If you remember, last Tuesday I posted details on 7 area arts events happening the first 2 weeks of December. Well today I'm back, ready to plan the rest of your month for you. Don't worry--the end of the month slows down, to allow for much-needed family/friend/rest time. This first listing is out of order, because I just found out about it....but you're not too late!
December 7th, Dixie Dancers present their Christmas Show
The performance is free and open to the public at 10am Friday, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston. The Dixie Dancers is a group of Ruston ladies who perform their tap dance routines, for free, at various venues in and around Ruston.They have completed more than 250 performances mainly for senior centers and have over 56 dances in their repertoire.
December 16th, NCLAC benefit A Christmas Carol
On Sunday, December 16, at 2pm, the Northeast Louisiana Players Guild will be presenting A Christmas Carol, here at the Dixie Center for the Arts, to benefit us, NCLAC! Isn't that the greatest Christmas gift?! The year’s end is a tough time for nonprofits, and the Northeast Louisiana Player’s Guild has generously offered to split ticket sales with the Arts Council. If you're a regular reader of our blog, you'll know that NCLAC serves Lincoln, Union, Jackson, Claiborne and Bienville parishes, fostering arts opportunities throughout the year. Tickets for A Christmas Carol will be $10 for those 12 and older; those under 12 have free admission.
Faithfully adapted from the novel by playwright Amber Medlin, this production promises to delight theatre patrons of all ages. The beloved Christmas ghost story follows the bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who holds Christmas and every joy that the season brings, in contempt. Through a chance procured for him through his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, Scrooge is haunted by three spirits in the hope that he will be redeemed, atone for his sins, and join his fellow man in the joy of the season.
Under the direction of the playwright, the cast includes talents such as Scott Higginbotham as Scrooge, Dane Warner as Bob Cratchit, Troy Wold as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Tim Medlin as Jacob Marley, Mary Tyler Storms as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Beaux Coleman as Fred, Quinn Warner as Belle, Benjamin Matherne as Tiny Tim, Ben Thoms as Fezziwig. Young performers Jackson Culp, Emalie Dickey, Anna Jane Storms, and Ben Ambrose fill the remaining roles.Tickets are pay at the door on performance day. For more information about the show, call the NCLAC office at (318)255-1450, or Amber Medlin at (318)376-1273. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling the NCLAC office.
December 20, B&B Theatre presents a Christmas Cabaret
The B & B Theatre presents its CHRISTMAS CABARET at the beautiful Norton Building in historic downtown Ruston on Thursday, December 20!
Doors open at 6:30 for a 7:30 PM start. Join B & B (Bread & Basket) for an evening of Christmas music and performances. Prizes will be awarded for the best table decorations, holiday-theme of course, so bring your picnic baskets, your beverages, your creativity (for your table decorations), and your holiday spirit!
"White Christmas," "Baby It's Cold Outside," "Sleigh Ride," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Holly Jolly Christmas," and "Let It Snow" are just a few of the songs you'll hear when you come to the show, but by no means all of them! Also, performances from The Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol.
Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive early. There will be heaters!
December 20, Montessori School of Ruston presents The Sounds of Christmas
Montessori School of Ruston will hold its annual story night, The Sounds of Christmas, at the Dixie Center for the Arts at 7pm. The event is open to the community and is a special evening for families. Tickets are $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family. Slip into your pj's for an old-fashioned story night.
What will your children be doing while you're working? Where will they go during Christmas break? NCLAC will hold Winter Workshops for Children December 27-28 and January 3-4, from 9am-3pm. These 1-day classes will be for students ages 7-12. The December classes will be taught by Sophia Maras, NCLAC Gallery Coordinator, and the January classes will be taught by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director. Both will explore the building blocks of art. Projects include glue-line printing, assemblage and much more. No experience is necessary. Bring a sack lunch and a cheerful spirit. Supplies and a snack will be provided with the 1-day class fee of $25 for NCLAC members, $30 for non-members.