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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marissa Buchheit to Perform in
'Jesus Christ Superstar'

MIDLAND – Bradford resident Marissa Buchheit will be performing in the concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar this month at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

Presented by the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Professional Company show dates are April 25-27 and May 2-4.

Buchheit will be featured as Soul Girl in this concert version which brings to life the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice from the award-winning musical about the last days of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas.

Based on the Gospels, the critically acclaimed rock opera profiles Jesus and those closest to him. Using contemporary elements, Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert highlights the struggles between Jesus and Judas and ends with the crucifixion.

Currently a senior at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Buchheit will graduate May 3 with bachelor’s degree in acting and a minor in broadcast journalism.

During the past year her other professional credits have included Carla in In the Heights at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh and Janet in the Brisbane Management Group production of The Rocky Horror Show.

She is a graduate of Bradford Area High School and performed in numerous musicals and shows during her school years including the Bradford Little Theater production of Disney’s High School Musical and was a featured soloist and choreographer for Kiwanis Kapers.

She is the daughter of Pete and Karen Buchheit of Bradford.

According to the show’s director, Gavan Pamer, "Most people may not know that 'Jesus Christ Superstar' was originally developed as a concept album and the first live performance in the United States took place in Pittsburgh.

“It's exciting to bring the show back to the basics, while still incorporating visuals that serve only to further the story instead of getting caught up in the expansive production aspects," Pamer said. "We're thrilled to present this musical in its truest form."

Information on tickets and show times is available at http://www.lppacenter.org.

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