Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center offers space throughout the historic building for special events, meetings, reunions and more. The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theater offers 383 seats and can accommodate concerts, plays, musicals, recitals, and meetings. The Scharr-Ello Studio provides professional audio/video recording, mastering/editing services, and is available for individuals, groups, choirs, school groups, bands and chamber ensembles by the hour or session. The Duckett Gallery, HOSA Room, Paper Mache Room, Performing Arts Room, Pottery Studio, Visual Arts Room, Woodcarving Room, IP Culinary Arts Café, and the grounds of the Mary C offer space for meetings, workshops, special events, and more.

Facility Info
  • Description The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre is available for performances and meetings. With 393 seats, the Theatre accommodates concerts, plays, musicals, recitals and town meetings. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center also offers seven other rooms throughout the center for workshops or gatherings! The Duckett Gallery, Paper Mache Room, HOSA Room, Performing Arts Room, VA Room, Pottery Studio, and Woodcarving Room are available for your meeting needs. Call for details & rental fees!
  • Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

  • Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017

Tickets must be purchased by calling 228-818-2878, or by purchasing at the Mary C.

Ticket prices are in 4 price ranges.

For the first performance on April 21st, only 50 tickets will be sold. These 50 ticket holders will sit on stage surrounding the actor.

After the April 21st performance, you will sit on the stage only if it is your first performance that you are watching, all other ticket buyers will sit in the audience.

Performance Schedule

Day/Date: Friday, April 21st – Vanessa Pierce Rodriguez

Day/Date: Saturday, April 22nd – David Delk

Day/Date: Friday, April 28th – Felice Kelly Gillum

Day/Date: Saturday, April 29th – Ryan Pierini

  • Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

  • Apr 30, 2017

A Free Event in the Duckett Gallery

Chamber Orchestra is a vital part of the orchestra program at Gulfport School District. The Chamber Orchestra often performs for civic and community groups, as well as traveling internationally. The administration, faculty, and staff of the Gulfport School District take pride in being able to offer a full and varied instrumental music program. We presently offer string orchestra and small ensembles in grades four through twelve. In addition, we will offer full orchestra at the high school level. It is our goal to produce an outstanding orchestra, to develop in each student an appreciation of the art of music as part of general culture, to discover and develop the talents of students in the field of orchestral music, and to develop students’ knowledge and skills of listening to orchestra music, as well as reading and performing orchestral music throughout their life.


Daniel began his cello studies at the age of nine in his hometown of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He continued his studies at the Victoriano Lopez Music School in San Pedro Sula and in 2001 he entered The University of Southern Mississippi on a full scholarship, studying there with Dr. Alexander Russakovsky and serving as principal cellist in the university orchestra. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree in 2006, he accepted a teaching position with the Gulfport School District Strings Program in Gulfport, Mississippi. In 2009, he was honored to take the position of Director of Orchestral Activities with the Gulfport School District.

Daniel loves conducting, playing chamber music, and is currently a member of the Mobile, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras. Since 2014, Mr. Martinez also serves at the music director and principal conductor for the Gulf Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra which includes some of the best high school orchestral players from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Daniel is an avid follower of fútbol (or soccer) and spends much of his free watching both international and club matches. He, his wife, Catherine, and their cat, Stormy, are big fans of FC Barcelona.


Sasha began his violin studies in Havana, Cuba. While there, he won first prize for the best interpretation of the Cuban music in the regional and national “Amadeo Roldán” violin competition, the most prestigious Cuban violin competition. He continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, graduating with honors in 1997.  Recently, Sasha finished recording “Cuban Music…with a Violin Touch,” his second compact disc as a soloist. Along with his performance career, he taught for many years at Markham College and the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru.

Sasha moved to the United States in 2007 and became an American citizen in May of 2013. He obtained his Master of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2012, Sasha earned his Doctoral degree in violin and viola performance from The University of Georgia. Sasha is currently a faculty member of the Winter School of Music at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and teaches at the Gulfport School District in Gulfport, Mississippi. He regularly performs as a soloist as well as with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

  • Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

  • Recurring monthly on the 1st until December 1, 2017

Be in the live studio audience at The Mary C! On the third Thursday of everything month original songs and stories are recorded, then aired on Clear Channel K99 Radio.