Not very many rock operas have been performed in Joliet, but audience members who want to experience a show will be able to at Joliet Junior College, when the Fine Arts Department presents the 1992 classic, “The Who’s Tommy,” on March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 7-8 at 2 p.m. in the JJC Fine Arts Theatre. The theatre is located on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. JJC Theatre Manager Nicki Blowers is directing the show.
“I’m so excited for this show, and for the students to perform it because it’s so different than the traditional musicals we typically do,” Blowers said.
The audience can expect an exciting performance with many animated, technical elements.
“The Who’s Tommy,” written by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, is based on the rock group, The Who’s 1969 double album, “Tommy.” The production follows the life of Tommy Walker and his family members from the 1940s to the 1960s. When Tommy gets older, he becomes an international pinball champion and gets wrapped up in the life of being a celebrity.
The cast includes:
- Elizabeth Cronin of Custer Park as Mrs. Walker
- Michael Lopez of Plainfield as Captain Walker
- Adam Heidenreich of New Lenox as Uncle Ernie
- George Miller of Morris as a minister, barrister and an ensemble member
- Juan Munoz of Coal City as an officer, barrister, news vendor, psychiatrist and ensemble member
- Bobby Smith of Shorewood as an officer, judge, Mr. Simpson, and ensemble member
- Elizabeth Phillips of Shorewood as a nurse, Sally Simpson, and ensemble member
- Dierdre Unverzagt of Braidwood as a nurse, gypsy, and ensemble member
- Angel Diaz of Joliet as a lover, hawker, local lad and ensemble member
- Jordan Willner of Joliet as Tommy and the narrator
- Drew Miller of Lockport as four-year-old Tommy
- Mason Reed Schlegel of Channahon as 10-year-old Tommy
- Antonio Williams of Joliet as Cousin Kevin
- Jake Thomas of Frankfort as Kevin’s father, a technician, guard, and ensemble member
- Kailey Norton of Ottawa as the minister’s wife and ensemble member
- Glen Soper of Wilmington as a harmonica player, local lad, specialist, and ensemble member
- Jonathan O’Brien of Bolingbrook as a specialist assistant, DJ, guard, and ensemble member
- Courtney Hurdle of Romeoville as Kevin’s mother, Mrs. Simpson, and ensemble member
- Hope Taylor of Channahon as an ensemble member
- Rebecca Stiles of Coal City as an ensemble member
- Nina Hrabal of Plainfield as an ensemble member
Ticket prices are $8 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 815-280-2200.
For more information about the JJC Fine Arts Department, visit www.jjc.edu/info/fine-arts or call 815-280-2223.