My grandfather wrote in his diary some of his thoughts about his first experience acting on stage back in October of 1916:
We opened with Sherlock Holmes. The director gave me my first opportunity to be an actor as a “John, one from the underworld.” I still feel my knees shaking today, as I went on stage with my English. I will never forget this performance. I had never seen so many people as there were in this first performance on Sunday evening. After the third act the curtain went up and down for ten minutes. The ladies of the company received many wonderful bouquets.
Today we closed Jesus Christ Superstar at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse. It was a great run and it was pulled it off amazingly by a wonderful cast and crew. It was a lot of work, but I’m glad I did it.
Here are some statistics on the run.
Opened March 15th, closed March 31st (17 calendar days)
15 total performances
594 seats in theatre (8910 seats for the entire run)
8763 seats sold during entire run
149 seats unsold during entire run (an average of 9.93 unsold seats per performance)
I grew up thinking that everyone loved Jesus Christ Superstar, just like my parents did. I never knew there was such a big controversy surrounding the musical. It seems like there is still quite a difference of opinion about the show, even 40 years later. People either love it or hate it, it seems.
To help satisfy my curiosity, and to help me understand how divided people really are about it, please take 5 seconds out of your busy day and answer this simple anonymous poll question:
Now, whatever your answer to the poll question, you may want to come see the “best community theater in Florida” put on this musical during the final three weekends in March 2013. You can buy your tickets online at http://www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com/ or you can phone the box office at 321-636-5050.