"Contemporary Master" John Jakes '53 Contributes to Orchestra's Holiday Ballet

"Contemporary Master" John Jakes '53 Contributes to Orchestra's Holiday Ballet

December 19, 2003

December 19, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - The latest work by best-selling author and 1953 DePauw University graduate John Jakes is set to deliver holiday cheer this weekend. The Hilton Head, South Carolina Orchestra is presenting two performances of "The Magic Toyshop" today and Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. Carolina Morning News writes, "Jakes has written a new script for this one-act ballet at the request of the orchestra. Jakes will serve as narrator as actors Maggie Hancock, John David Rose and the Hilton Head Dance Theatre bring the story to life."

The story continues, "Jakes is the acknowledged contemporary master of the family saga. His devotion to a unique blend of strong storytelling, impeccable research and historical accuracy  has won him a worldwide audience. More than 50 million copies of his Kent Chronicles are in print along with nearly 10 million copies of the North and South Trilogy. His newest novel, Charleston, became his 16th consecutive New York Times bestseller when published in 2000. Born in Chicago, Jakes now divides his time between homes in South Carolina and Fairfield County, Connecticut. He is married to the former Rachel Ann Payne whom he met at DePauw. They have four children and 11 grandchildren."

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