The Florida Chautauqua Inc. Board of Directors recently announced Mary Beth Majors Murphy had been named the new director for the winter theatrical production "Once Upon a Crime."

Majors grew up in DeFuniak Springs participating in the theater at a very young age. She has portrayed Ursula in "The Little Mermaid," Maleficent in "Sleeping Beauty," Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beast" and The Cat in "The Cat and The Hat." She has an extensive background in theater, as both an actor and vocalist.

Majors is a graduate of Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs and the University of Florida with a degree in psychology. She is employed at Majors Financial Group and resides in DeFuniak Springs with her husband, Brenden Murphy.

She will direct "Once Upon a Crime" Feb. 23, 24, and 25. Auditions will be held on Dec. 11 and 14 at the theatre and are open for performers grades 8 through adult.