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Special to The PREVIEW
Curtains Up Pagosa! has auditioned and selected their cast for this summer’s Silverado (25th anniversary) production of “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” and are now in full rehearsal mode.
The cast is a fun mingling of those who remember when “Superstar” first appeared on vinyl records back in the early ‘70s and those who are hearing the music for the first time. For our older members, it is truly a walk down memory lane.
The cast, starring Laith Scherer playing the part of Jesus, is a strong one.
“We had a larger than usual auditioning group this year,” says director Dale Johnson, “and I think we have arrived at a really great ensemble. We had to feel reasonably sure early on that we would have a strong cast before we chose this particular rock opera, because ‘Superstar’ is sung from start to finish.
“We have to choose our musicals based on the volunteer talent we have on hand. For instance, if we wanted to do a production of ‘A Chorus Line,’ we’d have to be very sure we had a lot of available dancers who are also strong singers. While this is possible for companies who can hire actors, this likely wouldn’t be as easy for us who depend on volunteers, unless we have an unusually strong group of dancers that particular year. But for ‘Superstar’ we felt we had a strong enough group of singers to draw from, that this was the year to do it.”
“I have been waiting a long time to play Herod,” says Fr. Doug Neel, “because it is such a great part. I told Dale a long time ago that if they ever did this production, I would definitely be trying out for that role. With my son, Robert, playing the part of Pilate, my wife is beginning to wonder if she should take up temporary residence elsewhere. She is pretty sure our house may be struck by lightning.”
“The music by Andrew Lloyd Weber is really timeless,” says Johnson. “The kids who are learning it for the first time are as mesmerized by it as kids were when I was a teenager. The libretto has withstood the controversy and has had a powerful impact on people of all faiths and backgrounds. We are very excited to present this production to the people of Pagosa Springs.”
The musical is set for production at Pagosa Springs High School June 26, 27, 28 and July 2, 3 and 6 (Sunday 2 p.m. matinee).