The area's professional theatre company, The Hub City Players, has enjoyed success after success including fully-staged productions from the adult-friendly Rock of Ages to the family-friendly James and the Giant Peach (Winner of the 2018-19 American Prize in Musical Theatre). A sold-out and held-over run of Steel Magnolias (Winner of the 2019 Best of the Pine Belt "Best Local Theatre Production," and the much-lauded musical spectacular, Sister Act (Winner of the 2020 Best of the Pine Belt "Best Local Theatre Production") along with the 2022 productions of The Play That Goes Wrong, a jazz cabaret, Sincerely, Stephen Sondheim, and the hysterical A Tuna Christmas, firmly established them
as a leader in theatrical achievement.
They have developed a devoted following who have come to expect exceptional performances,
great production value, and a wonderful escape through theatre.
On Sale Now
Hancock Whitney Bank and Forrest General Hospital proudly invite you to ‘Be Our Guest’ at Beauty and the Beast, the most enchanted musical of all time. Bringing magic to open FestivalSouth 2023 in celebration of the musical’s 30th anniversary, this beloved ‘tale as old as time’ will be presented in epic fashion May 30 – June 3 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. The production marks the return of a major musical to FestivalSouth after a 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Just in time for the holiday season, tickets are now on sale!.
The Hub City Players 2019 production of Sister Act was named "Best Local Theatre Production" by FestivalSouth Best of the Pine Belt. Also honored was Hub City Player family member, Joe Van Zandt, as "Best Local Actor." Voted on by over half a million readers of Signature Magazine, the award is the second win in as many years and supports our mission of serving our public well. Thank you for voting for us!
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, announced that in an unprecedented result, the Hub City Players production of James and the Giant Peach and the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera have been named co-winners of the American Prize in Musical Theatre for 2018-19. Read more
"The city's most talented and versatile performers all on one stage"
The Hub City Players were formed in 2012 by Mike Lopinto for an original FestivalSouth production of LOL: A Showtune Cabaret. The event was a smashing success and led to the wildly popular LOL 1.5, and WLOL: Festival Variety Show, a spoof of music, TV and even Hattiesburg. The troupe has a cult-like following that has come to expect exceptional performances and a wonderful evening.
With founding member Tammy Mansfield, who also arranges and music directs the shows, they have created a formula that Hattiesburg loves. With some of the area’s best singing actors, the project has become more than just singular events and is expanding to an annual season of performances in venues across the South.
Recent productions include Sister Act, Steel Magnolias, Rock of Ages, James and the Giant Peach, Rockin' Holiday and a series of cabarets using the LOL: Comedy Cabaret brand. The Hub City Players creatives are also involved with many other local productions, including those of the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company - Phantom of the Opera, Drowsy Chaperone, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd, and many more.
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