|Elise Quagliata & Jordan Shanahan|
Union Avenue Opera's Missouri premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking is fast approaching and will be opening in just two weeks from tonight. Director Tim Ocel, Conductor Scott Schoonover and the cast have been hard at work preparing the piece for over a week now. UAO has planned some exciting events surrounding this production that you will not want to miss. The company announced several weeks ago that Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of the book Dead Man Walking and anti-death penalty advocate, will come to St. Louis to speak at Union Avenue Christian Church and attend the opening night performance.
On Thursday, August 18 at 8:00pm, Union Avenue Christian Church presents "Sharing the Deepest Desire: An Evening with Sr. Helen Prejean," which will take place in front of the opera’s set. The event will be free to the public and a free will offering will be taken to support the ministries of Sr. Helen. The Arts Group of Union Avenue (AGUA) will host a reception and book signing following in the Fellowship Hall. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Sr. Helen shall attend the opening night performance of Dead Man Walking on Friday, August 19 at 8:00 pm. There will be a second book signing immediately following the performance in the Fellowship Hall of Union Avenue Christian Church.
Dead Man Walking runs August 19, 20, 26 and 27. All performances begin at 8pm. Production sung in English with projected English supertitles. Venue: Union Avenue Christian Church; 733 N. Union Blvd, St. Louis, 63108. To purchase Tickets or find more information about Union Avenue Opera, please call 314.361.2881 or visit http://www.unionavenueopera.org/