QAC hosting fundraiser for Jesus Christ Superstar

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There won’t be loaves and fishes on the menu, but there will be some tasty finger food and wine as the Quebec Art Company (QAC) hosts a fundraising party in preparation for its 2018 production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.

The event takes place in College Hall of the beautiful, historic Morrin Centre, on Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 with all proceeds going towards the staging of the musical based on the last week in the life of Jesus Christ.

Six performances of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice smash musical are to be staged in mid-April in a venue described by QAC president Sharon MacLeod, as “an inspirational setting for such an exciting, passionate and timeless production.” Details of the theatrical setting will be announced soon.

The decision to stage the show in a venue other the QAC’s current home base of Holland School is one of several departures for the company. The QAC has been bringing dramatic and musical productions in English to appreciative audiences for 36 years.

The QAC, for the first time, has chosen to hire a live band of professional musicians to perform the score. “The musical is just not the same without a rock band,” says director Peter Black. “We think this is such an important and ambitious project for the QAC and the community. The immediate goal is to stage this amazing show, but we are also looking ahead and raising the bar for future QAC productions.”

The cost of an outside venue and professional musicians means a budget considerably beyond that of previous QAC’s musicals. Hence, the troupe is organizing a fundraising event to help defray expenses.

MacLeod says the QAC is also hoping private and corporate donors will get on board the JCS project. “We already have expressions of commitments from several community businesses and groups.”

The fundraising event itself will be informal, with a silent auction and a surprise performance segment. Members of a “an extraordinary cast of newcomers and veterans” will be on hand to greet supporters of the project.

Tickets for the Dec. 2 fundraiser can be reserved through the QAC website: