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Al Croxall, left, Gord Conroy and Ralf Hakenberg were honoured for more than 30 years of leadership and service to the creative and musical theatre life of the community through Theatre Ancaster. This fall the three will mount Jesus Christ Superstar with an all-star cast.

Theatre Ancaster founding directors team for Jesus Christ Superstar

Ralf Hakenberg, Al Croxall and Gord Conroy are teaming up this fall for Jesus Christ Superstar, Theatre Ancaster’s Broadway blockbuster musical.

Superstar hits the Theatre Auditorium stage at Ancaster High School from Nov. 21 to Dec. 6. Tickets can be reserved beginning Oct. 14 by calling 905-304-SHOW (7469).

Colin Lapsley will perform Jesus with John Mamone as Judas, Angela Broadley as Mary Magdalene, Loren Lieberman as Caiaphas and Jim Broadley as Pilate.

“What a show and what a cast,” said Hakenberg.  “We are really excited to bring back this fabulous rock opera to the community.”

Conroy added Jesus Christ Superstar has set box office records in 60 countries and has prompted people around the world to rethink who Jesus was and the role Judas played in his life.

“This musical certainly raises questions and demands that the theatre-goer face key issues of ethics, morality and belief,” he said. “I’ve always found the implications provocative and  challenging.”

Croxall finds the staging of Superstar equally demanding.

“It’s a show that must reflect the world 2,000 years ago and connect it with insight and meaning to our world today. That’s the challenge we face as directors,” he said.

The three friends have been theatre partners for more than 30 years and were recently honoured for their work and contribution by Theatre Ancaster. It’s not the first time trio has received honours for their creative, musical and dramatic work. Each received civic recognition by the former Town of Ancaster in 1995 and each was acclaimed as a Paul Harris Fellow in June 2003.

“It’s been an incredible journey together,” said Hakenberg.

“We’ve had great fun, and worked with such great people along the way. We’ve produced and directed or been involved on stage or behind the scenes with some 50 shows for the community, and helped nurture a love of theatre and the arts in hundreds of performers of all ages who carry on that love of theatre and music here in Canada and in some cases on other continents.”

Croxall said Theatre Ancaster has had great support from hundreds of volunteers who have contributed hundreds of thousands of hours, the community at large and sponsors and partners, especially Ancaster High School and The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

 

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