Jesus Christ Superstar


October/November 2015

October 30, 31, November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21
Fri/Sat @ 8:15pm | Sun @ 2:00pm

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Craig Pettinati
Music Direction by Stuart Y. Weich
Produced by John Nunemaker

Kensington Town Hall / Armory
3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895

As the radical teachings of Jesus Christ are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.


ryanRyan Burke (Judas, Asst. Director) is thrilled to be back at KAT! He has been doing summer stock theatre in Iowa all summer and is glad to be home! In the area, he was last seen in Freedom’s Song (Ford’s Theatre). Other credits include Bud in Gutenberg! The Musical (NextStop Theatre Company), Heck Tate in To Kill A Mockingbird (Okoboji Summer Theatre), and Dan in Next to Normal at KAT (WATCH Award). He would like to send a massive thank you to the cast and crew for all their hard work, and Sarah and his family for their support!
jesseJesse D. Saywell (Jesus) Arena Stage: Enchanted April, a New Musical (Workshop, Beppo). Kennedy Center: Children of Eden (Storytellers Ensemble). Mezzanine: The Green Room; the College Musical (East Coast Première, John Davis). American University: The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), Guys & Dolls (Nicely-Nicely), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Ivan), The Alchemist (Drugger). Salisbury University: RENT (Collins), The Gospel at Colonus (Choragos Lead Soloist). AU Players: Writer/Director of MOM. Member of the National Broadway Chorus. B.A. Musical Theater, American University Class/2015 Thanks to cast & crew - especially my fellow AU alums!
kimKim Murphy (Mary Magdalene) is thrilled and honored to inhabit the world of Jesus Christ Superstar, whose soundtrack has always been her favorite! JCS marks her KAT debut, having previously appeared as Diana in A Chorus Line (RMT). She has loved working with the wickedly talented and delightful cast and crew. Kim sends a shout out to her District Karaoke team, and love and many thanks to her family for all their support!
grantGrant Saunders (Pilate) currently completing his BA in Musical Theatre at American University, he was most recently seen performing at 54 Below with La-Ti-Do. Other credits include DC’s 2nd Annual One-Minute Play Festival, How We Got Here & Other (Mis)Conceptions (Azi/Bo/Mailman), Spring Awakening (Adult Male), The Rez Sisters (Nanabush/Bingo Master), Les Miserables (Thenardier), The Alchemist (Lovewit) and Cabaret (Cliff). Grant is also a baritone/bass in The National Broadway Chorus.
chrisChristopher Overly (Simon, Annas) is proud to be doing his 2nd production at KAT, having just finished a successful run as Molokov in Chess. He has performed with numerous companies in the area the past two years and has also performed in NY, LA, and Germany, in musicals, operas, and ballets. Some of his favorite roles have been Sweeney Todd, Munkustrap in Cats, Archibald in The Secret Garden, Hunter in [title of show], Roger in RENT, and Father in The Children of Eden at 2nd Star Production. Working for Microsoft during the day, theater helps him keep his sanity. His wife, Rebecca, and children give him unrelenting support in his pursuit of theater.
gabrielGabriel Macedo (Caiaphas, Herod) is stoked to be making his KAT debut. REGIONAL: Annexus Theatre Company: Sonata, a Concert (Anthony, Nathaniel); Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center: The Lost World (Dad), The Matchmaker (Joe/Cabman); MC Summer Dinner Theatre: Les Misérables (Bamatabois, Grantaire). TRAINING: University of Maryland, College Park: BA, Theatre.
claxtonClaxton J. Rabb III (Peter) Recent graduate of American University with a degree in Musical Theatre. Recent productions include 8 by Dustin Lance Black, Spring Awakening (Otto), Freedom Summer ( James Forman), RENT (Angel), and The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom).
samSam Stenecker (Priest, Apostle) Recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Theatre. Theatre credits include Molière Impromptu (Kogod Stage), In Time of Roses (Kogod), The Waiting Room (Kogod), Finding the Sun at the 2011 Edward Albee Festival (Arena Stage), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Avalon Theatre), Assassins (Avalon), Merrily We Roll Along (TAP). Film: Flashlight Tag. He is happy to be a part of his first KAT production.
nickNick Carter (Choreographer, Priest, Apostle) has a degree in theatre from Frostburg State University, where he focus on acting, directing and stage management. He is currently working in metal fabrication, and teaching a musical theatre dance class in Severna Park. He has recently been seen as Agent Cod in Catch Me If You Can at ASGT and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at KAT.
clanceyClancey Yovanovich (Soul Girl, Ensemble) Thrilled to be making her KAT debut! Clancey is a proud graduate of American University, holding a BA in Musical Theatre. She’d like to send out a huge thanks to her cast and the production team for being so welcoming, and her AU family for the endless love and laughs. Amen.
ashleyAshley K. Nicholas (Soul Girl, Ensemble) is excited to be making her KAT debut! She is a recent graduate the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University. Favorite roles include Sarah in Ragtime (The Theatre Lab) and Lady in Orange in For Colored Girls (Pinnacle Productions). In the summers of 2014 and 2015, she participated in the Overtures Musical Theatre Institute at Signature Theatre. In early 2016, she will be playing the role of Tacoomah in Adventure Theatre-MTC’s national tour of Three Little Birds. Ashley would like to thank the cast and crew of JCS, especially Craig, Stuart, John, Nick, and Ryan. Much love to her family and friends.
allieAllie Dreskin (Soul Girl, Apostle) Happy to make her debut with KAT after performing solely in Baltimore. Favorite credits include Prudy Pingleton in Hairspray (PLTC), Linda in The Wedding Singer (Cockpit in Court), Joanne in RENT (PFT), Maggie Jones in 42nd Street (ASGT), Roz Keith in 9 to 5 the Musical (DCT), Agnes Gooch in Mame (Spotlighters Theatre), and vocalist in Cover Me Badd (cover band). She also lends her voice to Bach to Rock recording arrangements of popular songs for music students. This performance is dedicated to Mom who appeared in the VERY FIRST CAST of JCS ever (Maryland and on tour). Thank you for being an inspiration, Mom!
zoeZoe Bulitt (Apostle, Ensemble) is very excited to have been cast in her first show at KAT! She is a recent graduate of Monmouth University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Recent credits from Monmouth include RENT (Mimi), Urinetown (Hope), and Our Town (Emily). Other recent credits include Legally Blonde: the Musical at MCSDT (Serena). She hopes to continue her passion for performance and also pursue a career in Management in theatre. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support in her pursuit of her dreams.
hillaryHillary Templeton (Ensemble) is so excited to make her KAT debut with JCS! She recently graduated from the University of Maryland with her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. While at UMD Hillary performed in several productions including Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, The Matchmaker, Coffee & Biscuit, Everything in the Garden, Dog Sees God, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Other productions in the area include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Les Miserables, The Wiz, and Hairspray. Thanks to everyone at KAT for being so welcoming, and my amazing family and friends for all their love and support. Enjoy the show!
ninaNina Y. Marti (Apostle, Ensemble) studied Drama at The Catholic University of America where she performed in eight productions. Notable CUA performances include Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler, Chiméne in Le Cid, and Lucy in Brutus: an Abridged Version of Julius Caesar. She spent two years in New Jersey following her graduation in 2013. Her favorite New Jersey credits include Wendy Jo in Footloose, Lisabette in Anton in Show Business, and Ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie. JCS is Nina’s first local production since her return and she is ecstatic to be back! She thanks her family and friends, Henry, and Juno for their tremendous love and support.
robertRobert Branning (Apostle, Ensemble) From Stevensville, MD. First show at KAT. Graduated from Kent Island HS in 2015. Currently attending Chesapeake College, eventually studying to be a Theatre Major. Notable previous roles include Maurice in KIHS’ Beauty and the Beast and Gordon in KIHS’ The Greatest Play Ever Written. Also organized, hosted, and performed in "Kent Island Music Fest." Has tech, acting, directing, and stage managing experience. Aside from theatre, also plays guitar, violin, banjo, piano, and is a songwriter.