Local Theatre poised for State Leadership Role | Arts & Culture
The following is a press release from Just Over The Rainbow Theatre:
The Pine Belt’s Just Over the Rainbow Theatre calls this past weekend “a good one” for the local theatre group. JORT member Tom Hardy was elected to lead the Mississippi Theatre Association for the next two years. Chris Wooten, also of JORT, was elected treasurer for the statewide theatre conference.
“What a tremendous opportunity this is for the Hattiesburg area to lead our state in helping to produce quality theatre,” says Hardy, a longtime patron of the arts. Hardy was currently serving the association as vice-president prior to his election this past Sunday in Columbus. He accepted the gavel from outgoing state president Suzanne Allmon of Oak Grove.
In individual event competition during the three-day festival, JORT actors Dick and Jane Allison garnered second place honors in duo acting. JORT actor and Purvis High School math teacher Joe Van Zandt was named to the state’s All-Star Cast for his portrayal of “Mark” in the JORT production of Altar Boyz. In addition, Petal native Kevin Brezeale was distinguished for the state’s Best Choreography by the adjudicators.
Sherri Marengo, who chairs the Adult Individual Events Category, adds “It’s always nice to see our folks do well. The state festival validates the exceptional talent in our state. Everybody ought to attend.”
Michael Marks, JORT President, is proud of the group’s accomplishments. “We are a busy theatre. Even as we unpack the sets and props for Altar Boyz, rehearsals are underway for Dixie Swim Club which opens in March. We are truly grateful for the continuing support of our community.”
Retired Southern Miss Theatre professor RB Hill is directing the spring showcase for JORT.
For more on Just Over the Rainbow including sponsorship opportunities, click on JORTonline.org.
JORT members pose enjoy a photo opportunity during MTA Theatre Festival at The “W” in Columbus. JORT members Tom Hardy (MTA President) and state treasurer Chris Wooten (MTA Treasurer) were elected to statewide office with the theatre conference.
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