Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Gospel at Collonus

The Gospel at Colonus, a special production of Mississippi Opera, is coming to Thalia Mara Hall on Saturday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The Gospel is a soulful retelling of a classical Greek tragedy with a Southern gospel beat. The dialogue comes directly from the Robert Fitzgerald translation of Sophocles' The Oedipus Cycle, primarily from his Oedipus at Colonus. The music, similar to an oratorio, is performed in the high-energy style of a Pentecostal religious service.

Gospel has played on Broadway (with Morgan Freeman in the role of Preacher), Philadelphia, Washington, D. C., and the Apollo Theater, to name a few.

Now it's in Jackson starring a host of the finest musical and dramatic talent our city has produced, including Tonea Stewart of In the Heat of the Night and A Time to Kill, jazz and operatic soloist Heather Clancy Allen, guitarist Vasti Jackson and numerous others. Gospel groups PurPose and Young Men in Christ back the lead singers, and rounding out the cast is a mass choir of more than 100 voices including the Mississippi Opera Chorus and the Mississippi Girl Choir.

Tickets range from $20 to $50, with discounts for seniors, students and groups of 11 or more. A special deep discount is available for groups of 50.

Call 1-601-960-2300 to order your tickets.


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