HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pastors of local churches met Tuesday at Forrest General Hospital to enjoy a delicious lunch and support a great cause. Although Christmas is still months away, folks were eager to hear about "The Forgotten Carols," a holiday production that is coming to Hattiesburg later this year.
Michael Young, the play's producer, started his Emmy Award-winning career on the stage, then transitioned into the world of television. But after seeing a performance of Michael McLean's original work, Young decided to develop an adaptation that he could share with people in the Southeast.
"I read the book, heard the music, fell in love with it," says Michael Young, the producer of "The Forgotten Carols". "I'm back in the South and I thought, I'm going to do this around here because it hasn't been seen before. The whole idea is to get people from all different walks of life and all different sections of the town together so that this becomes a community effort."
In 2011, Young and his crew of professional actors and singers toured the Southeast during Christmastime, spreading a Christian message through "The Forgotten Carols." Young utilizes local talent as well by filling the stages of each venue with members of church and community choirs. The play tells about Jesus Christ and his birth in a nontraditional, modern way. Performances over the past two years have impacted lives by conveying a message of hope and redemption to people who are caught up in the stress and consumerism of the holidays.
Ticket prices are kept low to encourage attendance and typically range from $10 to $12. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to Christian Services. This nonprofit organization provides meals for over 500 people a day and also offers other programs for those in need.
"The Forgotten Carols" will return to the Saenger Theater later this year as part of a tour that includes about ten stops across Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. More details on the date and time will be provided as they become available.