Theatre

Walter Allen / SYAA

Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, or SYAA for short, is hosting its summer workshop series "Raise the Curtain!" during the summer of 2018.

Katie Brumfield / Tech Theatre Department

The Louisiana Tech Theatre Department is presenting the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear April 24-29 at the Stone Theater in Ruston. 

The play is set in modern-day Washington D.C. and features many opportunities for audience interaction. King Lear's three daughters are campaigning for control of the best third of the nation throughout the audience. The candidates pass out business cards with QR codes The audience can scan the codes on their phone and see the voting process in real-time on a screen.

Anita Breen / Strauss Theatre

Strauss Little Theatre of Monroe is presenting "Sister Act: The Musical" April 19-28. The musical is about self-discovery and finding community in unlikely places.

"Sister Act: The Musical" tells the story of aspiring singer Deloris Van Cartier and how her life changes after she witnesses her crime-boss boyfriend Curtis murder one of his associates. Van Cartier runs to the police, who place her in hiding at a convent. Although at first she feels lost, she finds her place in the convent choir leading worship.

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Get your tickets now for the most exclusive party in town hosted by KEDM!

The Director’s Gala is Saturday, March 24 at 5 p.m. at the University of Louisiana Monroe, just before the Saturday performance of Bye Bye Birdie. Call 318-342-5556 for tickets or click here.

Katie Brumfield / Louisiana Tech Promotions

Shakespeare's Ophelia and friends fight off zombies, witches and fairy foes at the Louisiana Tech University production of "Living Dead in Denmark," which runs January 30 through February 4 at the Arthur W. Stone Theatre.

Living Dead in Denmark is a modern-day, post-apocalyptic tale of Ophelia searching for her lost love in Qui Nguyen's sequel to "Hamlet." The show takes Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Juliet, and Horatio, some of Shakespeare's greatest characters, and puts them together to survive while fighting zombies, witches, and evil fairies.

And Then There Were None

Oct 24, 2017
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Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts is preparing for its opening night of the Agatha Christie best seller, And Then There Were None. The show will open to the public Saturday, October 28, at 7 p.m. and will be shown again Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m. and the following weekend Saturday, November 4, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 5, at 3 p.m.

Ouachita Parish Libraries Present Pinocchio

Jun 26, 2017
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. 

Sweeney Todd Debuts at ULM

Oct 27, 2016
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The Visual and Performing Arts program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's opening night of Sweeney Todd is Thursday October 28th at 7:30 P.M.  The play will be shown Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

Strauss Theatre Center

Auditions are July 11th and 12th for the Strauss Theatre Center musical 'Big River.'  Auditions are open to local actors from age 7 to adult. Backstage workers, crew and costumers are also needed.  

Strauss' Cathy Airhart Webb and John Russell explain the audition process. 

The musical is an adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 'Big River' is set in pre-Civil War Missouri and follows the hijinks of an escaped slave and homeless boy. The performance will feature bluegrass, gospel and country music with a live stage band.

Journey To Oz With SYAA

Oct 21, 2015
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Dorothy and her friends make the fabled journey to the land of Oz, as Strauss Youth Academy For The Arts presents The Wizard of Oz.

SYAA Executive Director Walter Allen says  the production is similar to the 1939 film.  "We've made a few additions, like the jitterbug dance scene.  The four main characters tire from dancing to the point where the witch's monkeys can take them to the castle."

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