Performing Arts

BUY TICKETS! Jesus Christ Superstar | MAC Players

BUY TICKETS! Jesus Christ Superstar | MAC Players
date icon03/01/2024 - 03/10/2024
price iconTier 1: $30/$25 (senior/student) | Tier 2: $25/$20 (senior/student) | Partially Obstructed: $15
location icon36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

The MAC Players at the Middletown Arts Center presents Jesus Christ Superstar March 1-3 and March 8-10.


Lyrics by Tim Rice
by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Director Kathy Connolly | Musical Director  Eric Sayre | Choreographer Samantha Amaral | Assistant Director Victoria Keiser


The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 50 years. A timeless work, the 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.


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CHRIS MORRISY (JESUS) is a local singer/songwriter who performs at all Live Music venues on the Jersey Shore. Chris is grateful to The MAC Players for the opportunity to reprise the role of Jesus Christ. Previous credits include Pippen (Pippen), Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat) and Starbuck in (110 in the Shade). However, his favorite role is of “Dad” to his kids Samantha and Ryan. This is cast is ready to rock…Enjoy the show!!!

AIDAN PANNO (JUDAS), a 19-year-old college sophomore, is honored to be playing Judas for a second time now in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Aidan has eight years of experience behind him and graduated TR South as an alumni in master choir and a lifetime achievement award in the International Thespian Society in 2022. Some of Aidan’s previous credits include Jean Val Jean (Les Miserables), Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls) and Tarzan (Tarzan). Aidan has been lucky enough to find himself making two off Broadway appearances at 54 Below and Greenroom42, as well as supporting multiple charities in fundraising shows. Aidan now continues his studies at OCC as a fine arts and education major. Aidan would like to thank his directors, the cast and crew as well as his family and friends for their constant love and support. 

EMILY DEMAIO (MARY MAGDALENE) is over the moon to be making her MAC debut and she’s not just walking on water – she’s dancing on it too. Recent credits include serenading in The Last Five Years (Cathy), getting sassy in Avenue Q (Lucy), adding charisma to Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal) and lending her voice to a fierce Dragon in SHREK The Musical (Mama Bear had her moment too). Emily is ready to bring the power and the glory to the MAC stage! She’s beyond grateful to the entire MAC family and the production team for this divine opportunity. And of course, a big shoutout to her friends and family for being the real miracle workers. Follow her antics online at @emilydemaio7 for a daily dose of laughter and fun!

RACH PHELAN (PONTIUS PILATE) is a religious villain! Her previous credits include Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible, Stone Church Players), Sour Kangaroo (Seussical, The MAC Players), Betty Jean (The Marvelous Wonderettes, The MAC Players), Meg (Little Women, Holmdel Theatre Company) and Sister Mary Amnesia (Nunsense, Centenary Stage Company). Rach has performed at The Green Room 42 in New York and has been a permanent cast member of Let’s Broadway NYC for nine years. Thank you endlessly to the incredible cast, crew and staff. This one’s for you mama. 

LIZZY STEFANIC (KING HEROD) is beyond thrilled to be a part of her first production with The MAC Players. Some of Lizzy’s previous roles include Shakespeare (Something Rotten), Kira (Xanadu), Julia (The Wedding Singer) and The Cat in The Hat (Seussical). Lizzy’s favorite hobby is talking. She feels extremely passionate about the 2019 cinematic marvel CATS. She would like to thank the incredible cast and crew of Jesus Christ Superstar, her parents, Victoria, and as always, Cher, for their love and support. 

PATRICK COMEY (ANNAS) is thrilled to be returning to the MAC for Jesus Christ Superstar! Previous The MAC Players credits include SHREK The Musical (Shrek), The Addams Family (Fester) and Seussical (General Genghis Khan Schmitz). Other favorite credits include Beauty and the Beast (Beast/Prince), Rent (Collins), Rock of Ages (Dennis), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben), The Prom (Trent/Hawkins) and Bridges of Madison County (Charlie). Many thanks to Kathy, Victoria, Sam, Eric, LS, CM and the rest of the cast, crew and The MAC Players community for this incredible experience! Instagram: @p_comey

JOHN PAUL DURAZZO (CAIAPHAS) is excited to be working on his first production with The MAC Players! Recent credits include The Crucible (Reverend Hale), Next to Normal (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine) and The Bridges of Madison County (Bud). Other favorites include Anything Goes (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), Les Miserables (Bishop of Digne) and Billy (The Musical of Musicals). John would like to thank the cast and crew for a wonderful experience, as well as his partner, family and friends for always being his greatest supporters.  

CONOR MCCORMICK (SIMON) is excited to be a part of his first The MAC Players production, as well as his first theater production in a few years.  He wants to thank the directors for giving him this opportunity, the cast for making him feel welcome and his family for supporting him in going out for this show.

BRENDEN KORTENHAUS (PETER) is thrilled to return to the MAC stage in one of his favorite shows, Jesus Christ Superstar! He is thrilled to revisit this show as it was the first community theater production he worked on in 2008! He also appeared in Guys and Dolls this October, and stage-managed The Addams Family, Seussical, and The Spongebob Musical for The MAC Players last year. Brenden is a graduate of Villanova University, receiving an M.A. in Theatre and Non-profit Management and a B.S. in Mathematics. He is currently the President of The Premier Theatre Company, as well as a resident director for the last seven years, having most recently directed Scrooge and Matilda! He can’t thank Kathy, Eric, Sam, Victoria and Amethyst enough for giving him the opportunity to take on this incredible role! Sending love to all of his family and friends for their never-ending support!

LINDSAY ABBOTT (PRIEST/ENSEMBLE) is delighted to make her official debut with The MAC Players after reading in the MAC One-Acts play-reading festival last year. Lindsay serves on the board of the Stone Church Players and is an active member of Monmouth Civic Chorus. Thanks to everyone involved in Jesus Christ Superstar and to everyone who made this such a fun experience! All my love to Blake, Dylan and Cecilia.

RONDA CHRISTIE (PRIEST/ENSEMBLE) – Originally from Indianapolis, Ronda received her B.A. in Theatre at The Ohio State University and is a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys visual arts in addition to her love of acting and playwriting. Past credits include Seussical (Cat in the Hat), Into the Woods (The Witch), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown) and Scrooge (Isabel). She is so happy to be back at the MAC performing alongside so many of her amazingly talented friends. She wants to thank Kathy for her thoughtful direction, Eric for his mathematical musicality (and spreadsheets!), Sam for her killer choreography, Amethyst for keeping us all alive and everyone in the cast and crew for making this production such a blast to be a part of.

ERIC BRAS (PRIEST/ENSEMBLE) is very excited to perform in his third show with the The MAC Players. Eric previously performed in The Spongebob Musical and Guys and Dolls. Past performances include Once On This Island in high school, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ocean County College) and Evita (Plays-In-The-Park). He thanks his family and friends for their support and would like everyone to enjoy this wonderful performance.

CAITLIN MARTIN (APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be in her fifth production with The MAC Players. She was last seen on this stage as Miss Adelaide in the fall production of Guys and Dolls. Favorite credits include Alice in The Addams Family (The MAC Players), Meg in Little Women, the Musical (SCP) and Claire in Rumors (First Avenue Playhouse). She would like to thank Kathy, Eric, Sam, Victoria, Amethyst and Maggie for everything they do and sends all of the love to her fellow cast members! As always, this is for you G.

KIMBERLY GELFAND (APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is excited to be appearing in her second show at the MAC after appearing in the recent production of Guys and Dolls (Society Max/Featured Havana Dancer/Ensemble). Her favorite credits include Footloose (Ethel McCormick, AfterWork Theater), Newsies (Finch, AfterWork Theater); and The Wedding Singer, Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol (all with Phoenix Productions). Kimberley thanks Kathy, Sam, Eric, Amethyst, Victoria and the team for all of their creativity and dedication and the cast for making the experience so much fun!

JENI STAR (APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is very excited to appear in her second production with The MAC Players! She was last seen on the MAC stage in The SpongeBob Musical this past summer. Other favorite performances include SHREK The Musical (Gingy), The Wedding Singer, The Little Mermaid and Hairspray. Thank you to Kathy, Eric, Sam, this amazing cast and crew of true superstars, her parents and sister and her incredible voice teacher, Jacqui Piro Donovan, for always believing in her and their constant love, support and encouragement!

BRITTANY AHR (SOUL GIRL/APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is super excited to be part of the latest production by The MAC Players. A few of her favorite roles include Narrator (Into The Woods, Premiere Theatre Company), Tintinabula (Forum, Main Street Theatre Company) and Grandma (The Addams Family, The MAC Players). Thanks to Ash and Nick for giving her love and support to infinity and beyond. Sending love to Mom and Dad in the sky.

ALEC KELSEY (APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is excited for this opportunity to perform with the The Mac Players. Previous credits include Gabe in Next to Normal, Michael in Tick..Tick…BOOM and Kenicke in Grease. He is grateful to have an amazing partner, George Platis, who pushes him to embrace his creativity and provides unwavering support. Love you Yorrgo.

AIDAN FALZON (APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is super excited to be a part of this electric production of Jesus Christ Superstar! Aidan is currently a student at Brookdale Community College pursuing a degree in Theatre. Past credits include Guys and Dolls (Ensemble; The MAC Players), The Prom (Principal Hawkins; Spotlight) and The SpongeBob Musical (Patchy the Pirate/French Narrator/Old Man Jenkins; The MAC Players ). Aidan thanks this outstanding cast and crew who made this an unforgettable experience and to Kathy and Eric for giving him this opportunity. Aidan would especially like to thank his family and friends for their love and support along the way!

KIM VOGEL (APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is super excited to be back with the The MAC Players after two years! Some of her previous credits include Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (MSTC), Babette in Beauty and the Beast (PACT) and Pig 1/Ensemble in SHREK The Musical (The MAC Players). Kimberly would like to thank her mom and step-dad for always supporting her from the front row. She’d like to thank the entire production staff for making this show so wonderful. Lastly, she’d like to send all her love to the rest of this cast (her besties) for all of the love, memories and late night dinner-dates!

NATALIE DUNN (APOSTLE/ENSEMBLE) is so thrilled to be a part of her first show with the The MAC Players! You may remember her in her pervious roles as Actress 3 in The Dining Room, Glinda/Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz and Alice in The Addams Family. She wants to thank Kathy, Eric, Sam, Victoria and Amethyst who make up the stellar production staff at the MAC. Thank you so much for believing in her and giving her this incredible opportunity. She would also like to thank her family and friends for all of the extra love and support throughout this journey. Special shout out to this insanely talented cast who has truly become family that she loves dearly. This entire experience has been an absolute delight and she hopes everyone enjoys it as much as everone enjoyed putting this masterpiece together.

VICTORIA KEISER (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/DANCE CAPTAIN/SOUL GIRL/ENSEMBLE/UNDERSTUDY FOR ANNAS) is ecstatic to be back at the MAC for her fifth production! Not a stranger to the theater, Victoria has worked on numerous productions throughout NJ, both on and off the stage, for the past 19 years. Notable performance credits include The Addams Family (Morticia), The Spongebob Musical (Sandy Cheeks), Seussical (Mayzie La Bird), Into the Woods (The Witch), The Little Mermaid (Ursula), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Legally Blonde (Enid Hoops) and Puffs (Hannah/Others). Keeping super busy co-directing the past two MAC Cabarets and joining the Lion King JR. team, Victoria’s next adventure will be taking on the role of Director for the The MAC Player’s summer production of Legally Blonde the Musical. She would like to thank Kathy, Sam, Eric, Amethyst and everyone involved in this incredible production. She would also like to thank her Mom/Dad/Grandmother for their love across state lines and Michael/Diana/Taylor for their constant encouragement. Enjoy the show!

SILVIA FRAGALE (SOUL GIRL/ENSEMBLE) is so excited to perform in her first production with The MAC players. Silvia has been singing, dancing and performing in shows since she was a young girl. She attended Fordham University where she was a member of the Women’s Choir. She also trained at various performing arts schools, such as Papermill Playhouse, New York Film Academy and Icon Dance Complex. Her most recent credits include Freaky Friday at Axelrod Performing Arts Center, as well as Beauty and the Beast at Dunellen Highschool, where she worked behind the scenes for the first time as assistant director. Silvia is so thankful to the entire The MAC Players family for welcoming her with open arms, as well as to God for leading her to such a wonderful and uplifting experience.