Joining 'Jesus Christ Superstar' cast at Aurora Community Theater a dream for several actors

by April Helms special products editor Published:

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski of Hudson said that ever since she was a child and saw "Jesus Christ Superstar," she dreamed of playing the role of Mary Magdalene.

"This was something I wanted to do since I was very little," she said. "It was the first really different musical I ever saw. I just thought it was so real, so beautiful."

That childhood dream came true for Sniadak-Yamokoski when she was selected to play Mary Magdalene in Aurora Community Theatre's upcoming production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical. The play is directed by Marc C. Howard.

Sniadak-Yamokoski wasn't the only one who had wanted to be in the play, a musical telling of Jesus's last seven days, told mostly through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

"I've always wanted to do this, since I was 15," said David Duffiend of Cleveland, who is playing King Herod. "I actually had auditioned for Pilate, but I am really liking Herod. When you are the crazy guy onstage, there are no rules. It's like acting on the Autobahn, with no stoplights and no speed limit. You just go ahead and do your own thing. The music is so wonderful. I love Andrew Lloyd Webber. I've done 'Cats' but I think this is his best show."

Ron Davis of Cleveland Heights, who is playing Judas Iscariot, said that his role is musically challenging.

"I'm a baritone, but it's a tenor role," Davis said. "I've had to train my voice differently."

However, Davis said he liked the challenge of the role, and said that the part "is probably in my top five musicals, top five roles."

Greta Rothman, the producer for the musical and a Twinsburg resident, said the cast comes "from all over."

"That's a testament to the show," she said. "There were a lot of people who wanted to be in it. I think it is going to be awesome."

Ticket and show information

"Jesus Christ Superstar" runs April 26 through May 18. Shows are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with two Sunday matinees on May 5 and 12 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for 18 and younger.

For details, call 330-562-1818 or visit www.auroracommunitytheatre.com online.

Email: ahelms@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9438

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