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About Melinda Parrie

Web Development and User Experience Specialist at Information Technology Services on Northwestern State University's Natchitoches campus. 203A Roy Hall. Phone #5594.

Summer Activities!

It was a great end of the year in the Theatre and Dance Department, we are proud of all of our graduates and excited to see what the future holds for them! Our students are going all over the country this summer on a variety of gigs!

Dance Concentration:
Katherine Langlois- Dancer, TEXAS! The Outdoor Musical, Amarillo, TX
Dwight Robinette- Richie in A Chorus Line and Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Patrick Dorow Productions, Kittery, ME
Taylor Young- Dancer, TEXAS! The Outdoor Musical, Amarillo, TX

Design/Technology Concentration:
Cambree Bailey- Costume intern, Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre, Winchester, VA
*Lauren Guillot- Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA
Lexi Mancuso- Props Designer, Rivertown Theaters, New Orleans, LA
*Luke Raines- Stage Carpenter, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, UT
Mary Rogers- Costume Intern, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Cortland, NY
*Savannah Thibodeaux- Stage Management Intern, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, TN

Musical Theatre Concentration:
Luther Brooks IV- Ensemble in 9 to 5 and Pepper in Mamma Mia, McLeod Summer Playhouse, Carbondale, IL
Rosa Campbell- Anna in Graceland, Karla in The Bikinis, and Susan in Tick, Tick…Boom!
Asher Van Meter- A Chorus Line and Newsies, Apex Summer Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
Performance and Directing Concentration:
Serdalyer Darden- Bobby in Memphis the Musical, Shreveport Little Theatre, Shreveport, LA
Desmond Moss- Director/Choreographer/SM, Covington Louisiana Actors Playhouse System, Covington, LA
Taijha Silas- Live Entertainment Office Clerk, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH

*Graduated this year

Students involved in summer dinner theatre shows here at NSU:

Honky Tonk Angels
Conrad Bradley
Emmanuel Dunn
Cassidy Giddens
Payton Hartwick
Bethany Lee
*Connor Loar
Kyle Munson
Sam Wright

Here’s Killing You Kid
Adleigh Denham
Anna Gautreaux
Sean Grady
Bethany Lee
*Connor Loar
Krislyn Mardis
Kyle Munson
Sam Wright

Check out the ticket page for more info!

Theatre and Dance to perform “The Five Senses”

By David West

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present “The Five Senses” Feb. 22-25 and March 1-3 in Theatre West. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 25.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children and senior citizens. NSU, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts are admitted free with a current student I.D., but tickets must be reserved in advance in Room 108 of the Old Wing of the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center. Tickets are limited. Reservations can be made by calling (318) 357-4218 or (318) 357-4483

The five senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) form the basis of an exploration in dance. The performance will delve into our senses, specifically how they can deceive our perceptions and how the absence of one makes the others stronger. Choreography is by Cher Anabo, Brett Alan Garfinkel, Kirstin Riehl and Rebecca Morgan.

Members of the cast of “The Five Senses” are Alphonse Engram of DeRidder, Luther Brooks and Adele Hebert of Lafayette, Dwight Robinette and Taylor Young of New Orleans, Lee Garrett of Haughton, Thomas Hadzeriga, Jayzen Boger and Asher Van Meter of Edmond, Oklahoma, Katherine Langlois of Baton Rouge, Elaina Guerrero of Shreveport, Maci Burt of Mandeville, Laura Guzman of Cartagena, Colombia, Skilynn Fontenot of Eunice and Vilma Castro of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Letter of intent for dance program approved

By David West

NATCHITOCHES – A letter of intent for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Northwestern State University has been approved by the State Board of Regents. The degree program is subject to further approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and the State Board of Regents.

The new program would be the only one of its kind at a public university in Louisiana, according to Director of Dance and Associate Professor of Dance Kirstin Riehl who co-authored the degree proposal with Assistant Professor of Dance Brett Garfinkel.

The university plans to produce well-rounded students who will be able to enter any area of the dance profession including performance, teaching or choreography. A BFA program contains more courses in dance than a Bachelor of Arts program.

The program would meet a need within the state for K-12 dance teachers. The state offers dance certification in grades K-12, but no public university in Louisiana currently offers a degree in dance or fully prepare K-12 students to meet the Louisiana Arts Content standards.

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