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Matinees at 2:30 pm
Evenings at 8:00 pm
Runs July 5 to 25 in Central City
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Rated R (17+) - Mature Audiences Only:  Violence, Language & Nudity

Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, which also inspired the award-winning movie, Jake Heggie’s powerful opera follows the true story of a nun’s spiritual journey as she counsels a Louisiana death row inmate. Sister Helen struggles with her own religious convictions as she leads the prisoner down a path to redemption.

Performance Dates:
Matinees at 2:30 pm: July 9, 13, 19, 23, 25
Evenings at 8:00 pm: July 5, 11, 17

Performed in English with English supertitles.

PRISONS, COMPASSION AND REDEMPTION PROJECT
Explore the themes of Dead Man Walking through a series of thought-provoking events from a film screening and panel discussions to prison-related art and book clubs. Meet Sister Helen Prejean at a symposium on March 12-13 also featuring prominent experts in the legal field and victim advocacy. [Details]

Composer Jake Heggie says our Opera House "promises an intimacy and immediacy that will be extremely powerful" for this production. -  Five Questions: 'Dead Man Walking' composer Jake Heggie, Colorado Public Radio

View the Central City Opera House seating chart.

Photo by Mark and Kristen Sink.
Performing Artists
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John Baril
John Baril
Jennifer Rivera
Jennifer Rivera
Michael Mayes*
Michael Mayes*
Maria Zifchak
Maria Zifchak
Jeanine De Bique*
Jeanine De Bique*
Thomas Hammons*
Thomas Hammons*
Robert Orth
Robert Orth
Joseph Gaines
Joseph Gaines
Claire Shackleton*
Claire Shackleton*
Jason Baldwin*
Jason Baldwin*
Adam Turner
Adam Turner
Production Team
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Ken Cazan
Ken Cazan
Alan E. Muraoka
Alan E. Muraoka
David Martin Jacques
David Martin Jacques
Dave Bova
Dave Bova
Production Credits
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Composer Jake Heggie
Librettist Terrence McNally
Conductor John Baril
Director Ken Cazan
Scenic Designer Alan E. Muraoka
Lighting Designer David Martin Jacques
Wig/Makeup Designer Dave Bova
Original Costume Designer Sam Fleming
Costume Coordinator Teddy Ricker
Associate Conductor/Chorus Master Adam Turner+
Fight Director and Intimacy Specialist Andrew Kenneth Moss
 
Cast
Sister Helen Jennifer Rivera
Joseph DeRocher Michael Mayes
Mrs. DeRocher Maria Zifchak
Sister Rose Jeanine De Bique
George Benton Thomas Hammons
Owen Hart Robert Orth
Howard Boucher Joseph Gaines
Jade Boucher Claire Shackleton
Father Grenville Jason Baldwin

+Conducts July 11

Additional credits TBA.
Synopsis
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Set in the 1980s in Louisiana, Dead Man Walking is about the unique relationship between a condemned killer on death row, Joseph De Rocher, and the nun, Sister Helen, who offers him love and support. Even though Joseph has committed a horrible crime and the public has condemned him, Sister Helen agrees to be his spiritual advisor, and the unlikely pair end up forming a close friendship. Finally, right before Joseph is put to death, Sister Helen convinces him to confess his sins, beg for forgiveness and give peace to his troubled soul.