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The Third Sunday Concert Series
NEWS                                             THE THIRD SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
RELEASE                                             Christ Episcopal Church
                                                                   120 S. New Hampshire Street
                                                                   Covington, Louisiana 70433

                                                                   Media Contact: Margaret Mashburn
October 21, 2015


On Sunday, November 15 at 5 p.m., the Third Sunday Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington will present a production by the Prodigal Players entitled “The Soldier’s Story,” a modernization of Igor Stravinsky’s musical drama L’Histoire du soldat.

The original story was based on a Russian folktale and told of a post WWI Russian Soldier who returns home to his village to marry his sweetheart.  He is propositioned by the Devil who offers a book that tells the future in exchange for the soldier's violin. This modernized version by the Prodigal Players tells of a young fiddler from Thibodaux who has joined the Marines to play music and pay off his student debts. While serving in Afghanistan, his life takes a similarly unexpected turn.

The Prodigal Players is a Covington based musical theater company formed by drummer/composer Terrance Mahady, who wrote and arranged this eclectic musical score to a script by Robert Jahncke. Julie Generes is the drama director and choreographer, and Melany Linder Graham is assistant drama director.  Erik Morales is the music conductor and is also responsible for electronic and technical sound production.

Actor/dancers are Luke Halpern, the soldier; Ashley Krieger, the sweetheart; and Bill Larsen Ruffin is, in many disguises, the ubiquitous devil.  Performing in the band are Christy West on 5-string electric violin, Jennifer Pulling or BJ Perez on clarinet, Brina Bousliea on baritone sax, Morales on trumpet and a wind synthesizer called an EWI, and Mahady on drums. Robert Jahncke narrates the story.

All concerts in the Third Sunday Concert Series are free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 5 p.m. lasting one hour.  A reception follows where the audience may meet the performers. Christ Church is located at 120 S. New Hampshire Street, Covington, at the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park.

In consideration of other audience members, we request no flash photography or cell phone video during the performance.

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