The Lakehills Youth Performing Arts Group explore the last week of Jesus’ life in the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
The show opens Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Feb. 2 at Lakehills Church in El Dorado Hills.
Becky Reilly, a youth leader at Lakehills Church and leader of the Youth Performing Group directs and produces this production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, focuses on the relationship between Jesus and Judas.
Oak Ridge High School freshman Dylan Giles plays Jesus in the musical and Folsom Lake Community College freshman Curtis McKenzie, a freshman at Folsom Lake Community College plays Judas. Other supporting characters and performers include: Rachel Travis, an Oak Ridge junior, as Mary Magdaline; Holly Stone, an Oak Ridge sophomore, as King Herod; Delaney Kelleher, a Marina Village Middle School student, as Pontius Pilate; Juliana Ferry, a home-schooled freshman, as Annas; and Jonathan Conrad, an Oak Ridge junior, as Caiaphas.
A troupe of 10 dancers adds emotion, color and energy to the performance. A six-piece live band under the direction of Rob Muniz performs the production’s memorable music including the “Jesus Christ Superstar” theme and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” sung by Mary Magdaline.
Joining producer, director Becky Reilly are choreographer Geri Connor, music director Kathy Kelleher, seamstress Judy Wilson and stage construction lead Pier Simpson.
“Jesus Christ Superstar is a powerful portrayal of various characters’ reactions to Jesus. Most of us can identify with one or more of the characters,” noted producer/director Reilly, who last year presented ‘”Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Godspell” in 2011 to the community through the Lakehills Youth Peforming Arts Group.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; 2 p,m, on Sunday, Jan. 27; 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $10 for front row and can be purchased at the door, online at lakehillschurch.org or by calling (916) 939-9300.
Lakehills Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills, offers two Sunday services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The middle school youth group meets Tuesday evenings at the church and high school youth group meets Wednesday evenings. Ron Short is the senior pastor at Lakehills Church.