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Steel Magnolias

Live Production – Play

August 13, 14, 15
August 20, 21, 22
2021

Deadline to communicate interest in directing: Thursday May 20, 2021

Interviews will be held: May 22-28, 2021

In Steel Magnolias, the action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and possibly her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the women, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

This is a live event. The location of this production will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in directing this production, please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org by May 20, 2021 for more information and/or to be put on the list to schedule an interview.

Contact: Administrative Director Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org.


2021-22 Season

On Saturday June 27, 2020 the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors held an emergency meeting to discuss the state of our 2020-21 Season in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time they voted to postpone the next three stage productions (Something Rotten!, Youth Theater’s The Enchanted Bookshop, and Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery). This difficult decision was made based on the practicality of holding rehearsals and performances under pandemic circumstances, availability of venues for rehearsals and performances, financial feasibility with reduced capacity restrictions, and most importantly concern for the safety of all involved in a production.

Because it is unclear whether these productions will start rehearsals in six months or sixteen, director interviews were cancelled at that time of this difficult decision.

Directors for these productions will be selected at a later date. If you are interested in directing Something Rotten! or Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org for more information and/or to be put on the list to schedule an interview.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, social media accounts, and email list, and you may continue to reach us at admin@centerstagejackson.org.

We deeply appreciate your support and understanding in this unusual time. We are excited to make it through this intermission and back to the stage!


Something Rotten

Main Stage Musical at Jackson College’s Potter Center

October 29, 30, 31
November 5, 6, 7
2021

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten! features large song and dance numbers and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.

Something Rotten! officially opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 2015. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its cast album received a nomination for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Click here to see the Tony Award Show video clip for Something Rotten

Check out the publishing house info on Something Rotten


Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery

Main Stage Dinner Theatre at Sandhill Crane Vineyards

February 18, 19, 20
February 25, 26, 27
March 4, 5, 6
2022

The players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse are rehearsing a new show, “Putting a Little English On It.” It’s a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and British accents. As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The authorities are quickly called, and soon the company finds themselves replaying the death scene. When yet another person dies at the end of the same scene, the cast finds themselves replaying the same scene over and over for other investigators, a theatre critic, and even the playwright himself! But every time they get to the end of the scene, someone else ends up with a fire poker in the chest. The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worried that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all.

Check out the publishing house info on Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery


Note: The Wizard of Oz

Main Stage Musical at Jackson College’s Potter Center

June 4, 5, 6
June 11, 12, 13
2021

This production was postponed from June 2020 to June 2022, so we will not be re-interviewing for this production. The Wizard of Oz will be directed by Kelly Crippen. Check out the Wizard of Oz page for more info!

Note: Dinner Cabaret

Dinner Theatre at Sandhill Crane Vineyards

April 1, 2, 3
April 8, 9, 10
2022

We will not be interviewing for this position at this time. Due to COVID-19, our plans for the 2020 Dinner Cabaret are on hold. If we are able to reschedule this production in 2021, we will proceed with interviewing a director for the 2022 Dinner Cabaret. If we are not able to reschedule in 2021, Nick Brown will direct this year’s cast & crew in April 2022. Please stay tuned for more information!


Youth Theater

Any persons interested in directing with our Youth Theater program should contact Youth Theater committee chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net.


Interested in Directing?

If you are interested in directing Something Rotten! or Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org for more information and/or to be put on the list to schedule an interview.