Strobe and fog/haze effects are used in this production
Wed, Thu, Fri 8 p.m. | Sat 1:30 p.m.
A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless rock opera set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” This musical classic illuminates the transcendant power the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the soul.
“It’s a bravura performance, emotionally moving and often vocally spectacular.” – The Buzz
“The spectacle, the energy, the power of this thing. It’s an unforgiving show. It hits you in your thinker, but it affects you on a primal level.” – The Guardian
SUPERSTAR BACKGROUNDER – Learn more about the show, production summary, an interview with director Adam Brazier and more!
MEET FATHER KENNEY
In an effort to better understand and respect the historic and religious themes throughout Jesus Christ Superstar, director Adam Brazier looked no further then his life-long friend and Anglican Priest, Fr. Ken McClure. Read More
Music by | Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by | Tim Rice
Directed by | Adam Brazier
Music Director | Craig Fair
Choreographer | Linda Garneau
Set, Prop and Costumer Designer | Cory Sincennes
Lighting Designer | Michael Walton
Sound Designer | Peter McBoyle
Associate Music Director | Wayne Gwillim
Association Choreographer | Adam Sergison
RAISED IN: Springvale, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar; choreographer for Atlantic Blue, Stories From the Red Dirt Road. PERFORMANCE: Cinderella in Cinderella (Torrent), Sunshine Sketches (Smile), Red Rock Diner (Drayton), UnCovered (Musical Stage). CHOREOGRAPHY: My Bonnie Lass (Sheridan), Anne & Gilbert (NAC/Guild), Highland Storm (COP), The Addams Family (Mainstage). OTHER: Young Innovator (Nightwood), Banks Prize recipient (Musical Stage). TRAINING: BMus (UPEI), Randolph, Physical Theatre (IUGTE). — So happy to be home for another magical summer!
Evan Taylor Benyacar
RAISED IN: Richmond Hill, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar, Marcellus in Kronborg:1582 (In Concert), Martin Guerre in The House of Martin Guerre (In Concert) SELECT THEATRE: Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Stage West); Singer/Dancer (Celebrity Cruise Entertainment); Aladdin: Dubai Tour; Fame: Dubai Tour
(Creativiva). — Evan is ecstatic to be returning for a third summer on the Island! Much love and thanks to his family, and to the ever effervescent Sarah Matton.
Raised in: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON For the Centre: Anne in Anne of Green
Gables–The Musical™ Theatre: Jane in A Christmas Carol, Rose in Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Productions); Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (Port Hope Theatre);
Lauren (Dora Award Nominee) in Kinky Boots (Mirvish); Peter Pan in Peter Pan,
Dorothy in Wizard of Oz (Drayton); Mary in The Little Years (Stratford Festival).
— Big thank you to everyone at The Charlottetown Festival for welcoming me back for another golden summer, double thanks to Bruce and T-house and all my love
to my Lobster. @ajbridel
Raised in: Charlottetown, PEI For the Centre: Come-All-Ye, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Stan Rogers–A Matter Of Heart, Island Road Show. Theatre: Marathon Of Hope (Drayton Entertainment); If It’s Alright With You (PEI Brewing Company); American Pie, A Moveable Maritime
Musical Feast (Soulpepper). Other: Thrilled to return to the festival! Special thanks to Joelle, my family, Adam, Mary Francis, Wade & Talent House. Graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Program. Johnconnolly.ca
Raised in: Kitchener, Mississauga, Ontario For the Centre: Alice Through the Looking-Glass; Mamma Mia!; Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ (2015-2017) Dutch Mason (Workshop); Kronburg 1582 (Workshop). Theatre: The Sound of Music (Mirvish); Joseph and the Amazing... (Theatre Aquarius). Other: Film/TV: The Next Step (Family Channel); Full Out (Family Channel); Anti-Social 2; Golden Boys.
— Robbie is extremely excited to return to Charlottetown for his fourth consecutive season and another amazing summer! @robsgk
Raised in: Corner Brook, NL For the Centre:Million Dollar Quartet, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ Theatre:Hamlet (Tarragon Theatre); Kiss (Canadian Stage/ARC/Theatre Smash); Million Dollar Quartet (Royal MTC & Citadel Theatre); The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Dear Johnny Deere (Thousand Islands Playhouse);
Wilberforce Hotel/Vimy (Blyth Centre for the Arts). Other: Film/TV: Frontier (Netflix/Discovery); Alias Grace (Netflix/CBC); Crazy House, Covert Affairs (Universal); Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury). Dora Nominee for performance in The Crackwalker.
Raised in: Brampton, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Prince in Hollywood Hits (Stage West); Richie alt in A Chorus Line, Hypochondriac (Stratford); Eddie in Mamma Mia! (Citadel); Parade (Lincoln Centre NYC). Other: Film/TV: Splinter in RocKids TV; Finalist in CBC’s Searchlight. While playing Gilbert, J.J. Gerber is also
releasing music under his artist name JonoJosh. — He so excited to make his Festival debut and have some ice cream! @jonojosh
Raised in: Grimsby, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Uncovered (The Musical Stage Company); Onegin (The Musical Stage Company/The National Arts Center/
The Vancouver Arts Club); Spoon River (The Signature Theatre); The Dybbuk,
Marat/Sade, Blood Wedding, The Crucible, Alligator Pie, Idiot’s Delight (Soulpepper); Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage); Romeo and Juliet, The Merry
Wives of Windsor (Bard on the Beach); Grease, Evita (Theatre Aquarius); Macbeth, Semi-Monde (Theatre Erindale).Film/TV: Triple Sensation Season 2 (top 6 competitor).
Raised in: Whitby, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Into The Woods, The
Cradle Will Rock (Assist. Choreographer), Crazy For You (Theatre Sheridan); Mamma Mia! (Theatre St. John’s). Other: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan Institute — I can’t wait to spend my first summer on the Island and explore everything PEI has to offer. Thank you to Sandie (NLM), and my parents for all of their love and support
RAISED IN: Charlottetown, PE FOR THE CENTRE: 10th Season, Jesus in JC Superstar, Gilbert in Anne™, the Prince in Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Ring of Fire, Abegweit OTHER: The Shaw Festival (3 Seasons); Bert in Mary Poppins (Capitol); Joseph…, Mamma Mia! (Aquarius); Evita (Vancouver Opera); The Philadelphia Story (Theatre Calgary/Shaw); High School Musical (Neptune); Roger in RENT (CAA). — Endless thanks to this beautiful Island and everyone who brings it to life. Happy to be home! @hastelow
Raised in: Calgary, AB For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Rumours and Dreams, Hollywood Hits (Stage West); Hairspray, Back To The 80’s, HAIR, Jesus Christ Superstar, Soul Sistas (Mayfield); Bittergirl–the Musical, Hadestown, Mamma Mia! (Citadel).
— Much love to Steven, my family and friends. Enjoy the show! @taraatee
RAISED IN: Palgrave, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, On the Road with Dutch Mason, Ring Of Fire, Dear Jonny Deere, Evangeline, Mamma Mia!, Anne™, Glenda’s Kitchen THEATRE: Once, Buddy! (Neptune); Billy Bishop, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show (Aquarius); Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage Company); Beyond Eden (Vancouver Playhouse/Theatre Calgary); The Bricklin (TNB); Grumpy Old Man (MTC); Assassins (CanStage); 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival. — Cam lives out past where the sidewalk ends with the love of his life, Karen.
RAISED IN: Toronto, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, Anne™, (2018) The Talking Stick (2011) THEATRE: Children of God (Urban Ink Prod.); Shrek the Musical, The Addams Family Musical (Neptune Theatre); James and the Giant Peach–Toronto Theatre Critics Award/Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination, Seussical the Musical, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Beauty and the Beast (YPT); Buddy Holly (Magnus Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show (STC) OTHER: Graduate of Sheridan’s Music Theatre Program — Much love to Jacob’s family, friends, the TH gang, Tucker, and Nana #braverthanbrave. Remembering Cathy Elliott.
Raised in: Edmonton, AB For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Guys and Dolls, HMS
Pinafore, A Chorus Line, The Hypochondriac (Stratford); West Side Story (Citadel).
— Jordan is thrilled to be making his Festival debut! He would like to thank all the support from his family, friends and Talent House. This one is for you dad and grandpa. @DJmah5
Raised in: Sarnia, ON For the Centre: Million Dollar Quartet Theatre: Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Grand Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (Segal Centre/Western Canada Theatre). Other: (Short Film) Monobrow; (score/sound design) Flushing Lacan; TOAST; Bloody Autumn.
RAISED IN: Waterloo, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, Mamma Mia!, Anne™ , We Are Canadian (Young Company 2014-15) THEATRE: Spring Awakening (Argyle Theatre); City of Angels, A Chorus Line, JC Superstar, A Little Night Music (Pace University); The Music Man, Oliver! (Stratford). — Jamie’s thrilled to be returning to Charlottetown this season! Huge thanks to her family for their constant love and support. @jamiemurr
RAISED IN: Brantford, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!,Anne™, JC Superstar THEATRE: The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (1000 Islands Playhouse); Annie (YPT); The Barber of Seville (COC); Fiddler On The Roof (Stage West); UnEarth (Helix Dance Project).
RAISED IN: Sudbury, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar, The House of Martin Guerre (concert) Theatre: Cinderella (The Grand); The Phantom of the Opera, Showboat (Livent); First Wives Club (Chicago); 42nd Street (Moscow); A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast (Drayton); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Madame Sousatszka (Teatro Proscenium).
Raised in: Fredericton, NB For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg: In Concert (Ophelia), Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Canada ROCKS!, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty, Les Feux Follets Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish,
National tour); West Side Story (Vancouver Opera, Citadel); The Producers, Happy Days, All Shook Up, Joseph (Stage West); Red Rock Diner (Drayton); Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre). Other: Hatha yoga teacher — Wouldn’t be here today without theneverending support of my family and my husband Simon!
Raised in: Pickering, ON For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Mamma Mia! Theatre: Saturday Night Fever (North American Tour, Northcore Productions); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz (North American Tour, Mirvish and Troika); We Will Rock You (Mirvish); Mistoffelees in Cats (Rainbow); Tadzio in Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company); West Side Story (Neptune, Vancouver Opera); Spamalot (Stage West); Music Man and 9 to 5: The Musical (Drayton). Film/TV: Carrie, Harriet the Spy, Camp Rock — Adam would like to
thank you for supporting Canadian theatre!
Raised in: Niagara Falls, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway); Jesus Christ Superstar, TOMMY (Stratford Festival); Miss Saigon, Cats, Little Shop Of Horrors, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Les Misérables (Drayton Entertainment). Other: Film/TV: 66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) — Lee is thrilled to make his Festival debut! Much Love to Michael, Mom, & friends. @Lee_Siegel or LeeSiegelMusic (Facebook). Debut album: Where’s The Orchestra available on iTunes & CDBaby.com
Raised in: Fredericton, NB For the Centre: Million Dollar Quartet, Spoon River (ChFest/Soulpepper), Evangeline (ChFest/Citadel), Cinderella, Ring of Fire, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ Selected Theatre: Chasse Galerie, Rose (Soulpepper); ONCE (Mirvish); Buddy Holly, Cabaret, Legally Blonde (Aquarius); Great Expectations, Assassins (TIFT/Birdland/MTC). Other: Alicia is also a singer-songwriter and was this year’s recipient of Music PEI’s SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award. Look for her debut album I Learned The Hard Way. — aliciatoner.ca @AliciaToner
Shawna Van Omme
Raised in: Charlottetown, PEI For the Centre: 12 seasons Theatre: Billy Elliot (Mirvish); Annie (YPT); Swing (GOH); Two Hit Wonders (Stage West Calgary); Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story (Magnus Theatre); There Goes the Bride (UCP). Other: Shawna is a voice and piano teacher when she is not performing. — She is thrilled to be back for her 13th season. Love to her husband James, her son Connor and her family and friends! xo shawnavanomme.com
RAISED IN: Scarborough, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Super Star, On the Road with Dutch Mason, A Misfortune, Spoon River. Selected Theatre: Paradise Square (BerkeleyRep); Of Human Bondage, Spoon River, EE Cummings in Song (Signature Theatre New York, Soulpepper); Several shows over 9 seasons at Soulpepper; Once (Mirvish, Dora Award, best ensemble); War Horse (West End production, National Theatre of Great Britain); River: Joni Mitchell (Grand Theatre). FILM/TV: Suits, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Flashpoint, Chicago, Hairspray, Boondock Saints II, Anne of Green Gables, Pianoman’s Daughter, Hollywoodland, Orphan.