Fall 2013 Theatre Production:
Jesus Christ Superstar - 2013-2014 Season of the Theatre and Dance Department
Meet the Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar
Cliff McCormick, who plays the title role of Jesus, is a singer and actor who has portrayed the roles of Jekyll/Hyde and Jean Valjean from “Les Miserables.” He has starred in film, as Clyde in “Max’s Hammer,” a Brooks Institute Short, and acted as Hedwig #2 in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Stacey Lynn Bell’s experience in lead roles has prepared her for her portrayal of Mary Magdalene, a follower of Jesus who finds herself falling in love with him. This past summer Bell starred in two Ohlone College theatre productions, “Proof” and “Pop! Goes the Mashup.” She was nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship for her performances in “Dog Sees God” at the regional Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival last year.
Adam Fresquez portrays Judas, arguably the main protagonist of the show.
Frequez works full time as an audio technician in his day job and at night has directed numerous shows and written a musical review. In addition, he has performed in “A Little Night Music” as Count Car-Magnus and performed in Ohlone’s first “Mash-Up: A Musical Review” in 2012. Fresquez is ecstatic to step out from behind the scenes and perform in a leading role. He has always wanted to play Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” His extraordinary singing ability is well-known, and actually got him cast in a reality TV show on CW-TV when producers saw a video of his musical proposal to his future wife on YouTube!
Scott Di Lorenzo
With 15 years of acting experience and now as a director, Scott Di Lorenzo takes on the role of Pilate, who foresees in a dream the events of Jesus’ crucifixion from the beginning to the aftermath. Currently artistic director at Irvington Conservatory Theater, his acting credits include Sir Toby Belch in “Much Ado About Nothing,” Iago in “Othello,” and Reverend Parris in “The Crucible.”
When Jon “Blessed” Espejo is not on stage, he’s either running his small restaurant, Uncle Boy’s, studying for his business/psychology degree or learning the art of Capoeira. This will be Espejo’s fourth theater show. He will play the role of Peter.
Paul Heijn has been connected to the Ohlone College Theatre Department for more years than he wants to admit. He has been part of four productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” first as an apostle, then as Christ, then as Pilate. For this production he will portray Caiaphas, one of the main antagonists.
Sabrina Strand is makes her Ohlone debut as an unconventional King Herod. Her latest performances have been in the world of cabaret. She also has experience in local and community theater portraying the Royal Wife in “The King and I” and acting in “Godspell in Concert.”
Miss Felicity Hart
Felicity Hart was the female lead in a silent movie produced by Niles Silent Film Museum. When not acting, she is also a vocalist for a startup eclectic hits band.
Tanya Benitez has been in various plays since 2006, and performed numerous solos. “Jesus Christ Superstar” is her first production with Ohlone College.
Portraying Annas, who persuaded Caiaphas into seeing Jesus, is Esteban Gonzales. On his resume, he lists his special talents as “double pirouettes on both sides, rock wale, high kicks.” He played a first lead in The Who’s “Tommy” and Feste the Fool in “Twelfth Night.” He in back from his two-year break from theatre.
Gabrielle Wood, who will portray Simon, stage credits include “Cinderella,” Draco Malfroy in “A Very Potter Musical,” and CB’s Sister in Ohlone’s production of “Dog Sees God.”