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Columbia brings comic operetta

“Die Fledermaus,“ a comic operetta, was performed by students at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Feb 6-7. The plot centered around a couple experiencing infidelity within their marriage.

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

February 11, 2020

The start of a new semester brought students and guest director Rachel Harris onto the stage of a local theatre to perform a century-old operetta. University students performed “Die Fledermaus” at The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Feb. 6-7. The production is a comic operetta compose...

Forum following play performance explored civil rights in the modern era

Rebecca Hensley, instructor of sociology, speaks to the crowd during the forum after the performance “Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks.” The panel also included Dr. Antoinette Harrell - a genealogist, author, historian and producer - and Christopher Westhoff, manager at Mad River Theater Works.

Jacob Summerville, Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2020

In remembrance of a civil rights activist, a discussion that ensued in Hammond brought light to modern issues. Following the play “Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks,” produced by Mad River Theatre Works on Jan 25, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts hosted a panel discussion centered aroun...

‘The Nutcracker’ returns to the Columbia

The Hammond Ballet Company performed ‘The Nutcracker’ last December. The group returns this year with new performers for the ballet.

Hailey Bullock, Staff Reporter

December 10, 2019

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will be holding the annual showing of ‘The Nutcracker.’ The fantasy story will be performed by the Hammond Ballet Company on Dec. 13-14 at 7 p.m. James Winter, artistic director, describes the procedures the Columbia Theatre staff undergoes while preparing...

Janine Hatcher crowned Miss Southeastern 2020

Janine Hatcher, Miss Southeastern Louisiana University 2020, performs a song on cello and sings during the talent portion of the pageant. One of the things that helped Hatcher through the pageant was focusing on her own performance and not comparing herself to others in the competition.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

November 23, 2019

A new Miss Southeastern was crowned as the Campus Activity Board hosted its annual Miss Southeastern Louisiana University pageant. This year, 15 contestants competed for the title of Miss Southeastern Louisiana University 2020 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Nov. 22.  The page...

Durand Jones returns to Hammond

Durand Jones performed at the Columbia Theatre with his band, Durand Jones and the Indications, shortly after returning from an international tour.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2019

Durand Jones and the Indications performed at the Columbia Theatre on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. after returning from an international tour.  The band performed a combination of their own original music as well as covers of other songs that suit the band’s soulful music style. While on tour, the band...

Southeastern names Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre

A full-time faculty member since 2005, James Winter has been named the artistic director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

May 14, 2019

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University has named James Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The appointment stems from the retirement of Southeastern Professor of Art History Roy Blackwood, who has served in that capacity since 2011. “My sincere thanks a...

A concert brings a theater back to medieval times

Derek Stoughton, conductor of the Wind Symphony, directs the performers in a concert that calls back to the medieval renaissance. The concert was the symphony's last production of the season.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 18, 2019

The Wind Symphony finished its season with a concert that recreated music from the medieval renaissances. The concert was held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. The performance began with some members of the symphony playing among the audience in the balcony. Derek...

Performance unites arts and crowd

The show ends with the creation of two paintings along with a performance of

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

April 6, 2019

Singing, dancing, painting and audience participation funneled onto the stage for an artistic and interactive experience. "Artrageous" took place on April 6 at 7:30 in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts as a part of the group's 2019 tour. Acts throughout the show contained multiple components...

Get ready for an art and music spectacular

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Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 1, 2019

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is hosting "Artrageous" for the community to enjoy a live art and musical experience. "Artrageous" will be held on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Roy Blackwood, executive director of the Columbia Theatre, discussed what viewers should expect to see from the art...

Symphony orchestra pairs up for ‘Beethoven Night’

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

March 22, 2019

The Southeastern Symphony Orchestra collaborated with Bella Voce, Concert Choir, University Choir and Northshore Choral Society along with Friederike Kienle, a guest conductor, to bring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The "Beethoven Night" performance...

A twist on a classic comes to the Columbia Theatre

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019

Aquila Theatre, a production company based in New York City, will make three stops to perform in Louisiana during their nationwide tour including one at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. "Frankenstein," based off the original book by Mary Shelley, is scheduled for a live performance at...

Fostering romance with art

Kendall Alvis, an instructor at Painting with a Twist, teaches a class on painting a mermaid and a beach scene. Along with the Hammond Regional Arts Center and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Painting with a Twist is a venue in Hammond that can mingle romance and art.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019

For an aura of romance and creativity, couples can find venues like the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Painting with a Twist and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, all located in downtown Hammond, as a way to express their feelings through art. Roy Blackwood, executive director of the Col...

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