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Center for the Arts Evening at the McPhee's A Huge Success!

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There was total silence as MTSU student John David Welch, who plays Jesus Christ, had the audience spellbound with one of the hits from this musical.

The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, the March production of The Center for the Arts, treated patrons to a sneak preview of three numbers from the show during Tuesday’s “An Affair of the Art” benefit.

Liz McPhee, wife of University President Sidney A. McPhee, hosted the benefit, held at the MTSU President’s Residence. Proceeds from the Valentine Day-themed event benefitted the Center, Murfreeesboro’s downtown community theater.

The three songs performed by Superstar cast featured MTSU student John David Welch, who plays Jesus Christ; Jimmy Saiz, who plays Judas Iscariot; and Cyndie Verbeten, who plays Simone Zealotes. Jacob Miller, the production’s pianist, accompanied the cast.

The musical, directed by award-winning stage veteran Renee Robinson, will open in Murfreesboro on Friday, March 8, and be featured for four weekends. Shows are set for Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. It will close on Easter Sunday, March 31.


(above photo) Producer Andrew Oppmann (left) and "Jesus Christ Superstar" cast perform at the home of Dr. Sidney and Liz McPhee, MTSU's president and first lady.

“We deeply appreciate the opportunity from Mrs. McPhee to showcase the vocal talents of our cast and start the buzz about our production,” said Superstar producer Andrew Oppmann.

Based on the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the show is drawn from the Gospels’ accounts of the week leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Tickets can be purchased at the Center’s box office at 110 W. College St. in Murfreesboro or by calling the Center at 615-904-2787. Prices are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors (60 and older), students (ages 12 to 18 or with valid student ID and military; and $11 for children under 12. Group seating options and discounts are available.

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