The Miracle Worker

It is one of the most inspiring stories of all time, and this weekend, residents will have the opportunity to see it live on stage.
“The Miracle Worker” will be performed Aug. 4-6 at 7 p.m. at the Montgomery County Performing Arts Center in downtown Winona. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Continue reading

MCAC Casting Calls for Children

“I like it because I love to sing,” said Penelope Rushing, 9.

Rushing played a sea creature in last week’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” production at the Montgomery County Performance Center. She loves to sing and she and over 35 other children from throughout the Montgomery County area were given an opportunity to “shine” on stage, while learning basic acting techniques as part of the summer workshop.

But most of all, the children had fun while expanding their arts education and/or training during the summer months. This was an all-children play sponsored by the Montgomery County Arts Council. While all theatre productions have roles for children, last week’s play had no roles for adults on stage – though plenty of opportunities for adults behind stage.

Dr. Reba Bailey, one of the directors of The Little Mermaid Jr., said she is a big believer in children participating in community theatre. Continue reading

Go see Sanders Family Christmas this weekend

img_1993Laughter, tears and bluegrass gospel music will make for a “down home family Christmas” at the Montgomery County Performing Arts Center this weekend.

“The show is very funny without being ‘slapstick,’’ said Dr. Reba Bailey, director for the Sanders Family Christmas. “And it will bring tears to the eyes without being ‘sappy.’”

The Sanders Family Christmas performances will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, and at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Montgomery County Performing Arts Center in Downtown Winona. Tickets are $20 at the door. $15 in advance with all proceeds going to the Montgomery County Arts Council.

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HILL FIRE: Of Life and Lemons

20160920_175853_resizedFinding the good in a bad situation is a running theme in this year’s Hill Fire production, “Of Life and Lemons” set for Oct. 1,2, 6 and 8 at the Montgomery County Performing Arts Center.

“Of Life and Lemons” is a comedy/drama set in 1930 in a rural Mississippi town. There are multiple storylines, but one particular story centers around a mother and her children who come home to family after the break up of a marriage. Tragedy continues to follow them and leaves a young boy struggling to find the good in a bad situation. Other stories provide the comic relief for the play and include scenes with a neighborhood busybody and with a store owner who provides general goods with a little legal advice on the side.

“I love the drama being displayed in one of the stories,” said Elizabeth Eldridge, playwright and director for this year’s play. “Without giving anything away, there are some scenes that give us all chills every time we watch them. We are going somewhere we’ve never been before with one of the stories.  The actors are really going to bring it.”   Continue reading