CASTLETON-The Theatre Arts and Music Departments at Castleton State College are collaborating to present "Jesus Christ Superstar", a 1970s-era rock opera written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Not all Christians will enjoy this production, but for those willing to entertain some poetic license with the world's greatest religious drama, the musical is worth a sitting. Despite its secular trappings, it remains faithful to the true Christian message of love, forgiveness, and redemption.
The rock-opera is based on the last days of the Christ's life, beginning with his arrival in Jerusalem, and ending with the crucifixion and resurrection.
The lyrics and music are decidedly contemporary and the plot explores controversial relationships between Jesus, Judas, and Mary Magdalene. Still, the sacred characters are treated with respect not typically expected in the rebellous rock venue.
In this Castleton production, director Harry McEnerny employs scenic elements inspired by Victorian-era "steampunk"-a roadhouse term for a sub-genre of science-fiction and fantasy that takes its roots from 19th-century writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. A cast photograph hints at a look that straddles modern college costuming and threads from television's "The Wild, Wild West".
Performances for "Jesus Christ Superstar" will take place Wednesday,April 14 through Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. The performances will be at the Casella Theater, located in the Fine Arts Center on the campus of Castleton State College.
Tickets are $10 for general admission.
To reserve tickets, call the box office at 802-468-1119.