Arts

The Hampstead Stage Company

The Ouachita Parish Public Library will be hosting the Hampstead Stage Company’s performances of Pinocchio Monday, June 26th. There will be one performance at the Ouachita Valley Branch in West Monroe at 10:30 a.m., and another performance at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Branch in Monroe. 

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Friday and Saturday June 9th and 10th, and again on June 16th and 17th, Strauss Theatre Center is presenting its dinner theater, 'The 39 Steps'. This play, a spoof on an Alfred Hitchcock spy thriller, follows the journey of one man on a crazy adventure. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the play begins at 6:30 p.m.

This fast paced play begins with a murder and then follows a fugitive from Britain to Scotland. There will be iconic scenes, spies, chases, and escapes in this comedy. One of the notable parts of the dinner theater will be that four actors will play twenty-five parts. 

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Thursday, June 1st, the Downtown Gallery Crawl is back to continue growing the artistic spirit in downtown West Monroe and Monroe. The crawl will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and includes 9 galleries this month.

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The second annual New Music on the Bayou Festival is providing four days full of new music in Northeast Louisiana. Wednesday May 31st, through Saturday June 3rd, there will be seven concerts spread throughout Ruston and Monroe showcasing music composed around the world and performed by local artists.

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Saturday April 29th, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra will be holding its last concert of this year's season. The Tchaikovsky Spectacular will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Monroe Civic Center. 

The Tchaikovsky Spectacular will include three works by Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet, March Slav, and his famous piece Piano Concerto No.1 performed by guest musician Gleb Ivanov. Tchaikovsky is well known for his melodies, and his pieces are found in many movie soundtracks.

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Thursday, April 6th, the Downtown Gallery Crawl will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This month's crawl will take place throughout Monroe and West Monroe in 10 different galleries. 

As always, the Downtown Gallery Crawl is a place to find art, food, music, and drinks. The crawl is held by the Downtown Arts Alliance to add culture to the region and give artists and art lovers alike a place to display and enjoy art. This crawl will have old and new elements to keep the creativity flowing.

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Saturday and Sunday, March 18th and 19th, Neville High School's Speech and Drama Department will be presenting The Crucible. The play will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Neville's auditorium.

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Saturday, March 11th the Louisiana Delta Ballet is putting on its 10th annual Dancing with the Louisiana Stars fundraisers. This dancing competition, based on the popular Dancing with the Stars  TV series, will be held at the Monroe Civic Center at 7 p.m. preceded by a pre- party at 6 p.m. Dancing with the Louisiana Stars pairs 'local celebrities' with dancers from the Louisiana Delta Ballet. 

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Saturday, February 25th is the opening of the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts's latest production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This musical performance follows the story of the biblical character Joseph and his 11 brothers. 

The commonly known story of Joseph from Genesis, often referred to as the 'coat of many colors' story, follows Joseph's life after his brothers sell him into slavery.

"It's the story of redemption for the brothers, and shows how Joseph deals with this hardship in his life," says Walter Allen, SYAA executive director.

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Who knew a clarinet could be glorious?

Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m., the Monroe Symphony Orchestra will be holding its Glorious Clarinet concert in the Brown Auditorium on campus at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

The concert includes four works of music with German and Italian influences. Before the concert, at 6:15 p.m., the Conductor's Chat features a panel discussion featuring Conductor Clay Couturiaux, Soloist Scot Humes, and Monroe Symphony Chorus Director Deborah Chandler.

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