"Jesus Christ Superstar" tickets are now on sale!

Photo: courtesy of Quebec Art Company

Zita Bombardier-Touret (Mary), Michel Blackburn (Jesus), and Julian Dawson (Judas) – the three “stars” of the QAC production of Jesus Christ Superstar – unveil the poster for the rock opera in front of the spectacular pipe organ at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, where the show will be staged in April.

With opening night just eight weeks away, tickets for the Quebec Art Company (QAC) production of the smash rock opera hit Jesus Christ Superstar can now be reserved. There will be six showings, April 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21, at 8 p.m. in historic Chalmers-Wesley United Church in the Old City.

This production is the most ambitious in the 37-year history of Quebec City’s English-language theatre troupe. The 40-member ensemble, with a live rock band, have been rehearsing in earnest since the beginning of the new year.

The cast is a mix of QAC veterans and new recruits from a wide variety of backgrounds, both personally and musically. For example, five members of the cast of Sister Act, staged last May by the Sixième Art company, have joined forces with the QAC. A family of three, a mother-daughter combo (the mother half is the QCT’s Shirley Nadeau) and three “tweens” are also included in the ensemble.

Last week the QAC unveiled the official poster for the production, featuring a background photo of Jesus on the cross at the grotto overlooking the Saint-Sauveur neighbourhood. “We thought the image was an eloquent depiction of how the crucifixion story has been transported – as the lyrics from the show say, from a ‘backward time and such a strange land’ – to a contemporary, urban setting,” said Peter Black, the show’s director and energetic promoter (Black is also a QCT contributing writer). The show is Black’s directorial debut; with Jesus Christ Superstar, Black is piloting a project he has encouraged the QAC to take on for years.

In the spirit of community theatre, the company has decided to keep ticket prices affordable (see below) even though the cost of staging the play – including hiring a live band, church rental costs and rights fees – is much higher than previous productions. This decision was possible due to the generous support of local businesses, such as La Maison Simons, W. Rourke Ltée and Ateliers de Conversation Anglaise, who have made substantial financial contributions to the production budget, covering nearly half the anticipated expenses.

In addition, the company appreciates the support it received from the community at its December fundraiser, which netted over $1,000, all of which will go towards this production. It is not too late to help out, and further sponsorships or donations would be most welcome.

General admission is $20, students and seniors $15, family of four $45, and groups of 10 or more $15 per person. Tickets can be reserved at the QAC website (quebecartcompany.com).