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King University News :: King's Theatre to Perform "Bridge to Terabithia" at The Paramount

King College's theatre program and The Buechner Institute will present a weekend of wonder and imagination with The Institute's Annual Lectureship given by renowned children's author Katherine Paterson at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.  The weekend's events will also include dramatic presentations of her beloved book, Bridge to Terabithia, on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 3 p.m., also at the Paramount, and on Feb. 4 - 5 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre at King College.  Prior to the Annual Lectureship, Paterson, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will attend the matinee performance.  A meet and greet with the author is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at KP Duty on State Street in Downtown Bristol.

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 are honored to perform 'Bridge to Terabithia' as part of the 2011 Buechner Institute Annual Lectureship, 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 all shows are $5.  Tickets are now available at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 518 State Street, Bristol Tenn.  Tickets for the Jan. 28 - 29 shows may be ordered online at or by phone at 423.274.8920.  Tickets for KP Duty's meet and greet with Paterson are $50, and may be purchased a the Buechner Institute at Tadlock-Wallace Hall on King's Bristol campus or online at  Tickets for the Feb. 4 - 5 shows, also $5, will be available at the King's Tornado Alley Shoppe and at the door one hour before the show.

For more information, or to inquire about group rates, contact Dale Brown, director of The Buechner Institute at King College at or 423.652.4156.