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NC Theatre Conservatory Presents Jesus Christ Superstar

Regional Theatre’s Training Program Debuts Student Produced Production July 10 - 13

Raleigh, NC, June 26, 2014 --( North Carolina Theatre Conservatory (NCTC), NC Theatre’s flagship training program offering professional instruction in acting, voice and dance for ages five to adult, is excited to bring to the stage their production of Jesus Christ Superstar, running Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13. The show will be produced by students of NCTC’s Summer Master Theatre Arts School (STAS), NC Theatre’s four-week summer camp with an emphasis on pre-professional training of the highest caliber, culminating in a full-scale musical production. Students range in age from middle school to rising college students.

Jesus Christ Superstar will be directed/choreographed by Dance Department Head Tito Hernandez, a 20-year veteran actor/dancer/choreographer, and produced by NCTC Artistic Director Ray Walker. After a long Broadway career, which began when he appeared as “Marius” in Broadway’s Les Miserables, Walker moved to Raleigh and helped launch NCTC in 2004. Walker has appeared in various productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, including NC Theatre’s 2006 production as “Judas,” and in the 2000 Broadway production as “Annas.” Walker said, “It’s a project dear to my heart. Theatre is a bit like folklore. Having lived with Jesus Christ Superstar all my life, I’m incredibly excited to hand this piece of work down to a new generation.“

This production of Jesus Christ Superstar looks to take a more modernized approach, including projections and other non-traditional elements. Jesus Christ Superstar is based on the Gospels’ account of the last week of Jesus’ life, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The show weaves between political and interpersonal conflicts that are relatable to present time. In 2001, the show revived on Broadway and was nominated for a “Best Revival of a Musical” Tony Award. The show is popular for songs such as “Everything's Alright," "This Jesus Must Die," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," and "Superstar." Jesus Christ Superstar has been nominated for eight Tony Awards and is the winner of two Theatre World Awards.

Tickets are now on sale for $20 and can be purchased online. For more details, visit

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About NC Theatre Conservatory:
NC Theatre Conservatory (NCTC) is celebrating their 10th anniversary as the flagship education program of the North Carolina Theatre, which has been producing professional Broadway-caliber musicals in Raleigh for 30 years. NCTC is a supportive, challenging and innovative environment where students receive instruction in dance, acting and singing. The teachers are professional working actors that have performed on Broadway and other stages across the country. NCTC runs year-round programming in addition to the summer programs.

As well as the Master STAS outlined above, other summer offerings include “Camp Conservatory” for ages 7 – 11 running Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1 and a Billy Elliot boot camp in August. Both programs still have availability and registration for fall has also begun. For more information and to register, visit

Principal Cast Biographies

Collin Yates (Jesus) is a student at Millbrook High School where he is a member of the drama club and Madrigals chorus. Favorite roles include: My Fair Lady (Jamie); All Shook Up ( Sidekick’s sidekick); The Who’s Tommy (cousin Kevin); To Kill a Mockingbird (Dill); The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Charlie); Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour); and The Wizard Of Oz (The Lion). Collin attends Millbrook High School and lives in Raleigh.

Kendall McCarthy (Mary Magdalene) is a rising senior who lives in Cary. She was most recently seen as Pilar in NC Theatre’s last season production of Legally Blonde and NCTC production of In The Heights as Nina. Other credits include: Tommy, Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot (non-equity premiere), Pippin, All Shook Up, Moon over Buffalo. TV/Film: Pills (Teabottom), Changeover (Max), Grace Running (Jennifer), View from the Bay (Model).

Ahmad Rstliff (Judas) will be returning this summer for his third STAS show. He was “The Hawker” in The Who’s Tommy in summer of 2012 and “Benny” in last year’s In the Heights. Ahmad is a student at Ravenscroft and lives in Wake Forest.
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