BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Township Plays in the Park series will begin on Thursday, July 13 with Trilogy Theater's staging of the mega-hit Broadway musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar," and will run for six performances at the outdoors amphitheater. The production continues through the weekend of July 20 to 22.

The play, presented by the Bernards Township Department of Parks & Recreation, is directed by Jaye Barre, president of the Basking Ridge-based theater company. Musical direction is by Joseph Lesky and the play is choreographed by Mariella Klinger.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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The play is scheduled to begin each night at 8 p.m. on July 13, 14, and 15, as well as on July 20, 21, and 22, the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

All of Trilogy's performances are staged live at the Pleasant Valley Park amphitheater at the township's Pleasant Valley Park, off Valley Road in Basking Ridge.

The audience is urged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Many bring picnic meals.  

In the event of rain, attendees should check Trilogy's Facebook page for the status of a given night’s performance, and information on whether the performance might be relocated.

Lyrics for "Jesus Christ Superstar" were by Tim Rice, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Second "Plays in the Park" performance

Trilogy's second scheduled performance for this summer's "Plays in the Park" series is Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

Producer for the "Twelfth Night" is Hank Barre, Trilogy's treasurer. Paul Bettys is director.

Scheduled performance dates are Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, and Aug. 3, 4, and 5.

The plays in the park program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program.