For the fifth consecutive year, Picayune Memorial High School’s High Tide Productions and the Pearl River Central High School Blue Maskers will present their competition one-acts together as one evening of theatre in "A Fabulous Night of One-Acts," Nov. 15 and 17, at 7 PM at the Picayune School District Auditorium.
Pearl River Central will also have their children's theatre troupe, the Blue Maskeroos, present their children's play that they will take to competition at the Mississippi Theatre Association's Theatre for Youth Festival in January. "Storyville" the Maskeroos' presentation is a delightful re-telling of several tales, from the Gingerbread Man to the Little Red Hen. The all-female cast performs a fun, energetic children's entertainment, perfect for preschoolers to age eight.
"Validation" the Blue Maskers' entry for the high school competition, is a futuristic, edgy, dark comedy by Alan Haehnel. The year is 2098. Reality television has grown to the point where everyone is either "on cam," or forced to live life in "the void." Liza, a reality TV star, is desperate to keep her show's ratings up, no matter what. Unusual plot twists and a surprise ending makes this show a thriller with a timely message about popular culture.
High Tide Productions will present “Elephant’s Graveyard,” a true tale of the tragic collision of a hard-working circus and a tiny Tenn. town. Set in 1916, “Elephant’s Graveyard” combines both fact and legend as the only known lynching of an elephant is recalled by the members of both groups. The recent play, written by George Brant in 2008, is being described as a “theatrical masterpiece” and “deeply moving.”
The “Fabulous Night of One-Acts” saw record attendance last year, and its 5th annual production promises not to disappoint. Shows begin at 7 p.m. on both nights. November 15 and 17 at 7 P.M. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets are general admission, and can be purchased the night of the show. In addition, both troupes will be hosting a silent auction in the lobby.
Every spring the home gardener is bombarded with new and improved petunias for the garden and landscape, making it hard to decide which to bring home from the garden center. In my opinion, you simply can’t go wrong selecting any of the Supertunias.
Spring is now in full swing at the Crosby Arboretum, and the show is well on its way toward a crescendo. The blooms of native purple Iris can be seen along the edge of the Piney Woods pond, pink “honeysuckle” azalea is flowering near the Pinecote Pavilion, and the yellow blooms of the pitcher plants — called “buttercups” by local residents — are beginning to carpet the south Savanna Exhibit.
USM set to host Children’s Book Festival
One of the most anticipated events celebrating children’s literature, the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be held April 10-12 at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
Amber Bounds breaks six-year-old state swimming record
The Southern MS Aquatic Club (Mantarays) participated in the Santa’s Best Swim Invitational in Biloxi Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The Mantarays finished 6th out of 22 teams competing from LA, AL, FL, and MS.
- Capitol Pages Jonathan Fail of Picayune, and Lorrie Warren of Poplarville recently served as pages for the Mississippi Senate.
Yellow jasmine brightens yards
According to the calendar, we are just a few days away from the official start of the spring season. But if you have been watching the garden and landscape like I have, you’ve seen signs of spring for at least several weeks. The plants are starting to wake up.
Native blooms abound at the Arboretum’s spring plant sale
The long-awaited weekend is upon us – that time which comes but once a year. Yes, it’s the Crosby Arboretum’s spring native plant sale.
Welcome Center celebrates arts and literature in March
The Mississippi Development Authority, Division of Tourism will be celebrating “Arts and Literature” during the month of March. Each of the Welcome Centers will be decorated differently for this celebration.
Lamont Rowlands house important to historical heritage
Pat Crosby first moved to the Lamont Rowlands house in 1992.
Although she found the home in disrepair, she couldn’t imagine not living there and knew that was her new home.
“It just spoke to me, and it still does,” said Crosby, the wife of the late Tommy Crosby, son of R.H. Crosby. Tommy Crosby completely renovated the home and grounds.
Pearl River County Arts League Art Show and Sale
Pearl River County Arts League Art Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from noon till 4 p.m. at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 408 Carroll Drive. The show is open to all artists and admission is free to the public.
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