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UCO Musical Theatre Takes 'Leap of Faith' in Latest Production

Young boy in wheelchair, left, looks up at singing man, on the right.

April 12, 2017

Media Contact: Alexis Quinn, Marketing Assistant, UCO School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-5947, aquinn5@uco.edu

UCO Musical Theatre Takes ‘Leap of Faith’ in Latest Production

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music’s Musical Theatre Division will present “Leap of Faith” at 7:30 p.m. April 20-22 and at 2 p.m. April 23 at Mitchell Hall Theatre on the Central’s campus.

Based on the 1992 film of the same name, “Leap of Faith” centers around con artist Reverend Jonas Nightingale whose bus breaks down during travel with his ministry. Stuck in a small Kansas town, Nightingale invites the townspeople to a revival, but is challenged by the sheriff, determined to stop him from taking people’s money.

“’Leap of Faith’ is a classic anti-hero play, in the tradition of ‘The Rainmaker’ and ‘The Music Man,’” said Greg White, Ph.D., assistant dean for the College of Fine Arts and Design and professor of musical theatre.

“It is a timeless, moving tribute to the power of faith and is incredibly entertaining.”

The musical, making its Oklahoma premiere, features music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”) and lyrics by Grammy winner Glenn Slater (Disney’s “Tangled”).

White said the cast of UCO musical theatre students brings the music to life.

“This is an outstanding cast. The leads in this show are professional caliber,” White said.

Tickets to “Leap of Faith” are $20 for adults, $15 for all others and free for UCO students with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, call 405-974-3375 or visit www.mitchellhalltheatre.com.

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: Download art for publication with this release at https://media.uco.edu/press/LeapofFaith04.17

Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division presents “Leap of Faith” April 20-23, featuring, from left, Mason Imboden, a community actor, and UCO student Quinn Herron.