The L.P. Vaughn Elementary School choral music classes in third-fifth grades will present “Dear Santa: A Musical Tweet for Christmas” Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. The musical, under the direction of music teacher Danny R. Von Kanel, will include drama, lighting, choreography, singing, and staging. Email? Text? Post? Tweet? Skype? In this musical, Christmas is almost here and the entire family is frantic about getting their lists to Santa in time. Exhausted super Mom is ready for an island vacation, choked-up Dad doesn’t need any more ridiculous ties, big brother Axel is on the move and needs some wheels, little brother Joey wants a puppy and Grandma and Grandpa want to try out their new matching sweat suits with one of those fancy dance revolution machines. But little sister Molly’s handwritten letter reminds everyone of the true meaning of the season – sincerely! Grandma will be played by Barbara Clark and Grandpa by LaGordian Brown. Aaliyah Golston will play Mom with King Fisher as Dad. The youngest sister, Molly, will be played by Mariah Silvie and Linda, the oldest sister, by Kaitlyn Dorsey. Jaquerius Dorsey plays the older brother Axel and the younger brother Joey is played by Ryan Shields. Santa Claus will come to life as student Joshua Nash plays the jolly old soul. Mrs. Claus will join Santa as Alayla Bradford plays the part.
Other students will play puppies and dress as toy soldiers, snowmen and elves. This is the seventh musical in seven years performed by L.P. Vaughn students that has led to the L.P. Vaughn School of Fine Arts, now in its fourth year. Two other performances at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. are reserved for students only.
A Rockin’ Louisiana Christmas concert, which was a huge hit in Natchitoches last year, is returning to the Natchitoches Events Center on Dec. 21 at 7 pm. The event is being presented by the Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival. The concert will feature Natchitoches show band Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs along with special guests Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton, Grammy winning Zydeco legends Wayne Toups and Jo-el Sonnier, and the legendary Estelle Brown of Elvis Presley’s backing group, The Sweet Inspirations. Burton said that the decision to present the show again was a no brainer. “We all had such a fantastic time last year and got such an amazing turnout and crowd reaction, we all wanted to come back and do the show again.” Toups said that, while the show would be similar to the one that was presented last year, there would be lots of surprises as well. “Oh, you are going to see some different stuff for sure,” said Toups. “When we all get together there ain’t no tellin’ what is going to happen.” Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets which include preferred seating and a meet and greet and photo opportunity with the artists. Tickets may be purchased at The Harrington Law Firm and several area banks. Tickets will soon be available online at www.natchjazzfest.com. For more information, call 318-352-5900 or 318-471-5778 or 1-800-259-1714.
Don’t let the chilly weather trap your teens indoors this month. The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) will host two more Teen Tuesdays this month. The NPL will be offering a different program geared towards teens (6th-12th grades) on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Teens will not want to miss the NPL’s first Christmas Pajama Party, Dec. 19, from 5pm to 7pm! Come in your PJs and enjoy a surprise holiday movie along with some good eats! Sign up is required for this event via Facebook or at the 2nd Floor Circ. Desk. Christmas comes but once a year, but your local library has something new and interesting every month!
Northwestern State University will hold its Fall Commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 15 in Prather Coliseum. At 10 a.m., graduates from the Gallaspy Family College of Education and Human Development, the Louisiana Scholars’ College and the College of Arts and Sciences except for those in general studies will receive diplomas. At 3 p.m., graduates in general studies along with graduates from the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health and the College of Business and Technology will be recognized. The commencement speaker will be attorney Alejandro “Al” Perkins, chairman of the Board of Supervisors the University of Louisiana System.