MOBILE, Ala. – Season subscriptions are on sale now for the upcoming Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts Series in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile. The 2019-2020 season includes a variety of musical performances from Roméo et Juliette to Little Women.
The Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts Series is presented by students and faculty in the Alabama School of the Arts. This season will include concert, theatrical and inspirational events.
Season subscriptions are $125 per subscriber if purchased before Sept. 15. After Sept. 15, season subscriptions are $155 per subscriber. A dessert reception for season subscribers will be held prior to Oklahoma!, Roméo et Juliette and A Jazz Band Christmas.
Tickets for individual events may be purchased beginning Sept. 1 at www.itickets.com and are available at the door for each performance.
UM Performing Arts Series includes:
- Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Iolanthe,” Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at Murphy High School
The titular character, Iolanthe, is a fairy who has committed a capital offense by marrying a human. Rather than being killed, she was banished from the fairy kingdom, and never to see her husband again. Twenty-five years pass and the fairies, deeply missing Iolanthe, convince the Fairy Queen to allow her to return. In true Gilbert and Sullivan fashion, the tangled plot unravels and ends as all fairytales should, happily ever after.
- Symphonic Winds Concert, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Saraland
This free event features the Symphonic Winds from The Alabama School of the Arts. You will enjoy an evening of blissful and timeless music under the direction of composer, arranger and associate professor in instrument music, Steve Dunn.
- Oklahoma!, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at Murphy High School
Set just after the turn of the 20th century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. The road to true love is anything but smooth, but there is no doubt that these two romantics will succeed in making a life together. As the road to romance and the road to statehood converge, Curly and Laurey are poised to spend their new life together in a brand-new state: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A – OKLAHOMA!
- Christmas Spectacular, Nov. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama
Christmas Spectacular is one of the most popular Christmas events in Mobile. With over 10,000 people in attendance, this event is one to clear your calendar for. With over 20 ensembles and featuring over 200 students from Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA) with a 50-piece orchestra of combined students and professional mentors, you will experience both sacred and holiday classics as well as original music and arrangements from the ASOTA faculty and students.
- A Jazz Band Christmas, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Redemption Church, Saraland, Alabama
Christmas Time is Here! Led by Dr. Kenn Hughes, associate dean and chair of music, at Alabama School of the Arts. The UM Jazz Band is invites you to join us for a classic Big Band Christmas Concert! Performing some of the most iconic Christmas songs to usher in the sounds of the season, you’re invited to sing along with tunes such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “The Christmas Song”. You’ll be sure to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” after this “Winter Wonderland” of an evening!
- Elite88 Piano Ensemble “Santa on the Keys,” Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at University of Mobile, Moorer Auditorium in Martin Hall
Join with us as we celebrate the Christmas season with all your favorite holiday songs performed by the phenomenal piano students in the Alabama School of the Arts piano ensemble, Elite 88.
- “Our Town”, January 31 at 7 p.m., February 1 at 7 p.m. and February 2 at 2 p.m. at University of Mobile, Weaver Auditorium
A landmark in American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of the small town–Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Told by the “stage manager,” we follow the Gibbs and Webb families through years of life changes – from the mundane daily life, to the romance of love and marriage, and the devastation from life’s ending. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town delivers universal truths about what it means to be human.
- Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Saraland High School Auditorium
Two families in Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues, are bitter enemies. Conflict ensues when Roméo–a Montague and Juliette–a Capulet, fall in love and the two young lovers exchange secret vows. Come watch the rest of the story unfurl in Charles Gounod’s grand and sweeping retelling of one of the best and most tragic love stories of all time that illuminates the passion of the young lovers.
- Symphonic Winds Concert, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Saraland
This free event features the Symphonic Winds from The Alabama School of the Arts. You will enjoy an evening of blissful and timeless music under the direction of composer, arranger and faculty member, Steve Dunn.
- Elite88 Piano Ensemble “Pianos Out of This World,” March 26 at 7 p.m. at University of Mobile, Moorer Auditorium in Martin Hall
Elite 88 will perform their most ambitious concert ever as they present Gustav Holtz’s The Planets. This difficult work is the composer’s own original two piano arrangement. Other songs will include pop hits with an outer space themes including the main theme from Star Wars.
- Night of the Classical Masters, April 7 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fairhope, Alabama
This free event features Alabama School of the Arts students as they celebrate history’s most well-known composers and lyrists. Night of the Classical Masters will showcase university students as they highlight a wide variety of selections from varying musical periods and genres.
- “Little Women,” April 17 at 7 p.m., April 18 at 7 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. at University of Mobile in Ram Hall
Travel back to this timeless tale told by Louisa May Alcott’s novel. This heartwarming and life changing story that has inspired plays, operas, movies, and television specials is coming to the UM stages in the award-winning musical. The surprising March women, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy and beloved mother, Marmee, will take you on a journey through the Civil War era as they learn the true meaning of sisterhood, love and “Days of Plenty.” The story teaches all to understand that“Some Things Are Just Meant to Be” and how they can teach you about the fire within oneself. It is sure to be an “Astonishing” evening with beautiful melodies and heart capturing tales.
- Spring Spectacular, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama
An annual favorite for the Alabama School of the Arts’ students, friends and family, this extravaganza will feature many of the university’s more than 20 performing ensembles in a concert that closes out the 2019 – 2020 season Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts Series.
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 76 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 www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.