Theatre, music and lectures highlight Fanfare's final week

Monday, October 17, 2016 Missoula Children's Theatre
by: Tonya Lowentritt

FANFARE FAVORITE RETURNS– Southeastern Louisiana University Fanfare favorite Missoula Children’s Theatre returns on Oct. 24 with auditions for the production of “Peter and Wendy.” Auditions begin at 4 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. “Peter and Wendy” will be performed twice – on Oct 28 at 7 p.m. and on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

     HAMMOND – Children’s theatre, musical performances and lectures highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October-long arts festival.
    Fanfare’s finale begins on Monday, Oct. 24, with auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Peter and Wendy at 4 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre, located at 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
     “Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Roy Blackwood. “Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor/director. Missoula will cast the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging, songs and movement. By Friday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with professionally designed costumes and scenery.”
     Students wishing to audition must arrive by 4 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 8:30 p.m.
     “Peter and Wendy” will be performed at the Columbia Theatre in two performances on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. All cast members must be available for all scheduled performances and rehearsals.
     Tickets for the public performances are $15 for adults and $10 for children. They are available online at or at the box office, 985-549-4371.
     Next up is OcTubaFest, a free concert series featuring tuba and euphonium and presented by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Oct. 25-26. Lecturer of tuba and euphonium Brian Gallion said the series of four concerts features Southeastern tuba and euphonium faculty and students. All concerts will be held in Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. The Oct. 25 concert includes a student solo recital at 7:30 p.m. that features euphonium students. The recital is free and open to the public.
     OcTubaFest continues on Oct. 26 with two concerts at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The 6 p.m. performance features students in small and large ensemble performances. The 7:30 p.m. concert is a solo recital by Gallion, who will present “Movie Music for the Tuba.”
    Kelly Link, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of several volumes of short stories, will visit Southeastern Oct. 26 as part of the university’s Common Read program.
     Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet their contemporary author.
     Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Link followed by a book signing and reception. All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     Two Then and Now Lectures scheduled Oct. 26 and Oct. 31 help to round out Fanfare’s final week. Both lectures are free and scheduled in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m., in Pottle Auditorium, the host of KSLU’s “Rock School,” Professor of Communication, and Impaired Faculties guitarist/vocalist, Joe Burns will present the free Then and Now Lecture “Make the Presidency Rock Again: The Success and Epic Fails of Campaign Theme Songs.” For as long as there have been presidential elections, there has been someone singing a song about the candidate they like . . . or hate. Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!;I'm Just Wild about Harry!;High Hopes!; Born in the U.S.A!; and the Trump card, We Are the Champions. Vote to join Communication professor Joe Burns for a tour through the highest office hit parade and the controversy that often surrounds it. 
     On Monday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m., William Robison will present the final Then and Now Lecture “Barking Pumpkin and Zomby Woof: The Life, Music, and Surprising Politics of Frank Zappa.” The Head of the Department of History and Political Science, Professor of History, and Impaired Faculties guitarist/vocalist, Robison presents a free discussion of Frank Zappa – band leader, composer, musician, political spokesman, and purveyor of memorable Halloween concerts – followed by the annual throwing of candy. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Some tickets may be purchased online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances.     For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit

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