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Sophomore psychology major and student actor Landon Scholle checks out the Columbia Theatre’s 2020-2021 season poster in the window of the building. The Columbia will be hosting Southeastern's 'Ragtime' musical performances scheduled for September.

The Department of Music and Performing Arts holds auditions for the musical ‘Ragtime’

Brooke Bell, Staff Reporter May 13, 2021

Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts will be holding auditions for the musical “Ragtime” in June.  Although the campus may be returning to normal, the department has made changes...

The Columbia Theatre stands tall throughout all of downtown Hammond. The Columbia is currently hosting its famous show online and is awaiting submissions from participants 12 and up.

The Columbia’s second annual talent show awaits submissions

Chloe Williams, Staff Reporter May 11, 2021

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts recently announced it will be hosting its second annual “Columbia Famous” talent show. The show is accepting submissions from ages twelve and up, showcasing...

Charles Ross, a comedian and Star Wars fan, held the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy on Nov. 7 in 2019. The Columbia plans to hold a variety of performances and events in the fall.

Columbia Theatre to pause productions during summer

Hannah Juneau, Staff Reporter April 27, 2021

In downtown Hammond lies a popular building where locals can sit, have a good laugh, smile and maybe even cry: the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.  The Columbia Theatre has put on numerous...

The Columbia Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz” on the following dates/times: March 11-13 and March 26-27 at 7:30 p.m.; March 21 and March 28 at 2 p.m.

Columbia Theatre brings modern take on ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to Hammond

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter March 5, 2021

The Wizard of Oz is going to take on a contemporary twist at a local theatre this month.  The Columbia Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz” on the following dates/times: March 11-13, March 19-20...

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

Columbia Theatre introduces virtual talent competition

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...

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts closed its doors to the public on March 18 following Governor John Bel Edwards' announcement on March 16 to shut down public schools, casinos and theatres.

Columbia Theatre to suspend all operations

Jordyn Franklin , Staff Reporter March 25, 2020

Following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ press conference on March 16, public schools, casinos and movie theaters all across Louisiana have closed.  As of March 18, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing...

“The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond” will take place on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Jack Wright brings Neil Diamond tribute to Columbia

Symiah Dorsey , Staff Reporter March 4, 2020

In celebration of an award-winning singer-songwriter and actor, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will showcase “The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond.” Taking place on March 6 at 7:30...

Gemma New, conductor of the performance, conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra during Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2.” This was the third and final piece played during “Romantic German Masters.”

Yuletide spreads holiday spirit

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter December 6, 2019

A performance in a theatre downtown will bring Christmas spirit and holiday music to Hammond. The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present its annual Yuletide Celebration. The celebration...

Music department reflects back on events of the semester

Music department reflects back on events of the semester

Ellie ketentzian and Rebeca Lemos , Graduate Assistants at the Department of Music November 17, 2019

It has been quite busy in Pottle Music Building since the beginning of the semester. The events that have taken place are impressive considering the size of the department. It seems like the simultaneous...

Charles Ross preforms his one-man Star Wars trilogy. The one-man Star Wars trilogy was held Nov. 7 at the Columbia Theater.

A galaxy far away comes to the Columbia Theatre

Samantha Gambino, Staff Reporter November 8, 2019

One-man Star Wars trilogy brings in a crowd of old and new fans with one person performing all the roles of the first three movies.  Chalres Ross, a comedian and Star Wars fan, held a one-man Star...

Following their international tour, Durand Jones and the Indications performed at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The concert was sponsored in part by the Alumni Association. Maggie Tregre/The Lion’s Roar

Durand Jones and the Indications perform at Columbia Theatre

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter November 7, 2019

Durand Jones, a university alumnus, recently returned to Hammond after touring internationally  with his band, Durand Jones and the Indications. The band performed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on the...

Gemma New, conductor of the performance, conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra during Johannes Brahms'

Columbia features Romantic-era composers through the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Jacob Summerville, Editor-in-Chief October 26, 2019

The walls of a Hammond theater echoed the works of two German composers this fall. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed “Romantic German Masters” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing...

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