Bakersfield College

BC Performing Arts Presents "Parade"

After the incredible response to last year’s summer production of Into the Woods, a collaboration between the Bakersfield College Theatre, Voice, and Orchestra programs, the Performing Arts Department is proud to present the Tony Award-winning musical Parade.

The show runs August 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 7:30pm in the Edward Simonsen Indoor Theater. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $12 for general admission, and $8 for students, staff, seniors, and veterans. Tickets are available in advance at, or they can be purchased at the door starting at 7pm on show nights.

Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, this stirring musical explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry, and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown, Parade is a moving examination of the darkest corners of America's history.

In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of his Southern neighbors, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience and, eventually, Leo's assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.

Daring, innovative and bold, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that still ring true in our modern political landscape.

Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater)
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