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For the fifth consecutive year, Picayune Memorial High School’s High Tide Productions and the Pearl River Central High School Blue Maskers will present their competition one-acts together as one evening of theatre in "A Fabulous Night of One-Acts," Nov. 15 and 17, at 7 PM at the Picayune School District Auditorium.
Pearl River Central will also have their children's theatre troupe, the Blue Maskeroos, present their children's play that they will take to competition at the Mississippi Theatre Association's Theatre for Youth Festival in January. "Storyville" the Maskeroos' presentation is a delightful re-telling of several tales, from the Gingerbread Man to the Little Red Hen. The all-female cast performs a fun, energetic children's entertainment, perfect for preschoolers to age eight.
"Validation" the Blue Maskers' entry for the high school competition, is a futuristic, edgy, dark comedy by Alan Haehnel. The year is 2098. Reality television has grown to the point where everyone is either "on cam," or forced to live life in "the void." Liza, a reality TV star, is desperate to keep her show's ratings up, no matter what. Unusual plot twists and a surprise ending makes this show a thriller with a timely message about popular culture.
High Tide Productions will present “Elephant’s Graveyard,” a true tale of the tragic collision of a hard-working circus and a tiny Tenn. town. Set in 1916, “Elephant’s Graveyard” combines both fact and legend as the only known lynching of an elephant is recalled by the members of both groups. The recent play, written by George Brant in 2008, is being described as a “theatrical masterpiece” and “deeply moving.”
The “Fabulous Night of One-Acts” saw record attendance last year, and its 5th annual production promises not to disappoint. Shows begin at 7 p.m. on both nights. November 15 and 17 at 7 P.M. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets are general admission, and can be purchased the night of the show. In addition, both troupes will be hosting a silent auction in the lobby.