GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - We all know the tragic story of the Titanic; the ship wreck in 1912 that took more than 1,500 lives. Now you can see the stories of those lost lives and the survivors in "Titanic the Musical," presented by Gulf Coast Musical Theatre this weekend.
Numerous stories have been told about the sinking of the Titanic. The so called "unsinkable" ship was lost during its maiden voyage with more than 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers and crew on board losing their lives. It's something they never could have imagined as they boarded the ship in Southampton, England.
Carolyn Martin plays one of the third class passengers on the ship. She said the show "represents the hopes and aspirations of the people who were coming to America to start over; and the tragedy that would befall them."
This stage version, which first opened on Broadway in 1997, is nothing like the popular movie so many are familiar with. Martin said this is a mostly factual story.
"Everyone in the show has a name from the Titanic. There are no fictional names or characters. It's amazing because it's a documentary on stage with music."
Pamela Jones and Ronny Broussard are directors of the show heading up a huge cast. One of those cast members is Gulfport Councilman R.Lee Flowers, making his community theatre debut.
Titanic is this weekend only, Nov. 7-9, at the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
For more information call (228) 218-3066 or visit www.gulfcoastoperatheatre.net.