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EXPERIENCE THE LEGENDARY ROCK CLASSIC. LIVE.

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Opened: July 30, 2015

Closed: August 8, 2015

Location: Emmett Hook Center, 550 Common St.

A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus through an extraordinary, groundbreaking score. As compelling today as it was at its inception, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has some of musical theater’s most legendary songs from "I Don’t Know How to Love Him," "Everything’s Alright," and "Gethsemane" through to, of course, "Superstar."


DID YOU KNOW

It was the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage and first came to major theaters when it debuted on Broadway in 1971. Less than 12 months after the Broadway show opened, the rock spectacle went to London, exploding onto the West End in 1972 in a hugely successful production. By 1980, after 3,358 performances, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR had become the longest running musical in West End history at the time and grossed $12.3 million. In all, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR has grossed over $205 million and has been professionally produced in 42 countries around the world!

Music |

Lyrics |

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

TIM RICE

Direction |

Choreography |

Musical Direction |

Scenic Design |

Lighting Design |

Costume Design |

Sound Design |

Projection Design |

JARED WATSON

TAMARA MAYER

MISSY WISE

SETH TAYLOR

DANIEL SALAZAR

KARA LOWRIE

BRYAN GRISHAM

KATY ALLRED

This production was based on concepts originally created for director Laurence Connor's Arena Tour in 2012.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR CAST

Jesus of Nazareth..................................SETH TAYLOR
Judas Iscariot............................................ISAAC HAAS
Mary Magdalene............................CASSIDY GIDDENS
Caiaphas................................................RICK STOVALL
Annas.....................................................MEGAN LOWE
Pontius Pilate.......................................GARY WATSON
Peter............................................JOHN PEYTON POU
King Herod......................................JASON SHIDISKIS
Simon Zealotes.............................EMILY MWAKITAWA
Ensemble
ELIZABETH BEAGLEY
AUBREY BUCKNER
EMILY BUCKNER
CAMERON CASON
CASSIDY CASON
LOGAN DIGILORMO
SETH DUBOIS
KATIE DUPONT
JORDAN FARRIS
MEREDITH FISHER
COURTNEI GABRIEL
NADINE HUSSEIN
ISAIAH AARON JONES
MARY KING
CELIA MANGHAM
TAMARA MAYER
JOE SIGNORELLI
TYLER SMITH
NOLAN TOMASEK
TIERRA WILLIAMS
THOMAS WILTHEIS
Seth Taylor | Jesus of Nazareth
For Stage Center: Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig), Bonnie & Clyde (Ted Hinton), Ragtime (Tateh - 2014 Audience Choice Award, Favorite Leading Actor), Willy Wonka (Candy Man), The Civil War (Bill/Performer), Avenue Q (Nicky - 2013 Audience Choice Award, Favorite Comedic Duo), Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida (Radames), Sweeney Todd (Anthony). Mr. Taylor has been performing, teaching voice and producing shows in the Shreveport area for over 2 years now.  Seth is a co-founder and producer of Stage Center and is currently serving as Director of Education for SC's School of Performing Arts.  He recently attended Hurley School of Music at Centenary College where he sang under the instruction of opera headliner Dr. Gale Odom and conducted with the renowned Dr. Julia Thorn.  Seth has sung in over 20 states and 3 countries, including sessions in Dublin and Armagh, Ireland, where he was a featured soloist and head cantor.  There, he performed alongside the beautiful New York mezzo-soprano, Tynan Davis.  Seth has performed in several operas such as Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, and played the roles of Gherardo in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and King Kaspar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.  His musical theatre credits include RENT, Pippin, the role of Rolf in The Sound of Music, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, and Corny Collins in Hairspray. Seth has served as musical director for student shows including Dear Edwina, Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney's The Aristocats, and musically directs for Stage Center's SOPA Performance Troupe, who earned recognition for "Excellence in Ensemble Work" at the 2013 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. He recently served as musical director for Evita, Disney's My Son, Pinocchio, shared the musical helm of The Civil War, for which he also served as Production Supervisor, and Disney's Tarzan.
Rick Stovall | Caiaphas
Stage Center: Debut. Originally from Odessa, Texas, Rick has lived in Shreveport since 1980 with his drop dead gorgeous wife. Music and theatre have always been a joy and since 2009 he has sung with the chorus of the Shreveport Opera. Past musicals include THE FANTASTICKS, MY WAY, A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA, SOUTH PACIFIC, AND HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Comedic straight plays include the two man series of plays, GREATER TUNA, A TUNA CHRISTMAS, and RED, WHITE, and TUNA, and a favorite, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE along with Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT. Most recently Rick was seen at SLT in the production of Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE. Rick and his wife are active at Springs of Grace Baptist Church where some of their time is spent supporting THE HUB ministry helping the homeless and displaced in downtown Shreveport. He is very excited about portraying Caiaphas in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.

Megan Lowe | Annas

For Stage Center: Bonnie & Clyde (Eleanore), A Christmas Story The Musical (Ensemble).

Jason Shidiskis | King Herod

For Stage Center: Cabaret (Clifford Bradshaw), Bonnie & Clyde (Det. Bob Alcorn), Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (Mr. Salt), Ragtime (Willie Conklin), A Christmas Story The Musical (Jean Shepherd). Mr. Shidiskis’ first memories of being on stage were when he was six years old and participated in the The Children’s Center’s production of Grease in his hometown of Minden, LA. Since this first performance, he has maintained a love for musical theater. As a student at Minden High School, he performed in numerous plays and musicals including Hello, Dolly! (Waiter 1); Still Life With Iris (Grotto Good); Grease (Sonny), and The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), and was the 2002 recipient of the Cultural Crossroad’s Cultured Pearl scholarship.

Aubrey Buckner | Ensemble
For Stage Center: Cabaret (Lulu), Bonnie and Clyde (Stella). She has also been seen in SLT's The Addams Family (Wednesday), Shrek the Musical (Peter Pan), A Little Princess (Queen Victoria), All Shook Up (Ensemble), and Into the Woods (Lucinda). She is performing in Individual Events and the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska and earned a superior ranking in Individual Events in the State Thespian Festival in Natchitoches.
Cassidy Cason | Ensemble
Stage Center:  Debut.  For SC SOPA:  Disney's The Lion King Jr (Ensemble), Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr (Cheshire Cat), Disney's My Son Pinocchio (Ensemble).  Other credits include:  With Peter Pan Players - The Musical Adventures Flat Stanley, Jr (Ensemble), With Shreveport Little Theatre Academy - Dear Edwina, Jr (Ensemble), with Caddo Magnet High School - South Pacific (Ensemble), With Academy Children's Theatre - Meet Me in St. Louis (Ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof (Ensemble).  Cassidy can usually be found behind the scenes either helping out backstage or serving as spot operator for many of our Stage Center Productions.  Cassidy is an accomplished competitive gymnast with Caddo Magnet High School where she will begin her Junior year in the fall. Cassidy would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support. 

Meredith Fisher | Ensemble

Discovered her love of performing at the early age of 5 with Peter Pan Players Happy Birthday B. B. Wolf.  Productions include Robin Hood Ensemble, Babe the Sheep Pig the comical narrating Mouse, Willy Wonka Oompalumpa, Annie Orphan, Wizard of OZ Ballerina and Ensemble, 101 Dalmatian as Patch, Snow White as Sleepy.  Meredith continued her love of acting with the beginning of Stage Center School of Performing Art under the direction of Jared Watson and Seth Taylor, and was invited to join Troupe, an elite acting team.  Performances include: Flat Stanley Nurse and Ensemble, Winnie the Pooh as Piglet and later as Kanga for Junior Theater Festival 2013, My Son Pinocchio as Talia and Ensemble, School House Rock Ensemble directed by Emma Foreman, Alice in Wonderland as Lilly and Ensemble directed by Zhailon Levingston, Willy Wonka as Violet, Captain Louis jr. Ensemble and as Archie for Junior Theater Festival 2014, Mulan Ensemble, Christmas Story Ensemble, Seussical  Journal Theater Festival 2015, and Lion King jr. Ensemble.  Other than study of dance with Shreveport Dance Academy, Meredith credits her talent for Tap and Hip Hop to the outstanding choreographers Tamera Mayer, Katy Dupont, with Stage Center School of Performing Arts.  Special thank to Seth Taylor for helping me find my voice.

Isaiah Aaron Jones | Ensemble

For Stage Center: Cabaret (Bobby), A Chorus Line (Frank), Ragtime (Ensemble), Tarzan (Ensemble); for SC's SOPA: Disney's The Lion King Jr. (Mufasa). Mr. Jones has been an actor since the age of 10 and hasn't stopped performing since. He made his stage debut with the Theatre of the Performing Arts in A Salute to the Cotton Club, playing the young Duke Ellington. With TPA, he was seen in A Salute to the Apollo and A Salute to Michael Jackson, where he played the young Michael Jackson in both, and Puttin' on the Ritz. In 2011, he joined Academy of Children's Theatre and played Aslan in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In 2012, he went with ACT to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, GA where he played the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Other credits with ACT include 13 the Musical (Richie), Oliver! (Fagan's gang/orphan), Pollyanna (Mr. Fitzgerald), The Little Mermaid, Jr. (Flotsam), Legally Blonde the Musical (Sundeep Padamadan), and In the Heights (Lead Dancer). He made his Shakespearian debut in As You Like It playing LeBeau with Company Repertory Theatre. This past December, he was a dancer in Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet's The Nutcracker. Isaiah is currently a junior at Caddo Magnet High School and is an avid member of the drama department. With the Caddo Magnet Players, he was seen in Fences (Lyons), The Wiz (Scarecrow), and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Ed). He and four other students formed a group and won the Wray Ford Jingle Competition and a commercial was shot with them singing the song. Isaiah would like to thank his parents, family, and friends for their unending love and support.

Joe Signorelli | Ensemble

For Stage Center: Cabaret (Victor).

Nolan Tomasek | Ensemble

For Stage Center: A Christmas Story The Musical (Flick), Ragtime (Ensemble), Disney's My Son Pinocchio (Ensemble).

Isaac Haas | Judas Iscariot

For Stage Center: Evita (Ensemble). Isaac is incredibly excited to be returning to Shreveport with Stage Center for the first time in over three years.  Isaac grew up in Shreveport where he participated in school and community theater.  After high school, he moved to New York City to attend CAP21 Musical Theater Conservatory.  He now lives in New York where he is a working actor, and singer-songwriter.  He was in the original casts off the Off-Broadway Peace Love and Cupcakes the Musical, and the new musical The Legend of Jim Cullen.  He most recently finished a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in which he composed the music and underscoring for the show.  Many thanks to the everyone who loves and supports the arts in Shreveport and to everyone at Stage Center for making it happen!

Cassidy Giddens | Mary Magdalene

For Stage Center: Bonnie & Clyde (Trish). Ms. Giddens is a senior at Caddo Magnet High School and is ecstatic to be a part of her second show with Stage Center. She has been seen in the ensemble for In the Heights (ACT), South Pacific (Caddo Magnet Players), Miss Sandra in All Shook Up (SLT), Miss Amelia in A Little Princess (SLT), Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical (SLT), Evillene in The Wiz (Caddo Magnet Players), and Kathleen in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Caddo Magnet Players). She would like to thank everyone at SC for this amazing opportunity, her friends and family for being so wonderful, and her mother for loving her and always her in her dreams.

Gary Watson | Pontius Pilate

Stage Center: Debut. This production marks his first time on stage as an actor in nearly two decades. He is a Caddo Magnet High class of '93 alumnus, and has worked with Caddo Magnet Players, Marjorie Lyons Players, and BPCC's Cavalier Players, among other  theatre groups in the past.  Currently, you can see Gary singing and playing guitar and keyboards with his rock bands "Nancy Bones" and "The Rock Popes," and you can hear him mornings on News Radio 710 KEEL, where he produces the Robert and Erin Morning Show, and 3pm-7pm Monday through Saturday on Kiss Country 93.7. His alter ego, Tom E. Gunn, can be heard Saturdays 10am-2pm on 99X.

John Peyton Pou | Peter

For Stage Center: Bonnie & Clyde (Deputy Budy); Noises Off (Tim Allgood); A Chorus Line (Paul); Ragtime (Ensemble), Tarzan (Ensemble), The Civil War (Performer), 9 to 5 The Musical (Josh - 2013 Audience Choice Award, Favorite Featured Actor), Evita (Ensemble), Sweeney Todd (Tobias); for SC's SOPA: Disney's The Lion King Jr. (Simba). John Peyton is a senior at Caddo Magnet High School. Past credits include Academy of Children’s Theatre’s productions of 13 (Evan), Oliver! (Artful Dodger), The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Edmund),Disney's Mulan, Jr. (Mushu), Into The Woods, Jr. (Jack), The Sound of Music (Kurt), The Wizard of Oz, and Hairspray. For River City Repertory Theatre: The Rose Tattoo (Salvatore). He wishes to thank his family for their tremendous support and is thrilled to be continuing his work with Stage Center. 

Emily Mwakitawa | Simon Zealotes

For Stage Center: Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida (Aida). Stage credits include Joanne Jefferson in SLT's RENT, Sister Amnesia in East Bank's Nunsense, The Dining Room and Hairspray. Emily is a 2011 graduate of the B.A. Theater program at Centenary College of Louisiana. During her years at school, she was involved in a number of great projects from big musicals like Children of Eden to classics like Antigone to epic plays like Metamorphoses. In 2010, she received the MLP Best Supporting Actress Award for Lisa in A New Brain. She is the proud student of Larry Silverberg, Susan Messing, Mary Thoma, Emily Heugatter, Jodie Glorioso and Stephanie Samaras! Emily has taught several workshops in improvisation, music and movement. She recently joined Harry O'Reilly's prestigious acting studio, The Actor's Alliance and is prepping for season 1 of the web series DayDreaming. She currently lives in New York City.

Cameron Cason | Ensemble
For Stage Center:  Bonnie & Clyde (Young Clyde), A Christmas Story The Musical (Ralphie Parker), Ragtime (Ensemble & U/S Little Boy), Tarzan (Ensemble & U/S Young Tarzan), Disney's My Son Pinocchio (Ensemble). Mr. Cason is a student at the Stage Center School of Performing Arts where he is a fourth year member of the performance troupe having won with them the award for Excellence in Ensemble Work (2013), Excellence in Music (2014), Excellence in Dance (2015) at the National Invitational Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. For SC SOPA: Disney's The Lion King Jr (Timon), Captain Louie (Ensemble), Seussical Jr (Wickersham/Dr. Dake), Disney's Mulan Jr (Ensemble), Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (Mike Teavee), Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr (Ensemble), School House Rock Live! (Performer), Disney's The Aristocats Jr (O'Malley), Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids (Tigger). Other credits include: With Shreveport Little Theatre - Pippin (Theo);  Shreveport Little Theatre - Academy:  Pinkalicious (Peter Pinkerton), Dora The Explorer - Live (Boots), Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids (Tigger); With Peter Pan Players - Disney's 101 Dalmatians Kids (Sgt. Tibbs), The Musical Adventures Flat Stanley, Jr (Caleb and others). Cameron has also appeared in productions at St. Mark's Cathedral School and Caddo Middle Magnet.  Cameron is a member of the Talented Arts Program for Theatre in Caddo Parish and plays the trumpet with the Caddo Middle Magnet Band where he will begin 8th grade in the fall.  Cameron is also very active with Boy Scouts with Troop 14.  Cameron was awarded the Education Award from Stage Center for the 2014 Season.  Cameron would like to thank his family for their continued support.  Cameron would also like to thank Jared, Seth, and the rest of the Stage Center staff and family for helping him fulfill his dreams.
Jordan Farris | Ensemble
For Stage Center: Disney’s My Son Pinnochio (Ensemble), Willy Wonka (Veruca), Captian Louie (Roberta), A Christmas Story (Ensemble), Disney’s The Lion King (Bonzai).

Tamara Mayer | Ensemble
 For Stage Center: A Chorus Line (Kristine), Tarzan (Ensemble), 9 to 5 The Musical (Ensemble), Evita (Tango Dancer). Ms. Mayer graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2011 with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science, but has always had a love for dance. She has been dancing for 20 years with experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and Pointe. She has performed in many Shreveport productions such as: Shreveport Opera’s The Merry Widow (Jou Jou), Factory Gurlz Productions of Paint the Town Red, Peek a Boo and Love Em or Leave Em, Crazy for You (Patsy) as well as performing in iLuminate’s debut summer season as the lead character (Princess Mooi) at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. She enjoys performing with Stage Center as well as working with their performance troupe year round. Tamara would like to thank Stage Center for the opportunity to work and perform with the cast and crew of Jesus Christ Superstar!
Tyler Smith | Ensemble
Stage Center: Debut. For East Texas Performing Arts: Annie Warbucks (Franklin D. Roosevelt); Dashing Through the Snow (Ainsley Danforth/Raynerd Chisum); The Throwaway Children (Igor); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (John Jasper - Best Actor in a Musical); Christmas Belles (Raynerd Chisum - Best Actor in a Comedy); Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie - Featured Actor in a Musical). Mr. Smith currently works for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas's Provider Servicing department. As a recent transplant to the Shreveport/Bossier area, he is ecstatic to be involved in local theatre. He would like to thank his family, his friends, and his boyfriend for being so supportive.