Musical written by Ken Luber ’60 to have world premiere in California April 7

“Esperanza: A Musical of Love and Hope,” with book and lyrics by Ken Luber ’60 of Idyllwild, California, will have its world premiere April 7 at Mount San Jacinto College in California.

“Esperanza” is a comedy/romance with “the grit of three fallen stars making their final comeback from darkness when that cheer is no longer meant for you.” Three love stories are woven throughout this tale of redemption. The characters, along the songs, chorus and dancers, “create a poignant uplifting theatrical experience,” exploring “the heart of fame, glory, despair and finally into the triumph of hope and love.”

More information and show times are available at

Luber continues with other artistic offerings as well. His earlier novel The Sun Jumpers, available on, has been optioned by G7 Animation to be made into an animated, teenage TV series. It features two teenage lovers from 10,000 years ago who set out to save their cave-dwelling clan, wind up in the 21st-century world of technology-driven modern-day Los Angeles and must find their way back.

His short story about a cat and a dog, “Molly and Milty — A Love Story” is being serialized in his local newspaper.

At Ripon, he majored in English.

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