As I exited the North Riverside Players presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar, I found myself in the midst of an exhilarated, passionate crowd, feeling the height band depth of many emotions — yet, to a person, sharing a tear or two.

Led by Barry Irving (Judas) and Ron Ben Joseph (Jesus), in tremendous, intense, captivating roles, the rest of the cast gave superior performances. The music, dancing, the great change of pace with “Herod’s Song” and the overall beauty of the story was superlative.

Thank you to everyone involved, from the producer and director to every single actor, including the dogs, for giving us a day to remember always.

Everyone should experience a happening like this, which shows what talent and hard work can accomplish, at the same time showing the real meaning of life — caring and loving of all people while sharing all our talents and energies to make the world a better place.

Jim Zak

North Riverside