September 4, 2015
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Jesus Christ Superstar opens at Cottage Theatre on October 2
Cottage Grove, OR — Cottage Theatre's largest cast of the year takes the stage starting October 2 for a four-weekend run of Jesus Christ Superstar. With 40 actor-singer-dancers, an on-stage rock band, and a set that includes floor-to-ceiling steel scaffolding, this rock musical about the final week in the life of Christ is a large-scale undertaking. Jesus Christ Superstar was written in 1970, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
This energetic rock musical has at its center a religious leader who is a social and political rebel. Jesus Christ’s meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As Christ’s teachings are 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.
Cottage Theatre's production of Jesus Christ Superstar is directed and designed by Tony Rust, with music direction by Jim Reinking, and choreography by Lanny Mitchell. The large cast features Kory Weimer as Jesus, Melissa Miller as Judas, Autumn Carter as Mary, Anna Petrick as Simon, Mark Anderson as Peter, Gabriel Wolfe as Caiaphas, Nick Forrest as Annas, Ward Fairbairn as Pilate, and Davis N. Smith as Herod, along with a large complement of Apostles, Guards, Priests, and Ensemble members.
Jesus Christ Superstar runs for fifteen performances at Cottage Theatre from October 2 - 25, 2015. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for youth (age 6 to 18). Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, and one hour before performances. Advance purchase is recommended.