A confident lawyer by day, Graeme Todd admits he’ll be nervous playing a cameo role on stage this month.
Todd plays King Herod in Showbiz Queenstown’s production of rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, May 14-24.
In song Try It And See, he challenges Jesus to “change my water into wine” and “walk across my swimming pool”.
“This will make me nervous, without a doubt,” Todd says.
“There’s a lot of responsibility to pull off for all of the cast but I’m feeling it, there’s no question about that.”
Todd says he’s always wanted to do the show since watching his brother Neville perform in it for an Otago University capping concert in the ‘70s.
“I saw it here [by Showbiz] 15 years ago and thought, ‘I wish I’d done that’,” he says.
Todd sang as a choir boy and at school but his only other Showbiz role was 29 years ago when he sang for the society’s Showtime Revue.
Playing Herod’s a fun role, he says, “and it’s something which will be a little different”.
Asked how he’s shaping up, Todd replied: “It was alright till they played a new move on me with one of my supporting dancers.”
Aside from his four-minute song, Todd is helping with backing vocals: “I can sing off the score so I don’t have a lot to learn.”