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Columbia Famous Talent Contest to be held in person

After hosting a variety of virtual events throughout the summer, the Columbia Theatre is planning to host an in-person competition in October. Miss Southeastern 2020 Janine Hatcher will be hosting the event.
September 1, 2020

After switching to virtual in the spring, The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will be hosting its first in-person Columbia Famous Talent Show on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. James Winter, artistic director...

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.
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...

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.
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...

‘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.
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...

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.
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,...

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...

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.
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.,...

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.
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...

Theatre set to scare students

Students rehearse for
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...

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