Auditions are set for the first musical of the 2013-14 North Platte Community Playhouse Season, Jesus Christ Superstar.
The cast calls for 18 men and 12 women. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 in the Patty Birge Room at the Playhouse, 301 East 5th. Callbacks will be held Dec. 13 if necessary, playhouse manager Scott Carlson said.
Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical began as a rock opera recording before it was first staged on Broadway in 1971.
The musical is loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion.
It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, struggles that are not in the Bible. The resurrection is not included. It therefore largely follows the form of a traditional passion play.
Auditions are open to all interested parties age 17 and older. Those auditioning should prepare 16 measures of a song to sing for the director.
Jesus Christ Superstar is directed by Lori Evans and is made possible, in part, by the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment of the Arts. It is produced through a special arrangement with the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization.
Performance dates are Feb. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Ticket sales begin on Feb. 3.