Jesus Christ Superstar assistant floor manager Jim Gibson
helped Showbiz Queenstown with a production five years ago
and has been involved ever since. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Audiences at Showbiz Queenstown's season of Jesus
might not spot Jim Gibson, but he has been
a critical part of bringing director Marty Newell's vision to
The retired bank manager has been involved with Showbiz for
about five years after being asked ''to come along and help''
''So I came along and helped and I've been here ever since.''
He has been behind the scenes at every production since,
taking on various roles, this year deciding to take a ''step
back'' in his role of assistant floor manager.
''I've been looking after the construction, basically, and
painting and setting the whole stage.''
This production differed in that there was ''not much
movement'' in the stage setting, which meant the permanent
set needed to be workable for every scene and safe for the
actors on stage.
He was also kept on his toes interpreting Mr Newell's vision
for the show.
''It's just the challenge [I enjoy].
''How on earth you're going to put together what Marty wants
- he's always coming up with ideas, like, 'We want a table
but we want a leg to break off at a certain time'.
''I've always said it fills in the time between the end of
the fishing season and the start of the ski season.
''It only takes three weeks out of your life.''
Mr Newell said people like Mr Gibson were integral to the
success of Showbiz Queenstown.
''He's one of those guys that can just do anything, make
anything - if not, he finds out how ... and it's done.
Ahead of tomorrow night's opening of Jesus Christ
Superstar, Mr Gibson said audiences would be ''blown
away'' by Showbiz Queenstown's interpretation of the script.
''It's just so different from any other show that we've
Mr Newell said he was excited to lift the curtain on months
of hard work by the cast and crew, which includes 30 on
stage, 14 crew members, nine band members, make-up, hair and
''I've never seen anything like this before. It's looking
Showbiz Queenstown had put a 21st century twist on the
musical, opting for contemporary costumes, lighting and video
effects, promising the most technical and visually
spectacular show seen on the Queenstown Memorial Centre
Jesus Christ Superstar, with music by Andrew Lloyd
Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, is a dramatisation of the last
seven days of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, played by Finley
Brentwood, seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot (Paul
The musical phenomenon reveals an all-too-human soul in the
man many believe to be the son of God, the fickle nature of
those closest to him, the heartache of a woman who loves him
(Mary, played by Lisa Moore) and the motives of the man who
ultimately betrays him.
• Jesus Christ Superstar opens at the Queenstown
Memorial Centre tomorrow and runs until May 24. Tickets from
$25 available from Queenstown i-Site, the Queenstown Events
Centre and www.ticketeck.co.nz.