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"JC SuperStar" will be presended  at the Washington Street Theatre on Friday, and Saturday, Jan 11 and 12 at 7:30 PM and again on Sunday Jan 13 at 2:30 PM.

The High School Class of Olean Theatre Workshop is very proud to present the musical, JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. This will be staged at the Sullivan Street Theatre Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13. Evening curtain is 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee is 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 each and are available on our website, at the door or by calling 373-SHOW (7469). This production is NOT a part of the regular season so all tickets need to be purchased. This writer advises you to reserve your ticket(s) early as it is a large cast who has many family and friends. We do not want anyone to miss this extraordinary musical with its extremely talented cast!

    Written in 1970 as a rock musical concept album, JC SUPERSTAR first hit Broadway the following year. The plot revolves around the last week of Jesus' life, starting with the Palm Sunday ride into Jerusalem, and ending with the Crucifixion of Good Friday. The disciples are an integral part of the cast- "then when we retire we can write the Gospels," and involves a good deal of interaction between Jesus and Judas Iscariot that is only hinted at in the BIBLE.  JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR has been reported as being a favorite of Pope Paul VI and he was treated to a private showing of the film version in 1973. Vatican Radio in 1971 aired the concept album in its entirety along with remarks by Webber and Rice and various religious leaders. At the time of its debut, there was indeed criticism by evangelical groups and it was even considered anti-Semitic. This is not the case now, as the musical has stood the test of time with its score and story line. This musical and GODSPELL have long been a favorite of OTW. Why? The scores of both are wonderful, and even today, most people know the words.
   Just a word about the music. There are few musicals with the quality of songs such as "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "What's the Buzz?" "Heaven on Their Minds,"Everything's Alright," and the comic relief of "King Herod's Song." Just this last Easter, NBC aired an excellent live production of SUPERSTAR with John Legend as Jesus, Sarah Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and Alice Cooper as King Herod. It was very well received, and met to great critical reviews. JESUS CHRIST, SUPER STAR  has achieved the lasting recognition that all musicals hope for and we promise you a wonderful and thoughtful experience. Not to mention great voices! See you at the show!!

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Pictured above Mary Ring performing "Liza One Note" from Forbidden Broadway
     One of our very talented Seniors, Mary Ring, has been involved with OTW since the 8th grade, and we are spotlighting her this newsletter. Mary is going to All Eastern this coming April, a huge honor for Mary and the Music Department of OHS. She has already participated in All County and All State. Besides Mary's vocal abilities in Bel Canto and Select Choir, she plays the violin and saxophone. Mary is a part of OHS' Poetry Out Loud Contest for four years, and for the second year, will be going to the Regional Competition. Mary placed first in the most recent competition, and we wish her the best of luck in recitation and vocal. Mary, take a well-deserved bow!!!
Coming Attraction - LITTLE WOMEN : A PLAY IN THREE ACTS  by John D. Ravole 
       Based on the novel  LITTLE WOMEN  by Louisa May Alcott, this sweet play will grace our stage February 7-February 10. We are very excited about this production and the March Girls are all OTW students. It is a superb cast and it is directed by Mckenzie Forrest and staged managed by Patti Gulnac. Some tales are timeless, and the story of the four March daughters, their trials and joys,their beloved Marmee and grouchy Aunt March,  will continue to delight reader forever. We hope that you will make plans to see this charming play. Tickets are on sale now. Look for  interesting articles about Louisa, the play and cast in our next newsletter.

     We at OTW are very proud of our ongoing connection with the great Bard, William Shakespeare. We see our biennial or more productions of Shakespeare in Oak Hill Park as some of our finest moments. OTW has staged Will's plays many times, but beginning in 2005, with ROMEO AND JULIET, we have given a free gift to the community. It is sometimes not the most favorable weather, but that has not stopped us!  We have enjoyed doing MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE  TEMPEST, THE WINTER TALE, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA and this past summer,MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.. Season tickets are promoted at the shows, and we gain new audience members, and we help to bring culture to our area. Many an audience member has come away from our productions eager to know more and see more of one of the greatest playwrights in all of theatre history.
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