Opera Music/Theatre Workshop presents ‘Die Fledermaus’
Southeastern’s Opera Music/Theatre Workshop will present the opera “Die Fledermaus”
Feb. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown
The music featured in the opera is composed by Johann Strauss. Generally known
as “the waltz king,” Strauss composed famous waltzes such as the “The Blue Danube,”
and “Tales from the Vienna Woods,” said Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music
The opera has become popular since its first premiere in Vienna in 1874. “‘Die
Fledermaus’ has never gone out of the repertoire. A 2018 Canadian survey listed it
as the tenth most popular opera in North America,” said Effler.
The opera’s plot is centered around a married couple and involves many actions
of deception and romance in order to attend a ball.
“Alfred has been serenading Rosalinda with opera arias from the street; he comes
into the house, but she convinces him to jump from the balcony as her husband enters,”
said Effler. “Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for punching a police officer,
but Falke convinces him to evade jail for one night so that he can go to Prince Orlofsky’s
lavish masked ball. Eisenstein wants to go with his friend Falke, so he tells Rosalinda
that he is heading off to jail. Meanwhile, Falke has set a trap for Eisenstein and
tells Rosalinda that Eisentein will attend the ball.”
The Opera Workshop also welcomes back guest stage director Rachel M. Harris,
who has directed opera productions at the university since 2008.
The cast features, Cheyenne Moore (Slidell) and Camryn Rodrigue (Thibodaux) as
Rosalinda, Jeanetta Johnson (Bogalusa) and Hannah Turner (Central) as Adele, Alfred
Harper (New Orleans) as Eisenstein, William Dopp (New Orleans) as Dr. Falke, Andrew
Butler (River Ridge) as Alfred, Ryan Blanchfield (Baton Rouge) as Frank, Madelyn Taylor
(Watson) as Prince Orlofsky, Canaan White (Ponchatoula) and Jacob Chancey (Hammond)
as Dr. Blind, Anastasia Mar (Mandeville) and Emily Guagliardo (Ponchatoula) as Ida,
Dallas McAlister (Hammond) as Frosch and Grayson Baracco (Denham Springs) as Ivan.
Actors cast as waiters are Jacob Chauvin (Gramercy) and Eric Martin (Baton Rouge).
Chorus members include Austin Bonfanti (Mandeville), Brandon Lambie (Baton Rouge),
Cole Persick (Franklinton), Caitlyn Rodrigue (Thibodaux), Trey Townsel (Slaughter),
and Mary Vince (Pearl River).
Effler will serve as producer, musical preparer and conductor. Music Department
alumna Karista Filopoulos will serve as stage manager, and Department of Music and
Performing Arts staff member Benjamin Norman will design the lighting. Performing
Arts Supply in Houston is responsible for costume design, while Department of Art
+ Design faculty member Imma Curl will serve as costume coordinator. New Orleans Opera
Association Scene Shop is building the sets, and set design is by New Orleans designer
Advanced tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at
220 E. Thomas St., Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be available
one hour prior to each performance. General admission ticket prices are $21 for adults,
$16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students, and $8
for children age 12 or younger. Admission is free for Southeastern students with university
For more information, contact Effler at email@example.com.
Tutoring Center offers evening sessions at Sims Library
Students who need help with math and chemistry classes can find it Mondays and Tuesdays
at Sims Memorial Library. The Tutoring Center will have tutors available both evenings
from 6-9 p.m., in the Reference Department, on the first floor of the library. The
free, hour-long sessions begin on the hour at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
“The tutoring sessions have become quite popular, so we are happy to announce
a few changes to accommodate more students,” said Tutoring Center Coordinator Marie
The first sessions of the spring semester will be Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday,
Students are asked to come prepared with questions from their class lectures
or homework and to bring all necessary materials for the subject they are studying.
“Students can come and stay as long as they need, but should be present at the
start of a session,” said Bernard. “By changing the format, we hope to provide a more
systematic and structured tutoring session with fewer disruptions.”
“We are excited to work with the Center for Student Excellence to offer tutoring
sessions at Sims Library,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “It is our hope
that these sessions will help students who are unable to make appointments during
the day at the Tutoring Center.”
Tutoring is available in pre-selected math and chemistry courses. Students will
be able to work with tutors for an unspecified amount of time with the understanding
that tutors may be assisting several students in different courses concurrently.
Pre-selected math courses include the following: 105, 151/161, 162, 163, 175,
200, 201, and 241. Chemistry courses pre-selected include the following: 101, 102,
107, 121, 122, 265, and 266.
For more information, contact Bernard at 549-5717.
Proposals sought for conference
In celebration of the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in the United States, Southeastern
is hosting “Grit & Grace: 100 Years of Women's Suffrage," a one-day conference including
individual research papers, panel discussions, round table discussions of works in
progress, and poster presentations that address women's issues and progress across
the disciplines of History, English, Communication, Political Science, and Sociology.
The Conference will be held March 5 at the Southeastern Student Union. Organizers
will accept one-page proposals through the extended deadline of Jan. 31. Presenters
will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 15.
Students, faculty and academic professional staff members are invited to participate.
Presenters may be invited to publish in an online open access journal after the conference.
Send poster proposal, prospectus, panel description, or abstracts for full papers
in Word or PDF format to Dr. Carol Madere at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Association seeks alumni awards nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking nominees for Alumnus of the Year, Young
Alumnus of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni from each of the university’s five colleges.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said the Alumni Association
established its awards program in 1969 to honor outstanding graduates and to celebrate
“The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements
of its alumni, and Southeastern is certainly known to develop leaders in many fields
of endeavor,” said Biggs. “A vast number of the university’s alumni have gained unique
distinction through success in their professions, service to the university, and contributions
to their community.”
The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to someone who has utilized their degree
to achieve outstanding accomplishments in their field on an international or national
basis, Biggs said.
“Southeastern’s Alumnus of the Year is an individual who reflected outstanding
qualities as a Southeastern student, who has excelled in his or her field after graduation,
and who continues to be supportive and active in Southeastern’s future,” she said.
The Young Alumnus of the Year Award, Biggs added, was created in 2011 to recognize
an individual age 40 or under who has already achieved outstanding success in his
or her vocational field and has demonstrated a continued commitment to Southeastern
and his or her community.
Distinguished Alumni Awards from each college are presented to individuals who
are notable among the best of Southeastern graduates and have used their degrees to
become successful in their chosen fields on the local or state level, have demonstrated
service to Southeastern, and contributed to their communities, Biggs said.
“Chosen by Southeastern’s individual colleges, the recipients are a shining example
of the unparalleled programs from which they graduated,” she said.
Criteria for each award, as well as nomination forms, are available online at
Alumni Award nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by Feb. 21. Packets
consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume, CV, LinkedIn
Profile, or similar professional summary; optional letters of support from individuals
other than the nominator, newspaper or magazine article featuring the nominee; or
other items of interest.
Self-nominations are also acceptable, Biggs said, and all nominees must be able
to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner and Homecoming football game on Oct. 23 and 24,
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
Military and Local Hero Appreciation
Military and Local Hero Appreciation day is scheduled Feb. 1 at the University Center
for a Southeastern basketball doubleheader at 1 and 4 p.m. vs. New Orleans.
In appreciation of our local heroes and the men and women who serve our country,
those with a valid military service or unit member (police, EMT, Firefighter, etc.)
ID, need only bring it to the ticket office before game day or the ticket window on
game to receive two free tickets to the game.
Call the ticket office at 549-5466 for more information.