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Jasmine Murray headlines cast of 10th Anniversary Katrina Project

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HATTIESBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A timely revival of a popular play, staring a familiar face, is being staged on the 10th anniversary of Katrina.

The Katrina Project:  Hell and High Water is joint Project of the Hattiesburg Public School District  and Just Over The Rainbow Theater.

Performances are scheduled for August 7-9 at Hattiesburg High School Auditorium.  

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, shattering the lives of residents in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.  Over thirteen hundred people died and hundreds of thousands of Americans were impacted as they welcomed evacuees into their communities and homes.

Ten years later, a region remembers the lessons learned.  Mississippi  Governor Phil Bryant has established an official Katrina Remembrance Commission, “The goal of the commission will be honoring those who were lost and those who put their lives on the line to respond and to celebrate how far we’ve come in our recovery.”

For Hattiesburg Public Schools and Just Over the Rainbow Theatre, the 10th Anniversary of the Category 5 storm is an opportunity to continue the healing process for friends and neighbors and to underscore the importance of continuing to document and learn from the national disaster.   

According to playwright and director of the docudrama Michael Marks, the interest in the production from local actors, technicians and organizations has been tremendous.  “We are grateful that this community is still willing to discuss the desperation, anger, fear and hope of those impacted directly by the storm.”

A stellar cast has been assembled including Miss Mississippi 2014, Jasmine Murray.

Murray, who recently entertained at The National Prayer Breakfast at The White House, says this, “The play’s main goal is to utilize that typically Mississippi problem-solving spirit, even though the storm is no longer part of daily headlines.”

Local filmmaker Miles Doleac, who served as artistic consultant for the 2005 production and is currently filming ‘The Hollow’ in The Pine Belt, agrees. “Katrina will always be remembered for the lives and property it destroyed.  We just want to make sure that the people who survived and the thousands of volunteers who gave so much are remembered as well.  This is their story and we are honored to be able to share it.”

Curtain is at 7:30 pm on Friday, August 7 and Saturday August 8, with a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, August 9.  All tickets are general admission. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Season ticket holder/member tickets are free.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or for ticket information, go online to TheKatrinaProject.com.

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