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Behind the Scenes

Take a quick behind the scenes look at the costumes of NSULA Creative & Performing Arts and NSU Theatre and Dance’s newest production, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), which runs from tonight, November 1st thru November 5th! Tickets are available by calling 318-357-4218 or 318-357-4483.

Gifted, wealthy, and bored….the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil form an alliance and turn seduction into a game. They play this game with such wit and style that it is impossible not to admire them, until they discover mysterious rules that they cannot understand. In the ensuing battle, there can be no winners and the innocent suffer with the guilty. Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, set in 18th century France, presents a world of complex moral ambiguities and revenge.

End of the Year Activities

It is a busy end of the school year here at NSU Theatre and Dance! We are working on casting and preparing for the summer and fall shows, and planning our summer camps! The students are just as busy, and we are proud to see some of our Theatre and Dance students go off and do great work throughout the country on their summer break!

Dance Concentration:
Taylor Young- Dancer, TEXAS! The Outdoor Musical, Amarillo, TX

Design/Technology Concentration:
*Dominique Davis- Costume Designer, Natchez Festival of Music, Natchez, MS
Lexi Mancuso- Carpenter, painter and props assistant, Rivertown Theaters, New Orleans, LA
Madalyn Mullins- Props Assistant, New Harmony Theatre, New Harmony, IN
Hailey Pomes- Props Assistant, McLeod Summer Playhouse, Carbondale, IL
Luke Raines- Carpentry Intern, The Gateway Playhouse, Bellport, NY
Mary Rogers- First Hand/Wardrobe, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Normal, IL
*Erika Stanford- Team Lead Technician for the Palace Theatre, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH
Olivia Winter- Carpenter, Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, MI
Annie Wright- Assistant Stage Manager and Stage Manager, Rivertown Theaters, New Orleans, LA

Musical Theatre Concentration:
Yoon Lee- Tap ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shreveport Little Theatre, Shreveport, LA
*Luke Matherne- Performer, Crane River Theatre, Kearney, NE
Dwight Robinette- Richie in A Chorus Line, Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Sundeep Padamadan/Featured Ensemble Member in Legally Blonde, Clear Space Theatre Company, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Emily Ricalde- Tap Ensemble, Shreveport Little Theatre, Shreveport, LA
Jhalon Thomas- Performance Apprentice, Flat Rock Playhouse, Asheville, NC

Performance and Directing Concentration:
Cassidy Giddens- Tap Ensemble in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shreveport Little Theatre, Shreveport, LA
Laura Sharp- Student Director, Frick and Frack Music, Fredericksburg, VA

*Denotes Graduating Senior

Upcoming Shows!


Nunsense II
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin
NSU’s Summer Dinner Theatre
June 14-17 and June 21 – 24
A.A. Fredericks Auditorium
Doors open at 5:30, Dinner starts at 6 pm

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
July 26-29 and August 2-5
A.A. Fredericks Auditorium
Doors open at 5:30, Show starts at 6 pm

If you are interested in tickets to our current productions, please call 318-357-4483, or Click here to purchase tickets online.


Stars of Tomorrow
(NSU Musical Theatre On Tour)

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
by Christopher Hampton

Annual Christmas Gala

Spring Dance Concert

American College Dance Association
(Hosted by NSU)

An Evening with Tennessee Williams

Into the Woods
Book by James Lapine, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Senior theatre students showcased in NYC

By David West

NATCHITOCHES – Eight seniors in Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance program participated in the program’s first senior showcase in New York City during the university’s spring break.

Northwestern State students Chase Miller of West Monroe, Taylor Smith of Leesville, Jesse Kortus of Shreveport, Annie Dauzat of Watson, Luke Matherne of Monroe, Michael Carrier of Lafayette, Jessi Miller of Mansfield and Marissa McMickens of Pineville were accompanied by Dr. Corey Trahan, director of Northwestern State’s musical theatre concentration, and Professor of Theatre Dr. Vicki Parrish. The students took part in a showcase performance for industry professionals and received six workshops from working professionals.

The group met with NSU alumni Donald Jones Jr., a member of the cast of the Broadway show Aladdin and Bruston Manuel, chief operating officer of RWS Entertainment, J. Casey Barrett, a member of the cast of The Book or Mormon and choreographer Ford Haeuser.

“The experience was surreal,” said Smith. “I’ve always had expectations of what New York City was like, and I’ve always known that’s the place I would call home one day, but this week solidified that dream for me and gave me a lot of useful insight into the business there.”

According to Dr. Corey Trahan, director of NSU’s musical theatre concentration and an assistant professor of theatre, senior showcases have become standard at colleges and universities around the country.

“Our students have been asking about a senior showcase, so we began researching options,” said Trahan.

Trahan was able to establish a relationship with the New York City-based Actor’s Connection, an organization that provides ongoing training for singers/actors/dancers, and presents university seniors in showcases throughout the year.

The eight students were selected after auditions for Bruce Earnest, producing artistic director of the International Performing Arts Institute and associate dean of the University of Mobile, and Trahan held on the NSU campus last fall. Seniors were chosen based on career potential, strength of their singing/acting/dancing skills and their interest in pursuing a professional performance career.

The showcase was supported with a $7,500 grant from the university’s Organizational Relief Fund. Seniors organized bake sales throughout the year to raise funds.

Trahan said six students were contacted by agents who were interested in professionally representing them in the industry. The agents specialized in managing performers for musical theatre productions, commercials, voice over work, film and entertainment ventures. One student is being considered for the national tour of Motown.

“While I may not want to sign with an agency immediately, knowing that two were willing to take a chance on me boosted my confidence and let me know that I am, in fact, ready to make the big move in the fall after I finish my summer contract,” said Smith.

Smith said one major thing he took away from the showcase was the advice he received from NSU alumni that affirmed his belief in how to approach his career.

“While the career we choose is about making those important connections with people, I can find comfort in knowing that the biggest part of casting is working with good people so that each day of work feels less like work and more like an impact,” said Smith. “That seemed to be the overall goal of casting in the city and a solid through line of advice. Be a good person and you’ll do fine. And that’s the career I want to be a part of.”

Trahan believes the showcase enhanced the reputation of Northwestern State’s theatre and dance program.

“The Actor’s Connection and many of the New York City agents were impressed with the level of performance shown by the NSU performers,” said Trahan. “I hope to make this an annual event to assist the students with their transition from academia to the professional world.”


Taking part in Northwestern State Theatre and Dance’s first Senior Showcase in New York City during spring break were, from left, Director of NSU’s musical theatre concentration Dr. Corey Trahan, seniors Luke Matherne, Chase Miller, Taylor Smith, Annie Dauzat, Jessi Miller, Michael Carrier, Marissa McMickens, Jesse Kortus and Professor of Theatre Dr. Vicki Parrish.