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King University News :: King University’s 88thAnnual Dogwood Weekend Scheduled for April 11-13

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 26, 2014 – During April 11-13, King University will celebrate the School’s 88th Annual Dogwood Weekend.  Alumni and friends of King University are invited to join in the upcoming celebration which offers classmates and friends of the University opportunities to gather, reminisce, and reconnect.

“Dogwood Weekend is the highlight of the year for so many. It is an event King alumni, students, faculty, and staff look forward to each year,” said Denise Asbury, director of annual giving and alumni services for King.  “We have wonderful, diverse, and accomplished alumni; welcoming many of them home to share in this weekend is a cherished experience.”

During the week leading up to Dogwood, King University will be celebrating its first Student Spirit Week April 7-11, which will include daily activities, games, and an undergraduate research poster session in the E.W. King Library.

This year’s Dogwood Weekend events will include the choral production of “The True Story of Cinderella” by Warren Martin. The event will take place in King’s Memorial Chapel on Saturday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“This work is a spoof of the traditional fairy tale,” said W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of Music and director of choral activities at King University. “Full of clichés and wonderfully original music, the piece is performed by 12 solo singers, a narrator, and an accompanist.”

The production’s narrator is Assistant Professor of English Brandon Story, and the accompanist is Senior Lecturer in Music Vicki Fey. The programs’ singers include: senior Martha Hawk, senior Adam McCracken, senior Candace Whitner, senior Michelle Hall, senior Alissa King, senior Aaron Pena, freshman Brady Adams, sophomore Nathan Jones, senior Tyler Kistner, 2013 alumnus Brandon Looney, Rachel Milligan, lecturer in Music, and Marjy Larson. For more information contact W. Patrick Flannagan at 423.652.4846.

There will also be the presentation of the Dogwood Court and the King and Queen on the Oval, along with a parade of the Court followed by the Dogwood Ball. Former Dogwood Kings and Queens are encouraged to attend the coronation ceremony at 4 p.m. and be recognized.

Other activities include baseball with the Tornado taking on Limestone College and KU softball engaging both Limestone and Barton College over the course of the weekend; alumni volleyball game; catch and release fishing tourney; KU Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony; along with reunion gatherings; the Caldwell Art Collection viewing; the alumni luncheon; and the picnic on the Oval.

King Theatre closes out its season with its annual Dogwood Playhouse production of the family-friendly musical, “The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks.” The play is based on the book by King’s own alumna Katherine Paterson.

“With last spring’s Dogwood production of ‘How I Became a Pirate’ receiving such rave reviews, we wanted to bring back another theatre-for-youth musical,” said Elizabeth Lee Dollar, chair of the Performing Visual Arts department and director of the Theatre program for King University.  “The performance will combine several Japanese theatrical traditions in the telling of the folk tale about a mandarin duck that is caught by a cruel lord who only wants the bird for its beauty. When the duck begins to get ill from being separated from his mate, the young kitchen maid defies the lord’s orders and releases the bird. She and another servant Shozo are sentenced to death for aiding the bird, but the mandarin duck intends to repay them for their generosity.”

The Dogwood Playhouse will take place at the historic Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol, Tenn. Dates and times are Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 senior citizens, $5 for area students, and King faculty, staff, and students free with King ID. Tickets are available at the Paramount Box Office by calling 423.274.8920, or by visiting  For more information, contact Elizabeth Dollar at 423.652.4839.

The full schedule of events for King University’s Dogwood Weekend is available online at  Additional information is also available from the King University Alumni Office at 1.800.621.5464 or via e-mail at


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