At VIDLA, we don’t believe in ivory tower singing teachers. We firmly believe that to be a really great teacher, you should be a) an excellent singer b) an excellent teacher and c) an excellent performer. Lead from the front, we say! None of this “Do as I say, not as I do” nonsense.
With that in mind, The Boss (Ria Keen, otherwise known as Yoda) is currently in rehearsal for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, to be staged in Gloucester Cathedral in March 2014. The cast is headed up by Jon Moses (playing Jesus) who was a finalist in ITV’s “Superstar” in 2012, and Dan Haslam (playing Judas) who is about to start a national tour of A Christmas Carol. Also joining the cast is Roving Crows front man Paul O’Neill (playing Caiaphas) who is not only handy with a guitar but was also trained as an actor at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (which includes Lauren Bacall, Anne Bancroft, Kin Cattrall and Adrien Brody among its numerous well-known alumni).
The production is large-scale, featuring a 55-piece orchestra, spectacular visual effects and an 80-strong ensemble, largely comprising Ria’s own contemporary choir Voices Unlimited.
Ria’s job on this particular production is to work with the whole cast – principles and ensemble – to get the very best out of their vocals. It’s a type of work that she particularly loves and feels very privileged to do. Keeping a cast this large vocally fit and on pointe is not a job for the faint-hearted so it’s just as well that The Boss is made of hardy stuff – and knows her job inside out!
The production is one of the not-to-be-missed variety, so if the spirit moves you (see what we did there?) you can book tickets direct from Gloucester Cathedral’s box office. We’ll see you there! (Oh, and early booking is advised – we hear that the tickets are selling really fast)!