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Columbia Theatre opens 2009 with 'extreme' show featuring talented dogs

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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FUR-FLYING ENTERTAINMENT -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre opens 2009 with the “Extreme Canines Show” on Jan. 17.  Tickets for the 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. performances are available online at or at the Columbia box office (985-543-4371) located in the theater’s lobby, 220 E. Thomas St. Box office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     HAMMOND Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is going to the dogs – literally – with the “Extreme Canines Show” on Jan. 17, in the downtown Hammond theater’s first production of 2009.

     The high energy, Hollywood style show has been called “a rock concert with dogs” and “fur flying family entertainment.” Performances are scheduled at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

     Canine stars of varying breeds and sizes -- all adopted from animal shelters – perform a variety of entertaining tricks, from jumping rope to dancing and big air stunts, said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “This show is the perfect performance for animal lovers of all ages,” she said. “When I saw the tape of their performance on Oprah in September, I was so impressed I knew we had to bring them to Columbia.”

     The talented canines have been showcased on television programs such as Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, the Tonight Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Nickelodeon, Amazing Animals, and Monday Night Football. They have also been featured in Sports Illustrated and commercials.

     Area children who arrive early may be offered the opportunity to participate in the show Anderson added.

     Tickets are $35, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $29, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $25, Balcony 2. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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