Mississippi Music: All Shook Up at Stanton Hall
Mississippi is the birthplace of America’s music. Come hear some of the greatest tunes of the 20th century, from the King of Rock-n-Roll to the iconic gospel greats, performed by Lynn Beach Smith and Alvin Shelby inside Stanton Hall.
Sept. 26, Oct. 3 | 6:00PM
401 High Street
Natchez Little Theatre
319 Linton Avenue at Maple Street
Natchez Little Theatre is America’s most active non-profit volunteer community theatre and the oldest in Mississippi, entertaining the Miss-Lou since 1932. Celebrating 80 years, over 23,000 patrons from around the world visit Natchez Little Theatre during its 12 month season of over 100 performances.
Death on the Nile
Thursday, August 16, 2018 thru Saturday, August 19, 2018
Based on the Agatha Christie novel, our favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is on a tranquil cruise up the Nile. He is surrounded by an interesting assortment of characters, including a wealthy heiress and her husband, on their honeymoon. It appears that everyone hates the heiress…Almost everyone on the S.S.Karnak, cruising the Nile, has a reason to want heiress Linnet Ridgeway dead. Her jewels are coveted by elderly Mrs. van Schuyler, her maid is upset because Linnet won’t give her a promised dowry, writer Salome Otterbourne is facing a libel suit brought by Linnet, Salome’s daughter Rosalie wants to protect her mother, American Andrew Pennington has been embezzling from the Ridgeway family, and former friend Jacqueline de Bellefort is upset that Linnet stole her fiance, Simon, away from her. Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot must unravel the mystery when guests on board turn up dead. Yet in this exotic setting nothing is ever quite what it seems.
Death on the Nile is among Agatha Christie’s best-loved and most famous works and is a sweeping mystery of love, jealously and betrayal. Agatha Christie drew inspiration from her travels in Egypt, picking up geographically and historical details throughout her time there.
Friday and Saturday, September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00pm Matinee only and Last Performance
This delightfully funny and endearing play in “two acts and forty-one calls” visits six eccentric southern women seeking to bridge emotional and physical distance via telephone and come to terms with their shattered family history. Only Peggy remains in Natchez caring for their mother and is phoning her sisters with the latest about “Mama”…whether they want to hear it or not!
Isabella & The Prince “A Natchez Love Story”
Sept. 26 & Oct. 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Take a glimpse back in time to the lives of Isabella and Prince Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori, who were enslaved for nearly forty years in Adams County, Mississippi. Witness the story of how two individuals’ love and dedication to one another gained their freedom. Refreshments Served. Isabella and The Prince is a 40 minute reenactment with a question and answer period.
Tickets: $15 Adults | $7 Youth (12 & Under)
199 Saint Catherine Street
Natchez Antiques Forum
The 41st Annual Natchez Antiques Forum will take place the 1st through the 3rd of November. The theme of this year is “Aged to Perfection”. The three day event will begin with a Thursday luncheon at Choctaw Hall followed by visits to several private residences around Natchez where guests will view collections related to the Blacksmiths and Artisans of Natchez. The day will end with the “Fiddles, Fire, Fermentation” welcome reception at King’s Tavern, a building that dates back to 1789, making it one of the oldest standing structures in Mississippi. Here, guests will enjoy an evening of fiddle music accompanying a wood-fired farm to table dinner with cocktails and a tour of Charboneau Distillery right next door.
Lectures Friday and Saturday will take place at the Prentiss Club and feature talks from many of the world’s leading experts on historic decorative arts. Friday night, there will be a Gala Dinner at Linden featuring a special tasting menu taken from our new book, Natchez Style. The Forum will conclude with a tour of three of our earliest dating homes to view collections of Natchez early art and antique furniture handmade here in this town.
A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 7 thru Sunday, December 23rd
Friday’s and Saturday’s at 7:30 pm and Sunday’s at 2:00 pm
Adapted by Layne Taylor based on a story by Charles Dickens
Jacob Marley died seven years ago and left his home and his half of the business to his partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. Marley was a stingy old man, and Scrooge happily carries on the tradition. Scrooge is a hard, cold miser who spends his days counting his profits and wishing the world would leave him alone. He doesn’t believe in charity, and he is certain that those who do are just lazy bums looking for a handout. Scrooge’s entire life is his Natchez cotton brokerage and bank and he shuts out his nephew who is the only relative he has. Bob Cratchit, his loyal employee, is a free man of color who supports his growing family on Scrooge’s meager wages. Once prosperous Natchez planters and merchants are down on their luck after the War of Recent Unpleasantness and compete with carpet baggers and newly freed slaves for income. Scrooge has profited greatly by repossessing plantations and business alike; putting out war widows and orphans; and taking advantage of newly freed slaves. But Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him that if he continues to live his life in such an unchristian way, he will spend all eternity trying to make up for it. Three more ghosts visit Scrooge and show him the errors of his ways. Because of what he sees and learns, Scrooge opens his heart to the people around him and learns charity and love and saves himself from the doom of which Marley warned him. “A Natchez Christmas Carol” is an original family holiday musical featuring beloved Christmas Carols and 19th century costumes.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 thru Sunday, November 11, 2018
The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692/93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government ostracized people for being communists. Miller himself was questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to identify others present at meetings he had attended.
The play was first performed at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway on January 22, 1953, starring E. G. Marshall, Beatrice Straight and Madeleine Sherwood. Miller felt that this production was too stylized and cold and the reviews for it were largely hostile (although The New York Times noted “a powerful play [in a] driving performance”). Nonetheless, the production won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. A year later a new production succeeded and the play became a classic. It is regarded as a central work in the canon of American drama.