“Jesus Christ Superstar” Port Tobacco Players Review

I’m very pleased to inform my readers that I am now a member of the press for Port Tobacco Players in La Plata, MD! If you live in Charles County or the surrounding areas, come on down to PTP for some awesome shows.

For those of you who are not familiar with “Jesus Christ Superstar,” it is a musical about Jesus Christ (from the point of view of Judas, the disciple who betrayed him) and the incidents that led to his crucifixion. Here is the synopsis directly from the PTP website:


“Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber | Lyrics by Tim Rice

(Musical)  An award-winning and timeless work. This rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.


Photo from the PTP FB page


I believe this is a show that can be enjoyable for people of all faiths and beliefs. The music is very catchy and will get stuck in your head for days (I’m still singing the title song!)

This is a cast full of talent! Jesus Christ (played by Chad Mildenstein) stood out with his impressive vocal range. Judas (played by John Cooper Pierce) showed off his rocker style voice in his first time ever acting onstage. Mary Magdalene (played by Brianna Crakes) shined in this role; her acting and vocals were impeccable. Each of the ensemble members showed a lot of talent and stood out to me throughout the performance with their singing and choreography.

But it’s not just about the actors; it’s also all about the other people who make the show happen. Without Cheryl Reckeweg (producer), Amy Wathen Cooksey (director) and her assistant director Leslie Wanko, choreographer Brooke L. Howells, and music director Will V. Derr, you would not have the same show. (You would basically just have a bunch of actors onstage, not sure of what to do, say, sing or how to move!)

Some behind the scenes aspects of this show I found awesome: PTP uses a live pit band that’s in an area under the stage, out of view (but their talent is definitely heard!) The lighting featured some cool effects that grabbed my attention to what was happening in the scene (I don’t want to give away too much of why the lighting is significant!)


Photo from the Port Tobacco FB Page



If you’re interested in seeing the show, go to http://www.ptplayers.com/ or call 301-932-6819 to get your tickets! The show runs March 16-April 8, 2018. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for Students/Seniors/Military. Cash, checks and Visa/Mastercard/Discover are accepted. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 PM. The Sunday matinees begin at 3:00 PM.  The theater opens 30 minutes before the show.


The TL;DR version? If you are a fan of musicals and interested in seeing a talented cast and crew put on a show perfect for the Easter season, get your tickets and head down to PTP and check out “Jesus Christ Superstar!” Hurry before it sells out!


*Please note this show does use a fog machine*


PS: According to the PTP website, if you show your program or tickets at Kaow Thai Restaraunt in La Plata, MD, you get a 15% dining discount! Dinner and a show? What could be better than that?!


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