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UP IN LIGHTS AT THE COLUMBIA -- The Jan.
22 Deco Ball, a gala evening at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia
Theatre for the Performing Arts, will raise funds to add a marquee to the
historic theater’s facade. This architectural rendering by Holly and Smith
Architects gives an idea of what the marquee might look like.
COLUMBIA’S JAN. 22 “DECO BALL” TO
FUND THEATER MARQUEE
HAMMOND -- With the goal of putting
coming attractions “up in lights,” Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is hosting a gala ball to raise
funds for a marquee for the historic downtown Hammond theater.
Organizers of the Columbia’s “Deco
Ball,” scheduled for 7-11 p.m., Jan. 22, are planning an evening that will
be festive and fun -- all for a good cause, said Columbia Director Donna
“A theater without a marquee is like
a stadium without a scoreboard,” Anderson said. “We know from talking with
colleagues in the League of Historic American Theaters that a marquee is
a must for marketing our productions.”
Polly Durham and Harriet Vogt of Hammond
are chairing the community committee that has been planning the ball for
six months. Vogt, former longtime director of Fanfare, the October arts
festival that opens the Columbia Theatre season, said the Deco Ball idea
originated with Howard Nichols, a retired Southeastern history professor
and member of the Columbia Theatre board.
“I thought it was a wonderful idea
since I had experienced a similar party at a theater when I lived in Germany,”
Vogt said. She said the gala event will feature dancing on the Columbia
stage to music by the Dominoes, partying throughout the theater complex,
and food and beverages by Coy’s Catering.
“It’s going to be a fun party, an opportunity
to dress up and have a really good time for a worthy cause,” she said.
“The decorations are going to be glamorous, the food is going to be wonderful,
and there will also be several fun ‘surprise’ activities.”
Tickets for the Deco Ball are $100
a person and can be obtained by calling or visiting the Columbia Theatre
office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4366. Patrons can also reserve a table
for eight for $1,000.
Anderson said the Columbia has worked with Holly and Smith Architects,
the Hammond firm that designed the theater’s renovation, to devise a marquee
that will compliment the historic character of Hammond’s downtown district.
The computerized, lighted marquee, which would be visible from East Thomas
and South Cherry Streets, is estimated to cost $75,000.
In addition to Vogt and Durham, Deco
Ball committee members are Anderson, Nichols, Marjorie Morrison, Bonnie
Sue Barrilleaux, Pat Mason, Tonya Lowentritt, Nelie Durham, Carol Knott,
Jackie Griffith, Patty Hubert, Pete Pfeil, Virginia Adelmann, Doug DuBois,
John Szeto, and Katie Wainwright.
For additional information about the
Deco Ball, contact the Columbia at 985-543-4366.