Affairs of the Heart Feb. 17-19

Published 7:21 pm Friday, February 10, 2017

With her love of the theater and dedication to service, Jo Beth Britt came up with an idea to combine the two and next weekend the 7th annual Affairs of the Heart will be held.
The event is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary and the Good Shepherd Community Center and offers a variety of entertainment by area talent.
“Affairs was a mind child of my own as I saw an opportunity to put my theater expertise to work along with the great community talent,” Britt said.
Britt initially approached the captains of the Salvation Army with her idea, she said, and felt like their first reaction to her idea was one of skepticism.
“I think that they may have thought that I was nuts, and I wasn’t sure they really understand the enormity of the show,” she said — that was until the SA Captain came to his first dress rehearsal, she said and discovered the fundraiser was going to be big.
Since its inception, Britt said the Affairs of the Heart fundraiser has grown with many of its entertainers returning year after year to perform.
It has been special for me to watch some of the young performers grow up giving of their time for the fundraiser and a joy to see how these dancers or singers begin as little ones and have progressed through the years, Britt said.
“Affairs seems to inspire the best of people, and its’ special when I walk through a school and a student leaves their line to come up and whisper, ‘see you at Affairs this year’ or the texts and emails that start arriving in early fall — ‘do you already have show dates for Affairs this year?’ It is truly a heart show,” Britt said.
This year, some of those slated to perform include dance students from Riverpointe Dance, The Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance, the Teresa George School of Dance and the April Green Dance Studio. Students at the Jacob’s Ladder Learning Center are also on tap to perform as well as vocal and instrumental solo and duet performances from children and adults.
Scheduled to emcee the shows are Dr. Sarah Nichols from Hinds Community College, Mike George and Tommy Miller from the Good Shepherd Community Center.
For those wanting to participate in the show, Britt said it is not too late to sign on. Performers must attend one dress rehearsal, Britt said, but they are not required to participate in all three shows.
Affairs performers can select the shows that they will perform in, she said.
Britt credits the success of Affairs of the Heart to all those who volunteer, which include not only the performers, but also those who work behind the scenes, at the box office and in concessions.
“I never dreamed that Affairs would become an on-going annual event — growing each year,” Britt said, adding this has been part of her “heart” work.
Affairs of the Heart shows are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Parkside Playhouse Theatre, 101 Iowa Ave.
Tickets are $10, $5 for ages six to 18 and free for ages five and younger and are available at the door or from members of the Good Shepherd board.
For more information, call 601-618-5457 and for those wanting to perform or volunteer contact Britt at
Tickets are available at the door or from members of the Board of Good Shepherd.

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About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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