‘Superstar’ screened at Colonial

Mar 18, 2013

Belfast — The 1973 movie adaptation of “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be shown Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St. The screening is sponsored by The First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ as a way of getting people to think about their faith during Holy Week, the week before Easter.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday (March 24 this year) and includes the special days of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, culminating with the celebration of Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. “Jesus Christ Superstar,” an American film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, tells the story of Jesus' final weeks. Produced and directed by Norman Jewison, it was shot on location in Israel.

The film premiered 40 years ago and was quite controversial in its day. Some religious groups considered its portrayal of Jesus as blasphemous and that it was Biblically inaccurate, although it was highly celebrated, earning several nominations for Golden Globe awards and seen by thousands across the country. Many of the baby-boom generation will enjoy this opportunity to watch it again on the big screen. “Jesus Christ Superstar” continues to be a thought-provoking motion picture even today and it is being shown with the hope that it will spark dialogue and discussion.

Admission to the movie is free, but donations will be accepted to support ENCOUNTERS, a youth ministry of First Baptist Church, ABC; The First Church in Belfast, UCC; St. Margaret's Episcopal Church; and members of the Game Loft in Belfast. ENCOUNTERS is an ecumenical youth program for youth age 12 and older who explore the challenges of Christian faith today through role play, food, friends, games and reflection, learning from each other how to love and serve God. For more information about ENCOUNTERS, visit its Facebook page; send email to Patricia Estabrook at estabrook72@gmail.com; or call 338-3800. For more information about First Church, call the church office at 338-2282 or visit firstchurchinbelfast.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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