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'Jesus Christ Superstar' to Rock Staples Theatre

WESTPORT, Conn. – If you've never seen Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar," now's your chance. The award-winning musical is coming to Westport, thanks to the Staples Players Summer Theatre.

Together with Westport Continuing Education, 45 high school and college students from towns around Fairfield County, including Westport, Weston, Fairfield, Trumbull, and Ridgefield, are performing the musical at the main theatre at Staples High School starting Thursday.

Although the show is a rock opera about the last weeks of Jesus' life, directors David Roth and Kerry Long, who’ve set this production in 1967, view it more as a story about the human spirit than about religion.

"This is, at base, just a story of a man trying to spread peace and love and to have his fellow man love one another," Long said. "This is one of the reasons we thought the parallel with the 1960s worked so well."

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the show will be performed at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15, and $10 for students. They can be purchased on the Staples Players website and will also be available at the door 30 minutes before the show. Only cash or checks will accepted at the door. Some scenes may be too violent and intense for children, and parental guidance is advised.

Cast member Max Samuels, who recently graduated from Staples, said this show is sure to please.

“This is an Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera, so how much better can it get?,” said Samuels, 17. “The music is phenomenal and is continuous throughout the play. Also, taking this out of a religious context, it truly is a fascinating story that I think any audience member will enjoy.”

Have you seen "Jesus Christ Superstar"? Are you planning to see it this coming weekend?

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