University of Mobile presents musical ‘Tuck Everlasting’ March 30 – April 2

Martionna SalinasASOTA, News

MOBILE, Ala. – What if you had the chance to live forever? What would you do? What would you think? The University of Mobile’s Alabama School of the Arts invites you to discover the answers as they present the musical “Tuck Everlasting.” 

Performances are March 30 – April 1 at 7 p.m. and April 2 at 3 p.m. at College Woods Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $20 for general admission, and student tickets are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit umobile.edu/pas.

Natalie Babbitt wrote “Tuck Everlasting,” a 1975 American children’s novel that sold over 5 million copies and is considered a classic of modern children’s literature. The novel was adapted and the musical “Tuck Everlasting” premiered on Broadway in 2016. 

Shadoe Valentin, director of the Alabama School of the Arts upcoming production, says, “The very first time I listened to the musical, I immediately fell in love. You’ll be reminded of the love that once was and the love that will come. You’ll see that time will help to heal or help to callous the heart. You’ll even ask yourself, ‘Am I just living, or am I truly alive?’” 

Valentin says the choreography by ASOTA dance instructor Heidi Lemon “is just stunning,” while the orchestra and cast under the musical direction of Dr. Christopher Lovely, professor of music, “is incredible.”

“Every person who comes to see Tuck Everlasting will meet a character they can relate to,” Valentin says. “The cast, all ASOTA students, has been diligent in their preparation and have created a community of support and empowerment of each other. Everyone in attendance will be blown away!”


Cast members include:

Grace Dunn (Winnie Foster)
BFA Musical Theatre, Senior
Spanish Fort, AL 

Maegan Eveleigh (Winnie Understudy, Ensemble)
BFA Musical Theatre, Freshman
Las Vegas, NV

Malik Johnson (Jesse Tuck)
BFA Musical Theatre, Freshman
Oneonta, AL

Claudia Dahlman (Mae Tuck)
MA Musical Theatre
Clear Water, FL

Jestavia Graham (Mae Understudy, Ensemble)
BM Vocal Performance, Junior
Mobile, AL 

Kevin May (Angus Tuck)
MA Musical Theatre
Gastonia, NC

Paul Penderman (Miles Tuck)
MA Musical Theatre
Greenville, SC

Tiffany Aikens (Betsy Foster)
BM Vocal Performance, Senior
Springville, AL

Karli Alaniz (Nana Foster)
BFA Musical Theatre, Sophomore
Mobile, AL

Logan Mitchell (Man in Yellow)
BFA Musical Theatre, Freshman
Clanton, AL

Jonah Nelson (Constable Joe)
BFA Musical Theatre, Freshman
Fairhope, AL 

Greg Naman (Hugo)
BFA Musical Theatre, Senior
Mobile, AL

Anna Geter (Ensemble)
BFA Musical Theatre, Junior
Ocean Springs, MS 

Hannah Grace Smith (Ensemble)
BFA Musical Theatre, Senior
Pensacola, FL

Isabella Powell (Ensemble)
MM Vocal Performance
Calera, AL

Lisa Rosado Rivera (Ensemble)
MM Vocal Performance
San Juan, PR

Nathan Blake (Ensemble)
BS Music Education, Senior
Moundville, AL

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university offering on-campus and online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 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 information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit umobile.edu, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.