Faith & Broadway: Into the Woods
Summer Concerts on the Lawn
Bring a picnic dinner and join with family and friends on the lawn for concert performances featuring local artists. These events are free and family-friendly. (In case of inclement weather, the concerts will move into the sanctuary.)
For more information, contact Sam Parsons
July ~ 22 Park Avenue Band
August ~ Broadway Musicals & Sing-Along
Faith & Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar
Viviana Theatre & Swarthmore United Methodist Church
proudly present Jesus Christ Superstar
July 7-9 & 14-16, 2023 In the Sanctuary
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.
Preferred Seating: (select seats in 1st four rows + concessions) $18 adults; $15 seniors & students; $12 under-12yrs
General Seating: $15 adults; $12 for seniors & students; $10 under-12yrs
The box office will open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
This production is presented in Two Acts with a 15-minute intermission.
Directed by: Matthew English
Musical Direction: Robert Diton
Bible Study Led by: Rev. Ali DeLeo
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group. (www.concordtheatricals.com)
*after our July 9th matinee we will have a post show talkback session with cast members for middle school and high school students interested in learning more about theatre and what it takes to put on a show. Purchase a ticket and join us for some after show treats and discussion.
**our Saturday July 15th matinee will be sensory-relaxed performance featuring a pre-show introduction and modified environment so that ALL audience members may comfortably enjoy this amazing production
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Sacred and Profane: A Young Artists’ Fundraiser Concert
Sunday evening, May 7th, at 6:30 p.m.
Annie Carruthers, soprano, and Ben D’Annibale, pianist, will present music by Puccini, Verdi, Barber, Granados, and Strauss. “Free Will” donations will be used to help defray the costs of the artists’ respective professional development summer programs. The Free Will donations will go to defray the artists’ professional development costs, and an anonymous donor will match the free will donations, up to $750, as a contribution to SUMC’s Audio-Visual-Streaming Technology upgrades.
Annie, a Philadelphia-based soprano who grew up in Swarthmore, will make her debut as Mimì in La bohème at the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia. She will perform the role in both Morelia, Mexico and Novi Sad, Serbia. Ben, a Philadelphia-based pianist, organist, and harpsichordist, is the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.