Jesus Christ Superstar

It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

Cast/Characters

Judas – Dirk R. Milsted

Jesus – Matthew Brulla

Mary Magdalene – Brenda Sinnen

Peter – John T. Roethlisberger

Caiaphas – Tyrone Wesley

Annas – Ryan Eckels

Pilate – Eric R. Johnson

Herod – Kirt Graves

Simon – Eric Rautmann

Chorus of Apostles, Supporters, Aides, the Disabled, Crowd Members Etc – Neil Beaton, Crystal Eisner, Steve Flook, Kathryn Kleinhans, Cory J. Luecke, Karen Lutze, Patricia Lutze, Cathlyn Melvin, Glinnis Melvin, Peter Moody, Hilarie Mukavitz, M. Eric Pye, Eric Rautmann, Katy Ries, James Wucherer

Associate of Caiaphas – Donald Held, Clark R. Kirst, Joann Kudirko, Brian M. Leffin, Kat Moungey, Randall Elliot Stache

Chorus of Merchants, Reporters, Crowd Members, Etc – Kathleen Beuttenmueller, Donald Held, Sue Kaiser, Clark R. Kirst, Joann Kudirko, Brian M. Leffin, Kat Moungey, Samantha Lin Pool, Jennifer Schleinz, Randall Elliot Stache

Soldiers – Clark R. Kirst, Brian M. Leffin

Maid – Sue Kaiser

Old Man – Randall Elliot Stache

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Musical Director: Janice Westphal

Stage Manager: Glenn Schultz

Asst. Stage Manager: Deb Stache

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Bernard J. Markevitch

Light Design: Douglas Kleinhans

Sound Design: Todd Jaeger

Properties: Karen Herman

Make-Up Design: Lynn Schultz, Tamara Pool, Asst. Julie Masbruch

Orchestra

Conductor/ Keyboard: Janice Westphal

French Horn: Dave Bolgert

Violin: Karen Bruinooge

Bass Guitar: Jesse Brunette

Trumpet: Tom Engman

Guitar: Gary Kaiser

Flute: Beese LeRose

Percussion: Jim VanDeusen