Mar 1, 2017 - From staff reportsLandmark rock opera opening Friday at CWC
Six Central Wyoming College theater department alumni are back on the Robert A. Peck Arts Center stage for the upcoming production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
The play opens Friday, March 3, March 4, 10 and 11. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
One matinee also is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5.
The 1970 rock opera is a passion play, recounting the events of the last week in the life of Jesus. The lyrics are by Tim Rice, who also wrote the lyrics for "Evita," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King." The music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also composed "Phantom of the Opera," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Cats," among many other shows.
"It's really fun to work with a whole new cast of people," said CWC alumna Lily Draper. "Most of the cast are students and community members I haven't had the chance to work with. I'm really excited to be able to perform at CWC again. It's always been a really positive and wonderful experience."
In addition to performing, Draper is the the costumer for the show. She has put together more than 35 pieces for the actors.
Playing the role of Judas is alumna Amara Fehring, who has been in many roles at CWC since age 14. When she knew theater director Mike Myers would be staging "Jesus Christ Superstar," she didn't want to miss the opportunity.
"I love 'Jesus Christ Superstar,'" Fehring said. "It's been one of my favorite musicals since I was 7. I knew a lot of my alumni friends would also be participating in this play, and I knew it would be a really good time."
Fehring and Draper were both CWC theater majors and graduated together in 2010.
They have worked together since then on many plays and other musical projects for the community.
"It's been wonderful and nostalgic," Fehring said.
There are 13 other actors in the production, including CWC students and high school and community members from Riverton and Lander.
The other two choreographers working alongside Anika Greenhalgh are Rachel Mitchell and Rachel Reckling, both second year CWC theater majors. The music director is Marissa Selvig, a music teacher and town council member from Pavillion. She has played many roles at CWC, including Nimue in "Camelot" (2012), Marian Paroo in "The Music Man" and Mrs. Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol," both in 2014.
Tickets for adults are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets for youth and seniors are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets may be obtained by calling the CWC Box Office at 855-2002 or ordering online at tickets.cwc.edu.
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