Boil Advisory: Creston Water System

The Creston Water System is experiencing problems with water supply system.

Because of the problems, the Creston Water System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately.
This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Creston Water System.

It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it by the following means:

Boil water for ONE (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. 

The Creston Water System will rescind this BOIL ADVISORY upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals – Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from the water supply system showing the water to be safe.


Third grade students tour Natchitoches and learn its history

Third grade students from schools in Natchitoches Parish are visiting many historical landmarks in downtown Natchitoches this week to learn about the history and culture of Natchitoches.

This program is organized by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN).

Local musician Ed Huey entertained children with music on the downtown riverbank as part of the tour with the help of the Natchitoches Lions Club.


You Are Invited to Learn More About Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and NRMC Orthopedic Associates are hosting a Total Joint Replacement Breakfast & Learn and Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, September 29th . Presented by NRMC Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Ted Jordan, these seminars will focus on the latest advances in joint replacement surgery and how it is helping patients live life to the fullest. Focused on patient safety and good outcomes, NRMC wants to help you move and feel better. So don’t let arthritic hip or knee pain keep you from living life to the fullest – join us to learn more on how Dr. Jordan is transforming joint replacement surgery at NRMC.

Breakfast & Learn is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th from 7:30am – 9:00am and a complimentary breakfast will be provided.

Lunch & Learn is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th from 11:30 am – 1:00pm and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Both seminars will take place in the NRMC Listasch Conference Center at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center located at 501 Keyser Avenue. For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Cathy Jacobs at 318.214.4513.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!


Deutser scholarship honors Army veteran, former TKE

The father of a Northwestern State University graduate created a scholarship in his memory. The Joel David Deutser Memorial Scholarship will be presented annually to a student in any major with a 2.5 or better grade point average with preference given to a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

Deutser attended Trabuco Hills High school in Mission Viejo, California, where he played football. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Ranger for four years. He learned about Northwestern State while stationed at Fort Polk and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was active in Tau Kappa Epsilon where, being a few years older, he mentored many of his fraternity brothers. He also graduated from the FBI Citizens Academic Program in 2013.

At the time of his death, Deutser was head of human resources at Diabetes Management where he raised money for diabetes-related causes.


Here is a look at the week of Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 at Northwestern State University

Sept. 27 – Celebration of Diversity Concert Series, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.*

Sept. 28 – Fall Graduate Career Fair, Friedman Student Union Ballroom, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sept. 28 – NSU Choirs Preview Convert, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.*

Sept. 29 – Faculty recital featuring Kristine Coreil, horn and Chialing Hsieh, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.*

Sept. 30 – Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet Pageant, A.A. Fredericks Auditorium, 4 p.m.

Sept. 30 – Columns Café dinner, Room 225, HMT Building, 6 p.m.

Sept. 30 – NSU Percussion Ensemble, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.*

Oct. 1 – Soccer vs. Houston Baptist, Lady Demon Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 – Football vs. Incarnate Word, Turpin Stadium, 6 p.m.


It’s Official: TappedTober is back for 2021

It’s Official! TappedTober is back for 2021 presented by Jimmy Granger Ford Lincoln in Natchitoches! Clear your calendars for Saturday October 9th as we once again rock the Natchitoches Riverfront in support of bringing access to healthcare in our community!

This annual event is known for its family friendly environment, top-notch entertainment, and ever expanding beer and wine tasting selections, without missing a second of everyone’s favorite fall activity on the gigantic riverfront screen. Headlining this year’s musical lineup, brought to you by Rhodes Properties & Development, is Louisiana’s own, Frank Foster! We will be releasing the full schedule of events, Tuesday September 28th. Visit our website at http://www.thetappedtober.com or find us on Facebook @ Tappedtober for the latest information.

Proceeds from this event will once again support the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation & the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Foundation in their efforts to improve access to healthcare in our community!


Opportunity: Records Clerk

CITY OF NATCHITOCHES JOB OPPORTUNITY: RECORDS CLERK

POSITION: Records Clerk – Part Time – Police Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs routine clerical tasks such as maintaining records, answering telephones, places records in files and retrieves them as needed, receives and prepares reports, gathers data from file records and prepares reports for the Chief, Department Officers and other assignments as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: High School or GED

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St. or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037. Application may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall located at 700 Second St. or downloaded online at www.natchitochsla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through: October 4, 2021

 

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


CIS major Caiden Matthews named NSU ROTC Cadet of the Month

Under the bright lights of Turpin Stadium Saturday, Northwestern State University Interim President Dr. Marcus Jones met with Cadet Caiden Matthews to congratulate him for being selected NSU ROTC Cadet of the Month. When asked about the qualities required for selection, Demon Battalion Commander CDT LTC Anthony Cantrell and Command Sergeant Major Seth Ozsoy noted CDT Matthews was selected for his positive outlook and devout loyalty to the program. Said Cantrell, “Matthews is also quick to volunteer for additional duties, including serving on the Color guard and the Ranger Challenge team, both of which are mentally and physically demanding.”

CDT Matthews is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and credits the Captain Shreve High School JROTC program for his drive. There, he rose through the ranks from his freshman to senior years culminating with being selected Battalion Commander. His sights are set on similar accomplishments at ROTC. While chatting about campus activities, Jones remarked that Caiden looked familiar. CDT Matthews replied that they met while Dr. Jones visited his class for the President’s Leadership Program. Dr. Jones’ face lit up when he made the connection. He replied, “Oh yes, I remember thinking that you are going to do great things here at NSU. Already, as a freshman, you are making your mark.”


Columns Cafe will return Sept. 30, sponsored by Louisiana Seafood

Northwestern State University’s culinary arts and hospitality management and tourism students are bringing back the Columns Café and will feature a Parisian style shrimp dinner Thursday, Sept. 30.

The dine-in menu will feature the following.

• Appetizer – Salmon rose with domestic caviar, deviled eggs and potato pancakes

• Soup du four – French onion soup

• Salad – Fresh green bean and melon

• Entrée – Parisian style shrimp – Fresh Gulf shrimp sautéed with butter, white wine, fresh herbs, roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic. Topped with fresh goat cheese with toasted French bread

• Dessert – Warm yeast doughnuts, mixed berry compote, vanilla crème Anglaise, almond tuile

• Bread & butter – Sourdough with herbed butter

Dine-in meals will be served beginning at 6 p.m. in Room 225 of the HMT Building (FACS Building #44). The cost is $45. To pre-purchase tickets – BUY HERE

The Sept. 30 meal will be sponsored by Louisiana Seafood, who will provide fresh Louisiana shrimp for the featured entrée.

The Columns Café is a hands-on outreach of the hospitality management and tourism program that debuted in 2018 that serves lunches and dinners on select dates. The Café is located in Room 225 of the Family and Consumer Sciences Building. Guests must purchase tickets in advance and seating is directed so that all seats are filled.

The Columns Café is student-run with seasonal, locally sourced meals prepared in the culinary arts lab and served by students. The Café provides students with experiential learning in the logistics and teamwork required to plan, prepare and serve a formal dinner. All proceeds go towards support of HMT students and academic programming.

For more information, contact Landon Amberg at (318) 357-5072.


Deer Hunters, Taxidermists Can Win Gift Card Prizes By Helping LDWF Monitor for CWD

Deer hunters and state taxidermists will be entered into a contest for $1,000 and $500 gift cards, respectively, when they submit a sample from a mature buck harvested in the 2021-22 deer season in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.

All submitted samples will be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD), assisting LDWF with their surveillance monitoring for this disease, which is 100-percent fatal in deer.

The prizes are made possible by the South Louisiana Branch of the National Deer Association, assisting the efforts of LDWF to increase surveillance for CWD.

Hunters become eligible to win the $1,000 gift card by submitting a sample to LDWF for testing from a mature buck harvested in Louisiana during the 2021-22 deer season.

Taxidermists will be entered to win the $500 gift card by submitting samples from mature bucks harvested in Louisiana during the 2021-22 deer season. Both drawings will be held March 18, 2022.

Participants are asked to contact their local LDWF Field Office to submit a sample. For more information and complete contest rules go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/cwd-contest.

CWD, a fatal neurologic disease of deer, has not been detected in Louisiana. However, all three neighboring states, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi, have reported positive tests. Continued sampling throughout the state remains vitally important and LDWF is asking hunters to help.

The disease is spread by contact with infected saliva, blood, urine, feces, food, water, and soil. It can be transmitted from live animals or carcasses, and creates holes in the brain tissue of infected animals. Infection with CWD can occur in deer of any sex and age, but higher infection rates are typically noted in mature bucks.

Symptoms can show 16 months or more after infection. Those symptoms include weight loss, excessive salivation, teeth grinding, head tremors, difficulty swallowing, excessive urination and thirst, incoordination, splay leg stance, lowered head and ears, fixed stare, fainting and lack of awareness.

Prior to hunting deer, all deer hunters, regardless of age or license status, must obtain deer tags and have tags in possession when hunting deer. Immediately upon harvesting a deer, the hunter must tag the deer with the appropriate license tag before it is moved from the harvest site.

The hunter must record the date of harvest and the parish on the carcass tag. Within 72 hours, the hunter must validate the harvest, either by phone (844.LACHECK or 844.522.4325) or online.

For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at 318-487-5885.


NPJ to publish engagement, wedding announcements

The Natchitoches Parish Journal “NPJ” will start publishing paid engagement and wedding announcements for couples who reside in the parish, who have relatives in the parish or who are getting married in the parish. Students who are enrolled at Northwestern State University but who do not live in the parish will also be able to submit. These announcements will be published each Friday morning. 

This move by the Journal allows couples to showcase their announcement. 

“This is a fabulous way for couples to have a traditional engagement and wedding announcement and reap the benefits of the digital age.” said Corey Poole, editor of the NPJ. 

Information for engagement announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

  • An interesting fact about the couple 

Information for the wedding announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Officiant  

  • Attendants 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

“We all love the happy news of an engagement and a wedding, and this is a great outlet for that positive information,” Poole said. “I still have copies of my own engagement announcement and wedding announcement, and my husband and I will celebrate our 16-year anniversary later this year.” 

For engagement and wedding announcement fees and/or to submit information for publication, please email NPJNatLa@gmail.com


Notice of Death – September 22, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Michelle Ann O’Donnell
May 09, 1969 – September 17, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Joseph Lynch
September 20, 2021
Arrangements TBA

James Clark
September 21, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Cyldia B. Groce
September 17, 2021
Arrangements TBA

John Jackson Sr.
September 15, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Ricky Lane Carpenter
May 27, 1961 – September 14, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 11 am at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Gloria Shields
September 12, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Felenn Sowell
September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Minnie Johnson
September 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
James Rickey Hebert
May 20, 1963 – September 12, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 10 am at Spring Ridge Baptist Church

RED RIVER:
Stanley Derrell Horton
October 28, 1938 – September 19, 2021
Service: Friday, September 24 at 11 am at Open Door Fellowship Church


New Tax Commissioner Selected

The Selection Committee for a new Tax Commissioner has concluded its interviews and is proud to announce its selection of Laura Dalme-Jeffcoat as its choice to replace Jerry McWherter as Tax Commissioner on Oct. 1. She will be acting Commissioner until the October Board Meeting where a vote will hopefully confirm the Committee’s decision. She is a great choice to move the Commission into the future and everyone looks forward to working with her. Congratulations Laura.

The Committee would also like to thank Jerry McWherter for his 33 years of service as the very first Tax Commissioner.

Selection Committee Members:
Lee Waskom – NPSB
Julie Lockhart – Parish Gov
Debbie Miley – City of Natchitoches


NPSO: LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE, AND EMS SAY FAREWELL TO NATCHITOCHES PARISH FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT #5 CHIEF JOHN A. NICHOLAS

Natchitoches Parish Law Enforcement, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches City Fire Department, Fire Districts from across Natchitoches and other parishes, along with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS had the honor of attending the funeral services of Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #5 Fire Chief John A. Nicholas at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches on Sept. 20.

Chief Nicholas was also employed with the La. Department of Public Safety Petroleum Gas Commission as a Conservation Enforcement Officer/Inspector, an EMT with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and NATCOM 911 Board Member.
After the funeral service, a large motorcade provided a funeral escort to Russell Cemetery at Montrose for burial services.

We say farewell and salute Chief John A. Nicholas for his dedicated service to the State of Louisiana and citizens of Natchitoches Parish.

The NPSO extends our condolences to Chief Nicholas family and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time and days to come.


Coca-Cola, Bibles and Mansions-Monroe’s Biedenharn Bible Museum, Mansion and Coca-Cola Museum

Louisiana is home to museums whose subjects range from the state’s prehistoric inhabitants to the Civil War, Jazz and natural history. Our state’s museums and historic sites have something for every taste, almost all of it available for free or at a modest cost.

A visitor to Monroe’s Biedenharn museum will have the opportunity to see the Coca-Cola Museum as well as a Gutenberg Bible in the Bible Museum and tour a mansion. The Biedenharn Museum is actually three different attractions in one.

I began at the Coca-Cola Museum. Opened in 2008 and located a few houses down from the Biedenharn Mansion and Bible Museum, the Coca-Cola Museum depicts the legacy of Joseph Biedenharn, the first person to bottle the then new sensation, Coca-Cola. Prior to his innovation, Coca-Cola was only dispensed by “jerks” who served the drink by the glass for a nickel. Needless to say, bottled Coca-Cola proved to be quite successful, making the Biedenharn family extraordinarily wealthy. As with every museum I’ve visited, the staff is key to a quality experience. The docent behind the counter at the museum is a history major at ULM and a font of information on the history of the Coca-Cola company. One of the more interesting facts learned on the tour was that the first Cola bottles were not sealed with the caps familiar to our older readers, or the twist tops used today. Rather, a thirsty customer would slap the palm of his or her hand sharply on the top of the bottle. That would break the early “hutch seal” which would then sink to the bottom of the bottle. The distinctive noise led to the expression “soda pop” for the drink.

The Biedenharn Bible Museum is a few doors down. The museum is simply amazing! Emy-Lou Biedenharn collected Bibles throughout her life. The museum contains an original 1611 King James Bible, a page from a 1454 Gutenberg Bible as well as dozens of Bibles of historic note. The museum contains a collection of Russian Icons and religiously themed art from Marc Chagall. There is also an extensive sculpture collection, including a series of statues depicting the Stations of the Cross accompanied by paintings done by local artists.

Lastly, visitors can take a docent led tour of the Biedenharn Mansion. Built in 1914 when the Biedenharn moved to Monroe from Vicksburg, MS. Emy-Lou Biedenharn was one of Joseph Biedenharn’s children who had a successful career in Europe as an opera singer until her return to America upon the outbreak of WWII. She lived in the mansion until her death in 1984. The mansion and gardens were purposely left largely as they were when she lived there. The mansion is an architectural gem, and the gardens are a peaceful oasis.

The Biedenharn Museum is a superb destination for a family road trip. The hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00. The cost is a modest $7.00 for adults and $6.00 for military/seniors. Children one through high school are $4.00.


What is CASA?

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate; we are a group of staff and volunteers that advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system. On a statewide level, CASA works in dozens of courtrooms across 61 parishes and serve over 3,000 of Louisiana’s most vulnerable children. CASA of Central Louisiana specifically advocates for the abused and neglected children of Natchitoches, Red River, and Sabine Parishes. For more information call (318)238-2446 or visit http://www.casanat.org


Ten-year-old angler lands trophy bass in private pond

By Will Martin, Louisiana Sportsman, Inc.

On July 18, 10-year-old Landon Smith of Natchitoches caught a bass that’s a personal best that will be hard to beat. The monster largemouth weighed an impressive 12.05 pounds. It was so large that the fifth-grader was struck speechless for a time on the bank after landing it.

Smith caught the bass while fishing with his grandfather, Rodger Smith, on a private pond near Atlanta, La., at approximately 5:45 p.m.

That afternoon, they set off for a 3-acre pond on the family’s property. The sky was overcast, but bright. An easy breeze greeted them as they approached the water, rustling the alligator grass and willow leaves. A stand of cypress trees stood still and silent.

“Pawpaw and I went down to the pond to fish,” Landon Smith said, “and when we got there, I saw this little swirl in the water.”

He appreciated the opportunity for what it was, and cast a plastic worm to the site of the commotion. The bass hit the lure, but not with conviction. Landon reeled in and cast a second time. Persistence did the trick.

Wham! A bass slammed the bait in about 3 feet of water.

“After I threw it over there the second time, the bass hit it,” Landon said, “and when I set the hook, I thought I’d hooked into a log.”

A dream fish on his line

But it was not a log, no sir. The youngster had hooked into the kind of fish men dream of catching, some until their fishing days are done.

He’d hooked the fish with a Lew’s Mach 2, rod-and-reel combo and a Culprit worm, fire-and-ice color, Texas-rigged with a small bullet weight.

“It took him not longer than a minute to reel it in,” Rodger Smith said. “He was fishing with a 50-pound test line.”

Landon was in shock after landing the massive fish. His grandfather helped him lug it onto the bank.

“I was surprised,” Landon Smith said, “and I was really excited.”

“He was so excited, he couldn’t talk at the time,” Rodger Smith said, chuckling.

Landon Smith tried to revive the fish so it could be released back into the pond, even placing the bass into a bathtub in his attempt, but it was not to be.

“I dropped it a couple of times,” Landon Smith said. “It was so heavy.”

In the end, the Smith’s decided to mount the fish and keep it as a memento of a special experience in Landon’s budding outdoors life, an outdoors life that began with fishing trips with his grandfather when he was only 3 years old.

Pursuing the life of a sportsman

“This is not the only big fish he’s caught,” said Marilyn Smith, Landon’s grandmother. His previous best was a 10-pound bass, and he’s caught a few 8-pounders and several 5-pound fish to boot.

“He’s just got a natural knack for it,” she said. “It’s uncanny how well he can place his (casts).

“He’s an all-around sportsman,” Rodger Smith said. “He loves the outdoors and all types of hunting and fishing.”

Landon, who has taken three deer to date, is excited about the 2021-22 season.

“He’s looking for the big buck this year,” Rodger Smith said.

“We’ve got a 16-point buck on our land,” Landon Smith said, “and I’m going to get him this year.”


Discover drinks, treats, and magic at StoryBrew Coffee Cafe

StoryBrew Coffee Cafe opened its doors in May of 2020. Located in the historic district at 780 Front St Suite 104, StoryBrew offers a wide variety of espresso based drinks, teas, boba milk tea and fresh baked pastries.

StoryBrew works hard to create a unique environment; full of creativity, fun and passion. Love music? Come watch local musicians while enjoying a hot or iced latte! Need to study or work? StoryBrew offers free wifi and is open 7 days a week! Looking for fresh baked goodies? All pastries at StoryBrew are made from scratch! Enjoy some favorites such as King Size Cinnamon Rolls, Ham & Cheese Stuffed Buns and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

StoryBrew loves offering unique flavors and coffee to the community. If you’re looking to try something different, order a Lavender Latte and top it with Lavender flavored whip cream! Enjoy drip coffee? StoryBrew offers a number of Single Origin beans available in light, medium and dark roast. You can also try any of the beans available in a Chemex or French Press!

If it’s espresso you’re looking for, StoryBrew has plenty of options to choose from. Stop by for a Latte, Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino, Frappe, Cortado, Italian Macchiato or Americano! If you’re wanting to add a flavor, there are plenty to choose from! If you’re looking for something stronger, StoryBrew offers Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew. There are also plenty of alternative milk choices!

Are you a tea lover? StoryBrew carries Harney & Sons tea leaves! For a caffeine free option, try Orange Passion Fruit or Goji Berry! Try any of the teas on the menu iced and add in some Popping Boba available in Peach, Strawberry, Blueberry and Orange Passion. StoryBrew also offers 10 different flavors of Milk Tea complete with tapioca pearls!

If you’re looking for a place to relax or hang out with friends, StoryBrew offers a Book Nook area with books available for customers to read as well as a wide variety of board games for family and friends to play! Take a picture by the throne or snap a selfie with Saphira the Dragon, the shop’s beloved mascot. But beware! Hang around Saphira too long and she’ll ROAR!

Other offerings include a small selection of used books for sale to the public, Open Mic Nights with the NSU Creative Writing Department, children book readings, Smash Bro Tournaments and extended hours for NSU students during midterms and finals!

If you’re in a hurry, you can always call ahead at (318) 214-2387 to place an order! You can also have your coffee or tea delivered through EZ Street or DoorDash! Check out StoryBrew’s Facebook page (facebook.com/storybrew/) for special events, new menu items and limited seasonal favorites!


NSU Theatre and Dance to perform “The Rocky Horror Show” Sept. 22-25

NSU Theatre and Dance will present “The Rocky Horror Show” September 22-25 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. each evening with a 2 p.m. matinee on September 25.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $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 I.D. and sticker. Reservations are not required. For ticket information, call (318) 357-4483 or go to BUY TICKETS HERE

The show does contain adult language and content. Those attending are asked to follow university regulations and to wear a mask when in the Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Scott Burrell is the director.

“I think most people are familiar with the cult movie ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ which came out in 1975,” said Burrell. “It was a huge success and still plays in movie theaters at midnight showings around the world. Most don’t realize the film was actually an adaptation of a stage musical that premiered in London in 1973 called ‘The Rocky Horror Show.’ The stage musical continues to be as popular as the movie and is especially widespread on university campuses.

Burrell said like the movie, the musical provides audience members to participate either by dressing up as their favorite character, talking back to the characters and dancing the “Time Warp.”

“Of course, like the movie, the musical is a little irreverent and may not be to everyone’s taste,” said Burrell. “It does contain adult content and some bawdy humor. I suggest those who are not familiar with ‘Rocky Horror’ to do a little research to know what the show is about.”

Dylan Fuselier, a senior theatre major with a concentration in musical theatre from Chalmette, who plays the lead Frank N Furter, understands most audience members will be familiar with the movie.

“The thing with doing ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ is that it’s also a movie that is so iconic,” said Fuselier. “The lead of the show is such a cult classic icon. Getting to play this role is such an honor for he has truly one of the best musical entrances in history.”

Fuselier says “The Rocky Horror Show” has meaning aside from being an entertaining play and film.

“It has provided an outlet all around the world where viewers come together to be the truest version of themselves,” said Fuselier. “That’s the best part of doing this show for me. I hope that the audience, the community of Natchitoches and anyone else who comes to see ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ at Northwestern State leaves with a sense of individuality. This is demonstrated by my favorite quote in the show ‘Don’t Dream It….Be It.’ That sums it up. It doesn’t matter what you wear, how you dress, how you act, who you love, just be you. That is the essence of Rocky Horror.”

The cast also includes Austin Anderson of New Orleans as Brad, Ashley Stevens of Baton Rouge as Janet, Sarah Lord Holoubek of Shreveport as Riff Raff, Kristi Contreary of Baton Rouge as Magenta, Joy Davis of Minden as Columbia, Jeremiah Mitchell of Alexandria as Rocky, Grant Broussard of Abbeville as Eddie/Dr. Scott and Mark Alexander of Baton Rouge as the Narrator.

Members of the chorus are Dre’lan Evans of Baton Rouge, Abigail Aldridge and Victoria Hickman of Mandeville, Virginia Tudor of Alexandria, Leigh B. Leighton of Gretna and Sophie Stechmann of Chalmette.

JeBreanne Morgan of Baton Rouge is sound designer, Nicole Lala of Kenner is costume designer, Drew Davis of Livingston is assistant scenic designer, Roshane Brown of Kingston, Jamaica, is lighting designer and LB Slater is props master. Josie Oliva of Raceland is stage manager and Mallory Speir of Pineville, Logan Dupuy of Prairieville and Anna Sternaman of Lafayette are assistant stage managers.

Choreography is by Brett Alan Garfinkel with music direction by Dr. Grace Edgar, scenic design by Pedro Guevara and technical direction by Robert Richoux.

 

NSU Theatre and Dance’s production of “Rocky Horror” is co-produced with the NSU Student Theatre Organization (STO) who in past years, presented their own in-house production of “Rocky Horror”. STO will be assisting those audience members who want to purchase the “audience interaction” package which will be available at the door.

 

“It’s an honor to be a part of such an incredibly strong cast of performers, putting on such an iconic show,” said Aldridge, a junior theatre major with an emphasis in musical theatre who is president of the STO. “The Student Theatre Organization production of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ has grown to become a pretty popular event on campus. I think there is an overall love and appreciation for the story which continues to draw people in year after year. This opportunity has allowed us to dive deep into the show and our characters and find the true meaning of the show and make it our own.”

 


Brunson, Abney named research award winners

Dr. Michelle Fazio Brunson, director of graduate programs in early childhood education, and Dr. Lisa Abney, professor of English, were named winners of two Northwestern State University research awards. Brunson is recipient of the Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. Abney is recipient of the Dr. Mariette Lebreton Louisiana Studies Award.

“Each year, during NSU’s Research Day, we present several research awards to individuals whose careers have been dedicated to research, scholarly achievements and service to their discipline,” said Dr. Greg Handel, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “As Research Day was virtual this year, we made the decision to postpone the awards with the hope of announcing them during the Faculty/Staff Institute.” Faculty/Staff Institute was postponed due to COVID concerns.

The Dr. Jean D’Amato Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually at NSU Research Day to honor senior faculty members whose careers have included a significant commitment to research and service to their discipline. Individuals must be nominated by a colleague, hold the rank of associate or full professor, have made significant contributions to the field of study, have remained dedicated to a consistent research agenda spanning their entire career and must demonstrate a sustained record of service to the discipline.

The Dr. Marietta Lebreton Louisiana Studies Award is presented annually at NSU Research Day to honor faculty members whose careers have been dedicated to research regarding Louisiana topics. Individuals may be nominated by a colleague or self-submit, hold any academic rank, have made significant contributions to the field of study, demonstrate a sustained record of research on Louisiana topics and the research must illustrate a significant connection to Louisiana through history, culture, languages, science, math or other fields.

To learn more about each faculty member’s research, access the videos below.

Dr. Michelle Fazio Brunson: https://vimeo.com/607045369

Dr. Lisa Abney: https://vimeo.com/607095996

“It is my honor to congratulate these two outstanding faculty members, and to thank them for their service to Northwestern, their dedication and service to their chosen disciplines and for continuing to support the Academic Mission of the University,” Handel said.