Kyle Marrero

Ruth Orth

Joseph de Rocher

Michael Mayes

Sister Helen Prejean

Elise Quagliata

Owen Hart

Corey McKern

Shirley & Richard Knight

Joseph's Mother

Hanan Tarabay

​​​DEAD MAN WALKING
By Jake Heggie

Libretto By Terrence McNally
March 17 & 19, 2017

Performed in English at the Saenger Theatre

* For mature audiences due to graphic content and profanity

Based on the novel by Sister Helen Prejean

This Opera was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera

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When the young Sister Helen Prejean agrees to write to a convict on Death Row, her life is forever changed. As society's demand for retribution and vengeance attempts to find resolution through the Christian ideals of love and forgiveness, we follow Sister Helen's emotionally powerful journey. One of the most gripping and important operas of the new century, Heggie's Dead Man Walking is filled with incredibly beautiful music of cinematic proportion.

Cast













Mrs. Patrick de Rocher, mother of inmate Joseph de Rocher.......................Hanan Tarabay
Howard Boucher, father of murdered teen boy.........................................Johnathan Riesen
Jade Boucher, mother of murdered teen boy..........................................Gillian Lynn Cotter*
Kitty Hart, mother of murdered teen girl................................................Sheila Murphy Dunn
Father Grenville...............................................................................................Tommy Rowell
George Benton, the prison warden.................................................................Patrick Jacobs

Sister Catherine, a nun .............................................................................. Evelyn Saavedra

Motorcycle Cop & Guard #1 ................................................................. Brent Hetherington

Guard #2 .................................................................................................. Marshall Corzette

Mrs. Charlton .................................................................................... Amy Heleena Maddox

ALSO APPEARING
Members of the Pensacola Opera Chorus, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra,

and Pensacola Children's Chorus

Creative Team
Stage Director..................................................................................................Dean Anthony
Conductor....................................................................................................Jerome Shannon
Assistant Conductor/Pianist...........................................................................Joshua Horsch 
Chorus Master................................................................................................Peter Steenblik


Production Team
Set Design..........................................................................................................William Boles
Lighting Designer……...............................................................................Charles Houghton
Costume Designer……….............................................………….....……Glenn Avery Breed
Wig and Make-up Designers….................................................…..…Don and Linda Guillot
Technical Director…...................................................................………..……Phillip Brulotte
Stage Manager…………......................................................…Deborah Jo Knopick-Barrett*


*Pensacola Opera Debut


Dead Man Walking Extras
Meet the Artists Luncheon Tuesday, March 7 at 11:30am, $30
Meet the Artists Reception Friday, March 17 after the show, $50, $40 for Season Subscribers
Director's Champagne Brunch Sunday, March 19 at 11:45am, $50




Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors of Dead Man Walking!

Sister Rose

NaGuanda Nobles

Mary Ann Long