• Father/son close out acting career

    If you frequent local theatrical productions, you have most likely seen Paul VanZandt or Joe Vanzandt’s name in your playbill. From a very young age, this father-and-son duo have shared a love for theatre. Their first joint production was HCLO’s ‘The Wizard of OZ,’ where Paul was the Scarecrow and Joe was a Munchkin. 

    This summer, Paul is retiring and he and his wife will be moving. However, audiences may enjoy their last local performance on stage together when Paul appears as Hertz Klinemann and Joe as Lonnie in The Hub City Players production ‘Rock of Ages.’ 

  • 2016 FestivalSouth Schedule of Events

    THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016

    10 a.m.

    Hicks Law Firm, PLLC presents
    Artie’s Reading Event featuring Aubrey K. Lucas with Ellen Hunter Ruffin

    With support from the USM College of Arts and Letters

    Petal Library/Petal Civic Center
    712A S. Main St., Petal, MS 39465


  • Mother, son hit stage together

    Things a mom may share with her son: a passion for music, blue eyes, fair skin, skinny jeans, hairspray, eye liner, spandex... Wait! What? 
    Those are some of the things Jennie Bounds and her son, Jackson (J.B.), will be sharing as they join The Hub City Players in the Broadway smash hit, Rock of Ages. 
    The 80s-themed, heavy metal musical takes the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium June 9 –11 as part of FestivalSouth’s seventh season. 

  • Soul School

    No place like home for Mother’s Day!  When Sethe Tucker returns to headline FestivalSouth’s music opening with Soul School at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Saenger Theater, it will be a homecoming made all the more sweet in that it means seeing her mom. 
    “To be home amongst friends and family is always fund,” said Sethe, “but most of all, I get to hang out with mom!”

  • Champion of the arts

    FestivalSouth has long been a champion of the arts. As the festival has expanded to include everything from film and lecture series to food and craft beer experiences, the dynamic core of art, music, theatre and dance are the basis for a creative economy that makes Hattiesburg a cultural destination. This year, FestivalSouth celebrates each of these with exclusive destination evenings that showcase our rich artistic fabric.

  • And the winner is...

    And the award for the Pine Belt’s Best Live Musical Act goes to....

  • Sing with Sandy Patti

    When Sandi Patty makes her third appearance in Hattiesburg, area choirs and singers have the opportunity to be part of this incredible evening featuring the FestivalOrchestra and some of Sandi’s most inspiring moments. 

  • Best of the Pine Belt finalists announced

    Song of the Year
    “Chances” by The Devil Music Co.
    “Home Sweet Home” by Travis Clark
    “Let Go” by The DLX
    “Young” by Billy Mauldin
    “Hillbilly Revival” by Paul Johnson

    Best Bartender
    Sara Ferguson at Branch
    Shawn McDaniel at Keg & Barrel
    Terry Jordan at Patio 44
    Tony Hill at Vicki’s on Walnut
    Tina Thames at Mahogany Bar

  • Magicians to appear for Artie fundraiser

    Enjoy a night out at the beautiful Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg for an intense, high-energy performance from the Crescent Circus duo from New Orleans. This event is perfect for date night or a night out with friends. It will also make a memorable and exciting night out for families. This show is appropriate for ages 4 through 104! 

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