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H A M M O N D, L O U I S I A N A

Dear Columbia Theatre Patrons, As the new artistic director, I would like to welcome you to the 2019–20 season at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Our exhilarating new season is a wonderful blend of world-class touring artists, university ensembles, and some of the best theatre, dance, and music in our region. From electrifying live music to OffBroadway shows to outstanding children’s and musical theatre, we truly have something for everyone. It is an exciting time for this magical theatre and we want you to be a part of our Columbia family. Follow us on social media and keep checking for new commercials, promotions, the upcoming Fanfare schedule, and even opportunities to be #columbiafamous. See you at the theatre! Jim Winter Artistic Director Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

TABLE OF CONTENTS Mainstage At-A-Glance Season Ticket Packages 2–3 Mainstage Performances 4–27 Southeastern’s Own 28–29 Community Performances 30–31 Contributors 32

CONTACT INFORMATION 985-543-4371 COLUMBIATHEATRE.ORG FOLLOW US Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @columbiatheatre Columbia Theatre, downtown Hammond 220 E. Thomas St. Hammond, LA, 70401

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk

October 19, 2 p.m. $20 Adult, $13 Student

An Evening with October 23, 7:30 p.m. Clarence Gilyard, Jr. $10 Adult, $5 Student, $40 VIP LPO’s Romantic German Masters

October 25, 7:30 p.m. $37/$20 General Admission

Jazz Ambassadors: The United States Army Field Band

October 27, 3 p.m. FREE Admission

Durand Jones and the Indications

November 1, 7:30 p.m. $45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

November 7, 7:30 p.m. $20 Adult, $13 Student

LPO’s Yuletide Celebration

December 6, 7:30 p.m. $37/$20 General Admission

Hammond Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker

December 13–14, 7 p.m. $39 Loge, $25 Orchestra/Balcony


Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

January 25, 2 p.m. $20 Adult, $13 Student

Aquila Theatre: George Orwell’s 1984

February 15, 7:30 p.m. $45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony

LPO’s Nature’s Awakening

February 28, 7:30 p.m. $37/$20 General Admission

The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond

March 6, 7:30 p.m. $45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony

Pete the Cat

March 27, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. $20 Adult, $13 Student

Che Apalache

April 4, 7:30 p.m. $45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony

Performances in green are available as individual tickets or as part of our season ticket package. Choose from loge, $197 or orchestra/balcony, $152.



JACK AND THE BEANSTALK What happens when a young boy plants wonder beans in his own backyard? Find out when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s fall arts festival. 2 p.m.

$20 Adult, $13 Student







Clarence Gilyard‚   Jr. The star of Die Hard, Top Gun, Matlock, and Walker, Texas Ranger shares his life experiences as a film, television and stage actor. The V.I.P. package for this event includes a post-show meet and greet with our very special guest. 7:30 p.m.

$10 Adult, $5 Student, $40 VIP



Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra








ROMANTIC GERMAN MASTERS Opening with a serenade of wind instruments, this program will begin with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, led by guest conductor Gemma New. The audience will enjoy her insightful interpretations and innovative approach as she directs these romantic German classics featuring cellist, Lynn Harrell.

YULETIDE CELEBRATION LPO’s annual holiday celebration returns to Columbia, featuring yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice, as the LPO is joined by local school choirs.

NATURE’S AWAKENING Guest Conductor Earl Lee returns for a program that will herald the start of spring. All above: 7:30 p.m.

$37/$20 General Admission


Jazz Ambassadors

THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier big band. This 19–member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Known as America’s Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors are the touring jazz orchestra of the United States Army. 3 p.m.

FREE Admission


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Durand Jones & the Indications 12 12 10



Fresh off performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning, Southeastern Louisiana University alumni Durand Jones brings his redhot band and their soulful harmonies back to his old stomping grounds. ”...what a great show they do. It is classic R&B and soul; it was like listening to Curtis Mayfield at times.” –NPR 7:30 p.m.

$45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony




One-Man Star  Wars Trilogy From the producer of Evil Dead! The Musical and Potted Potter! Starvox Entertainment presents One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. Charles Ross stuns and amazes audience members with his fun, energetic and extremely entertaining performance. He single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of three films into one hilarious production that is suitable for Star Wars fans from ages six to Yoda. The show has been performed for over a million Star Wars fans from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai and the Sydney Opera House. 7:30 p.m.

$20 Adult, $13 Student

Performed with permission of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All 'Star Wars' elements property of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All rights reserved.







Enter a winter wonderland of suger plum fairies, dancing flowers, and toy soldiers as the classic ballet returns to Columbia this holiday season. Staged by the Hammond Ballet Company, The Nutcracker features professional guest artists and excellent all-star local dancers. This very special production is a family favorite and sure to fill everyone with the spirt of the holidays. 7 p.m.


$39 Loge, $25 Orchestra/Balcony


Walk On:

THE STORY OF ROSA PARKS In Montgomery, Ala., a determined activist named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus. The resulting uproar launched the Civil Rights movement and changed our country forever. Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.” The play dispels myths about Parks and her protest as it paints a portrait of a complex woman who had to find reconciliation within herself in order to become an effective Civil Rights leader. Exciting and inspirational, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality in the United States. A very special panel discussion featuring prominent Civil Rights advocates will follow this performance. 2 p.m.

$20 Adult, $13 Student


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In the throes of unprecedented challenges to privacy, truth, and personal expression, Aquila Theatre brings 1984, George Orwell’s cautionary novel, to the stage for the 2019–20 season. As our modern world grapples with the threats and benefits of technological integration, Aquila Theatre’s production of 1984 provides a space to appreciate the value of individual thought — an evocative and timely narrative of personal freedom against political repression. Today, Orwell’s prescient story resonates around the globe as individuals, systems, and governments clash. Written in 1944 near the end of World War II, 1984 depicts a society controlled by a perfectly totalitarian government bent on repressing all subversive tendencies. “Big Brother” is always watching and technology is wielded as a weapon to inundate citizens with propaganda and to monitor thoughts and actions. Imagined before the existence of computers, this dystopian future explores the power of technology as a mental manipulator and source of curated information. 7:30 p.m.

$45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony

Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan




Neil Diamond Jack Wright’s Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond is a sophisticated, respectful, contemporary presentation of the hit songs that have kept Neil’s music in the hearts of his fans for decades. High-energy rock ‘n roll meets passionate ballads and soaring anthems in a powerful musicand-media presentation. Fascinating stories and song explanations are seamlessly woven through the show, redefining the Neil Diamond tribute experience. The performance has been described as entertaining, engaging, and memorable. 7:30 p.m.

$45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony




Photo: Sassy Shots Photography, Michelle Snarr




Pete the Cat

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus! 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.


$20 Adult, $13 Student


Che Apalache APRIL



Che Apalache, led by Joe Troop, features three powerhouse Latin American musicians — two from Argentina, Franco Martino (guitar), Martin Bobrik (mandolin), and Pau Barjau (banjo) from Mexico — and has been taking audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music. Famed banjo player and cross-genre trailblazer Béla Fleck was so taken with the band that he signed on to produce their new album, Rearrange My Heart, released this August on Free Dirt Records. The band was formed to enjoy music, to honor it, and to bridge the gap between North and South America, creating a vision of a truly “American” music. 7:30 p.m.

$45 Loge, $36 Orchestra/Balcony



Additional performances and information coming soon at

FALL 2019 Cabaret Opera Theatre Workshop

September 26–27, 7:30 p.m. $21 Adults, $16 Faculty/Staff/Seniors/ Non-Southeastern students, Southeastern students free with ID

LMEA Preview Performance Wind Symphony

November 13, 7:30 p.m. $10 Adults, $5 Faculty/Staff/Seniors/ Non-Southeastern students, Southeastern students free with ID


Ruddigore or the Witch’s Curse, Spring 2019 Southeastern Opera Theatre Workshop

SPRING 2020 PREVIEW Opera Theatre Workshop

February 6–7

Wind Symphony

April 28

Upward Bound

June 30

TICKETS Tickets can be purchased at the Columbia box office (220 E. Thomas St. Hammond, LA, 70401) or by calling 985-543-4371. See for current hours of operation.



PERFORMANCES Jekyll and Hyde, The Musical The New Octavians

September 7–8

The Sound of Music Hammond Eastside Magnet School

March 12–13

The Little Mermaid, Jr. Holy Ghost Drama Club

March 19–21

Footprints Christian Academy of Dance Recital

May 2

The Little Mermaid Fellom Ballet

May 8

Applause Dance Academy Recital

May 17


Marcie Thames Dance Center Recital

May 21

Pembo Cieutat Dance Recital

May 30–31

Lemoine Academy of Dance Recital

June 5–6

Soar Dance and Music Recitals

June 12–13

Beauty and the Beast The New Octavians

June 26–28

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CONTRIBUTORS We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the following contributors who share our mission of bringing the arts to our area. Columbia is dependent upon the generosity and goodwill of many individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations to present events and performances of the highest quality. Columbia regrets any omissions or errors and requests that they be brought to our attention so that they may be addressed. Thank you so very much for supporting Columbia and for making this very exciting 2019–20 season possible. Donations listed are those received as of August 1, 2019.

ENDOWMENTS The Oma Dameron Endowment for Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Established by Stan Dameron

North Oaks Health System Endowment for Columbia Theatre Leola Purcell Endowment for Columbia Theatre

The Suzanne B. Gautier Endowment for Children’s Performances for The Columbia/Fanfare Established by Jack Gautier

The Wiley H. Sharp Jr. Program Endowment for The Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Programming Established by Kit Sharp McLean and Bill McLean

The Marjorie Himel Galloway Endowment for Columbia/Fanfare Programming Established by Bill & Noel Wade

The Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association The Andre & Annette Theriot, D.D.S. Program Endowment for Columbia Theatre/Fanfare

The Patty & Paul Hubert Program Endowment for Columbia Theatre/Fanfare

The Shirley Wiginton Endowment for Columbia/Fanfare Programming Established by Louis Wiginton

The Terry & Pamela King Endowment for Columbia/Fanfare Programming The Maurin Family Endowment for Columbia/ Fanfare Programming Established by James & Lillian Maurin

The Charles and Vickie Robinson Endowment for Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts


DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau Northshore Broadcasting, Inc STAR KSLU LEAD First Guaranty Bank The Red White and Brew Hampton Inn Bienvenue MON AMI Bed and Breakfast Paris Parker Salon and Spa PLAYER C. Roy and Carolyn Blackwood Entergy American Bank and Trust North Oaks Health System Fay and Phelan Bright

Mary Jo and Lanny Greaves Anthon Chiropractic Care Jack and Sue Gautier Charlie and Vickie Robinson Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association ENSEMBLE Tope La Wendy Lauderdale Kent and Gwendoyln Gerhardt/ Gerhardt and Associates, LLC Harriet Vogt Barbara McKaskle SUPPORTING CAST Tangipahoa Parish Library Tangipahoa Parish School Board Hammond Fire Department Hammond Police Department The Southeastern Channel

Southeastern Louisiana University: Student Publications Department of English Department of History and Political Science Office of Communications and Creative Services Student Government Association Anntoine Marketing + Design Paul Catalanotto Chelsey Marie Blank Gnarly Barley APPLAUSE FOR: Southeastern Administrators: Dr. John Crain, President Dr. Tena Golding, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Karen Fontenot, Dean College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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