Founded in 1855, Mimes and Mummers is the oldest student club at Fordham. But even with all that history behind it, the group, which stages four productions annually at the Rose Hill campus’ Collins Auditorium, does not dwell in the past.

From Feb. 23 to 26, the troop staged Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar—with women in the roles of Jesus and Judas. Among those cast in it were Fordham College at Rose Hill first-year students Miranda Joyce, who played the role of Judas Iscariot, and Christina Priestner, who played Jesus Christ.

Director Coleman Ray Clark said he hadn’t intended to cast a female Jesus when he cast Priestner in the role; it was just that he knew wanted to find someone with a similar unexpected quality that Jesus possessed in first-century Israel.

“He was born to a carpenter and walked among men, nothing like what people assumed a messiah or king would look like at the time,” he said.

“In our production, I wanted the audience to confront their own expectations about Jesus and grapple with his humanity.”

The company’s last production, The Laramie Project, will run from March 30 to April 2.


Patrick Verel is a news producer for Fordham Now. He can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 636-7790.