By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – With a cast of more than 160, this year promises to be one of the biggest and best in the 33-year history of Tupelo Ballet’s “Nutcracker” performances. “We’ve got a lot of new and exciting things this year,” said director Sharon Long. “We have beautiful new costumes […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” is a grim affair, as forces unleashed three movies ago reach their violent conclusion. Our heroine is Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and she wants vengeance on President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Katniss has become a powerful symbol: She’s the Mockingjay of the title, a […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Dance Center members from age 4 to 17 raised hope and money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital by dancing to holiday jingles at the Hope for the Holidays dance recital on Saturday. Beth Richardson, director of NMDC, started Hope for the Holidays three years ago with […]

I’m a great fan of the theater. I love the chance to get to see a new production I’ve never seen before, or even revisit a beloved old one. A little over three years ago, NBC announced a new holiday tradition for the peacock network – they would begin producing live versions of musicals to […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – In any life, there are ups and downs – but you’ll find there’s “more than life” in an original stage production this weekend. Winner of the 2006 Eudora Welty New Play Series Award, “More Than Life” is about women, and the journeys they undergo, said director Suzye […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal I’m generally aware of the news, so it’s easy to recall the rescue of the Chilean miners a few years ago. From those reports, I know how the story turned out, so I wasn’t 100 percent excited about seeing “The 33,” a big-screen account of the mine collapse and […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Martin Barre feels perfectly at home on stage. Why shouldn’t he? The former Jethro Tull guitarist has been touring for nearly 45 years throughout the world. For the past four years, Barre has been touring with his own band – aptly named The Martin Barre Band – […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Since 2013, the North Mississippi Dance Centre has been teaching its students how to use their time, and their talents, for the greater good. That’s the very driving force behind “Hope for the Holidays,” an annual fundraiser the dance studio puts on to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – Acting since the age of 7, Haley Parker, 16, attended the Actor’s Bash workshop on Saturday at the Link Centre to learn new techniques to hone her acting abilities by listening to critiques. Working with Casey Dillard, actress and writer, she rehearsed a script about an adult giving […]