Perk Players to present “A Gathering of Heroes: Stone County Stories”

The Perk Players from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus will present their spring production “A Gathering of Heroes: Stone County Stories” on February 16-19 at Malone Hall Auditorium and on March 4 at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Oceans Springs.

Presented in collaboration with the Telling Tree Project of Stone County, the play is an original piece written by Tonya S. Hayes and is based on interviews with community heroes, military, police, firemen and community leaders.

“This is a unique opportunity for the cast and audience to experience a production that is a direct product of the community they live in,” said Daisha Walker, play director and MGCCC theatre instructor. “This production gives us the insight based on experiences from our own history to celebrate and highlight the past and present contributions of everyday heroes that are sometimes overlooked.”

The show will begin at 7 p.m. on February 16-18 and a matinee performance will be offered at 2 p.m. on February 19 at Malone Hall.  The play will begin at 7 p.m. on March 4 at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. Tickets are $5. You can also donate $5 worth of canned goods for Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at the door instead of purchasing a ticket.   Military, police, firemen, and emergency response personnel will be admitted for free.

For information about reservations and tickets for the Perkinston Campus performances, please contact Daisha Walker at 601.928.6289 or  For more information or for tickets to the Ocean Springs performance on March 4, contact the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center at 228-818-2878.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.