Natchitoches Events/Attractions

Opera Theatre Ensemble to perform March 23-24: Northwestern Opera Theatre Ensemble will perform Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” March 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Treen Auditorium at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Marcy McKee is musical director of the Opera Theatre Ensemble. “Die Fledermaus” is an fun operetta about old friends, one of which is orchestrating an elaborate plan to get revenge for a previous joke played upon him. The cast is Rachael Bryant of Gonzales as Rosalinda, Amanda Charles of Houston as Adele, Billy Gorr of Houma as Gabriel Eisenstein, Jenson Wall of Denham Springs as Alfred, Gabriel LeMoine of Kaplan as Dr. Blind, Aaron Rogers of Amarillo, Texas, as Dr. Falke, Michael Martin of Pineville as Frank, Nadya Cesario of Fort Smith, Arkansas, as Sally, Daniela Salas of Cartagena, Colombia as Prince Orlofsky and Michelle Moline of Miami and NSU faculty member D’Nissa Hester are party singers. The chorus is Emily Adams of Raceland, Matthew Armand of Plaucheville, Valentina Herazo of Cartagena, Colombia, Kenyon Johnson II of DeRidder, Morgan McCrory of Deville, Zachary Moreau of Marksville, Lee Whitney of Theriot, Ashleigh Pope of Beaumont, Texas, and Zachary Gaultier of Avoyelles. Dr. Chailing Hsieh is collaborative artist and assistant music director.

Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will perform “A Streetcar Named Desire” March 21-24 in Theatre West. Performance times at 7:30 p.m. on 21-24 with a  Tickets are $15, $12 for children and seniors and Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Students must reserve tickets in Room 108 of the Old Wing of the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center or e-mail Wanda Lucas at with their student I.D. number and date they plan to attend. Seats are limited. For ticket information or to make reservations, call (318) 357-4218 or (318) 357-4483. The winner of the 1948 Pulitzer, “A Streetcar Named Desire” is often regarded as one of the finest plays of the 20th century, and is generally considered Tennessee Williams’ greatest work. Williams’ sultry story of passion revolves around faded Southern belle Blanche Dubois’ visit to her sister in a seedy section of New Orleans. On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew. Tensions rise as the web of lies closes in on her, leading to a shocking climax that will change them all forever. Dr. Vicki Parrish is the director. The cast is Tova Volcheck of Bossier City as Blanche Dubois, Austin Pecot of Luling as Stanley, Sidney Gilder of Crowley as Stella, Connor Loar of Abita Springs as Mitch, Rachel Rudd of Pineville as Eunice, Chase Crane of Livingston as Steve, Emmanuel Dunn of Baton Rouge as Patrick, Thomas Haderiga of Littleton, Colorado, as a young man, Kella Rowan of Baton Rouge as the nurse, Nic Hebert of Larose as the doctor, Laura Guzman of Cartagena, Colombia, as Louisa and Shari Wilson of Many as Estelle. Selene Allain Kovacs of Jeanerette is the stage manager with Olivia Mosley of Alexandria and Wilson as assistant stage managers. Ellie Mandel of New Orleans is the scenic designer, Julia LeGrande of Farmerville is the costumer with Madeline Mullins of Baton Rouge handling props and Desmond Moss of Covington is the sound designer.


The First Annual Cane River Film Festival will be March 23-24th in Historic Downtown Natchitoches. There will be live music, activities, great food, giveaways, film industry networking and extensive filmmaking Q & A’s.  The 30th Anniversary of “Steel Magnolias” will also be celebrated with a screening at the riverbank stage. For more information, visit or contact Kelly Jackson at 318-505-0466.

The Brother's Keeper Motorcycle Club 17th (Dream Run) a non-profit organization, will have an event at the Natchitoches Parish Fairground on March 23-24 of 2018. There will be Crawfish Dinners, Vendors, Auction, BBQ plate lunches, dream run, bike show, car show and live music. For more information call Debbie Waskom 318-332-0306.

 NSU Military Ball March 24: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science and the Northwestern Demon Regiment will host the 68th Demon Battalion Military Ball on March 24 on the campus of Northwestern State University.  The event will be held in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union Ballroom.  This occasion also serves as a reunion for alumni of the Black Knights Drill Team who will be honored during the program.NSU ROTC cadets who will commission as second lieutenants this year will be honored with the “Arch of Steel” during NSU’s Military Ball Saturday, March 24. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner.

 Flavor of Louisiana will return to NSU March 23:

NATCHITOCHES – Following last year’s immensely popular inaugural event, the Northwestern State University Foundation will host its second annual Flavor of Louisiana at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23 in Prather Coliseum.  Flavor of Louisiana is presented in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board and will offer samplings of Louisiana cuisine from all over the state. This year, NSU’s six colleges will host their own booths with raffles and other prizes to assist in raising funds for their own programs.  All proceeds will support NSU faculty and students. Tickets to the seafood extravaganza are $65 per person or $125 per couple.  Sponsorships are available at the $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 levels and include reserved seating and other perks.  The $5,000 Louisiana Sponsor level is a double sponsorship with the Dragon Boat Races, a day-long event hosted by the NSU Alumni Association Saturday, March 3 in downtown Natchitoches. Flavor of Louisiana is a highlight of several events planned the week of March 18, which include the dedication of the Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center in memory of former NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, followed by a celebration tailgate party and baseball game versus Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m.  At noon Friday, March 23, NSU will honor outstanding alumni with induction into the Long Purple Line, NSU’s alumni hall of distinction.  Tickets for the induction luncheon and program, which will take place in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union, are $20 per person. Tickets and sponsorship information for Flavor of Louisiana, Long Purple Line induction and other events is available at or by contacting Burleson at or (318) 357-5213


























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