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King University News :: King's Theatre presents "Bridge to Terabithia"

King College's theatre program will present a dramatic rendition of Katherine Paterson's beloved book, Bridge to Terabithia, on Feb. 4 - 5 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre at King College.

The play, written by Stephanie Tolan in collaboration with Katherine Paterson with music by Steve Liebman, is based on Paterson's 1977 Newberry award-winning novel, Bridge to Terabithia.  The production, a dramatic adaptation, will be directed of Elizabeth Dollar; set, lighting, and sound are designed Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre; and music direction will be by Amy L. Oblinger.

In this musical version, Jesse, alienated from his family and the culture of rural Virginia, draws and dreams of becoming someone special.  He meets the new girl, Leslie, an outsider also, who encourages him to imagine, read, and continue his love of art.  Together they create the imaginary kingdom of Terabithia, a place where they can be strengthened and safe from others who do not understand them.  After a tragic accident, Jesse must draw on his new strength alone and share the magic of his dreams.

We were honored to perform 'Bridge to Terabithia' as part of the 2011 Buechner Institute Annual Lectureship, and are delighted to be able to reprise the play this weekend, said Elizabeth Dollar, chair of King's Performing and Visual Arts Department and associate professor of theatre.  Katherine Paterson's work speaks to children and adults alike about the power of friendship, imagination, and love.  Jess and Leslie are two outsiders that find each other and create a world of wonder and acceptance.  It is exciting to bring their story to the stage.

Tickets for the Feb. 4 - 5 shows are $5 and will be available at the King's Tornado Alley Shoppe and at the door one hour before the show.

For more information, contact Liz Dollar at 423.652.4839.