St. Patrick School presents play about Meridian's history

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian: A City That Would Not Die is a play written by Annie B. McKee and is being performed Thursday night by St. Patrick Catholic School students.

“It begins with our history, from Chief Pushmataha all the way to present day,” says Annie B. McKee, the writer and director of the play. “The classes and the teachers have worked diligently to put this together, to learn the many lines, dialogue, and to learn the dances and the music because we incorporate all phases of the arts.”

The performance not only teaches the children about the arts and Meridian’s history, but it’s also an opportunity for the audience to learn things about the Queen City that they may not know.

“We are all learning, and especially the students are thrilled when I told them, ‘you will be the teachers on Thursday evening. You, on stage, through the arts, you are teacher our audience,’” McKee explains. “And that was a shock and a surprise, but it was a thrill at the same time.”

The play was made possible by a $1,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

“We applied for the grant because we wanted to change a little bit our arts to focus more to drama, and then we applied and of course Annie B. is very recognized in Meridian, she’s working a lot in the school, she’s been here to tell stories to the kids before,” says Montse Frias, the principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic School.

Meridian: A City That Would Not Die will be performed by the St. Patrick Catholic School students this Thursday at 6 p.m. It will be held at the school in the Family Life Center and is free and open to the public.