a challenge that we’ve spent so much time getting the sound right, the look and feel of it is still to come. I know that it’s set ‘out of time’ in that it’s non-specific to any particular time period, which should be interesting. I also know from experience that one thing Andy Lunn, our director, regularly does is to make a show look amazing so I’m looking forward to seeing the lighting and stage design.
Best or worst moment on stage? Best moment is probably conducting the whole audience in a rendition of ‘Let It Go’ during a panto, which just came out of nowhere. There’ve been a few moments of unscripted laughter as well which are always enjoyable. I’m not sure about worst. Maybe an unplanned fall in a panto which revealed my less than feminine underwear to the audience!
What is your favourite lyric from the show? Tough question! I really like the line ‘Jesus is cool’ but it’s not in this version of the show! I’m going to stick with that one then nobody can be offended I didn’t choose a line from their song!
What musical moment was it that made you think…I want to do that? I’ve been doing it so long I can’t remember! It’s not something I grew up with so I presume it must have been some moment at school. ‘Grease’ was the first show I did when I was about 12 so we’ll blame that.
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Peter, Jesus and Simon (PHOTO COURTESY OF Nicole Walton Photography )

What are you enjoying most about being part of Encore Theatre Company? Having fun! This show is definitely the most challenging I’ve ever been involved in but everyone still enjoys the hard work and it sounds amazing!
What else do you do besides singing, dancing & acting? I’m a season ticket holder for Castleford Tigers so this season especially there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had there! Other than that, with 3 year old twins, there’s not much time for anything else!
Thank you Paul for answering the questions for this weeks blog!

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Meet the cast…Jesus

Welcome back to our Encore Blog and Happy Easter! We hope you haven’t missed us too much in the past few weeks but we are back!
We will be introducing some characters from Jesus Christ Superstar and the talented folks playing them in the run up to show week.
This week we will be kicking the series off with none other than the man himself Jesus Christ and a new member to Encore Theatre Company!

Name: Edward Leigh

Character Name: Jesus Christ
Tell us a bit about your character: Well…He’s assumed to be the son of God. Quite a big one that! Whether or not he’s God or just a man is the whole argument of the show. He preaches fairness and love and believes all of what he says. As time goes by however he begins to question the path that he has been put upon.

What’s your favourite song in the show and why? Gethsemane. Because I don’t think I know of another song where the stakes are as large as that. Questioning God why should I die is a hugely emotional question, and so is the song!

What other shows have you been involved in? I’ve worked as a Lead Singer for AIDA on their cruise ships, and also played Jake “Joliet” Blues in the Italian National Tour of Blues Brothers: On A Mission From God. Most recently I played Emmett in Legally Blonde at Harrogate Theatre.

Everyone knows the story of Jesus Christ Superstar but what can you tell us about jcsblur Encore’s version that makes it different? It’s very different for a few reasons. One being the setting that it’s in, I know of a number of performances that have placed JCS in a more “modern” setting, but they’ve all been donned in leather and been quite steam punk-esque. I get the impression we’re going for a more bohemian style theme with our show. Which is something new and interesting! Also, having the band on the stage next to and above us as a cast is really cool.

Best or worst moment on stage? Worst moment on stage….Running on from a wing and falling over, power sliding from one wing straight across the stage to the other wing on my belly like a penguin….

Best moment, performing the Blues Brothers ending scene (concert) in front of 1500 people all standing and screaming in Catania in Italy. That was special.

What is your favourite lyric from the show? “Oh and now I understand you’re God…At least that’s what you’ve said”

What musical moment was it that made you think…I want to do that? Erm, I don’t really know to be honest! I remember my first ever show I was in was in school in around Year 11, it was a school show of Annie (I know right?) and I played Roosevelt. I just remember it being really good fun and enjoying myself and thinking that I’d like to do it a bit more. Things snowballed from there!

What are you enjoying most aCrowdbout being part of Encore Theatre Company?

How friendly and welcoming everyone is. It sounds cliché I know, but in my experience I’ve worked with people in the past be it professional or amateur who have made the whole experience thoroughly unpleasant through how they’ve acted. Off stage that is. Being able to be a brand new unknown face and to feel like everyone is welcoming and happy and smiling and laughing is such a nice feeling, it makes me excited for rehearsals which was something I began to miss in the past. I feel like I can talk to anyone and everyone in the company and that’s no small thing for me.

What else do you do besides singing, dancing & acting? I’ve been lucky enough to earn a living off of performing since 2014 when I graduated. Things are changing now I’m a little older and priorities are shifting, but I’m looking at switching from stage work to doing more gig kind of work. Not leave performing completely!

Thank you Edward for answering our questions and welcome to Encore Theatre Company!