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 The Mousetrap, the famous murder mystery by Agatha Christie, is returning to the Strauss Theatre Center's stage October 27th, through November 4th.  

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In the midst of the University of Louisiana Monroe's Homecoming Week, the ULM Visual and Performing Arts program is presenting its fall production, The Beggar's Opera. The Beggar's Opera will have its opening night Thursday, October 12th, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

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Next up for CA Studio is Sixteen Wounded, a play following the lives of two young men in Holland, one a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, the other a man from Palestine.  The play will be performed at Lea's of LeCompte in Monroe Saturday, September 16th and 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 17th and 24th, at 4:00 p.m.

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Strauss Theatre Center is excited to open its 86th season with the classic musical, My Fair Lady. My Fair Lady opens September 7th for patrons , and September 8th for the rest of the public. 

  My Fair Lady follows the story of a working class Cockney girl named Eliza. Eliza's life gets turned around when a haughty phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, takes it upon himself to teach Eliza 'proper' speech as well as how to fit in as a member of high society. Local Strauss stars, Hunt Heely and Hannah Bryan, will be bringing these two main characters to life.

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The Lincoln Parish Library has two exciting events coming up in the next two weeks. Tuesday, March 28th, the Hampstead Stage Company will be performing the Secret Garden in the library's events center. The following week the library will be hosting its Easter Celebration on April 2nd.

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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, 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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Strauss Theatre's opening night of French farce, Boeing Boeing, is Friday, February 10th. Boeing Boeing will run from February 10th to February 18th with afternoon and evening shows. 

Boeing Boeing, set in the 1960's, is the story of a French bachelor, Bernard, who is engaged to three different stewardesses, none of whom know about the other. After a visit from an old school mate, Bernard's life finds itself becoming complicated. Stories and lies tangle when all three stewardesses end up in town at the same time. 

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This Friday is the opening night of Rumors at the Strauss Theatre. The play will be showing this Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., then again next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  

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Growing up can be hard, especially in the jungle, as many can recall from a particular story from childhood. The Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts presents the beloved children's story "The Jungle Book" this May. The play is about a small boy named Mowgli, who is forced to grow up alone in the jungle with only his animal friends to comfort him.

The cast consist of 25 area youths who have spent over 80 hours preparing for opening night.  SYAA cast exclusively area students between the ages of eight and 18 in all of its major productions. 

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