“Tales from the Crypt” 2020, an award-winning research-performance project of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, is canceled for this year. 

“We are committed to the safety of our students as well as our broader community,” said Dr. Germain McConnell, MSMS Executive Director. “Federal and state health officials have recommended cancellation of meetings and events with attendance of greater than 250.  In keeping with that guidance, we have decided to cancel the 30th annual ‘Tales from the Crypt performances.” 

Performances for 2020 were scheduled for March 27 and 30, and April 1 and 3 in Columbus’ historic Friendship Cemetery. 

A highly anticipated annual program, “Tales from the Crypt” has received the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and was a national finalist for The History Channel’s “Save Our History” Award. “Tales” has also been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” published in The Atlantic, and highlighted in James and Deb Fallows’ Bestseller Our Towns

“Our students have been working diligently to increase our community’s understanding of itself through history,” said Chuck Yarborough, “Tales” director and MSMS social sciences instructor. 

“For 30 years, Tales from the Crypt students have learned not only how to research, write and perform, but also how they can make significant contributions to a local community,” Yarborough added.  “Clearly, this year and these conditions require a new consideration of what it best for our entire community.”