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Aloha Performing Arts to Present ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

January 12, 2017, 9:54 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:06 PM
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Miguel Montez as Jesus and his apostles rehearse for The Last Supper in preparation for Jesus Christ Superstar, the next production of Aloha Performing Arts Company, debuting at the Aloha Theatre next month. Photo: Rich Bickel.

Miguel Montez has been cast as Jesus and Winton Nicholson as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, the next production of the Aloha Performing Arts Company at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu scheduled from Feb. 10 through March 12.

Jesus Christ Superstar, by the legendary team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, exploded onto the scene in 1970 as a concept album, debuted on Broadway the following year and has been revived worldwide countless times since. The musical dramatizes the last week in the life of Jesus Christ.

APAC last produced the show in 1994.

Montez was seen as Emile deBecque in last season’s South Pacific, and Nicholson appeared as Juan Peron in Evita in 2015.

Other principal performers are: Tiffany Kutsunai as Mary Magdalene; Peter Anderegg as Pilate; Peter Schonberg as Caiaphas; Don Chinery as Annas; Pete Hoffman as the High Priest; Brett McCardle as King Herod; Topher Mann as the Apostle Peter and Miles Lugo as the apostle Simon Zealotes.

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The other apostles are portrayed by Kent Kane, Bob Williams, Yasir Bey, Julia Compton, Kathryn Mayer, Kathryn St. Martin, Brandon Braam, Victor Lugo and Megan Hodge.

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In addition, a core group including Chamika Fujioka, Zara Nicholson, Bill Cottle, Daniel Moretz, Kira Kane, Piper Pearson, David Kerchman, Bobbie Lloyd-Anderson, Dave Anderson, Levi Suydam and Jesse Franklin will play various roles including soldiers, lepers, vendors, customers, reporters, followers and tormentors.

Jerry Tracy is serving as director, with Joel Gimpel as music director, Marinella Savarese as vocal director, Ellen Farnsworth as choreographer, Judy Tringali as costume designer, Gerald Lucena as specialty scene painter and Daniel Moretz as dance captain and stunt coordinator.

Assistant directors are Tiffany Kutsunai, Sarah Crawford, Nora Beck Judd and Wendy Buzby. Kutsunai is also designing the lighting.

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Producers are Jan Rae and Peter Schonberg. Terry Ann Fujioka is stage manager, Toni Reynolds is prop manager, Kaitlin Moore is hair and makeup designer, Cameron Bailey is house manager, Kerry Matsumoto and Sharyn Toyama are box office managers, Jeff and Linda Rowand are sound designers and operators, and Nicole Gour and Justyn Toyama are lighting operators.

with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $27 and may be purchased online at alohatheatre.com, by phone Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and at the theatre box office beginning one hour before curtain time. Early ticket purchase is recommended for best seat selection. For tickets or more information, call 322-9924.

 

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