NATCHITOCHES – The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will present the 24th- annual Christmas Gala Nov. 28-30 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance times are at 7 p.m. each evening with a 9 p.m. show on Friday, Nov. 30.
Tickets are $10 and will be sold prior to each performance on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 four performances for area school children at 9:30 a.m. and noon on Nov. 28-29. 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.
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.
“The Gala is based on the same format as the Radio City Music Hall production and will be a family friendly show that highlights the talent we have in the School of Creative and Performing Arts,” said Rorex. “There will be several new numbers along with audience favorites from past shows such as the Dance of the Toy Wooden Soldiers, The Percussion Ensemble, and the order of monks.”
Among the additions to the Gala will be Schubert’s Ave Maria performed by the NSU Lyric and choreographed by dance instructor Brett Garfinkel and a new number 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.
“It takes several hundred combined hours to put together our one-hour Gala and we have nearly 300 hundred students and participants,” said Rorex. “Performers, stage hands, designers, costumers, directors and conductors make this production one of the most excellent beginnings to the Christmas season.”