Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s School of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Harrison County Players’ 2023-2024 Theater Season. The season includes “Moby Dick – Rehearsed,” “Snow White,”and “Bright Star.”
“Moby Dick – Rehearsed” by Orson Welles is adapted from the novel by Herman Melville. The play will be presented at the Immersive Media Performing Arts Center (iMPAC) on October 19-22. A two-act drama, the production employs an ingenious idea to accommodate the sweep of this classic story on the stage. A Shakespearean company who puts down their rehearsal sides of Lear and curiously take up those of a new play entitled Moby Dick. On the rehearsal stage of platforms, the teasers overhead suddenly become yardarms with sails and a tall ladder becomes a mast. The platforms become the decks of the ship on which the cast sails through the storms and tribulations of the Pequod hunting for Moby Dick.
“Snow White,” adapted by Greg Banks, will show at the Arena Theater on February 21-25, 2024. A comedy, the play uses only two actors to portray all the parts of this classic Brothers Grimm story turned on its side. Two fabulous, whip-smart, super-fast actors play Snow White, the huntsman, the prince, and all seven dwarves. Layers are added to the characters to give more depth and complexity to the show and offers an updated version of this classic.
“Bright Star,” a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, will be performed on April 18-21, 2024, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923. The musical is inspired by Martin and Brickell’s award-winning collaboration on the bluegrass album, “Love Has Come for You” and, in turn, the folk story of the Iron Mountain Baby. It’s a love story but much more. During the span of years, some of the characters grow up; others recover from sorrow and settle into a life of work and emptiness. Still others struggle to see their ambitions for their children realized. And then, in the end, a secret is revealed, separated family is reunited, and everybody sings.
More information on times for each play and purchasing tickets can be found at mgccc.edu/hcplayers.