Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile Presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe”  

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MOBILE, Ala. –Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile opens its 2020 performing arts season with “Iolanthe,” Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta that tells the story of a fairy kingdom.

Alabama School of the Arts presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe,” on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Murphy High School. Murphy High School is located at 100 South Carlen St. Mobile, AL 36606.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students with valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase at

This program will take place in a fairy kingdom, revolving around Iolanthe, a fairy who marries a human, which is a capital offense. Instead of being killed, she is kicked out of the kingdom. Twenty-five years pass and she is still on the outside looking in.

A student in the Master of Music in vocal performance program, Shadoe Valentin, says that even though this story is set in a fairy kingdom, it gives real-world messages that the audience will benefit from. Valentin says, “This operetta, the fairy world and the world of human parliament come crashing together revealing hard dialogues about love, companionship and acceptance. This is set in a fantasy realm; it certainly won’t be difficult to glean some personal association to this story. This is sure to be an amazing production.”

“Iolanthe” is directed by Dr. Patrick Jacobs, director of opera and professor of music and voice. The production is conducted by Scott Wright, general director of Mobile Opera.

For more information about ASOTA events, contact Shadoe Valentin at or 251-442-2383.

University of Mobile offers a variety of performing arts degrees in the Alabama School of the Arts. For more information, visit or call 251-442-2222.


About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 77 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Noah Walters

Noah Walters is a sophomore at the University of Mobile with a double major in Management and Integrated Marketing Communications. He is a marketing intern for the university's Office for Marketing and Public Relations, and is also on the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Noah enjoys spending time with his friends playing games, but also finding alone time while doing jigsaw puzzles.