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NSU Theatre and Dance sets spring schedule
By David West

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will open the second half of its 2012-13 season Feb. 21. This semester’s schedule includes  “Eleemosynary” on Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 27 – March 2, “West Side Story” on March 20-23 and “Revelations of Dance” on April 19-20.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, call (318) 357-4483.

“Eleemosynary” by Lee Blessing is a group of fragmented vignettes of the lives of three fascinating women as they struggle to define themselves both as individuals and as part of a family unit. In this poignant and humorous study of familial relationships, Blessing highlights the human need for connection and forgiveness. Dr. Vicki Parrish is the director.

“West Side Story” transfers the tale of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to New York City. The love story of Romeo and Juliet becomes that of Tony and Maria, and the feud between the houses of the Montagues and the Capulets is re-created as an ongoing war involving the two teen-aged gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. With book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, “West Side Story” is one of the true American musical classics. It has unforgettable songs such as “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight.” Scott Burrell is the director, Pia Wyatt is choreographer, Andrew Lewis is musical director and Dr. Douglas Bakenhus will conduct the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra.

“Revelations of Dance” will be performed on April 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium with a matinee performance on April 20 at 2 p.m. The show will feature the NSU Dance Company, NSU Tap Ensemble and collaboration with dance students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. The performance will celebrate dance and showcase an eclectic style of genres. “Revelations of Dance” will include original and restyled works by Brett Alan Garfinkel, Kirstin Riehl, Rebecca Morgan and Renee Oates.