NATCHITOCHES – The combined talents of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will be on display at the 25th- annual Christmas Gala Dec 4-6 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance times are at 7 p.m. each evening with a 9 p.m. show on Friday, Dec. 6.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased either in advance through the CAPA office at (318) 357-4522 or at the box office prior to each performance. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Tickets will not be available in advance.
There will also be five performances for area school children at 9:30 a.m. and noon on Dec. 4-5 and at 9:30 a.m. on Dec 6. Admission for the children’s show is $3. Those planning to bring groups to the children’s show should make reservations by calling Jane Norman at (318) 357-4483.
Each area of the School of Creative and Performing Arts will be part of the Gala including music, theatre and dance and fine + graphic arts. The Gala will feature the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, the NSU choirs, Northwestern State Department of Theatre and Dance, The NSU Jazz Orchestra, NSU Rockettes, NSU Percussion Ensemble, The Out-on-a-Limb Improv Troupe, and video and visual art provided by Northwestern State Department of Fine + Graphic Arts.
“Since this is the 25th Gala, we wanted to included audience favorites from past shows such as the ‘Dance of the Toy Wooden Soldiers’ and the Percussion Ensemble, as well as some new numbers, too,” said director Patrick Dill. “And, of course, we want to continue the tradition of making The Gala a family friendly show that has something for everyone who enjoys Christmas.”
Among the additions to the Gala will be a new theatre scene and new numbers from the “Nutcracker Suite.” The performance will be enhanced by a digital organ donated to the performances by the Rogers Organ Company that will bring the sounds of a real pipe organ to the Gala.