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Shut Up & Dance
||Coach Ken Carter
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2005/Columbia Theatre 2005-06 Calendar
SOUTHEASTERN’S FANFARE CELEBRATES 20TH SEASON MILESTONE
HAMMOND -- “Circle the
whole month of October in red. Fanfare has something for everyone.”
That was how Southeastern
billed Fanfare when the annual October festival of the arts and humanities
debuted in 1986. Two decades later, Fanfare is now the “opening act” for
the year-long season of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. As
the anchor festival for the university’s beautifully renovated Columbia
Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond, Fanfare has become
a north shore cultural icon.
“Looking back, it seems
as if the list of Fanfare events during the past two decades stretches
for a mile -- maybe even 20!,” said Columbia/Fanfare Director Donna Gay
Anderson. “Fanfare’s very first schedule laid the groundwork for its future
success, inviting campus and community alike to enjoy films, recitals,
plays, musicals, ballet and modern dance, lectures and nationally-known
guests. Two decades later, Fanfare and the Columbia still follows the same
successful pattern. We still offer ‘something for everyone’ -- but the
offering has grown steadily bigger and better.”
The 2005?2006 Columbia
season will include a concert combining three legendary vocal groups, the
Platters, Drifters and Coasters; the musical fireworks of Celtic fiddler
Natalie MacMaster; the comedy/drama “Miz Carraway and the Kingfish” starring
John McConnell; the Broadway hit “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”; Comedy &
Pet Theatre, a funny family show featuring gifted animals rescued from
animal shelters; a musical celebration of the beloved sport of golf; and
a trio of concerts by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Columbia season tickets
will be on sale Aug. 8-Sept. 2, with individual tickets becoming available
Sept. 6. Individual Fanfare tickets also go on sale Aug. 8. Tickets can
be purchased by phone (985-549-4371) and in person at the Columbia/Fanfare
box office, 220 E. Thomas Street. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m.,
weekdays. The box office can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to a brilliant
spectrum of classical and popular music, dance, theater, lectures, films,
and exhibits, Fanfare’s 20th anniversary season will also bring back past
hits, including the popular political satire troupe, the Capitol Steps,
and the Missoula Children’s Theatre, which casts area kids in a musical
version of “Robin Hood.”
Also back by popular demand are
the Aquila Theatre Company, which will present two plays -- Shakespeare’s
incomparable “Hamlet” and a new spine-tingling production of “The Strange
Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Odyssey Dance Theatre, whose “Thriller”
was Fanfare 2004’s biggest hit, will return to the Columbia with an eclectic
review called “Shut Up & Dance.”
Additional highlights include:
* A musical lunchtime kickoff
under the campus’ oaks featuring big band favorites by Southeastern jazz
* A guest lecture by Coach Ken
Carter, who made national news – and who is the subject of a recent film
– by locking out his undefeated varsity basketball team for failing to
honor player contracts and maintain good grades. The film will also be
shown outdoors, drive-in movie-style.
* An extraordinary evening of
foot-stomping and hand clapping blues, jazz and spirituals by the world
famous Harlem Gospel Choir.
* The electrifying acapella group
Toxic Audio, whose vocals transcend the boundaries of the human voice.
* A delightful, fast-paced Picnic
‘n Pops concert by the acclaimed 60-member Southeastern Wind Symphony,
joined by Department of Music and Dramatic Arts students and faculty.
* The Serafin String Quartet,
which is rapidly establishing itself as one of the nation’s serious chamber
* Seattle Opera baritone Andrew
Garland, a rising young opera star and Metropolitan Opera regional audition
* “Mark the Line,” a national
invitational drawing exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, and an
exhibit at Sims Memorial Library by three alumni, graphic designers Dean
Cavalier and Keith Kelly and sculptor Martin Needom.
* “Catechism II,” a new version
of last year’s hit “Late Night Catechism,” improvisational theater
that is part catechism class, part stand-up comedy.
* A series of Sunday afternoon
community performances with guests such as Trio Sonacion, which will present
a program of guitar duets and art songs; “The Question of God,” a dramatized
debate between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis; and concerts by Southeastern
jazz combos, and young Louisiana music stars pianist Emanuel Burke Jr.
and soprano Tenisha Marie Marcel.
Southeastern’s Fanfare contributions
* The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra
with faculty soloists Henry Jones, piano, and Richard Schwartz, saxophone,
and the Southeastern Wind Symphony featuring internationally renowned classical
saxophonist Eugene Rousseau.
* Southeastern Theatre’s production
of “Vrooommm!--A NASComedy,” an innovative new play about stock car racing,
and the Opera-Music Theatre Workshops’ production of the all-time favorite,
“The Sound of Music.”
* The “Then & Now” history
and politics lecture series, featuring the wit and wisdom of Southeastern’s
history and political science faculty, and a new series, “High Noon Fiction,”
showcasing award-winning Southeastern authors.
* The annual Fanfare’s Foreign
Film Series and a showing and panel discussion of “Cyrano de Bergerac,”
sponsored by the Psychology Department.
Contributions from the community
* The Amite Arts Council’s “Classics
in the Country,” a concert by violinist Arkady Yanivker, first violin for
the Toronto Symphony and Toronto Philharmonia.
* The Hungarian Cultural Celebration,
an annual Livingston Parish event exhibiting the rich tradition and customs
of the Hungarian culture.
* Sweet Home Folklife Days, a
celebration of the Kentwood area’s African-American heritage.
* BerryPatch Quilt and Art Expo,
a day devoted to the art of quilting in historic downtown Ponchatoula,
For more information, contact
the Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit www.columbiatheatre.org.