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See "The Dining Room" This Thursday through Saturday

Just Over the Rainbow Theatre presents, The Dining Room, a comedic play by A.R. Gurney, Thursday, February 17 through Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 24 through Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. There will be one matinee performance on Sunday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m.  All performances will be held at the Petal Cultural Arts Center located at 120 South George St. in Petal.

The Dining Room, directed by Michael Garner, is a humorous and compassionate play, scripted as a series of overlapping vignettes.  It visits a host of characters as they go about their daily business. Each of the eighteen scenes, which range from the comic to the serious, explores the dynamic relationships of family life.  Rather than the scenery changing around the characters, this play is unique in that the characters change around the scenery.

Filling out the cast is Beth Alexander, Emily Ham, Jason Lang, Justin Owens, Jane Clair Tyner and Chris Wooten.

Tickets are $10 and should be reserved by calling the JORT box office at 601-583-7778.  The play is rated PG-13.  Seating is limited.

Miss Daisy Rides Again | Encore Performance of Driving Miss Daisy on Valentines Day

Just Over the Rainbow Theatre (JORT) will present an encore performance of “Driving Miss Daisy” at the Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m.

JORT recently won The Warren McDaniel Award for best production at the Mississippi Theatre Association (MTA) 2011 Festival in Meridian and is raising funds to take the production to competition at the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc. (SETC) in Atlanta where they will compete against community theatres from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Ruth Ann Black and Michael Marks star in "Driving Miss Daisy" submitted photo

The special one night only performance features Ruth Ann Black in the title role; Michael Marks as the chauffeur, Hoke; and Tom Hardy as Daisy’s son Boolie.  Hardy, who also directs the play, said that JORT has never before won the state title.  “We are looking forward to competing against successful theatre groups from other states.  We believe we have an excellent chance of winning the regional competition.  It will take a lot of money and support from our community to get the production to Atlanta and we are hoping to have a large audience to come see this award winning show on Valentine’s Day,” said Hardy.

Deborah Hardy, JORT president and assistant director of the play, commented on the timing of the fundraising performance.  “This show will make a wonderful Valentine’s Day date, and there are excellent restaurants in the area where our patrons can enjoy a fine meal either before or after the show,” said Hardy.

The historic Saenger Theatre is located at 201 Forrest Street in Hattiesburg.  General seating tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.  Sponsorships are still available and may be obtained by calling 601-549-8349.

For more information go to www. jortonline.org.
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Local Theatre Group Wins Top Honors at MTA

Just Over the Rainbow Theatre (JORT) won The Warren McDaniel Award for best production recently at the Mississippi Theatre Association (MTA) 2011 Festival in Meridian.  The group presented the play, “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry, in competition against seven other community theater groups from throughout the state.  Cast and crew members include Thomas Hardy, who directed the show as well as portraying “Boolie Werthan”; Deborah Hardy, assistant director; Ruth Ann Black, “Daisy Werthan”; Michael Marks, “Hoke Coleburn”; technical crew: Sherri Marengo and Irene Waites; stage managers: Jan Van Nostrand and Marianne Voorbrood.

Kneeling: Sherri Marengo, Irene Waites, Marianne Voorbrood Standing: Deborah Hardy, Ruth Ann Black, Thomas Hardy, Michael Marks, Jane Allison, Dick Allison. Not pictured: Jan Van Nostrand

Along with the award, JORT received an invitation to attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc. (SETC), the largest and most active regional theatre organization in the country, where they will present “Driving Miss Daisy” in competition against community theatres from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  The SETC will be held March 2-6 in Atlanta.

Other awards presented to JORT for “Driving Miss Daisy” at the MTA include Overall Technical Excellence; best actor in a leading role presented to Michael Marks for his portrayal of “Hoke”; and All Star Cast for outstanding performance presented to Ruth Ann Black for her portrayal of “Daisy”.  Additional awards presented to JORT include individual event winners: Dick and Jane Allison – first place dialogue performance, Irene Waites – third place monologue performance and Marianne Voorbrood – first place monologue performance.

Supporters wishing to sponsor JORT’s trip to the SETC may call 601-520-5272 or mail their contributions to P.O. Box 16553, Hattiesburg, MS 39404. JORT is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductable.

Sitting: Thomas Hardy, Michael Marks, Ruth Ann Black, Standing: Sherri Marengo, Irene Waites, Jan Van Nostrand, Deborah Hardy, Marianne Voorbrood

JORT Theatre Group Presents “Almost, Maine”

Just Over the Rainbow Theatre presents, “Almost, Maine”, a romantic comedy of eight vignettes by John Cariani, Thursday, October 21 through Saturday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 28 through Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be one matinee performance on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine.  As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.  Knees are bruised; hearts are broken.  Love is lost, found, and confounded.

“Almost, Maine” is directed by Shari Plumlee.  Cast members include Beth Alexander, Dick and Jane Allison, Logan Johnson, Jason Lang, Kelly Shows and Melissa Vowell.

The performance will be held at the Petal Cultural Arts Center located at 120 South George St. in Petal.

Tickets are $10 and should be reserved by calling the JORT box office at 601-583-7778.  The play is rated PG-13.  Seating is limited.

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Your Opportunity to be On Stage; JORT Auditions

Just Over the Rainbow Theatre (JORT) will hold auditions for “Almost Maine”

on Monday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 7 at 7:00 pm at the Petal Cultural Arts Center, 120 S. George St. in Petal.
“Almost Maine” is a romantic comedy by John Cariani.
Roles for both men and women are available. No experience necessary. For more information call 601-270-6546.