“Sister Act” (New Stage Theatre)

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If you want to attend the theater in Jackson, New Stage Theatre is one of the best places to go.

Jane Reid Petty founded the nonprofit in 1965, and the organization premiered its inaugural season the following year in its first location, a church at the corner of Gallatin and Hooker streets. New Stage produced 13 seasons there before moving to its current space in Belhaven in 1978.

Over the years, it has produced plays from many genres and settings, from the biannual “A Christmas Carol” to this year’s winner for Best Stage Play, “Sister Act,” in the 2017-2018 season. The play tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a woman who witnesses a crime and then has to hide in a convent. The production was originally supposed to run May 29 until June 10, 2018, but after success in the original 
production, New Stage held it over until June 17.

This season, New Stage has done plays such as “The Diary of Anne Frank” in fall 2018, and will perform “Hell in High Water,” which recounts the Great Flood of 1927, from Jan. 29-Feb. 10, and “Sweet Potato Queens” March 13-24. The nonprofit also does the “Unframed at New Stage Theatre” series, which produces plays that are not typically on a main stage, classes, summer camps and more.

For more information, visit newstagetheatre.com. —Amber Helsel

WINNER: Best Stage Play

Address: 1100 Carlisle St, Jackson, MS 39202

Phone number: 601-948-3534

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