Cast and crew members of the Center Players Community Theatre production of "Second Lady" were honored at the recent Mississippi Theatre Association competition with awards for Best Actress, Best Director and Best Production. Involved in the production are, from left, David Hackman, set crew; Mandy Hackman, hair and make-up for performance at Southeastern Theatre Conference in March; Ken Hackman, director; Jason Ray, set crew and technician; Lauren Ray, actress; Kerri-Anne Cox, hair and make-up for Mississippi Theatre Association performance; and Bruce Peterson, consultant.
Cast and crew members of the Center Players Community Theatre production of "Second Lady" were honored at the recent Mississippi Theatre Association competition with awards for Best Actress, Best Director and Best Production. Involved in the production are, from left, David Hackman, set crew; Mandy Hackman, hair and make-up for performance at Southeastern Theatre Conference in March; Ken Hackman, director; Jason Ray, set crew and technician; Lauren Ray, actress; Kerri-Anne Cox, hair and make-up for Mississippi Theatre Association performance; and Bruce Peterson, consultant.
The Center Players Community Theatre brings its award-winning production of “Second Lady” back to the local stage on Sunday.

Winning the Mississippi Theatre Association’s awards last month for Best Actress, Best Director and the Warren McDaniel Award for Best Production, “Second Lady” will be performed at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 11, at Madison Square Center for the Arts, 2103 Main St.  Tickets are $5. Center Players season ticket holders will be admitted free.

The one-woman show stars Lauren Ray as a fictional political wife, who has mislaid her prepared remarks and must draw on her experiences and recollections to fulfill a speaking engagement on behalf of her husband.

“Katherine is a fascinating character study,” said Ray, a high school teacher at Northwest Rankin. “It really is an amazing script. First and foremost, I’m a director but I felt this script was something I needed to do. It has universal ideas that many will identify with.”

Ken Hackman, the show’s director, said the show will go on to compete for awards at the Southeastern Theater Conference, March 7-11, in Mobile. This will be the second time that a Center Players production has competed at SETC. “Second Lady” will be one of two productions from Mississippi to compete at the conference that includes theater groups from 10 states.

“It’s a huge honor to compete,” he said. “It means a lot to us. We’re hopeful. We feel good about this show.

“We want to give people here another opportunity to see this show,” Hackman said, after previewing it for local audiences Jan. 6-7.

Sunday’s performance will be a dessert theater offering sweet treats.