The Joe Jefferson Players have put a more modern twist on one of Shakespeare’s best comedies in their new rendition of “Much Ado About Nothing.” The zany tale — set in contemporary Mobile against the backdrop of Mardi Gras — matches the madcap oeuvre of the season.

Through scuttlebutt, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing mutual love, while Hero and Claudio are manipulated into a breakup at the altar. To patch up things, further machinations build along with the hilarity.

The play runs March 17 through April 2 at the playhouse located at 11 S. Carlen St. in Mobile. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $10 to $20. For more information, call 251-471-1534 or go to

Choral concert for Lent
On Sunday, March 19 at 6 p.m., the Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society, along with members of the Spring Hill College Chorale, will present “Lenten Remembrance,” a special concert acknowledging the contributions and gifts of the departed who gave to their communities, families and lives. A special nod will be given to those in military service.

The concert’s main masterwork will be Franz Schubert’s Mass in G. A massed choir is to be joined by a small chamber instrumental ensemble.

This free performance is open to the public and will be presented at St. Joseph Chapel on the campus of Spring Hill College.
For more information, contact Artistic Director Terry D. Maddox at 251-434-9325 or

Locals advance in National Science Bowl
On March’s first weekend, middle school students from St. Ignatius Catholic School won the regional competition for the 2017 National Science Bowl and will advance to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. The finals will be held April 27 to May 1 for both middle school and high school students.

The top 16 high school teams and top 16 middle school teams will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Last year’s top high school team won a nine-day trip to Alaska while the second-place group won a five-day tour of national parks.

More than 14,000 students participate annually in the competition. It is managed by the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Sciences.

Congrats to the young Impalas and best of luck in the nation’s capital!