MCC Announces Arts & Letters Lineup

Meridian Community College announced its 2011-2012 Arts & Letters Series Thursday. It includes low-cost entertainment for all ages.

Here is the listing of the performances, all to be held in the McCain Theatre on campus:

The Arrival and Ruth performed by Ballet Magnificat!
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 • 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
From the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to Singapore’s historic Victoria Theatre, thousands throughout the world have experienced Ballet Magnificat! With world-class dance and powerful performances, Ballet Magnificat! ministers through exciting life-impacting experiences. Since its creation in 1986, Ballet Magnificat! has earned an international reputation for excellence. This performance is guaranteed to captivate the audience with a kaleidoscope of movement, lights and sound.

The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit performed by Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 • 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
Our dapper, young Peter Rabbit skips the drudgery of chores and scampers off on a musical adventure to Farmer McGregor’s vegetable garden. His adventure takes off when Peter slips under the garden gate and gorges himself on tasty, fresh veggies. With Farmer McGregor in hot pursuit, our lovable, long-eared thief knows he has to face the music with Mama Rabbit. Peter manages to save his own tail when he finally admits he’s learned the valuable lesson – “It’s better to be good than bad!” Go on an action-packed adventure with Peter Rabbit, played by actress Holli Rubin, and their trademark nine foot tall body puppets, costumes characters, and rod puppets. It’s a musical escapade filled with singing, dancing, and ENORMOUS fun!!!

Little Big Band with Carey Smith
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 • 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
The Little Big Band is literally half of the 18 piece jazz ensemble. This concept is nothing new because in 1948 Miles Davis did a recording experiment that he called a nonet (nine pieces). Many ensembles since have shown a creative flair in their choice of instruments utilized in this size group as no traditional instrumentation has set a precedent to follow. This ensemble will allow the players more solo room and a chance to create their own arrangements. A portion of the material will be original and some will be traditional standards created in a fresh new manner for this ensemble. Director and performer Carey Smith promises you an evening of high energy fun and entertainment the entire family will enjoy. Don’t miss the premiere concert of this new ensemble.

The Phantom of the Opera
Thursday – Saturday, November 10, 11 and 12, 2011 • 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13 • 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
MCC’s Fine Arts Department presents Broadway’s Longest Running Musical!! Now is your time to see The Phantom of the Opera, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the classic novel “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Its sensational score includes Think of Me, Angel of Music, and Music of the Night.

MCC Chorus Fall Semester Concert
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 • 7 p.m.
FREE OF CHARGE
The Meridian Community College Chorus, under the direction of Tammy Miles and Twyla Hurst, will present an evening of choral literature from various composers, time periods, and cultures. Traditional Christmas repertoire will be included. In addition to the concert choir, MCC’s vocal ensemble, Dimensions will entertain the audience with pop, rock and R&B selections.

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 • 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
Sure to become a holiday tradition for the whole family, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol returns for an encore performance.“Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible!" So begins the real story behind Dickens' A Christmas Carol—the story of Jacob Marley's heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge's soul—and in the process, save his own. Aided by a Bogle, a malicious little hell-sprite with an agenda of his own, their hilarious journey takes them from the Jaws of Death to the Mouth of Hell—and beyond! This irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens' classic with warmth and infectious zest. MCC’s Fine Arts Department presents this thrilling performance.

Rubber Soul: A Beatles Tribute Band
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
Rubber Soul is a celebration of the Beatles' music, but its performances include much of the visual imagery of the Beatles. Rubber Soul recreates the Beatles' sound and the excitement of a Beatles concert. Stage banter is done with British accents and costumes range from the black turtlenecks and jeans favored by the Fab Four in their early days at Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the famous velvet-collar suits as seen on that famous Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Rubber Soul, named after a favorite Beatles album, was formed in 2001 and has steadily grown in popularity. A true Beatles tribute band, a Rubber Soul performance is designed to let the audience close its eyes and be transported back to the days of Beatlemania.

SoMiSPO-Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
The Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra was founded by Dr. John Wooton. The group started out as a six piece ensemble including drum set and percussion. Since then the band has grown to thirty people in all. SoMiSPO has several different voices in the steel band instrumentation family, including lead pans, double tenors, double seconds, guitar pans, cello pans, tenor bass pans, bass pans, drum set, and various percussion instruments known as the “Engine Room.” Their repertoire consists of traditional calypso and soca tunes, as well as popular tunes, classical, Cuban and jazz music.

Disco Inferno performed by Lauderdale County High Schools
Thursday - Saturday, February 16, 17 and 18, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 • 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
Get ready to hit that floor and burn, baby, burn in Disco Inferno. It's the summer of 1976 and it's as hot outside as the fashion is in this fantastic 70's musical comedy. Disco Inferno is a spellbinding story that captivates audiences, making them laugh and cry. It's packed with over 30 classic seventies floor fillers and is a musical celebration of the perpetual spirit of the decade that brought us flared trousers, platform shoes and more glitter than can be found in Liberace's wardrobe. A hilarious script, fantastic characters and an electrifying score, combine to create a high energy musical guaranteed to warm hearts, get feet tapping and audiences leaving the auditorium with a daft grin of pleasure and the fondest memories of a sensational era. In collaboration with MCC’s Fine Arts Department, Lauderdale County Schools is pleased to present a show for all the family. Whether it's your first experience of the life and music of the 1970's or whether you were there when it all began, this musical is a guaranteed hit...a night to remember and one not to be missed.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Thursday - Saturday, March 29, 30 and 31, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 2012 • 2 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10.00/Child $5.00
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle. The master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This "tale as old as time”, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, offers a great opportunity to bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best. Presented by MCC’s Fine Arts Department, this production will offer an evening of magical delight.

Meridian Community College Band
Sunday, April 15, 2012 • 2 p.m.
FREE OF CHARGE
The Meridian Community College Band was organized in January of 1981, under the direction of Carey Smith. The ensemble is comprised of 50-60 members, college and auditioned high school players, as well as members of the community at large. The season for the concert band runs from January to April with a Spring Concert at that time. The bands repertoire consists of famous marches, new music written for the ensemble, highlights from Broadway shows, novelty pieces and serious orchestral transcriptions of overtures. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of Meridian’s own instrumental gems.

MCC Chorus Spring Semester Concert
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 • 7 p.m.
FREE OF CHARGE
The Meridian Community College Choral Music Department will present a compilation of the year’s repertoire. The MCC Chorus will perform traditional choral literature and a variety of other musical styles. After a brief intermission Dimensions will take the stage for an electrifying 45 minutes of vocal, instrumental and dance skills complete with lights, staging and non-stop energy that will have you dancing in the aisles! The MCC choirs and ensembles are directed by Tammy Miles and Twyla Hurst. Mitch Brantley and Daniel Boles are instrumental technical directors.

For more information about the Arts & Letters Series, contact Leia Hill, program coordinator, at 601-484-8696 or email her at lhill@meridiancc.edu.


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