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Hope and forgiveness, the message of upcoming ballet based on Corrie ten Boom

Milligan College, Tenn. (October 1, 2007) — Internationally famed Ballet Magnificat! Omega will take the stage at Milligan College’s Seeger Memorial Chapel on Oct. 27 to perform, “ Hiding Place, ” the true story of how Corrie ten Boom found “hope in the midst of suffering.”

Set in the war zone of Dutch Haarlem in 1944, “ Hiding Place” is a portrayal of divinely inspired forgiveness and hope in the midst of desperate and unimaginable circumstances. Ballet Magnificat! taps into the struggle of two sisters, Corrie and Betsie ten Boom, as they search for possibilities to help their life-long Jewish neighbors and friends to find security in a small hiding place built in the wall of their home, only to be discovered and transported to the concentration camp of Ravenbruck to face struggles far exceeding their wildest imagination.

Choreographer Jiri Sebesatian Voborsky unveils this heroic story with a great level of drama, passion, pain, yet joy, and ultimately hope, as he brings before the audience the challenge to believe the unbelievable – the power of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

“Ballet Magnificat! has performed at Milligan before and garnered an excellent response,” said Kellie Brown, chair of the Milligan College Arts Council. “The group combines the spiritual with the artistic.”

Since its creation in 1986, Ballet Magnificat!, a non-denominational Christian ballet company, has earned a reputation for excellence. They have been featured several times on the internationally broadcasted 700 Club and have performed with various artists at the Christian Music Artists’ Seminar in Estes Park, Colo.

T he Saturday, Oct. 27, performance of “Hiding Place” begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children five years and under. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 423.461.8718, or alumnioffice@milligan.edu. For more information, visitwww.milligan.edu/arts.

“ Hiding Place ” is sponsored by the Milligan College Arts Council and the Office of Alumni Relations.

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