Strobe and fog/haze effects are used in this production
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Lyrics by Tim Rice | Directed by Adam Brazier
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
Raised in: Springvale, PEI For the Centre: Debut Theatre: Sunshine Sketches, Pride & Joy (Smile); Red Rock Diner (Drayton); UnCovered (Musical Stage Co); Diana in Anne & Gilbert (The Guild); Sally in You’re A Good Man… (Indian River Festival); recipient of Musical Stage Co’s Banks Prize. Other: Dance Instructor (British
Association Teachers of Dance). Choreographer for Anne & Gilbert (NAC/The Guild), Highland Storm (COP), The Addams Family (Mainstage). — Thrilled to be home! Huge thanks to Adam, Sandie (NLM), Nanny Freda, Mum & Dad. @brittanyybanks
Evan Taylor Benyacar
Raised in: Richmond Hill, ON For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ Theatre: Aladdin, Fame (Creativiva Worldwide-Dubai Tour); Shrek: The Musical (Rainbow Stage); Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Tunny in American Idiot, Angel in RENT, Ernst in Spring Awakening (Lower Ossington Theatre); Gabe in Next to Normal (Theatre Aurora). Other: In the winter Evan is a singer/dancer for Celebrity Cruise lines (currently: Celebrity Summit, upcoming: Celebrity Silhouette); Vocal Arranger – The Colour Blue EP by Louiz; Toronto All-Star Big Band Tenor Vocalist/Soloist; bass
– Pit band for Spring Awakening 2011 (Lower Ossington Theatre).
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, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: 9th Season, Kronborg: In Concert,
Mamma Mia!, Cinderella, Ring of Fire, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Abegweit… OTHER: Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Pygmalion, Lady Windermere’s Fan (Shaw Festival); Mary Poppins (Capitol); Joseph..., Mamma Mia! (Aquarius); Evita (Vancouver Opera); The Philadelphia Story (Theatre Calgary/Shaw); High School Musical (Neptune); RENT (Panasonic/Sheridan) — Thanks always to Bruce and The TH, Adam and the Festival, my incredible family and friends, and to this beautiful Island. Debut album available in the lobby. @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: Ring Of Fire, Dear Jonny Deere,
Evangeline, Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, 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 his best friend Karen.
Raised in: Toronto, ON For the Centre: Young Company The Talking Stick, (2011) Theatre: 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. This is for 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: Quispamsis, NB For the Centre: 7th season. Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, The Full Monty, Evangeline, Canada Rocks, Alice Through The Looking- Glass Theatre: Beauty and The Beast, My Fair Lady, Robin Hood (Port Hope); The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); West Side Story, Elf: The Musical (Neptune); etc.
— Andrew couldn’t be happier to be back! He dedicates this to Scott Campbell, whom he will always love deeply and misses every single day. xo
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:Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg: In Concert,Pollyanna (workshop), We Are Canadian (Young Company 2014 & 2015) Theatre:City of Angels, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ 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.
Raised in: Brantford, ON For the Centre: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg: 1582 Theatre: The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Into The Woods,
Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Thousand Islands Playhouse); The Barber of Seville (Canadian Opera Company); Annie (YPT); Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West); unearth (Helix Dance Project). — Special thanks to DaCosta
Talent and my amazing friends and family!
Raised in: Sudbury, ON For the Centre: Debut Theatre: The Phantom of the Opera (Canadian national tour); Show Boat (Canadian national tour, U.S. national/Broadway tours); 42nd Street (Moscow); Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music,
Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Drayton Entertainment); A Star Bright Christmas; Madame Sousatszka
(Canadian premiere–Teatro Proscenium), First Wives Club (Chicago). Other: Vocal
Faculty Sheridan College Music Theatre (10 years), graduate of Western University (voice)/University of Toronto’s Opera School.
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: Jesus Christ Super Star, On the
Road with Dutch Mason, A Misfortune, Spoon River Selected Theatre: Of Human
Bondage, Spoon River, EE Cummings in Song (Signature Theatre New York with
Soulpepper); several shows over nine seasons at Soulpepper Theatre; Once (Mirvish,
Dora Award best ensemble); War Horse (West End production, The 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.