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‘A Visit From the Boss’ dinner theater benefits the community



Dinner, a Show and “A Visit From the Boss”

Get ready for Hawkins UMC Missions Committee “A Visit From the Boss,” a play written and directed by local resident Richard VanDenAkker.

The event will take place at the Hawkins UMC Gymnasium, 373 Halls Ferry Road, Nov. 14, 15 and 16 starting at 6 p.m. nightly. For $10, attendees will also enjoy an all-things-Italian dinner and silent auction.

Proceeds benefit Beautiful Deliverance, a faith-based addiction program, and Eagle Lake UMC flood relief.

In the play, Riley Bendix, the main character, eagerly awaits his boss’ arrival to dinner when things take a wrong turn.

“It’s a story about a man who gets an email at work saying that the big man upstairs wants to come down and meet him and his family,” VanDenAkker said. “He rushes home to tell his wife and finds out that his best suit has been donated to the River City Rescue Mission, accidentally. Then, while he’s waiting for his boss to show up, an old man, a homeless guy, shows up wearing his best suit. The guy basically spends the evening there with him and talks about his life, his issues and things like that, and Riley learns a lesson about helping others from it.”

The play originated after Hawkins UMC members saw Eagle Lake residents in need after the nearly year-long flood in the Mississippi Backwater. 

“The Eagle Lake Methodist Church has been open since the flood, and they have kind of been a place where people go in and work on houses, use the bathroom, make lunch and, if they know that a group is coming, they’ll feed them,” VanDenAkker said. “We are hoping that this will help to cover the cost of some of the food because they are providing food for people who are working up there and stuff like that.”

The Hawkins United Methodist Church hopes that with this event they can encourage others to come together and do more for the community.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Hawkins United Methodist Church at 601-636-2242.


See ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at the Vicksburg Theatre Guild



The cast of "Anne of Green Gables"

Tonight and tomorrow are your last chances to see a play filled with drama, love and twists.

The Vicksburg Theatre Guild presents “Anne of Green Gables” Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.

The production tells the story of the older Cuthbert siblings who want to adopt a young boy to help with the chores.

After believing that they’ve selected the perfect young male to add to their family, the Cuthberts are told the child they are taking in is a female, Anne. This leads to unexpected changes in their lives including a love story.

The play stars David Bell, Sarah Goss and Riley Smith.

The Vicksburg Theatre Guild invites folks of all ages to come and enjoy an evening or afternoon at the Parkside Playhouse.

“It’ll just be an enjoyable evening,” said Mike Calman, secretary of the guild’s board of directors.  “It’s not too dramatic of a story. The actors are great and they’ve been practicing for weeks.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), and $8 for children ages 12 and under. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Vicksburg Theatre Guild at 601-636-0471 or visit

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Live tonight at the Strand



Come enjoy live music tonight, Nov. 15, at the Strand Theatre, 717 Clay St.

On stage will be Dr. David Miller of Alcorn University leading the Jazztet, a smokin’ jazz combo.

Cash bar.

The music begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.

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Warren Central Madrigals to host biannual Singe Feaste



It’s time again for Warren Central High School’s biannual Madrigal Singe Feaste. 

The event gives students in the school’s Madrigal choir, a high level competition choral group, a chance to perform a rarely heard style of music, a play set in the 1400s and a holiday concert.

Those in attendance will be serenaded by music from the renaissance while enjoying a three-course dinner and wassail toast, made in hopes of good health to all that partake. The Mississippi Boy Choir will also perform.

This year the dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. nightly at the  B.B. Club Vicksburg, 721 Clay St. 

The show lasts for approximately two hours and tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table that seats eight. 

For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Eric Johnson, WCHS choir director, at 601-638-3372.


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