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St. Norbert College's Music Theatre to Present “Jesus Christ Superstar”

From St. Norbert College, July 9, 2015
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College's Music Theatre will complete its 54th summer season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous "Jesus Christ Superstar." Seven performances are scheduled beginning July 22. Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling the St. Norbert College box office at 920-403-3950, 800-762-2699 or online at http://tickets.snc.edu.

The musical, considered Lloyd Webber's finest work, is a brilliant rock opera about the healing quality of love with one of the most popular and well-known musical scores of all time. The LP recording, which was produced in 1971, has the distinction of being the most popular Broadway record ever released.

Playing the traditional principal roles are David Gusloff as Jesus, Ben Cahall as Judas and Michelle Oren as Mary Magdalene. Chad Lemerande will appear as Pontius Pilate, Mark A. Jackson as Caiaphas and Michael Ajango as Annas. Keith Lutz will play King Herod; Liam Ledford, the Apostle Peter and J. Henry Benson V, Simon Zealot. The three priests are Sean Gibbons, Jeremy Pelegrin and K.C. Bray. Other male roles will be performed by Barney Baeten, Nicholas Badtke, Joseph De Groot, Russ Lemerande, Henry Patefield and Kyle Van Beek.

The women's ensemble consists of Maddie Budner, MacKenzie Broeren, Susan Elliott, Delaney Gilliam, Heidi Schmidt, Kasara Sinkula, Alicia Skrivanie, Paula Tolksdorf and Beth Waldeck. The tormentors are Chase Heezen, Sam Van Beek, Mallory Fuhrmann, Haley Marks and Mariah Smith.

The production will be presented in the Walter Theatre at St. Norbert College with Corey Pinchart as technical director and Jeff Entwistle as lighting designer. Over the past 54 years, Music Theatre has presented 89 musicals, with Jesus Christ Superstar first performed in 1987.

James P. Birder will direct the performance with Dudley Birder as musical director and Alicia Birder as choreographer.