TROY to present series of free performances at Dothan Opera House

The Dothan Opera House will host a series of free performances from the TROY College of Communication and Fine Arts.

The Dothan Opera House will host a series of free performances from the TROY College of Communication and Fine Arts.

The Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts is coming to the Dothan Opera House for a series of performances through the fall, winter and spring.

The series, titled “TROY Tuesdays,” kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with a free performance of the play “Flyin’ West.”

Showtime for the play will be 7 p.m. each night.

In addition to the public performance, the department will also perform the play at 12:30 p.m. for about 400 local school children.

“This is an initiative designed to bring performing arts performances to Dothan,” said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. “It’s important for the Dothan community to know what Troy University is about, and it’s an opportunity to showcase some of the various things Troy University offers in the performing arts.”

After “Flyin’ West,” the next part of the series will be POPulus, a contemporary ensemble performing popular tunes, on Nov. 15; the Pied Pipers on Jan. 31; and a John M. Long School of Music faculty showcase on April 4.

All those events will feature daytime performances for children and nighttime performances for the public.

“We are looking forward to this opportunity to bring TROY Theatre and Dance to the historic Dothan Opera House,” said Tori Lee Averett, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Dothan is not only a Troy University community, it’s also a community that has demonstrated its commitment to the performing arts for decades. We are pleased to share our work in partnership with the City of Dothan, and we’re thrilled that our students will have a chance to tour the production and perform in the historic and beautiful Opera House.”

“Flyin’ West,” written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Quinton Cockrell, is set in 1898 Kansas and tells the inspirational story of four African-American women who migrate westward to become landowning farmers.

“The story of ‘Flyin’ West’ inspires and challenges us with its courage, hope and vitality, providing a timely reminder of the importance of family and community as we struggle – each in our own ways – toward freedom,” Averett said.

Admission to the Dothan Opera House performance is free, but tickets may be reserved through the Dothan Opera House Box Office: 334-615-3175.