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MCC starts youth theatre company

By By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Aug. 12, 2001
Auditions are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday for a new youth theater company under the direction of actor, director, playwright and speech instructor, Elliott Street.
The Break-a-Leg Players company is open to 13- to 19-year-olds and all Meridian Community College students.
The company has two shows planned. One is "NKS TLTS LPMR," written by Street. It is a futuristic comedy, based on an ancient fairy tale, in which a computer wizard turns straw into gold. The production is set for October.
The second play, "I Will," written by Peabody Award winning playwright Rand Hopkins, is based on the life and plays of William Shakespeare. It is scheduled for production in November.
Professional theatre artists will teach the basics of acting, voice and movement, improvisation and set design, Street said. Continuing Education credits will be offered to elementary and secondary school teachers.
Street is a former speech and theater arts instructor at Meridian High School. He is a past executive and artistic director of the Grand Opera House of Mississippi, managing director of Stage Directions in Atlanta and artistic director of Company of Angels, the oldest theater company in Los Angeles.
His film credits include, "Elvis, The Movie," "The Winds of War," "Chiefs," "The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang" and "The Legend of Bagger Vance." Television appearances include, "Hawaii Five-O," "Mayberry RFD" and "Eight is Enough."
For more information about the Break-A-Leg Players, call Elliott Street at MCC, 484-8640.
Steve Gillespie is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3233, or e-mail him at sgillespie@themeridianstar.com.