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MCC to host play festival

By Staff
Special to The Star
Jan. 7, 2001
MCC will host the Mississippi Theatre Association Annual Play Festival and Convention Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan 14.
More than 200 people have pre-registered and several more will register during the weekend. In addition to workshops and meetings of college, high school and community theatre people, there is the play competition with the winners going to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and Play Festival.
High school winners from the Southern Regional Festival held at the University of Southern Mississippi are Hattiesburg High School, Oak Grove High School and Ocean Springs High School.
Winners from the Northern Festival held at Mississippi State are Lafayette High School, Olive Branch High School and Starkville High School.
The community theatres competing are Actors Anonymous from Hattiesburg, Delta Center Stage from Greenville, Gulfport Little Theatre, Starkville Community Theatre, Picyaune-on-Stage Theatre and the Tupelo Community Theatre.
Plays begin at 9 a.m. in the MCC Fine Arts Theatre on Friday and run through 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for all 12 plays can be purchased for $15 at the registration desk in the Ivy Hall Mall at MCC.
Also running simultaneously on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. is the Children's Division Festival in Meridian High School's auditorium. The plays are: "Wings" at 9:30 performed by Lynn Meadows Players; "The Not Quite Tonight Show" at 10:30 performed by the Gulfport Little Theatre's Show Biz Kidz; "Bony Legs" at 11:30 performed by the Oak Grove High School's There She Goes Production; and "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" at 12:30 performed by the Perk Players from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston Campus.
The audiences will be elementary school students from Lauderdale County and Meridian public Schools.
For more information about the festival, call Ronnie Miller at Meridian Community College, 484-8666.