This week's Art Talk Monday, mentioning last week's theatre performance at LA Tech, and THIS WEEK's musical performance of Jazzland at the Dixie Center for the Arts. I want to tell you about two great opportunities for entertainment in town that you shouldn’t miss! First up, this weekend Louisiana Tech’s Department of Theatre is performing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This show is a long one-act musical comedy written by Rachel Sheinkin, with music and lyrics by William Finn, and directed by Cherrie Sciro, Coordinator of Theatre at LA Tech. As the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, this show follows six students of Putnam Valley Middle School as they compete in the annual spelling bee. However, this is not the average contest as audience members will be selected to participate in the bee. With the competition on, it is a fight to the finish as only one student can be v-i-c-t-o-r-i-o-u-s. The show opened on Wednesday, and will run through Saturday, May 3. Call the Howard Auditorium Box Office at (318)257-3942 for ticket information. Musical comedy at Tech is not to be missed!
Next, on Friday, May 9th, the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana will present their annual fundraiser JAZZLAND. All funds generated from the event will go directly to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Starting the show will be Dr. Larry Pannell and the Grambling State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Pannell formed a talented group of former and current Grambling State musicians from all over the country. “Their jazz stylings were the hit of last year’s JAZZLAND and we are excited they have agreed to come back this year!” Janet Wilson, Director of Resource Development of the Boys and Girls Club, said. “This may be my favorite performance ever at the Dixie! They are playing everything from Barbara Streisand’s, The Way We Were to Al Green’s Lets Stay Together. This group is amazingly talented and if you miss THIS CONCERT- you are really missing something GREAT!”
Headlining the evening is Marc Broussard, a singer-songwriter hailing from Lafayette. His style is best described as "Bayou Soul," a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop, matched with distinct Southern roots. In his career, he has released five studio albums and one EP, and has charted twice on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks. Marc and his band are known for their relentless touring and high energy shows that have won them legions of fans.
Tickets ($30 balcony seats and $40 floor seats) may be purchased online at on the Boys and Girls Club’s website, www.bgcncl.org and at the Boys and Girls Club located at 300 Memorial Drive, Ruston. Doors open at 6:45pm and the show begins at 7:00. An after party sponsored and held by Sundown Tavern will immediately follow.
So there you have it, folks. Two more top-quality arts performances right here in Ruston. And as a reminder, tonight is Ruston Community Theatre’s performance of All Because of Agatha at 7pm, as well as the Spring Gallery Crawl from 6-9pm, and the MFA reception for Construct from 6-8pm. Visit our blog at nclac.wordpress.com for more details.