All SchoolFest Matinees performances are at 10:00 a.m. during the week days
SchoolFest admission $7
Students attend main stage productions during the school day. Discussions with the company follow the special matinees. You will receive a comprehensive study guide before the show. Please call 601-948-3533 ext. 222 to reserve seats for your school or class!
Our 50th year celebration continues with a revival of one of New Stage Theatre’s best-selling comedies. Honey. It’s the 1980s. In Louisiana. At Truvy’s beauty shop the motto is: “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” The women are all sass and brass. Gossip, revelations, and witty Southern banter flow like refreshing sweet tea on a hot summer day. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six Southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when the ladies face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.
The theatre’s 50th year observance will culminate with a special production of Thorton Wilder’s American Classic, Our Town. Endeavoring to capture what ‘our town’ is today, reflecting our city, our country and our lives, this rendition of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama will incorporate innovative casting to be presented in a manner that mirrors the diversity in America today. Our Town transports us to Grover’s Corners, a place of secret wishes and disappointments, loves and losses, where the people we encounter are shockingly like the ones in our own lives. This is a story that focuses on a village but encompasses the eternal, finding the world in a grain of sand.
Audiences will enjoy all the iconic scenes from this popular Christmas movie classic, as nine-year-old Ralphie Parker sets his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts–an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.
It’s the Southern premiere of a new musical for all ages (yes, even parents) of the much-loved madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar. See Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and the always-plotting penguins. Join these crack-a-lackin’ friends and get read to “Move It, Move It.”
Based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between a Grand Cyclops of the KKK and an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice but also demonstrates what’s possible when we recognize the humanity in each other, forgive the past, and work together to change the future. Is it possible for sworn enemies to find common ground in solving the world’s problems?