Art Talk Monday

Piney Hills Harmony, 'Elvis' make date The scene: The Dixie Center for the Arts tomorrow night, Jan. 21.

Poodle skirts. Rolled-up blue jeans. Saddle shoes.

Hippie hair and headbands. Peace signs. And the "Laugh In" joke wall.

Disco queen bellbottoms and Edith Bunker from "All in the Family."

Not to mention "Elvis," who's sporting three decades of costume changes and crooning three decades' worth of songs.

Put all that together, and you've got "Rock Around the Clock," the annual show of Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. Special guest performer will be Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin, ofMonroe. Curtain time is 7 p.m.

Director Sheila Nugent, of Ruston, said, "We've worked very hard to produce a 'groovy' show that will start off the New Year with a bang in a program full of harmony, humor and fun. We're especially excited to be joined by our acclaimed guest. Todd has been setting stages on fire all over the country."

Nugent said the chorus is also thrilled to be able to donate a portion of the proceeds of the show to benefit St. Jude Children'sResearchHospital.

"It's the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance," she explained. "No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. That's an amazing accomplishment, to say the least. We are thankful to be able to offer our assistance to these efforts."

Concerning the show itself, chorus President Carol Ogle, ofMonroe, said, "We hope you join us for a stroll down to the corner ofGolden Oldie Laneand Happy Days Court. It's going to be a real 'production' with nicely designed stage sets and a variety of songs from the '50s, '60s and '70s by both 'Elvis' and Piney Hills Harmony. Audience members of all ages are sure to have a rocking good time."

In light of that, here are a few thoughts for consideration:

Sh-Boom! It'll be One Fine Day tomorrow night as Piney Hills Harmony and Elvis (aka Todd C. Martin) Feel the Earth Move as they perform at theDixie. Don't Be Cruel, and don't be a Hound Dog … you need to attend! Grab yourself a Lollipop, and bring your Teddy Bear (or your Rockin' Robin). And, please, don't forget to do the Locomotion 'cause there'll be no Breaking Up this act … no Return to Sender. After all, in Piney Hills Harmony, We Are Family … and Love Will Keep Us Together. To celebrate, you'll be Dancin' in the Street. And with Todd, surely you Can't Help Falling in Love. You would never Kiss Him Goodbye. Mamma Mia! Viva LasRuston!

(And would you believe that listing doesn't even include all the songs from the concert?)

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students 6-18 and seniors 60-plus, and $25 for special Silver Seating (seats in the front two rows). Tickets are available at the door, the Dixie box office, the Avenue Books and Gifts inRuston, White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe and Zeagler’s Music inMonroe.


In a separate event this month, Piney Hills Harmony will participate in a Sweet Adeline International Global Open House titled "Teach the World to Sing." Designed to better acquaint area residents with what Sweet Adelines has to offer in regard to membership, the local event is scheduled during the chorus' regular rehearsal at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.

Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to experience the exhilaration of performing and creating four-part harmony. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, can find a part that fits her voice range with the help of the chorus’ musical leaders.

More information on either event is available at or by calling (318) 348-2291.


Sallie Rose Hollis is a retired Louisiana Tech associate professor of journalism and a member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council and Piney Hills Harmony Chorus.