A production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island has a bit of Richmond flavour to it with the addition of local actor Ryan Lino, who is playing various roles in the Andrew Lloyd Webber play.
Lino's roles include an apostle, a leper and a Roman guard.
The play looks at last few weeks of Jesus Christ’s life but Fighting Chance Productions takes a modern twist to the classic, including incorporating rock music.
“The story of Jesus has always been very important to me personally so it was a fantastic experience to see it be approached in this new light. The play itself focuses a lot on the political impact that Jesus had during his time, so [directors] Ryan Mooney and Anna Kuman decided to further augment this by having the show set in present-day where our society puts so much emphasis on media and celebrity status,” said Lino.
The set is constructed entirely of scaffolding to give an authentic rock-concert feel, said Lino.
“It ties very well with such a high-energy and aggressive production, which our directors really take advantage of with their dynamic choreography,” said Lino.
The show is running at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island until Aug. 22, from Tuesdays to Sundays. Tickets range from $20-$35. See more information at the Fighting Chance Productions website.
Lino, 22, is a graduate of Cambie secondary school who went on to graduate from the Capilano University School of Motion Picture Arts. He has participated in the Vancouver Fringe Festival and more recently had a role as Milky White in Into the Woods at the Jericho Arts Club last April.