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Jesus Christ Superstar Sets Record as #5

The highly-anticipated Jesus Christ Superstar took the stage June 28-30, July 1, and July 5-7.  It is now ranked as the 5th highest attended TST mainstage show of the past 10 years.  

Did you miss it? Here’s what some of our audience members said about the show:

“[Jesus Christ Superstar] was so amazing…best performance I [have] ever seen…” said Shirley Risner O’connor.

Dennis McCafferty wrote, “I attended Friday’s performance and thought it was the best version I’ve seen.. Great casting, voices, choreography and emotion… I’m thinking of going back next week… 👍👍

“Fantastic doesn’t even come close to describing it. Fanflippintastic!” raved Sherrie Tafelski Jones.

William J. Butdorf, who has seen this show several times at various theatres over the past few years, said, “Your matinee was marvelous. We truly enjoyed it.”

Georgia Gough Mason said, “Absolutely outstanding performance!! Bravo!”










Jack Gerhard: JESUS

Tibbits 2018: Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 1st season.  Favorite Roles: Dennis Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain (Millbrook Playhouse), Kurt Kelly in Heathers (Rider University).  Training: BFA Rider University. “I am absolutely THRILLED to be here and perform at Tibbits for this first time, thank you Kevin and Charles so much for these wonderful opportunities!”



Jovan E. Watlington: JUDAS

Tibbits 2018Jesus Christ Superstar, 1st season.

Favorite Roles: Broadway:  Vocalist in Broadway Backwards 2017; Regional:  Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray at Laguna Playhouse and Tarzan in Tarzan at NJPAC Victoria Theatre;  Educational:  Black in The Wild Party, The Moon in Mary & Max: The Musical, Soloist of Michael John LaChuisa’s Dead Babies (directed by Michael John LaChiusa), and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street at PCTI Zarracia Theatre; Television: The 71st Annual Tony Awards. Training: Pace University BFA Musical Theatre.  “I am extremely grateful to be stepping in the shoes of Judas, discovering his humanity and trials that he endured during his final days, told through this rigorous score. I give all my love and gratitude to God, Mom and the family, my close friends, PACE MT, and my dearest mentors.” @jovanesean


Morgan RuckerMARY

Tibbits 2018Jesus Christ Superstar, 1st season.  Favorite Roles: Esther in Intimate Apparel, Sandra Kay in Smile (MSM Production 2018), and Sarah in Ragtime (University of Oklahoma 2015) and on the 2017 Tony Awards with Natasha Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812.  Training:  Manhattan School of Music.  “I am incredibly thankful for my teachers at MSM, my loving friends and family, my mom and dad, and God.  Instagram@cocoa_curlsss.



David Ossman: PETER

Tibbits 2018: Mixed Emotions, Jesus Christ Superstar, Charlotte’s Web, 1st season.

Favorite Roles: Joseph in Joseph…Dreamcoat at Surflight Theatre, Elmer in Newsies at Surflight Theatre, Tribe Member in Hair at NYU.  Training: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.  “I am so excited to be in Coldwater Michigan this summer. Enjoy the show!”




Ben Shimkus: SIMON

Tibbits 2018: The Last of the Dragons, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, 4th season. At Tibbits: The Addams Family (Lucas), Pippin (Player), Footloose (Lyle). Favorite Roles: Catboy in the Original Cast and First National Tour of PJ Masks Live!, a Tenor in The Dublin’s Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies, and Ladahlord in The Roxy Regional’s James and the Giant Peach. Training: B.A. in Musical Theatre at Cortland State. “Huge thanks to my family and friends for all of their constant support and love. Thanks as always to Mark Reynolds for kindling my love for the art of performing.”

Chad Tallon: HEROD

Tibbits 2018:  Jesus Christ Superstar, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Resident Alien, 4th season.  At Tibbits: The Producers, Chicago, The Full Monty, Fiddler On The Roof, The Foreigner, Funny Money, Greater TunaFavorite Roles: Shrek in Shrek, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Amos in Chicago, Dave in The Full Monty, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing.  Training:  Western Illinois University (MFA), Lewis University (BA)  “Thrilled to be back here at Tibbits. Thanks to Christine, Charles, and all who made it possible. For Dad and Bob.”


Peter Riopelle: PILATE

Tibbits 2018: Jesus Christ Superstar, Resident Alien. 10th Season.  At Tibbits: Damn Yankees, Footloose, Being-Boeing, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Trilogy, Big River, Mass Appeal, Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof, Lucky Stiff, (+more than a dozen others). Favorite Roles: John Adams in 1776, NY, PA, IN, KY, MI; John Wilkes Booth in The Brothers Booth, Off Broadway, NY; Richard in The Baby Dance, Off Broadway, NY; Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Utah Shakespeare Festival, UT; Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, PA, FL, IN, ID, KY; Hamlet in Hamlet, Whole Art Theatre, MI.  Training: BFA: Musical Theatre, Western Michigan University; MFA: Acting & Directing, Brandeis University; Post Graduate Theatre Studies: NYC, Columbia University.  “So thrilled to return to this theater and community I love so much after many years in NYC, Los Angeles, and on the road. Love and thanks to Mom and Dad, Charles for the opportunity, and Tibbits audiences for continuing to support Live Theatre!  I Dedicate This Summer to my Dear Friend & “Jim” from Big River, the incomparable Tony Owens. “Whatever Road I Go Walkin’ Down, You’ll Be Right There With Me…”


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