The Lion's Roar

‘Beyond the Proscenium’ exhibition shines spotlight on theatrical design

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter February 10, 2021

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is home to many of Downtown Hammond’s most crowd-gathering stage performances. This led their neighbor, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, to pose the question:...

Members of the shadow cast acted out certain scenes from the show for the audience.

Columbia Theatre screens “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for the Halloween season

Trinity Brown, Staff Reporter October 14, 2020

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts screened “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” featuring a shadow cast directed by Joe Burns, a professor from the Department of Communication and Media Studies....

A poster outside of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts showcases the theatre’s upcoming season of performances. Throughout the month of October, shows held at the Columbia will be a part of Fanfare.

Celebration of the arts kicks off in October

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter September 29, 2020

Every October, the university hosts a celebration of culture and the arts known as Fanfare. In addition to performances and showcases that take place on campus, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing...

“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.

Columbia brings comic operetta

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...

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.

Forum following play performance explored civil rights in the modern era

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...

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

‘The Nutcracker’ returns to the Columbia

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...

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.

Janine Hatcher crowned Miss Southeastern 2020

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...

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

Durand Jones returns to Hammond

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...

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

Southeastern names Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre

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...

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.

A concert brings a theater back to medieval times

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...

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

Performance unites arts and crowd

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...

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Get ready for an art and music spectacular

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,...

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