|Esak Grueskin as Jesus; Rob Merritt as Judas.|
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice, Superstar is based loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. City Circle’s production is true to the show’s original rock album roots and is set in the present day and staged with the look and feel of a rock concert including large video screens on either side of the stage.
“Our contemporary take on the show actually answers a question asked by the show itself--Why did Jesus appear 2000 years ago? Why not today?” says Esak Grueskin who plays Jesus. “The modern spin makes the show more familiar to the audience. I hope people will feel a closer connection, and relate more personally to the story, now that it has a familiar clothing, hair, technology, etc..”
Directed by Liz Tracey, the show features a talented cast of 52 actors, 11 musicians, and a technical and production team of 20. “You don’t have to be a religious person to enjoy this show,” says Grueskin, “It’s not about Jesus the God, but rather, it focuses on Jesus the human. I love this show for that reason. It is relatable to everyone, not just the religious.”
During the performances of Jesus Christ Superstar, City Circle will be collecting donations for the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry. Anyone who donates will be entered to win tickets to the June 20 performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood with winners drawn at each performance.
Tickets to the show are $12-27 and can be purchased online at www.coralvillearts.org or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. ASL interpreters will be translating the performance on Sunday, April 6 at 2 PM. Please call 319.248.9372 to request seating in the ASL section."
Source: CCPA Press Release