FestivalSouth® opens its 10th anniversary season with Broadway’s singing, dancing, feel-good musical Sister Act. Presented by Forrest Country in partnership with Bryan Nelson, with support from Clyde Bryant of State Farm and Forrest General’s Spirit of Women, it is based on the 1992 film and featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors). This uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Produced by The Hub City Players, Hattiesburg’s professional theatre company, Sister Act is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. The production opens June 6 and runs through the opening night of FestivalSouth, June 8 in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.
“We wanted to do something really spectacular and at the same time special to the community.” Said Dr. Mike Lopinto, Artistic Director of FestivalSouth. “The super-talented, diverse cast features many ‘local notables’ who are veterans of the stage and some special guest appearances that will have audiences roaring.”
The musical follows the movie plot, however, the action is moved to the 1970’s. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to rejoice!
The cast is helmed by the incredible songstress Latisha Hamilton in the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier and one of Hattiesburg’s theatrical gems, Brenda Shows as Mother Superior. Newcomer Mely Berdion and veterans Patricia Garner and Lucy Sanguinetti have star turns in the production that also includes, Walter Williford, David Walker, Jacobi Daughrity, Allen Hollifield, Wesley Hodges, Christian Sandoval, Cymon Davis, Sierra Davis, Blair Dudas, Alice Johns, Sierra Byrd Davis, Krista McKenzie, Erin Granberry, Jennie Bounds, Lauren Roosa-Wise, Sara Hale, O'Neil Jones, Jeanna Runnels, Ella Seymour, Analynn Sober, Darius Rogers, and Calvin Pierce.
“I am so excited for the opportunity to be back on stage again.” Said Brenda Shows. “The first time I performed in a musical was when I was sixteen years old, as Maria in my high school’s production of the Sound of Music. Much later, I was in a musical theater production of Nunsense II in 1996 which was the last time I performed in a full scale musical. Now, 22 years later, I’m putting on a nun’s habit again, but I’ve graduated from a novice to Mother Superior during all the years that have passed.”
LATISHA HAMILTON (Deloris Van Cartier), a native of Sylvarena, MS, has always been passionate about music. Latisha began singing at an early age and playing guitar at the age of 6. She attended Jones County Junior College where she received her associate’s degree in Music Education and was active in ensembles such as the JCJC Concert Choir, JC Voices, Jones Onstage Show Choir, and the guitar and theater programs. Latisha received her Bachelor’s of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Choral/Guitar from the University of Southern Mississippi. There, she was a member of the women’s acapella group, Southern Belletones and the top mixed ensemble, Southern Chorale, with whom she had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall. She has performed roles in Chicago (Velma Kelly), and Rock of Ages (Regyna). Currently, Latisha is the Choral Director at Laurel High School in Laurel, MS. Outside of the music classroom, Hamilton enjoys being a southern gospel quartet singer and guitar accompanist for her family group, The B&H Gospel Singers, who perform faithfully throughout the United States and teaching guitar from her home. She is a church musician, a member of the Hub City Players LOL cabaret group, and lead singer of the R&B band “Smooth Edge.” Latisha is grateful that she is able to spread her love for music to others daily!
BRENDA SHOWS (Mother Superior) Brenda discovered a love for musical theatre at Laurel High School where she performed the leading female roles in The Sound of Music and Annie Get Your Gun. She went on to play roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Domina) and The Crucible (Abigail) which was her first performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has played such quintessential musical theatre leading ladies as Nellie Forbush, Mame, Dolly Levi and Mama Rose. In 1989 she was selected Best Actress by the Mississippi Theatre Association for her portrayal of Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy which she also produced and directed. Brenda is perhaps best known as the host of MIDDAY, a local community affairs and interview program on WDAM, where she was the host for a decade as well as the Marketing Manager. After leaving WDAM in 2005, Brenda discovered her true passion when she created StageStruck performance studio. There she and her staff teach children in grades 1st-10th acting, movement, and music and present major JR musicals at the Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied theatre, voice, television and film and received her teaching certification in English, Reading and Speech. Brenda has 4 adult children and 5 grandsons!
DAVID T. WALKER (Eddie Souther) a native of Laurel, MS, is a senior voice major at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has performed roles in Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney) and Annie (Daddy Warbucks). He performed in the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of The Phantom of the Opera (Monsieur Reyer), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Adolpho). David has performed in numerous operas and operettas including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Rigoletto, Faust, Turandot and most recently, USM’s production of L’elisir D’amore (Nemorino), along with many other concert/cabaret performances with the Natchez Festival of Music, FestivalSouth and Mississippi Opera. After college, he plans to continue performing and pursue a Masters degree in Vocal Performance. Mr. Walker is a student of Dr. Jonathan Yarrington.
WALTER WILLIFORD (Monsignor O’Hara) is an actor, performance coach, and a Voice, Text and Dialects Specialist. His Voice Training work is primarily with actors, but also with other professional users of the voice, such as broadcasters, salespeople, teachers, and public speakers. As an actor, he has performed in network television shows, films, commercials, industrial training videos, and dozens of plays and musicals. Walter records voiceovers and corporate narrations from his home studio. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and a former member of Actors Equity Association. His training includes an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech ad Drama/University of London. He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and from the University of Southern Mississippi where he coached accents and performed in the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s 2015 production of Mary Poppins. He also completed the Professional Program of the American Center for Music Theatre Training. Walter is married to Hattiesburg native Diane Hall Williford. They are parents to Gillian, a sophomore at USM, and George, a graduate student at the University of Georgia.
WESLEY HODGES (Curtis), a native of Memphis, TN, is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi where he studies Spanish and Vocal Performance under Dr. Jonathan Yarrington. His recent opera credits include the Mississippi Opera productions of Turandot, The Pirates of Penzance, and Rigoletto and Natchez Music Festival productions of Faust and The Barber of Seville. His recent musical theater credits include Camelot, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Who’s Tommy. In the past year, Wesley has appeared in the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre production of The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #1) and in the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera’s Rocky Horror Show (Rocky). This is Wesley’s first Hub City Players production, and he thanks the cast and production team for being a joy to work with.
MELY BERDION (Sister Mary Robert) is a ninth grade student at Sacred Heart High School. She has been playing the violin since age three, and was a member of the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra for three years. Her recent musical theatre appearances include the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera productions of Mamma Mia (Greek Chorus) and Evita. Mely is a vocal student in the studio of Jennifer Bruton. She is thrilled to be making her debut on the Hub City Players stage with some of her closest friends, and thanks you for coming to see the show!
PATRICIA GARNER (Sister Mary Patrick) came into singing and performing in her 40’s. Beginning with karaoke and singing in the choir at Temple Baptist she eventually branched out into performing. In 2015, Patricia joined the Hub City Players, performing in Rock of Ages (Justice) and two of their LOL Cabarets, “LOL: Always a Bridesmaid” and “LOL: Netflix and Chill.” She performed in the Reel Big Movie Concert where she sang Alele’s Skyfall with the Festival South Symphony and this summer Patricia will be singing in the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Concert. Her mother, Linnie Garner, was a Julliard trained opera singer, giving Patricia a background rooted in the arts while she lived and traveled throughout Europe with her family. Patricia attained a Bachelor of Science from the School of Construction at USM in Interior Design in 2016. She is currently self-employed as Patricia Garner Interior Design and has been designing and remodeling homes in Mississippi and Louisiana for the past 22 years. Patricia continues to have fun at karaoke nights with friends and sings with the praise band at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church. She is an avid artist and enjoys painting, sculpting and faux finishing. Patricia loves to sew her own elaborate Halloween costumes, enjoys home improvement projects and tends a large vegetable garden with her boyfriend Mike Zemke. She also loves spending time with Woodreaux, her energetic wirehair Jack Russell.
LUCY SANGUINETTI (Sister Mary Lazarus), a resident of Hattiesburg for the past 25 years, has performed in numerous productions. Her Hub City Players roles include James and the Giant Peach (Spiker), and Steel Magnolias (Ouiser). Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera roles include Nunsense (Sister Mary Amnesia), The Pageant (Miss Bible Belt), Carole King’s Tapestry (lead choral cast), A Catered Affair (Mrs. Halloran), and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Stepmother). Lucy also performed in the William Carey University production of My Fair Lady (Mrs. Higgins). While in school, Lucy performed in Brigadoon (Fiona), The King and I (Tuptim), Hello Dolly (Ermengard), and has portrayed many roles over the years in her church’s Easter productions. She worked for 10 years at USM, 7 years at WCU and is presently the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Albert & Robinson Architects in Hattiesburg. She is married to Jay Sanguinetti, and they have a daughter and son-in-law, Abbie and Kyle Zimmerman, of Los Angeles, California, a daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and Blake Miley, from Sumrall, and one son and daughter-in-law, Whit and Claire Sanguinetti, who reside in Hattiesburg. She serves on the Board of Directors of Wesley Manor Retirement Community, is an active member of Temple Baptist Church and sings with the Celebration Choir and on the Worship Team.
ALLEN HOLIFIELD (Joey) graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi where he is currently pursuing a Master of Vocal Performance. Allen has performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh), Into the Woods (Baker), and Seussical the Musical (Horton). He recently performed in the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s production of L’elisir D’amore and Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera’s Oliver. Allen is excited to be in the Hub City Players production of Sister Act for FestivalSouth 2019.
CHRISTIAN SANDOVAL (Pablo) is a rising Senior at Petal High School and is an active member of Soundsations show choir where he has had the opportunity to compete in solo competitions throughout the country and has been named best male soloist six times. This past summer, Christian attended Showchoir Camps of America in Decatur, Illinois and performed in the student talent show where he was one of the very few who were awarded a scholarship to Millikin University, where the camp was held. Christian continues in his passion for music and performance and is constantly broadening his horizons. He plans on pursuing a career in performing arts and learning even more ways to share his love for music with audiences everywhere.
JACOBI DAUGHRITY (TJ), born in Cleveland, MS, has been singing all his life, and has been playing piano since the age of 10. In high school, Jacobi participated in the Grenada Visions show choir. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and is the Minister of Music at Truevine Baptist Church in Columbia, MS. Mr. Daughrity currently holds the position of Assistant Band Director at Hattiesburg High School and Choral Director at N.R. Burger Middle School.
ALICE JOHNS (Sister Mary Theresa/Stage Manager) got involved in local theatre in 2017 when her son, Dawson, played the role of James in The Hub City Players’ James and the Giant Peach. Since then she has been on the creative teams for Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company’s productions of The Phantom of the Opera and The Drowsy Chaperone. She has also been the stage manager for The Hub City Players’ Steel Magnolias. She is enjoying coming out from behind the curtain for her debut role as Sister Mary Theresa with the fabulous cast of The Hub City Players’ Sister Act! Alice enjoys life here in Hattiesburg with her husband David and children Brittany, Madison, Ashton and Dawson, who have all come to see and laugh as their mom dances on stage.
BLAIR DUDAS (Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours) recently moved back to Hattiesburg and made her Hub City Players debut in last year’s Steel Magnolias (Annelle Dupuy-Desoto) and “LOL: Netflix and Chill.” Blair graduated from USM in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She has appeared in over a dozen shows with the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company and Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, some of which include Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Grease (Patty), West Side Story, Godspell, Guys and Dolls and Company (April). She has choreographed several productions for Jones County Jr. College. Currently, she works as the Community Manager for The Met Apartments in Hattiesburg. She is thrilled to be back on stage and wants to thank her amazing husband, Chaseton, for all of his support and her two little boys, Baylen and Caysen, for always making Mommy feel like a Star.
SIERRA DAVIS (Michelle/Deloris Understudy) is wife to Akeem and stay-at-home mom to two busy toddlers, Carsyn and CJ. When she isn’t busy with her first job she enjoys participating with community theatre productions and other onstage performance events. Recently she was a part of Laurel Little Theatre’s production of A Christmas Story (Flick’s Mom/Radio Trio). She also was a featured performer with Natchez Music Festival’s A Motown Christmas. Sierra has earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Southern Miss. There she made appearances in their productions of The Little Prince (Water) and Die fledermaus. While at Jones County Jr. College, she was in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally). Currently, she is a master’s candidate in music performance and a student of Dr. Kimberley Davis. Sierra sings in the choir and teaches bible study at Springhill Baptist in Ellisville, MS.
CYMON DAVIS (Tina) is excited to make her musical theatre debut in Sister Act! Originally from Memphis, TN, Cymon currently attends the University of Southern Mississippi where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She is currently a member of the Southern Chorale and the Southern BelleTones at USM.
ERIN GRANBERRY (Ensemble) and her husband Dennis are Hattiesburg stage veterans. She has appeared in numerous theater productions through the years, including Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera’s Cats, George M.!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Legally Blonde; Just Over the Rainbow’s A Bad Year for Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart and Rumors; and Laurel Little Theater’s Chicago, A Chorus Line, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She has been named to the All-Star Cast by Mississippi Theater Association. She’s a retired health care consultant, a 29-year member of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church, and a long-time advisor for Chi Omega at Southern Miss.
SARA HALE (Ensemble/Production Assistant-Props) is a native of Columbus, MS and works as an occupational therapy assistant. She has been in several shows with Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Who’s Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support.
LAUREN ROOSA-WISE (Ensemble) Lauren Roosa-Wise is a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi studying music education. Born and raised in Pensacola, FL, she was nurtured in singing lessons, drama club, dance class and competitive choir/ensemble works since the age of 7. Lauren was a member of the elite show choir, The Pensacola Children’s Chorus, for ten committed years. Her stage credits include Dames At Sea (Mona Kent), Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn), Annie (Grace), Wait Until Dark (Susie). At USM, she was part of the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company productions of The Mikado (Pitti-Sing), Phantom of The Opera, Magic Of The Musical Stage, Turandot, and most recently, The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale). After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue her masters degree in vocal performance. She would like to thank her instructors, family and peers for their support and for molding her into someone she could have never imagined, not only as a performer, but as a person – And to always thank God for the blessings He’s given her.
JEANNA RUNNELS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be on stage with Hub City Players. This isn’t her first experience in the convent as she served as Musical Director for Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera’s Dinner Theatre production of Nunsensations, A Vegas Revue and Musical Director for Laurel Little Theatre’s Nunsense, the Musical. Her performance credits include Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther Smith) and A Chorus Line (Diana Morales) for HCLO. Jeanna was a professional singer-dancer for Cedar Fair Productions. She is currently the Clinical Development Director for Workplace Solutions at Southern Bone and Joint and really means it when she says, “Break a Leg!” She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support of her chasing her first love, MUSIC!
ELLA BROOKE SEYMOUR (Ensemble) is an 8th grade student at Petal Middle School where she is a 2nd year member of the Spark show choir and an “A” Honor Roll Student. Ella is a 2-year member of Mississippi’s All State Honor Choir. She made her debut with the Hub City Players two years ago in James and the Giant Peach. Her Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera credits include The Wizard of Oz, White Christmas, and Mamma Mia. She has participated in The Midsummer Musical Experience at USM and was a member of StageStruck, where she was cast in Beauty and the Beast this past fall. She is a 2nd year member of Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls and is involved in volunteering. Ella is an active member of Carterville Baptist Church. Her love for theatre and performance began at age 4 when she began dancing competitively. She has attended SMACK musical camp, the National Young Leader’s Conference in Washington D.C. and has been selected to attend the national STEM youth conference. Ella Brooke is excited to be a part of the cast of Sister Act.
ANALYNN SOBER (Ensemble) is currently a vocal performance and pedagogy doctoral candidate and is in the studio of Dr. Taylor Hightower. She has performed roles in Keith Gates: a Retrospective Opera while at McNeese State University, Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett) and Evangeline (Evangeline) while at Southeastern Louisiana University. She also performed the “Pie Jesu” solo from the Rutter Requiem with Southeastern’s choir and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. While at the University of Southern Mississippi, she has enjoyed performing in the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company productions of Showbiz Harmony, The Mikado, Magic of the Musical Stage, The Drowsy Chaperone, and this spring she starred in the Donizetti comic opera, L’elisir D’amore (Adina). Analynn is excited to be a part of Hub City Players, and has enjoyed working with everyone!
DARIUS ROGERS (Ernie/Ensemble) is a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry with an emphasis in Music Production. Rogers has been in several musicals including West Side Story, Oklahoma and Aladdin. This is his first Hub City Players production and he is very excited to be in the production of Sister Act. He wants to thank Hub City Players for this wonderful new opportunity and his family and friends for their relentless support.
CALVIN PIERCE (Ensemble) is a 17-year-old rising Senior at Oak Grove High School with plans to major in Musical Theatre in College. Performing on stage since the age of 4, Calvin has appeared in over 40 main stage productions with Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, StageStruck, WINGS Performing Arts, Biloxi Little Theatre, Gulfport Little Theatre and Triple Threat Academy. He is an active member of the OGHS Drama competition team and counts their performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland among his favorites. Calvin is delighted to make his Hub City Players debut and wishes to thank his directors, the cast, and the crew for an incredibly fun and exciting experience.
MIKE LOPINTO (Director, Set and Lighting Designer), originally from New Orleans, is a true Renaissance man, he has written, directed, music directed, designed sets and lighting for numerous productions, most recently directing shows including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (2017 – American Prize for Musical Theatre Semi-Finalist) and Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (2015), for the Southern Miss School of Music and James and the Giant Peach (2017– American Prize for Musical Theatre Semi-Finalist), and Rock of Ages for the Hub City Players, Hattiesburg’s professional theatre company. Lopinto spent a decade teaching in some of the most successful programs in Texas winning state and national honors and continues to judge music and visual arts events internationally. Currently, He serves as the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Arts PR/Marketing at Southern Miss.Through innovative marketing, he brings a new level of recognition to arts programs in Mississippi. While with the symphony orchestra at Southern Miss, he coordinated events with world-renowned classical celebrities to pop icons as well as designing and directing the award-winning Symphony Galas. He has become a favorite emcee for the Mystic Krewe of Zeus and his voice can be heard at all Southern Miss games as “The Voice of The Pride” and on commercials across the South.
On stage, his theatrical credits include Les Misérables (Thenardier); Hairspray! (Edna Turnblad); The Producers (Roger DeBris); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth); Cats (Old Deuteronomy); A Catered Affair (Mr. Halloran), Annie (Daddy Warbucks); Carousel (Mr. Snow); Die Fledermaus (Frosch) and many more.He is the artistic director of FestivalSouth® that has reshaped summers in the Hub City and the creative director of Consult M, a multi-faceted arts development organization that has worked regionally with performing arts organizations.
TAMMY MANSFIELD (Music Director, Assistant Director, Costumer) with a degree in Music Theory and Composition and an M.M. in Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, Mrs. Mansfield divides her time as a music director & arranger, accompanist, pageant & audition coach, costumer, and stage manager. Her music director credits include Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, Disney’s High School Musical, The Wiz, The Good Doctor, and Once On This Island (Hattiesburg High School), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Pearl River Community College), Grease, Beauty and the Beast, 100 Years of Broadway, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers, Les Misérables and A Catered Affair (Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera), Company (Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company), Marat Sade, Violet, As You Like It, and Next to Normal (Southern Miss Theatre), Robin Hood (Just Over the Rainbow Theatre), The Producers, Once On This Island, Guys and Dolls, Seussical Jr., Hairspray Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., The Wizard of Oz and Once On This Island, Jr. (Jefferson Performing Arts Society), Spring Awakening (Marquee Award Nomination for Best Music Director), Legally Blonde, The Class of ‘70 Something, Rapunzel (TheatreThirteenNOLA/Rivertown Theaters), Neutral Ground (Gulf Coast Theatre On Tap), A Christmas Carol and The King and I (Jones County Jr. College), Peter and the Starcatcher (Le Petit Theatre) and Rock of Ages and Sister Act (Hub City Players). Her onstage credits include HCLO’s dinner theatres, Back to Bacharach and David and Sentimental Journey, Cats (Grizabella), FestivalSouth’s LOL Cabarets, Hub City Players’ James and the Giant Peach (Aunt Sponge) and Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn), USM Theatre [title of show] and Theatre13’s Legally Blonde (Paulette - Big Easy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress). In 2011, Mrs. Mansfield was the music director for the award winning JPAS Theatre Kids production of Seussical, Jr. for the Jr. Theatre Festival in Atlanta and has also worked with theater camps for ENCORE Dance Studio, The Dance Project, and the Parkway Heights UMC Arts Academy. Tammy is a founding member of the Hub City Players theatre group and shares her life in Hattiesburg with supportive hubby Steve, their four boys (their girls) and a beagle.
RYAN ANTHONY (Choreographer) is a performing artist with a passion for music, theatre, dance, and art, originally hailing from Boston. An avid photographer, he is developing a local clientele with photo shoots in various mediums. He has performed in productions around the south and, most recently, choreographed The Drowsy Chaperone, The Magic of the Musical Stage and assisted with choreography for The Phantom of the Opera at Southern Miss and several productions for the Natchez Festival of Music.
JOSEPH VANZANDT (Production Manager) is a math teacher at Purvis High School. He has performed for the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera in Barnum (P.T. Barnum), Footloose (Willard), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), The Music Man (Harold Hill), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Big River (Huckleberry Finn), Godspell (Jesus), Les Misérables (Marius), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus/Judas)), Cabaret (Clifford Bradshaw), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Camelot (Mordred), Evita (Juan Peron), and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff). Other roles include Smoke on the Mountain (Reverend Oglethorpe) for Jones County Jr. College, Return to the Forbidden Planet (Cookie) for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans, Hairspray (Corny Collins) for Command Performance Broadway Intensive, a member of the ensemble of Showbiz Showstoppers for the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at USM, and won the All-Star Cast award at MTA for his performance in Altar Boyz (Mark) with JORT. With the Hub City Players, Joseph has appeared in the regional premieres of Rock of Ages (Lonny Barnett) and James and the Giant Peach (Centipede). Most recently, Joseph appeared in the SOMTC production of The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair). Joseph would like to thank his friends and family for their endless support.