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Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will present an opera and musical theatre experience titled “This Is My Father’s World” from Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 3-5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall.

“The show is based on a concept that I developed over the summer,” said director Dr. Kara Claybrook, visiting assistant professor of music at Ouachita. “It has different genres from different shows; the hymn ‘This is My Father’s World’ serves as the connecting device. The idea is to explore how our senses draw us closer to God or can lead us to distance ourselves. We learn about God through our senses, and I wanted to highlight that musically.”

According to Claybrook, the production is an ensemble show without specific roles, which gives each of the student vocalists a moment to shine. Ensemble member Maddy Moore, a junior musical theatre and theatre arts double major from Mesquite, Texas, said, “This opera is different than anything I’ve ever done before. Our directors have allowed everyone involved to have a creative say in the process, which makes it a unique and exciting experience.”



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