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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 1776
GULFPORT LITTLE THEATRE
2/15-2/23/2013
The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book. It is an extremely flexible show that can be performed with characters as written or as a concert version  1776 STAGED CONCERT VERSIONThe MTI Marquee provides a number of articles on unique staging and casting ideas for 1776 in order to make the show more produce-able in your theatre while remaining engaging to audience members.  Of particular note is a Staged Concert Version of the show which allows for blind casting and minimal costumes.
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 GODSPELL
RIPLEY Arts Council
2/19-2/24/2013
Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL RETURNSVisit the official Godpell on Broadway site for tickets and more information on this new production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 THE DRUNKARD
BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY
2/21-3/2/2013
Lending his incomparable writing talents to the stage, Barry Manilow teams up with Bro Herrod to delve into the world of the 19th Century melodrama. THE DRUNKARD presents a unique delivery of the famous melodrama by W.H.S. Smith, transporting audiences to an infinitely less subtle day in this deliciously coy and exaggerated musical.Mary Wilson and her widowed mother are in dire straights. When it comes to their attention the cottage they're renting is to be sold, Mary appears before the handsome new owner, Edward, hoping to request his mercy. Edward had already been informed of the debacle by the villainous lawyer, Cribbs, who has set about to destroy the Wilson family. Being goodhearted, Edward had already determined the Wilson family was not to be forced from their home. After laying eyes on Mary, Edward is immediately in love and the wedding is set; Cribbs's plan has been thwarted. He'll have to implement a new plan just as deviant involving the wicked devil's beverage...Alcohol! A small cast size, unique play structure, and comedic style makes THE DRUNKARD ideal for intimate theatre spaces. Enlisting audience participation as well as direct sides, this one-of-a-kind show is a tall glass of entertainment that will ensnare theatergoers' attention and leave them longing for more.
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 FOREVER PLAID
BLUE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE THEATRE
2/26-3/2/2013
FOREVER PLAID is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950's on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950's.
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
SOUTHERN BAPTIST EDUCATIONAL CENTER
2/25-3/2/2013
You remember the plot. You love the characters. You know "the song." It's no less than the stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time.1920's Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star.The MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance, is accounted for, including the showstopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make SINGIN' IN THE RAIN the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
PANOLA PLAYHOUSE
2/22-3/3/2013
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Actor's Playhouse
2/22-3/3/2013
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by `The Trapp Family Singers` by Maria Augusta Trapp
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
TUPELO COMMUNITY THEATRE
1/19-3/7/2013
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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MAHALIA, A GOSPEL MUSICAL
New Stage Theatre
2/26-3/10/2013
Meyer Crystal Auditorium: - Tom Stolz.
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Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 2/17/2013 CINDERELLA
Actors' Playhouse
1/31-3/21/2013
Loved the world over, Charles Perrault's classic tale of a young lady's struggle to overcome the tyranny of her wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters springs to life. Toss in a zany Fairy Godmother with two comical assistants, a Prince who is having parental problems of his own, a couple of glass slippers and you have the recipe for a lively, musical retelling of Cinderella.
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