Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts recently announced its 2019-20 season, which offers everything from live music to theater.
The season also boasts entertainment from campus ensembles, said Jim Winter, artistic director of Columbia Theatre. Performances will be scheduled throughout the season. Dates and additional information are available at columbiatheatre.org.
The Columbia Theatre curtain officially opens with Southeastern Opera / Theatre Workshop’s presentation of Cabaret. The production is scheduled for September 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $21 for adults and $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty / staff, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their ID.
Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, or by calling 985.543.4371.
Back by popular demand, Missoula Children’s Theatre will return the week of October 19 with a production of Jack and the Beanstalk for area youth. Upon their arrival on October 14, Missoula will hold auditions and cast approximately 50 to 60 area children. Rehearsals will begin that day, and a full-scale production will be presented October 19 at 2 p.m. For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre administrative office at 985.543.4366.
Also in October is An Evening with Clarence Gilyard Jr. on October 23. The Die Hard, Top Gun, Matlock, and Walker, Texas Ranger actor will share his life experiences as a film, television, and stage actor.
Next on tap is a concert from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which begins its series of performances at Columbia on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. with Romantic German Masters. The concert is the first of three LPO performances.
Additional LPO concerts include the Yuletide Celebration on December 6, a fun program of holiday musical favorites for the entire family featuring local student choirs, and Nature’s Awakening on February 28. Both concerts are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band from Washington DC will make a return appearance for a free concert October 27 at 3 p.m. Known as America’s Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors are the premier touring jazz orchestra of the United States Army.
On November 1, Columbia Theatre presents Durand Jones and the Indications.
“Durand is a Southeastern alumnus who is a rising star. His fantastic, soul-influenced band recently played on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning,” Winter said. “We are thrilled to have him returning to his roots. My staff and I are currently working very hard to make November 1 a special night celebrating some of Southeastern’s most successful alums.”
In celebration of Jones’ return to Southeastern, Columbia Theatre will be serving Gnarly Barley, a beer brewed by Southeastern alumni Zac and Cari Caramonta; offering a special discount for alumni that night; and hosting additional surprise guest alumni for the curtain speech and lobby greeters.
Approximately one week later on November 7 at 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre presents One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. The show has been performed for over a million Star Wars fans in London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, and the Sydney Opera House. Charles Ross single-handedly plays all the characters complete with voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles, and condenses the plots of three films into one comedic production.
On December 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre will present Hammond Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker. The classic holiday ballet features professional guest artists and excellent all-star local dancers.
Columbia will present Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks as the first performance of 2020 on January 25 at 2 p.m. Winter said the production weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.”
Aquila Theatre will bring its production of 1984 to Columbia on February 15.
“We are thrilled to present this world-class theatre company’s stage adaptation of George Orwell’s legendary novel that was decades ahead of its time,” Winter said.
Columbia presents a pair of performances in March. First up is The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
“Come sing along to your favorite songs with show-stopping entertainer Jack Wright and his music and media presentation of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits,” Winter said.
Next up on March 27 at 7 p.m. is TheatreWorksUSA’s presentation of Pete the Cat. Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling children’s books by author James Dean, Pete the Cat is a fun, musically-driven series about exploring the world.
Rounding out the season is a performance by the band Che Apalache on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Led by Joe Troop, Che Apalche features three powerhouse Latin American musicians and has been taking audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music.
A compliment to the Columbia Theatre season, Fanfare will feature many “home-grown” artists. Fanfare will once again showcase music, theater, dance, lectures, children’s events, and art exhibits, highlighting the myriad of talent university faculty and students have to offer in Fanfare’s 34th season.
For Columbia Theatre season or individual ticket information, contact the administrative office at 985.543.4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.