At the MTA Board’s summer Board Meeting (2009) held at New Stage
Theatre, the Board decided to produce a video on how to prepare for and compete at the High School Drama Festivals.
The goal of the video is to inform and instruct interested schools in how to select a show, the time format of the shows, the rules of the 10 x 10, theatre etiquette, dressing rooms, the production, and adjudication of the productions.
Juniper Wallace set out to produce the video with the assistance of MTA President, Stacy Howell, and JC Howell of No Rocks Production. Students from across the state were invited to participate in the day long shoot that took place at New Stage Theatre. We are excited at the completion of this project, and the video was debuted at the fall secondary meeting.
This video was created in the late 1950's or early 1960's as a means of communities to start a community theatre. It provides some history of the community or little theatre movement and discusses how to start a community theatre. The video is shot in Mississippi and highlights several community theatres in Mississippi including Gulfport Little Theatre, Panola Playhouse, Bay St. Louis, and New Stage Theatre before it became a professional theatre. The video has a cameo appearance by John Carradine.
This film was transferred from 16 mm by Video Magic One, Starkville, MS in June 2009.