The Hub City Players have enjoyed success after success including fully-staged productions from adult-friendly Rock of Ages to 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).
They have developed a devoted following who have come to expect exceptional performances,
great production value, and a wonderful escape through theatre.
FestivalSouth® will open its 13th season with a FestivalFavorite, the Hub City Players, presenting the Tony and Olivier Award-winner, The Play That Goes Wrong, June 3 - 5, 2022 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Southern Miss Campus. From the producer of Avenue Q and Something Rotten! and producer J.J. Abrams (who we can only assume lost a bet), this hilarious comedy is a hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes.
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
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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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