NSU Theatre to perform “Les Dangereuses Liaisons” (Dangerous Liaisons)

Les Dangereuses Liaisons

Northwestern Theatre and Dance will perform “Les Dangereuses Liaisons” (Dangerous Liaisons) Nov. 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium.

Tickets are $15, $12 for children and seniors. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. For ticket information, call (318) 357-4483 or visit theatre.nsula.edu. The play contains adult subject matter.

The play by Christopher Hampton is set in 18th century France and presents a world of complex moral ambiguities and revenge. 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 it is impossible not to admire them, until they discover mysterious rules they cannot understand. In the ensuing battle, there can be no winners and the innocent suffer with the guilty. Scott Burrell is the director.

Burrell said the play was adapted into a 1988 movie that starred Glenn Close, Keanu Reeves, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman.

“While the movie is pretty close to the stage play, the play goes much deeper into the complexities of the characters and the plot,” said Burrell. The play has been a journey for all involved, especially the actors as they have had to do quite a lot of training in the style of the period which includes the manners, movement and the wearing of period costumes.”

The cast is Rosa Campbell of Baton Rouge as Marquise de Merteuil, Jesse Kortus of Shreveport as Vicomte de Valmont, Bethany Lee of Baton Rouge as Madame de Tourvel, Tova Volcheck of Rochester, New York, as Cecile Volanges, Elizabeth Jones of Benton as Emilie, Emmanuel Dunn of Baton Rouge as Majordomo, Jayzen Bogar of Edmond, Oklahoma, as Chevalier Danceny, Kathryn Bancroft of New Orleans as Madame de Volanges, Lee Garret of Haughton and Logan Simoneaux of Lafayette as an attendant, Macie Barrios of Luling as Madame de Rosemonde, Nick Hebert of Larose as Azolan and Emma Rivet of Baton Rouge as Adele.

Andrew Vessell of Baton Rouge is assistant director, Savannah Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge is stage manager and Jade Duthu and Katlynn Klein of New Orleans and Beth Fontenot of Ville Platte are assistant stage managers.

Burrell is set designer with light and sound design and fight choreography by Paul Pharris, costume design by Jessie Parr and technical design by Robert Richoux.


Antoine Prudhomme – An American Patriot Recognized

By Kevin Shannahan

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The people buried in Natchitoches’ American Cemetery represent a broad swath of our area’s history, from its earliest days through the present. Several people who fought in the American Revolution are among them. The Natchitoches chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the St. Denis chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution joined together with over 20 community members and fellow Veterans to honor one such patriot, Antoine Prudhomme, on Oct. 29.

A color guard of SAR members in period uniforms presented the flag after which Charles McNeely, President of the Natchitoches SAR chapter, gave a talk with details of Antoine Prudhomme’s life. The Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution placed wreathes on his grave as did a representative of his family. A black cloth was removed from the gravestone to reveal a bronze marker from the DAR and SAR marking his grave as that of a Revolutionary War Veteran.

Antoine Prudhomme fought for this nation when it was just an idea, opposed by the greatest empire of the time. Over two hundred years later, his descendants joined present day Veterans in honoring a man who answered he challenge posed by Samuel Adams in his speech to the Philadelphia State House “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace…” He did not go home. Like his brothers at Concord, Lexington, Yorktown and hundreds of battles and skirmishes, he chose the animating contest of freedom. He is a tangible link to the founders of this nation.


Community participates in Halloween events

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After participating in the Crows on the Cane Contest, the community gathered at City Park Oct. 26 for the annual Pumpkin Glow.

5th Annual Pumpkin Glow Winners:
Carved Category:
1st – Juanice Gray
2nd – Lilyasta Laning

Painted Category:
1st – BOM
2nd – Les Amies Service Organization

Entertainment was provided by: Dazzle Dance Center, LLC , ECN: Elite Sports Center of Natchitoches, Renee’s Dance Studio, Natchitoches Flipping Athletics, LLC , NCHS Chiefettes, NCHS Maroon Line, NCHS Orchestra, Classy Steppers, NSU Middle Lab Orchestra, and Natchitoches Magnet Orchestra

2017 Crows on the Cane Winners:
1st Place – Jeannes
2nd Place – City Bank
3rd Place – Times



Pick Your Car, Pick Your Payment

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The sales team at Natchitoches Ford is ready to help you find the car you need at the right price. Pick your car and pick your payment from their large selection of new and used vehicles, which are all priced to move.

And remember, prices don’t include the Little Calvin and Big Calvin discounts! With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to clear the lot for new inventory. Shopping for a car or truck involves a lot of decisions, but the staff at Natchitoches Ford makes it easy to choose.





Find hometown service and the best deals at Natchitoches Ford. Stop by the car lot at 7501 Hwy. 1 Bypass or call 1-888-309-0671.

***Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit financing. Availability applies. All factory rebates to dealer. All offers with approved credit. Excludes prior sales or previously negotiated deals. Plus taxes, title and license fees. Residency restrictions apply. Expires 9-26-17. Stock images are for illustration purposes only. Actual vehicles may vary.

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Pets dress their best for NHS Halloween costume contest

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The Natchitoches Humane Society held its annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest Oct. 24. Owners dressed their pets up as divers, airplanes and many more colorful characters.

1st Place- Elvira owner Lisa Greer
2nd Place- Anistyn, Kaylie, Charlee and Kendall Rhodes Rocky airplane Roxie Scuba Diver
3rd Place- Luke and Leigha with Kion Busby

Judges included Natalie Covher, Mark Fox and Jenny Schmitt.

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Trunk or Treat at NSU Monday night


CAPA organizations Tau Beta Sigma, NafME and Sigma Alpha Iota from Northwestern State University will hold a Trunk or Treat event Monday, Oct. 30 from 6-8 pm at the Spirit of Northwestern Practice Field (behind the tennis courts on the NSU campus). Entry is free, however, additional treats, activities and merchandise may be purchased.


Notice of Death – October 29, 2017

Notice of Death 2017


Hiram Felding Bradford II
June 21, 1940 – October 27, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 9-11 am in the Kramer chapel
Service: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 11 am in the Chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Bobby R. McCray
October 28, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Bennie Ruth Edwards
October 28, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Rev. Calvin Gray
October 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Mayo Cook
November 1, 1961 – October 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA


Distinguished Educators recognized at Homecoming

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Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development honored several alumni during Homecoming festivities with induction into the Hall of Distinguished Educators and recognition as Distinguished Young Professionals. From left are Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Billy Crawford of New Orleans, Jeffrey Powell of Plaquemine, Judy Lincecum Stewart of Broussard, Dr. Larry Gracie of Oriental, North Carolina; Sedrick Clark of Gladewater, Texas; Dr. Steve Horton and Dr. Connie Melder of Natchitoches and NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio.

Those inducted into the Hall of Distinction earned a degree in one of NSU’s teacher preparation programs and are recognized for their contributions to the field of education at the local, state or national level.

LaCap Senior Spotlight: Jeremy Friedel



LaCap Senior Spotlight recognizes Jeremy Friedel of St. Mary’s Catholic School as an outstanding high school senior.

Jeremy Friedel has received many awards throughout his high school career including the Tulane Book Award, State Runner-Up, and National Qualifier Sports Entertainment Management for FBLA. He has received the St. Mary’s Integrity Award twice and has lettered in football, basketball, and track. Jeremy has recently earned a spot on the LHSAA Football Composite All-Academic Team and is a Wendy’s Heisman School winner. He has accomplished all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Jeremy is a member of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church. He is an altar server and contributes often to the community. He is president of the LEO club, participates in the yearly fund raiser for St. Jude’s, helps with the Special Olympics, and volunteers during the summer at Lion’s Camp. Other activities include vice-president of Student Council, National Honor Society, FBLA, Beta, and FCA.

Jeremy participated in the Naval Academy summer seminar and hopes to gain admission to the Naval Academy. He is the son of Captain and Mrs. Trent Friedel and is a blessing to all that know him!

LaCap believes it takes good grades, community involvement, and hard work to make a successful leader. Jeremy Friedel is being recognized for these qualities.

LaCap is committed to improving our community’s well-being by offering financial and volunteer support to organizations that enhance the quality of life through programs for youth, education, and financial literacy.

La Capital Federal Credit Union has two locations in Natchitoches: 311 Keyser Avenue and 926 University Pkwy. Call 318-357-3200 or go online to lacapfcu.org for more information.



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NSU Volleyball Hands Sam Houston Their 1st Defeat!

By Kevin Shannahan

NSU 9 Alexis Warren

Kevin’s Gallery

The NSU Volleyball team was on fire last night in Prather Coliseum as they defeated the previously unbeaten Sam Houston Bearcats Oct. 26 in 4 sets. The Bearcats walked into a buzzsaw of fired up Demon fans and a determined NSU Volleyball squad. Prather was a sea of spirited support for the Demons as the NSU Pep Band was constantly on its feet playing music, chanting and offering friendly suggestions to the referees. They were joined by over 750 Demon fans who never stopped cheering. The Demon Volleyball team has truly shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with on the court.

They are also a class act. The whole team went over to the NSU Pep Band after the game and thanked them.



Get started on your holiday shopping with Early Black Friday Sales

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With the holiday season approaching, Magnolia Spa & Wellness wants to pass some savings on to its clients.

To do this, Magnolia Spa will host a 3-Day Early Black Friday Sale. Door prizes and refreshments will be available during the event.

“We want to show our clients how much we appreciate them,” said Owners Aimee and Leigh.

Savings include:

November 20- 20% Off Services and 10% Off Products
November 21- Gift Card Special Plus 15% Off Services and 15% Off Products
November 22- 10% Off Services and 20% Off Products.

Gift Card Sale: For every $100 gift card purchased, receive a $10 gift card for yourself!

Treat your staff or office to a spa party this Christmas.

Magnolia Spa & Wellness is located at 131 Touline Street in Natchitoches.

Call 318-238-2843 to prebook your appointment time.

Online: www.magnoliaspaandwellness.com.

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