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Theater League of Clifton Presents
“Superstar” At Weasel Brook Park

Rock Opera Opens June 4th

NEW JERSEY – The Theater League of Clifton will present the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which opens Friday, June 4, at Clifton’s Weasel Brook Park, 770 Park Drive (adjacent to the historic Vanderhoef/Westervelt House). Addition performances will be staged at the park on June 5, 11, and 12. All four shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

PHOTO: Cast members of “Jesus Christ Superstar” pictured with the director of the show, Lisa Dascoli (front row, far left) include Dan Drew, Seamus Emmett, (back row, left to right) Destino (T-Bone) Rubiani, Troy Giel, Eric Parkin and Nat Gennace. Performance dates for the musical are June 4, 5, 11, and 12.

Tickets go on sale at noon, May 17 and can be reserved online, by phone or by regular mail. Tickets are priced at $15 per person, and audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show “under the stars.” To reserve tickets, call (973) 928-7668, or visit the theater league’s website ( There is an additional $2.50 fee per ticket for all credit card reservations. The Theater League’s mailing address is: PO Box 4072, Clifton, NJ 07012.

Lisa Dascoli will direct the show. Prema Marin is the stage manager and Anthony Competello serves as the music director. Clifton residents John Traier and Mark Peterson are the co-producers of the show. Peterson is the president of the Theater League. The musical is being presented through a special arrangement with Concord Theatricals and the Really Useful Group. Sponsors supporting the event include the Passaic County Board of Commissioners and the City of Clifton.

Cast members include Dan Drew as Jesus; Troy Giel as Judas; Eric Parkin as Peter; Destino Rubiano as Simon Zealot; Nat Gennace as Pilate; Debra Carozza as Mary Magdalene; Paul Foster as Caiaphas; Seamus Emmett as Herod; Sarah Medcalf as Annais; and Steven Burke as Priest No. 2. Ensemble members include Jessica Katz, Donald Pauselius, Miriam Messer, Katie Steel; Gary Koseyan, Cassandra Barckett, Jackie Saunier, Melyssa Searay, Annick Vasquez, Kay Koch, Veronica Papianni, Viviana Kaszubski, Indra Palomo, Brandon Nichols, Martin Garcia, Jessica Bonilla, Wendi Marak, Carl Bergmanson and Zariah Rivera.

Ensemble members Indra Palomo, Jessica Bonilla, Martin Garcia and Zariah Rivera reside in Clifton.

Last September, the Theater League presented the musical revue “Showtunes,” which also was held as an outdoor performance at Weasel Brook Park. That event attracted an audience of over 200 people.

PHOTO: The leadership team for the production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” includes (left to right) John Traier and Mark Peterson, co-producers; Prema Marin, stage manager; Lisa Dascoli, director; and Anthony Competello music director. The rock opera will be presented “under the stars” at Clifton’s Weasel Brook Park.


With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar originally was unveiled as a popular vinyl album in 1970. The musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater on Broadway on Oct. 12, 1971. It became a Hollywood movie in 1973 and has enjoyed hundreds of revivals staged throughout the world for 50 years. In April 2018 the production aired as a live concert on network television.

Founded in 2005, the Theater League of Clifton is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts through theatrical performances, while providing quality entertainment for all ages. The Theater League welcomes volunteers in all aspects of performance and production.

Photos courtesy of Theater League of Clifton

By Michael Gabriele