Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre will be home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece “Jesus Christ Superstar” this month.
With music by Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is one of the true original rock operas. The Broadway hit has become a global phenomenon, wowing audiences for more than 40 years. Conceived as a concept album in 1971, it has been performed in nearly 20 countries and translated into 18 different languages, with Broadway revivals in 2000 and 2012 each earning a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical.
It is not a clean and precise show. Rather, it is raw and passionate, showcasing true 1970s style rock music. The story is specific but also universal, exploring the conflicts within power and truth. This production will take the last days of Jesus and move them out of place and time, while focusing on the relationships and the human struggle.
Sponsored by Lake Tahoe Community College and the Tahoe Arts Alliance, the production features a cast of talented local actors and musicians. It is directed by David Hamilton, with music direction by Donna Axton and vocal direction by Music Department chairman Dr. Mark D. Williams.
The cast includes Williams as Jesus of Nazareth, Sharon Kerrigan as Judas Iscariot, Saundra Whitt as Mary Magdalene, Andrea Rogers as King Herod, Dave Anderson as Caiaphas, Tom Callahan as Peter, Chris Taylor as Pontius Pilate, Joanie SanAgustin as Simon Zealotes, and Shelly McCarty as Annas. Rounding out the cast are Yona Abiko, K.C. Carroll, Stephanie Castillo, Amber Heron, Carolyn Hansa, Caren Levine, Kalayna Miller, Valerie Smith, Pam Taylor and Kendall Wilson.
Performances of “Jesus Christ Superstar” are Friday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 20, Sunday, Oct. 21, Thursday, Oct. 25, Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, all at 7:30 p.m., in Duke Theatre, located in the college Fine Arts building. There also will be a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 students/children in advance, and $23 general admission and $18 students/children at the door day of. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3607989