The final production of the Cutler Brother’s 2016 summer theatre season, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will run on the brother’s main stage in Deer Lodge July 29th through August 14th. “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Webber has many other explosive credits including “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats.”
“Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock concert meshed with a Broadway musical that tells the story of the Passion through the eyes of Judas Iscariot (Mattthew Cutler). Throughout the play Judas attempts to warn Jesus (Blake Erickson) about the risks of preaching out against the Sanhedrin and the high priest’s dogma. High priest Caiaphas (Candace O’Brien) and high priest Annas (Josh Pentland) look to put an end to Jesus’ discourse as he begins to draw more and more followers and attention. Jesus’ biggest supporters include Simon Peter (Marquis Archuleta) and Mary Magdalene (Tiana Albery).
As the play rocks on Jesus is placed under the microscope of ridicule and is eventually arrested under the counts of blasphemy and treachery by the temple guards. He is brought before the high priests before being sent to the next in line to Caesar, Pontius Pilate (Kelly Cutler). All the while Jesus’ mother Mary (Muriah Alexander Buck) watches with impending anxiety the beating and eventual crucifixion of her son.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” is a 1970’s rock opera that is sung-through with no spoken dialogue. The play has heavy and dark themes not recommended for young children and the weak of stomach. Many films have been made implementing the musical’s soundtrack and the play opened on Broadway on October 12th of 1971 directed by Tom O’Horgan.
The rock opera is supplemented with an eight-piece orchestra including electric guitars, synthesizers, violins, and an extensive drum set. “The orchestra is phenomenal,” said the show’s director Kelly Cutler. He went on, “I would recommend everyone to learn a little about the Passion before attending the show and expect a roller coaster ride of emotions and a rock concert feel.”
The rock opera plays in Deer Lodge on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm for the next three weeks. Reservations are highly recommended as the theatre space is limited and they may be made by calling the box office at (406) 846-4096. For questions, directions, or more information call the number above or visit cutlerbros.com. Tickets are $15 for the evening showings and $20 for the Sunday matinees.