• Film Snob: The Rest of My Life

    “If it’s dark or bright, I’ve got to go where you are”  - Duke Ellington’s ‘Chlo-E’

    Mood Indigo was a novel published in 1947, and if read with that in mind will raise an eyebrow to the genius that was Boris Vian. Vian died in 1959 at the ripe age of 39 at a screening of I Will Spit on Your Graves, another film that had been adapted from his literary works. 

  • Film Snob: Valley Girl

    A chick from the valley and a punk from the city.

    Released in April 1983, and shot in just 21 days on a shoestring budget that went mostly to cover the soundtrack and where the cast had to provide their own clothes for their characters’ wardrobes, Valley Girl may just be the penultimate story of star-crossed lovers.

    Inspired from Frank Zappa’s song of the same name, the producers had hoped to make a quick buck and gave the director, Martha Coolidge, total creative freedom as long as she promised to include partial nudity.

    Total boob count by the way? Seven.

  • The Nutcracker: Dec, 8-9 & 14-16

    The magic and wonder of Christmas comes to life in South Mississippi Ballet Theatre’s annual production of The Nutcracker. 

  • HERE WE GO AGAIN!

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera will present Broadway’s smash hit musical, Mamma Mia!, Nov. 15-18 at Downtown’s Historic Saenger Theater. The show features 22 songs by beloved international pop act ABBA, including the title track, “Dancing Queen,” “SOS” and “The Winner Takes It All.” 

  • Breaking A Leg

    There was a point in my life where my life’s ambition was to be a high school theatre instructor. Although I never had high hopes of a longterm career on stage, the major required me to take all of the available theatre classes and as a result, I spent a majority of my college years memorizing lines and perfecting the art of applying stage makeup. However, after doing my student teaching in a small, rural high school in central Oklahoma, I quickly determined that a career in education was not for me

  • Evita: HCLO brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical to Saenger Theater

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical, Evita, May 3-6 at the Historic Saenger Theater. Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to first lady of Argentina and near-sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor, illegitimate child to ambitious actress to wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

  • Bittersweet: HCLO Faces Possible Final Curtain

    As Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera celebrates its two Best of the Pine Belt nominations for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and prepares to launch the final two shows of its forty-second season, The Who’s Tommy and Evita, the venerable Hattiesburg institution also faces the harsh reality that is afflicting arts organizations across the country. “Unless something changes very quickly, next season, HCLO’s 43rd, will be our last,” said Lindsay Williams, HCLO President.

  • The Nutcracker: Clara welcomes guests to Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

    The South Mississippi Ballet Theatre will once again brighten the holiday season with its annual performance of The Nutcracker. Clara and her prince, the Sugarplum Fairy, Uncle Drosselmeyer and the mice will carry you to the Land of the Sweets in this holiday classic.

  • "Phantom" Set for Southern Miss Stage

    Theater patrons in South Mississippi will soon thrill to another epic production from the team that produced the much-acclaimed Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera will take to the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium October 26 through November 4, presented by The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music.

  • Macbeth

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera brings the city’s first-ever Shakespeare in the Park production to the Historic Meador Homestead Oct. 12-15. 

    HCLO’s ‘Lagniappe’ production of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest, and perhaps his bloodiest, tragedy marks a paradigm shift for the venerable organization, which has brought theatre to the Pine Belt for 42 years running.

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