from The Daily Mississippian by Madison Hill
“The Uganda Project: Come & See — Go & Tell”, a multi-media production about a missionary team’s experiences on a trip to poverty-stricken Uganda, opens today.
“The central theme is bringing to life the experience I and my fellow travelers had in Uganda,” said Jennifer Mizenko, artistic director of the production.
Mizenko and eight other missionaries were sent to Uganda on a task to not only “Come & See” a place tainted with poverty and sickness, but to also “Go & Tell” of their experiences.
“I am completing the work of the mission trip through creating this production,” Mizenko said.
Mizenko said this project is more than just a performance — it is a reenactment. Each and every character in the production represents someone who was a part of Mizenko’s 2009 mission trip. The characters include the missionaries, someone they met in Uganda and even Mizenko herself. Everyone in the cast has met the real person they are representing in the production, either in person, via Skype or through pictures.
“Instead of creating a made up character, they are creating characters based on real people and real experiences,” Mizenko said. “I think in the process of creating the dances, the cast has actually felt the same feelings we all felt while in Uganda.”
Mizenko said that the goal of the project was not only to communicate the trials and tribulations of the people of Uganda, but also to show the beauty and spirit of the country.
“The show really takes me into the world of Uganda and makes me appreciate what I have in the U.S. more that ever before,” said Angelica Spence, a dancer in the production.
Spence said that recreating Mizenko’s experiences has left a real impact on her and the cast.
“It should be a really emotional production knowing the history behind the experience,” said Carey Hanson, the interim chair of the University of Mississippi Theatre Department.
“The Uganda Project” will be shown starting tonight at 8 p.m. and runs through Saturday, Feb. 19 in Fulton Chapel. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20.
Tickets, which cost $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and children, and $7.50 for students, are available at the UM Box Office in the Student Union, which can be reached at 662-915-7411.