Jesus Christ Superstar

Joshua Bragg (Jesus Christ) and Cameron Cleveland (Judas Iscariot) rehearse an iconic scene in the Athens Community Theatre production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

ATHENS, TN- Athens Community Theatre (ACT) announces the February 2020 production of Jesus Christ Superstar with a run of six performances from February 14 through February 23, 2020. Friday and Saturday shows will be held at 7:30 pm, while Sunday matinees take place at 2:00 pm.

The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. A rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is sometimes considered a modern rock-opera.

Loosely based on the Gospels, Superstar focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome. Special attention is payed to the relationship between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, as well as Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene. The musical is unique among biblical retellings in that it focuses on both Judas’ struggle making the decision to betray Jesus and Jesus’ human psychology, fear, and anger in understanding and accepting his role as both leader and martyr.

The show is a product of its era, permeated with 1970’s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, modern language and colloquialisms, and high-energy dance numbers.

ACT veteran and Arts Center Technical Director G. David Brown is the Director of this production, while seasoned ACT performer and musician Kay Simmons serves as Music Director and ACT veteran director/performer Melonie Carideo is Choreographer.  Audiences will recognize the members of the band from their time on stage at various concerts and musical productions in the past. Ellen Kimball will be the accompanist and the rest of the band includes Ron Clayton, Cody Hensley, Andrew Kimball, David Ledbetter, Joe Littleton, and Kyle Littleton.

Joshua Bragg will be playing Jesus Christ, Cameron Cleveland is Judas Iscariot, and Whitney Kimball Coe is Mary Magdalene.

Many ACT veterans round out the cast including Dave Siklosi as Pilate, Alex Dufty – recently seen as Charles Dickens – as Peter, Leslie Arnold as Annas, and Trey Byrge as Caiaphas. Other veteran performers are Kelly Borwick, Ben Burchfield, Jan Burleson, Annette Dufty, Bailey Dufty, Brittany Grant, Art Kimball, Tyler Peaden, Lauren Brown Shepherd, Yura Shkola, Katie Sumner, Lyndsi Tallman, Madison Watts, and Jenny Yates.

ACT is pleased to welcome Ryan Worden as Simon the Zealot as well as other newcomers Jackie Dodd, Elise Howell, Jacob Moates, Alex Sharp, and Grant Willhite.

Tickets are on sale now. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10 and are available over the phone with card payment, in person at The Arts Center or online at athensartscouncil.org.

The Arts Center is located at 320 North White St. in downtown Athens. Staff is available for questions during business hours, which are Tuesday through Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm (January – March). For more information call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781, follow The Arts Center on Facebook, or visit athensartscouncil.org.

All Athens Community Theatre productions are sponsored by Covenant Pediatrics, Grover Thurman, CPA, Muddy Waters Wine & Spirits, The Sock Shop, and Starr Regional Medical Center. All performances presented by Athens Area Council for the Arts are sponsored by Gibby & Son’s Pool Services. Edward Jones of Athens, Financial Guidance Partners, Willsonthropic, Inc, Mintie C. Willson, Willson Family Fund, and Wolfenden Family Pharmacies are AACA premiere sponsors and support all programming as does Tennessee Arts Commission.

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