Mobile-area students took home national awards and earned recognition at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which took place Jan. 12-14.

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre had a pair of groups at the festival. Their younger division, Eastern Shore Rep Kids, won a Freddie G Outstanding Production and performed “Right Before Your Eyes” from Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.”

Sunny Side Theater’s Lauren Westbrook won a Freddie G Award for Outstanding Student Direction and Choreography.
Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre students joined forces with students from Ohlook Performing Arts Center of Grapevine, Texas, to perform “Give A Little Love” from “Bugsy Malone Jr.” in honor of legendary songwriter Paul Williams.

The Junior Theater Festival Atlanta united 6,000-plus students and educators from 130 educational musical theater groups representing 30 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.


Rescheduled chamber concert mid-February
The Parker String Quartet was set to play Mobile when the early-October arrival of Hurricane Nate forced a change in plans. The quartet is set to make up the show on Feb. 18, 3 p.m. at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the University of South Alabama campus.

The Parker Quartet has played concerts at St. John’s College, festivals in Maine, Colorado and Virginia, the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in the last year or so.

This Grammy Award-winning string ensemble will perform a program featuring Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Györgi Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 and Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6.

Single concert tickets are available at the door on the day of the performance. Tickets for Mobile Chamber Music are available by calling 251-633-8840 or online at mobilechambermusic.org


Christie classic on Fairhope stage
As the grand dame of British mystery writers, Agatha Christie certainly proved her mettle when she penned the short radio play “Three Blind Mice” in 1947. She took the kernel of a true-life tale about a pair of brothers who suffered abuse at the hands of a rural Shropshire farming couple. The title later changed to “The Mousetrap” and, after debuting in London’s West End in 1952, it has run ever since.

This eight-member whodunit classic — a collection of strangers become trapped in a snowbound boarding house with an unknown killer — will be featured at Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) Feb. 16 through March 4.

Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets run from $12 to $18. Four performances are already sold out.

For more information, call 251-928-4366 or visit theatre98.org.