William Carey University will present Lisa Loomer’s “Bocon,” an award-winning fable filled with humor and enchantment, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
“Bocon” is a studio piece designed, directed and performed by Carey students. Actors include both theatre majors and students from various levels of Spanish classes. Student directors are Chris Permenter of Hattiesburg and Billy Burkes of Lauderdale. Other cast members include Taylor Abbott of Picayune, Ashlyn Watts of Picayune, Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg, Haley Genberg of Warren, Penn., Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg, Xavier Martin of Hattiesburg, Nicoli Hutchinson of Picayune, Miranda Rester of Sumrall, Treya Brown of Hattiesburg, Baxter Walters of Hattiesburg, Amanda Gibson of Columbia, Michaela McCraw of Rapid City, S.D., Gunner Stewart of Petal, Zachary Singletary of Madison, Alisha Fishel of Olive Branch, Devin Sorrell of Bardstown, Ky., and Lindsay Knight of Hattiesburg.
The fable, written in response to the turmoil in Central America during the late 1980s, tells the story of the 12-year-old Miguel, an irrepressible “bocon” (the Spanish word for big mouth). Miguel, a natural storyteller, loses his voice when his parents are taken away by a military regime. He then begins a metaphorical journey north to Los Angeles. The journey shows Miguel meeting a host of dangerous magical spirits and again finding his voice along with the courage to cross the border into a new life.
Permenter said the fable is a remarkable tale that appeals to anyone.
“It’s a very challenging piece because the show is written and performed in both Spanish and English,” said Permenter. “However, it has a beautiful message that will touch a place in everyone’s heart.”
Admission to “Bocon” is free, but advance reservations are required. Reservations may be made by calling (601) 318-6221. The box office will be open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning February 3.