Theater in the Park – Jesus Christ Superstar Opens

Jesus Christ Superstar Opens on June 11!

June 2010

Whitney Armstrong as Mary Magdalene, Sam Dowling as Jesus and Eric Morris as Judas
(photo by Bob Compton)

What’s the Buzz? Jesus Christ Superstar is “Happening” at
The Theatre in the Park!
TTIP opens its 2010 Season with Jesus Christ Superstar on Friday, June 11th. This
rock opera, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, was created
as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60′s. Jesus is a social and political
rebel and, as the title implies, “his meteor-like rise in fame suggests a parallel
to contemporary celebrity worship… Jesus’ final days are dramatized with emotional
intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality.”
Director Philip Kinen notes that “this version of Jesus Christ Superstar, with its
rock and roll styling, modern day colloquialisms, and pop-culture references, places
Jesus in a modern day context and allows us to examine how our cultures find, build
up and tear down our icons.”
Philip Kinen has directed nine other TTIP productions including Cats, Fiddler on
the Roof, Cinderella, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Footloose.Jesus
Christ Superstar is choreographed by Christopher Barksdale Burns, who recently retired
from the Kansas City Ballet after 21 years as a dancer. The show’s Musical Director
is Dustin Cates, who has directed several shows at TTIP. This extremely creative
team brings many talents to what is sure to be an unforgettable rendition of this
modern rock opera.
Jesus Christ Superstar runs June 11, 12, 13 and June 17, 18, 19 and 20; Box Office
opens at 6:30 pm; Gates open at 7:30 pm; Shows begin at 8:30 pm. Adults: $8; Youth
4-10: $6; Children 3 & Under: Free.
Visit or call (913) 236-1216 for tickets and further information.


Visit The Theatre in the Park []
to order your Season Tickets, Star Packages, Reserved Chairs or individual show
tickets. Season Tickets are only $24 for all four shows – that’s a 25% discount
or one show for free! Note that when you print out a voucher for the Star Packages
or Season Tickets, you must send the voucher to TTIP’s administrative office and
you will get the package in the mail.

You can order your tickets online, by phone, or through the mail. You can also
purchase your tickets in person at TTIP’s administrative office (6501 Antioch Rd,
Bldg. A, Merriam KS 66202). Contact Maria Tapia-Belsito []
with questions about ticket sales.

Volunteers Needed for Season 2010

Are you looking for something fun and creative to do this Summer? Volunteer opportunities
are available from working on costumes, greeting patrons at the Theatre, helping
to sell merchandise, or working on a landscaping project on the Theatre grounds.
Contact Maria Tapia-Belsito [] for more information.

The Theatre in the Park Season 2010

The Theatre in the Park Season 2010
Jesus Christ Superstar
directed by Phil Kinen
June 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
directed by Tammy Ruder
June 25, 26, 27 and July 1, 2, 3
All Shook Up
directed by Greg Shaw
July 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18
directed by Art Suskin
July 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and August 1

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