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Director: Pamela Rapelje-Trapp

Assistant Director: Bonnie Brewer

Co-Vocal Directors: Pamela Rapelje-Trapp & Bonnie Brewer

Choreographer: Mary Schwark

What’s the buzz? 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.The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon and perfect pick for schools, community theaters and professionals alike, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers.


All those cast in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR are required to become a KVTA member at some level (minimum $28) by a certain date during the rehearsal process. Memberships or Subscriptions paid during the 2022-2023 season will also fulfill this requirement.


PLEASE NOTE: Should any updated Health Department or CDC recommendations arise anytime during the course of this production, the KVTA Board of Directors reserves the right to modify KVTA's COVID-19 policy including, but not limited to, mask usage.

Thank you to all who auditioned, and the energy you all brought! The staff and I are excited to create with you all and bring a Buzz to the KVTA community! Congratulations! Please send an email to Pamela Rapelje-Trapp by 7 pm Thursday night (12/1/22) to accept or decline your role.

The cast meeting and a chat with the Director will take place on Monday, December 5 at 6 pm in the KVTA Board Room. Costume fittings will also happen on this date. All cast members must attend, unless your conflicts preclude you from attending. A sing thru for the entire cast will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm in the KVTA Board Room. Additional rehearsal dates for various cast members include: December 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, and 22. A full schedule will be provided to the cast at the cast meeting on December 5.

We invite you to join us for KVTA's Plaid Tidings taking place at the KVTA Studios in our Black Box Theatre on December 9, 10 & 11! Bring your friends and family!


Jesus - Thomas McMahon

Judas - Tyler McMahon

Mary - Jordyn Ward

Simon - Dana James

Peter - Bruce Heyen

Apostles - Michelle Belair, Paul Bishir, Christine Case, Ethan Jackson, Nicole Klimzak, Walt Krause, Sara Marion, Angela Price, Amanda Ringler

Caiaphas - Paul Snyder

Annas - Abigail Colbert

Herod - Kolby Meador

Pilate - Kyle Cassady

Priests - Rob Bishir, Elizabeth James, Aisa Rogers

Ensemble (All ensemble members will be playing multiple roles throughout the production) -

    Jennifer Jackson, Jolynne Keiser, Debbie Oberlander


February 3-5, 2023

KVTA Studios  1 Stuart Dr  Kankakee IL 60901

Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director, Pamela Rapelje-Trapp, at:  Please include Jesus Christ Superstar in the subject line.

All auditioners must complete an audition form, a conflict calendar, and sign our KVTA policies acknowledgement form. Cast members are required to provide the following personal items: shoes, socks, and stage makeup. Optional expenses are the purchase of a show DVD, a picture CD, apparel items, etc.

KVTA Policies: PDF
KVTA Policies Acknowledgement Form to be signed: PDF

All participants, on-stage or off-stage, will be required to sign KVTA's Social Media, Sexual Harassment, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policies. If said participant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will sign for the participant. Any parent or guardian signing for their auditioner agrees to instruct and provide information to their auditioner regarding KVTA's policies. An Emergency Card and Waiver of Liability must also be completed and signed in order to participate. These forms will be distributed when you first volunteer with KVTA. If you have any questions please email:

Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director at:  Please include Jesus Christ Superstar in the subject line.


Jesus Christ Superstar 2023 Staff


Thursday, February 2 ~ 7:00 PM

Friday, February 3 ~ 7:00 PM

Saturday, February 4 ~ 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 5 ~ 2:00 PM

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