The comedy “Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Jubilee” opens at The Rose this Friday. (Photo/Leighanne Mitchell)

A full slate of great entertainment opportunities awaits you over the next several weeks in Monroe County. At this time of the year it is almost unfortunate that there are not enough nights to attend all the musical and live performances being presented by many of our talented hometown citizens—both young and a bit older. 

The joint Mary Persons High School and Monroe County Middle School Bands will celebrate with seasonal favorites,  and The Ten Tenors who wowed us last year with their great unique 10-part harmonies are back by popular demand. The Backlot Players are presenting an original stage play by Laura King, our local area playwright. King made us all laugh this past summer with “Independence Day at Happy Meadows.” And our very talented area Jazz musicians, The Eclectic Jazz, will present their annual Holiday Concert.   

Friday, Dec. 13 offers two choices for live stage performances: 

Ten Tenors return to Fine Arts Center

The Ten Tenors presented one of the more enjoyable concerts of all the touring groups that played the Fine Arts Center last year. Their Holiday Show left the audience asking for more. Well, they are back by popular demand. Having seen this Australian music ensemble last year, I will tell you that you will get your money’s worth and more. With 2,000 concerts on their resume the Ten Tenors know how to entertain on stage with choreographed performances as well as with their 10-part harmonies.  

Ticket prices range from $35-$45 depending on seat location. Tickets are available online through Ticket Alternative or direct from the Fine Arts Center. A delightful bonus is in store as members of the Mary Persons Choir will open the show.

“Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Jubilee” opens at The Rose

Once there was a Harmony Baptist Church in Forsyth. One may wonder if Laura King, playwright and director for this show, was around 100 years ago? And, is the story she tells one of the reasons that Harmony changed its name to First Baptist? The answer might remain a mystery unless you know a Harmony member who is still with us.

As a writer who focuses on upcoming entertainment, it is typically not my practice to “give-away the storyline.” In “Harmony” it doesn’t matter. This play is just funny, and it is funny because it exploits the things that can go wrong when some church members decide to be entertainers and event producers.    

Pastor Bobby arrives at his new church just in time for the 25th Annual Harmony Jubilee. As the town readies itself in anticipation of another great holiday celebration, things at Harmony start to fall apart. No agreement on who will be the Angel. The traditional star on the Christmas tree will not light up, the fruitcake bakeoff is a disaster. What else can go wrong? Baby Jesus is missing. Now that could be a real problem. Pastor Bobby wonders if this really is a “Call” he should have answered. 

Tickets are available through “Tickets to the City” or visit www.thebacklotplayers.org for a link. Prices are $18 adults, $15 for seniors, students and military. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a $12 rate if all seats are booked and paid for at same time. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 15. 

Other Coming Events

Mary Persons and Monroe County Middle School Joint Band Holiday Concert is at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Monroe County Fine Arts Center.

Combined Choirs of First Baptist Church and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will perform at 6 p.m., Dec. 15 at Forsyth First Baptist Church, 95 W. Morse Street.

Monroe County Schools Combined Elementary Schools Holiday Band Concert is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at Monroe County Fine Arts Center.

Eclectic Jazz Holiday Concert is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Forsyth First Baptist Church, 95 W. Morse Street

Check your local church for its Christmas Concert, caroling event or Christmas Eve Service…A great way to wind down the busy pre-Christmas Day season.

Saluting Two Outstanding Performances From this Past Year

Over 150 different actors appeared on stage at The Rose Theater in 2019.  Each put forth tremendous effort and commitment to entertain you and other folks who like to support and see live community theater.  

A tip of the Monroe Entertains You hat to Emme Peterman who played Anne in Alice Chadwick’s “Anne of Green Gables” and Matt Robichaux who portrayed Joe Benjamin in Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite.” Each gave outstanding performances. Thanks to all the actors who keep the stage lights shining in our town.

Dennis Smith writes “Monroe Entertains You,” highlighting the entertainment fare offered in Monroe County and the people who make it possible. Smith wants Forsyth to realize and support the riches it has in the cultural arts.