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.’
Artist Amy Giust once again showcases her unique style for FestivalSouth’s commemorative painting, “FestivalSummer.” The original painting will be on display throughout the festival and up for silent auction. Proceeds from the sale benefit FestivalSouth and help to create more events, art and programming throughout the year. Commemorative prints of the work are available with certain levels of membership in the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), the presenting organization of FestivalSouth.
Mississippi sculptor Ben Watts will unveil the seventh signature FestivalSouth sculpture in as many years at the “Evening of Art Event” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at OddFellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg.
This year’s creation, “The Cameraman,” honors the FestivalSouth Film Expo (FSFX). The sculpture design is a throwback to the Buster Keaton film of the same name.
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.
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!”
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.
AWARDS SHOW CATEGORIES
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
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
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!