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First place Opera Workshop performs “The Tender Land” April 7-9

February 15th, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 15, 2016) — Messiah’s Opera Workshop, winner of the 2014 National Opera Association opera production competition, joins the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra for a fully-mounted production of “The Tender Land.” Performances are in Miller Theatre, located in the Climenhaga Building, at 8 p.m. on April 7-9, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students (with I.D.). To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at For questions about “The Tender Land” contact Kevin Hodes at 717-766-2511, ext. 2780.

About “The Tender Land”
Originally conceived as an opera for television in the early 1950s, “The Tender Land” revolves around the Moss family, living in a rural Midwestern town, and the graduation of their oldest daughter, Laurie, who is unsure of her future in the world and what she will do after high school. At a party on the eve of graduation, Laurie falls in love with Martin, a migrant worker. They plan to elope, but then Martin abandons Laurie. In her despair, her family consoles her, but she realizes the time has come to leave and become her own person.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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