Ruston Community Theatre

Art Talk Monday: Don't be late for the Ball!


This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director. Mardi Gras Ball Tickets are now available at the Dixie Center Box Office. Call Libby to reserve your seat for the Ball at (318)255-1450 Come dine, dance, and support the arts with us this February!

It’s time to mark your calendars for the upcoming Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction. Ruston’s “party of the year” will be February 7, which will be here before we know it. This annual event, whose theme this year is “the Arts,” has been a highlight of the Mardi Gras season in Lincoln Parish for many years; 2015 will be the 16th year!

Last year the Ball was given a facelift: a new floorplan; a new Ball Committee; larger attendance, many of whom were new to the event; new tiered ticket prices; and a new purpose: to support the Dixie Center for the Arts’ Sustaining Building Fund.

The historic Dixie Theatre, built in 1928, is home to the Dixie Center itself, as well as other arts nonprofits: Ruston Community Theatre, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Troupe Dixie, and the Ruston Civic Symphony Society. Each of these groups pooled our efforts last year to make the Mardi Gras Ball bigger and better, and it was a lovely success. We are all working together again this year, and we hope you will join us!

Angie Biscomb, Ball Committee Chair, says “This is a great time of year for the community to get together and have a good time, while recognizing how fortunate we are to have so many avenues for the arts in our community.”

The King this year will be David Hedgepeth, and he has chosen as his queen Melinda Maxwell. David has been a supporter of the arts community for years, and we are pleased to honor him in this way. We will be announcing the Royal Court after the holidays. These individuals are chosen by each of the nonprofits at the Dixie, as a way to recognize and honor people who have made a difference to the respective organizations.

This year’s Ball, sponsored by Bank of Ruston, will be held February 7, from 7pm until midnight, at the Ruston Civic Center. Tickets may be purchased in person, or over the phone, at 318-255-1450, Mon.-Fri. from 9am-2pm, through the Dixie Center Box Office. Lord & Lady tickets are $40, for persons ages 40 and under, and Baron & Baroness tickets are $60, for persons 41 and over.

Individuals may reserve round tables that seat 8 persons when they purchase their ticket at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Each ticket grants two complimentary drink tokens for a beer or wine beverage from the bar. A cash bar is available, and no outside drinks are permitted.

There will be a table decorating contest this year, with a cash prize for the winning table. Be sure to ask Libby in the Box Office about this fun opportunity when you come in for your ticket.

One highlight of the Ball each year is NCLAC’s Silent Auction. This is a wonderful way to “win” treasures, such as trips and casino stays, one-of-a-kind artworks, and antiques. Details about some of the available auction items will be given in early January.

If you have any questions, please call the Dixie Center Box office at (318)255-1450. Follow the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball on facebook to stay in the loop about the event.

2nd line at the 2014 Mardi Gras Ball
2nd line at the 2014 Mardi Gras Ball
2015 King David Hedgepeth, at the 2014 Krewe of Allegro Ball
2015 King David Hedgepeth, at the 2014 Krewe of Allegro Ball

Coming up Friday! in this week's Art Talk Monday

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director Friday night there will be several facets of our artistic community on display simultaneously, which will make for a wonderful weekend. We have such a rich artistic environment in our region, with a wealth of professional artists as well as student artists.  We are lucky to be a “university town” with such great programs in the arts. Theatre, music, visual arts, architecture, and literature each add considerable depth, beauty and warmth to our cultural landscape. In addition, we have many professional artists living in our region who create music, paintings, quilts, sculpture, photographs and more. Some of these artists travel and exhibit worldwide. It’s easy to take one’s home turf for granted, and to miss opportunities for experiencing the wealth of talent we have in our own backyard.  Next Friday is an opportunity not to miss this talent.

"Stuck Inside" by Kevin H. Reddic Jr., part of BFA Photo's Construct exhibition

The annual BFA Photography Exhibition will be having its opening reception at the Rawle Enterprise Center, 509 West Alabama Avenue, from 6 till 8pm. The show, titled Construct, features work by: Whitney Caskey, Austin Elgin, Morgan Kee, Hannah Merritt, Charles C. Rhea, Kevin H Reddic Jr., Shradha Sharma-Bhandari and Cecila A. Stevenson. The exhibition will be on display through May 23rd, weekdays from 8am till 5pm. More information about this can be found by emailing Dorene Kordal at  This reception and exhibition are free to the public.

Drive down West Alabama into downtown Ruston for a Spring Gallery Crawl, from 6-9pm. The public is invited to view new work from local artists, live performances, and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages. Each of the galleries and arts businesses is nestled conveniently on or near West Alabama Avenue, so visitors can park, walk and enjoy the spring evening. The following locations will be participating: Makers Union- featuring the works of Mary Boothe Dunn; Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston (PAIR) - a student showcase performance followed by a talk about upcoming events, activities and class offerings; PAIR Gallery- presenting The Art of Music, an exhibition showcasing local art based on the concept and process of music; Fine Line Art Supply - featuring the intaglio work of Hillary Clary; Pastry Moon - showcasing the work of Whitney Caskey; and Frame of Mind - presenting the cooperative works of the Artist Alliance from Louisiana Tech University. For more information about the Spring Gallery Crawl, email shop owner Bonnie Ferguson at or visit any of the galleries during normal business hours. This gallery crawl event is free to the public.

In addition to the visual arts and music that have been mentioned, NCLAC’s partner, Ruston Community Theatre, will be holding its spring production, All Because of Agatha. The comedy, which tells the story of a couple, a haunting, and a bewitching party, begins at 7pm. The performance will also be held on Thursday, May 1, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday (matinee performance.) Tickets are $6 for students, $12 for adults, and they are available at the Dixie Box Office, (318)255-1450,as well as at the door the night of the show. While in the Dixie Lobby waiting on the performance, be sure to note the artwork on display, as it is a collection of works from the Bienville Parish Talented Art Students, taught by Caleb Clark. NCLAC coordinates with the Dixie Center for the Arts to display artwork from regional art groups.

All too soon it will be hot and steamy, and we won’t want to be out and about. Enjoy the Louisiana springtime, enjoy the fun happenings that are scheduled, and enjoy what our special town has to offer.

Anybody Out There?...Art Talk Monday

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Linda Sivils,  about this week's Ruston Community Theatre's presentation of Anybody Out There? RCT to present Anybody Out There?

Preparations are well underway for Ruston Community Theatre’s production of Anybody Out There?, with special arrangement from Dramatists Play Service.  The play is sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, Dr. Ben Grigsby and will be held March 7-10 at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, RCT productions are supported this season by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Shreveport Arts Council.

The play is written by John Patrick and will be directed by Billy Chandler.  Billy is a seasoned member of the RCT Board having directed eleven previous plays including Bus Stop and Heaven Can Wait.  Satish Bharadvaj will assist as Stage Manager and Don Mitchell will be responsible for lighting. Karen Pittman will oversee costumes.

As usual, the cast and crew are hard at work preparing for opening night. A number of actors will be returning to the RCT stage for this production.  Among these are Jane Wallace, Dixie Mitchell, Casey Allen, Terry Stepp, Rex Yocum, Doug Postel, Rick Godley and Satish Bharadvaj. There are four actors new to the RCT stage.

The plot of this two act comedy revolves around a single character, Oliver Pankey, played by Doug Postel.  Oliver seems to be a born loser and has several hilarious mishaps including relationship troubles, employment troubles, and a run-in with the FBI. The action spins zanily on, deftly finding its way to a happy—and hilarious—conclusion.

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Jane Wallace: Millie Milhous

Dusty Hampton: Herbie Henderson

Troy Wold: Bill McSwain

Dixie Mitchell: Sophie Goggan

Casey Allen: Thief

Terry Stepp: Officer

Suzy Gardunio: Anita Wrenn

Rex Yocum: Doctor Dickey

Michael Tanahill: Stranger

John Lee: Mr. Poopuski

Donald Lazarus: Bank Customer # 1

Edwin Davis: Bank Customer # 2

Rick Godley: Radio Announcer

Satish Bharadvaj: Voice of Neighbor


Show times are 7pm on March 7-9 and 2pm on March 10.  General admission for Seniors/Adults is $12 and Student admission is $6. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance or earlier at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts Box Office.

Ruston Community Theatre seeks to involve the local community in all aspects of theatre production and to provide opportunities to interact on a voluntary basis.  We are looking for individuals who want to explore acting, stage design and production, costumes, directing and lighting and sound.  Auditions for upcoming plays are announced in the Ruston Daily Leader.  Additional information can be found on the website: facebook: