The countdown is on to Donegal Youth Musical Theatre (DYMT)’s all new interpretation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar.

A new and contemporary setting and gender-blind casting are ambitious moves without a doubt. But the result promises to be a unique and exciting experience for even the most seasoned of musical theatre fans.   

The young cast have only three weeks of intensive rehearsal which includes masterclasses from some of the industry’s finest.

Director Séimí Campbell told the Donegal Post: “With rehearsals well underway, the cast and crew are putting the finishing touches on the production. It has been such an authentic and creative few weeks. Together, we ripped Andrew Lloyd Webber’s exciting rock opera apart and placed it in a contemporary setting; one that we are all aware of.

“The gender-blind casting has offered some very exciting moments within the show, and makes us look at the traditional biblical story in a new, current light.

“I am always blown away with the talent that exists in our own county and am delighted that we are joined by young actors from as far as Derry, Belfast and Dublin for this retelling of JCS!”

Among those who worked with the cast over the last few weeks was Celinde Schoenmaker. She is one of the most sought after stars of the West End at the moment. And with top teachers in dance and vocal coaches to the stars also on hand, as well as the talented team at DYMT, this show really is well on the way to being something very special.

Anyone who was at DYMT’s inaugural production Phantom of the Opera knows just how much this team can achieve. Indeed, last year’s leading male and female were both nominated for the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) awards.

Niamh Long is back in this year’s cast, along with many more equally outstanding performers.

From performances at the recent launch night and rehearsal room snippets, it is clear that this is a show not to be missed.


DYMT’s Jesus Christ Superstar runs in An Grianan Theatre from Tuesday, August 21 until Saturday, August 25 at 7.30 pm.

Booking is advised as seats are selling out fast. The box office can be contacted at (074) 9120777 or online at

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