April 26, 2016

"The North Star"

This week, the Bastrop Opera House will be featuring the film "The North Star," the story of Benjamin "Big Ben" Jones and Moses Hopkins, two slaves who escaped from a Virginia plantation and made their way to freedom in Buckingham, Pennsylvania in 1849.

Big Ben's 6 foot 10 inch size and a record bounty for his safe return make him the focus of every slave hunter on the east coast. Their journey exposes them to danger and cruelty; however it also exposes them to the unexpected kindness of the people involved in the Underground Railroad. These experiences will change Ben and Moses forever. Upon reaching the relative safety of Mt. Gilead Church on Buckingham Mountain, Ben and Moses get to experience life as free men and cross paths with historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Joshua and Jonathan Fell.

You can watch "The North Star" at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 711 Spring Street in downtown Bastrop on
Apr. 26th at 5pm & 7:30pmApr. 27th at 7:30pm and May 1st at 5pm.

Jermaine Jones, composer for "The North Star"

Apr. 26th & 27th are family nights, and tickets are only $5 per person at the door. On May 1st, tickets are $12 per adult and $8 per student/senior, and there will be a Q&A after the show with Leilani Goode, producer with Reele Goode Productions. Jermaine Jones, composer for "The North Star" and former American Idol contestant (season 11, top 10 finalist), will be performing at the Apr. 26th and May 1st showings.

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