While it’s easy to complain when retailers skip Halloween and Thanksgiving and bring out their Christmas decorations too early, we think Natchez may make an exception in this case.
Yes, it’s unusual to see the lights, wreaths, garlands and arches adorning light poles, fences and city gates in September, but we agree.
One of the reasons is that after many of us spent the holidays away from our families last year due to COVID-19, we could all use something to smile.
A bigger reason is that the decorations are yet another sign of the entertainment industry, and Natchez, making a comeback after COVID.
We have all watched with solemn expressions as highly anticipated movies and TV shows were suspended or canceled due to COVID. Musicians couldn’t do shows or release new albums. The show biz couldn’t take a break.
Then a Christmas miracle happened. Natchez was chosen to be the scene for a Hallmark Christmas movie, “Every Time a Bell Rings”. If that wasn’t enough, the film’s producer Daniel Lewis has announced that he will be shooting another New Orleans-based Christmas film here in December.
This means more exposure of this beautiful city, which literally shines with light for all to see.
And more, parts of another “Rumble Through the Dark” movie are also filmed here.
The film is an adaptation of the fourth novel by Oxford author Michael Farris Smith, “The Fighter”, directed by brothers Parker and Graham Phillips, who run Phillips Pictures based in New York and Los Angeles.
Where do all the players in the entertainment industry start? One place is the Natchez Little Theater, which is presenting a show this weekend called “Daddy’s Dyin ‘Who’s Got the Will”.
The theater has also taken a hit from COVID. The shows have been canceled and the Natchez Little Theater is wasting no time in getting things back to normal and safe.
For a $ 15 ticket, you can support local art through the Natchez Little Theater and have a great time watching a big show while you’re at it.
Show hours are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets can be reserved by calling (601) 442 2233 or by emailing email@example.com.