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“The Witnesses” slated as first performance at Milligan’s new Gregory Center

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Jan 25, 2008) – Next weekend, Milligan College’s new Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts will be filled with the sounds of acoustic guitars, Irish and African drums, accordions and cellos for its opening weekend, as Milligan alumnus Gary Richardson brings his new musical production, “The Witnesses,” to the local stage.

“The Witnesses,” part-two of the “The Rock & The Rabbi” trilogy, is a drama about the birth of the church as seen through the eyes of Peter and Paul. Co-written and produced by Richardson, along with Danny Hamilton, the production features talented musicians and singers from New York City, Nashville, Orlando and Tampa Bay.

“It’s a creative mix of storytelling and unplugged, acoustic music,” explained Richardson, whose original production, “The Rock & The Rabbi,” played to sell out audiences all over the nation, including the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va.

Rather than a large, costumed drama, the musical consists of a small cast that recounts the birth of the church. The production rests on the shoulders of Richardson, the narrator, as he tells Peter and Paul’s story. He is supported by the voices and musical performances of the cast, including Aaron Stratton and Neal Coomer, formerly one half of the Christian pop duo East to West.

“The Witnesses” will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Milligan College Bookstore during regular business hours. Call 423.461.8733 for ticket information.

For more information about the Gregory Center and opening weekend activities, visit www.milligan.edu/gregorycenter or call 423.461.8756.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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