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Columbia Theatre introduces virtual talent competition

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is introducing the first Columbia Famous Talent Contest that will be held virtually.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

April 14, 2020

In accordance with the Stay-at-Home order put in place by Gov. John Bel Edwards, all non-essential businesses, including theatres, are closed to the public until further notice. Hammond’s own Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts has closed its doors, but it is still finding ways to keep the...

Inkslinger competition produces works of emerging playwrights

The university’s theatre program produced the 2016 Inkslinger Playwriting Competition winner, “Why Are You Nowhere,” by Ethan Warren, in the spring of 2017. Inkslinger allows aspiring playwrights to have their work come to life on stage.

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

January 28, 2020

An annual competition at the university provides emerging playwright opportunities to see their work produced on stage. The 2020 Inkslinger Playwriting Competition challenges any playwright to submit their original scripts. Hosted by the university’s theatre program, the coordinators will be acceptin...

‘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...

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Columbia Theatre

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed “Beethoven Meets the Wild West” on Feb. 16, 2018. This year, the orchestra will be performing “Romantic German Masters” on Oct. 25.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2019

Professional orchestra players are scheduled to perform in downtown Hammond this month. The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will be hosting a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a New Orleans based ensemble and the only full time professional orchestra within the Gulf South...

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...

Bring on the fright at ‘Hammond Horror Fest’

 The annual “Hammond Horror Fest” features a 24-hour theatre event and a “Macabre Showcase.”  The event plans to conjure horror in all those who attend.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

October 16, 2018

“Hammond Horror Fest” plans to scare attendees for its eighth year in a row. The two-day event will feature the “7 Frightening Phobias” play on Oct. 19 in the Pottle Auditorium from 8-10 p.m., and the Macabre Showcase will take place at Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. on Oct. 20 from 6-10 p.m. Associate...

Dracula: How the show goes on

Producing “Dracula” met some obstacles, but work from the entire team including actors, costume designers and set designers led to the play’s performance.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2018

Over 50 students and staff members collaborated to produce “Dracula” in the Vonnie Borden Theatre for Fanfare. The play was performed from Sept. 25-28 and was adapted for the stage and directed by James Winter, associate professor of acting and directing. Winter had his own spin on the English...

Theatre set to scare students

Students rehearse for

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2018

The university theatre program is preparing to present the first play of the season. “Dracula” will be performed in the Vonnie Borden Theatre from Tuesday, Sept. 25 to Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. James “Jim” Winter, associate professor of acting and directing, is excited to produce a scary...