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USF Announces “Jesus Christ Superstar” Cast

The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is presenting the rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” over two weekends in November as part of the university’s 125th anniversary celebration. The cast for the production has been announced by director Brad Beauchamp and includes a combination of local actors, USF students and high school students.

Jake Wilhelm will portray Jesus, and this will be Wilhelm’s second time playing the role in a USF production, as he filled the title role in 2011. Ennis L. Brown, Jr. is Judas, following up his stint as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in February’s production of “The Mountaintop” at USF.

Clare Ramel is portraying Mary, Ross Ehle is Peter, Travis J. Grams is Simon the Zealot and Stuart Hepler is Pilate.

With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical features the central character of Jesus as a social and political rebel. Critics have said the show “illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.”

Performances will be presented Friday through Sunday, November 6-8 and 13-15, at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

Showtimes are:

• Friday, November 6: 8 p.m.

• Saturday, November 7: 8 p.m.

• Sunday, November 8: 2 p.m.

• Friday, November 13: 8 p.m.

• Saturday, November 14: 8 p.m.

• Sunday, November 15: 2 p.m.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the show for general seating. Tickets are available through ArtsTix Community Box Office at 260-422-4226 or online anytime at Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors 65 years or older and children under 18. Group rates of $12 per person are available to groups of 20 or more.