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2016    January    February    March    April    May    June    July    August    
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May, 2016

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Jump Into Spring at the Biedenharn  
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Tulip Time Pass
Until Saturday, May 28 $10
 

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Summer at SYAA:
Get Caught in the Act at SYAA

SYAA Acting Intensives
Shakespeare’s The Tempest

May 23-June 4: M-Sa, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
with a Performance on Sat., June 4 @ 7 p.m.

Explore the storm like never before with Resident Artist Cathy Airhart Webb as she guides students through the rough seas of staging this well-crafted play by the world’s all-time greatest playwright.


 

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June, 2016

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Summer at SYAA:
Get Caught in the Act at SYAA

SYAA Workshops: Auditioning for a Musical
Resident Director and Choreographer Walter Allen will guide students as they prepare for their next musical theatre audition. Students will leave with at least two contrasting musical selections, cut appropriately for an audition. They will also garner experience by participating in multiple faux auditions, with critiques that follow each. Finally, students will explore the basics of both a dance audition and a cold reading as they look toward our next two musical productions, Oliver and Cinderella.

SYAA Workshops: Auditioning for a Musical
Workshop #1: June 1-3, 2-5 p.m.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016.
Downtown Gallery Crawl:

Free. 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Galleries are on
DeSiard Street and Art Alley in Monroe
and on Antique Alley (Trenton Street) in West Monroe.

You can begin wherever you’d like—on either the east or the west side of the River.

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Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts and
Strauss Theatre Center

presents OLIVER!
SYAA and Director/Choreographer Walter Allen are excited to partner with the adults and community members at Strauss Theatre Center, to bring the beloved orphan Oliver and his adventures in the slums of London to the stage. Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and OLIVER! is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it will engage you with its pathos and drama, while delighting you with its outstanding musical numbers. Food, Glorious Food, I’d Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics. Dickens’ characters are brought to life—perhaps larger than life—with all their facets glowing in this exciting production featuring the talents of both local youth and adults.

SYAA Audition Workshop (Ages 8-18):
Wed. through Fri., June 1-3, 3-5 p.m.

SYAA Auditions (Ages 8-Adult):
Sun. June 5 @ 3 p.m. & Mon., June 6 at 5:30 p.m.

SYAA CentreStage Workshops
Harry Potter’s Magical SYAA Adventure
June 6-10 (M-Th, 9-12 & F, 8-11 with a camp showcase at 11)
Get yourself sorted and then embark on a magical Hogwarts adventure, in which you just might encounter He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

SYAA CentreStage Workshops
E-Motions: Inside Out Improv
June 6-10 (M-Th, 1-4 & F, 1-5 with a camp showcase at 5)
Help your students move to the head of the class, literally, as they explore comedy and improv with Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.

SYAA CentreStage Workshops
Minecraft: Battle at SYAA
June 13-17 (M-Th, 9-12 & F, 8-11 with a camp showcase at 11)
It’s pixel-mania as we use tech theatre and a little lego magic to build worlds and as we explore the world of video game battling—stage combat at its best.

SYAA CentreStage Workshops
Merida’s Princess Camp Takeover
June 13-17 (M-Th, 1-4 & F, 1-5 with a camp showcase at 5)
Headmistresses Cinderella and Elsa are out. This year, Merida has taken over along with her friends

SYAA Bollywood Workshops
Dance instructors Samantha Roby and Nidhi Jha help students discover the world of Bollywood by creating a story told through intricate movements and colorful costumes.
June 25-29, 1-4 p.m. (ages 12-18)

 

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Friday June 17, Saturday June 18

Living Fountain Comes To Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
On October 13, 2014, an FE2 tornado ripped thru Ouachita Parish, putting many residents without power and in a state of emergency for weeks. The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens felt the thunderous winds as a number of trees fell, including a large Oak that damaged one of the five large Maiden Statues that highlight the main lawn.

living fountain    After 17 months, the damaged ELsong Maiden has finished being restored and was recently re-erected. To celebrate the return of the Maiden, the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens will have a special presentation of the Living Fountain sponsored by Patrick Electric, R-Squared Construction, and John Watson Landscape Illumination June 17th and June 18th.

    The Living Fountain is a “A unique entertainment experience, where nature comes to life with an extraordinary combination of movement, music and live interaction. Each element weaves an enchanting tapestry in a stunning display of visual images and illusions. This is The Living Fountain, mesmerizing audiences young and old at a host of venues throughout the world,” says Atmosphere Entertainment.

    “The performances are very popular,” says Executive Director Ralph Calhoun. “It has been over five years since the Living Fountain has been at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens. I have had many people ask when we will have it again, so it is a delight to bring the Living Garden back to the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens this year.”

    On Fri., Jun. 17th, three daylight performances will take place at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm and again on Sat., Jun. 18th.

    Two special evening performances will take place at 8pm on Fri., Jun. 17th and Sat., Jun. 18th.

    Daytime performances are $10 per person and the evening performance is $15 per person. Shows will sell out fast so get your tickets now by calling the Museum Store at 318-387-5281.


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July, 2016

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SYAA Bollywood Workshops

July 8-12, 1-4 p.m. (ages 6-12)

SYAA CentreStage Workshops
Descendants: A Magical Music Adventure
July 11-15 (M-Th, 2-5 & F, 2-6 with a camp showcase at 6)
Explore the Disney beat with music and dance inspired by their latest made-for-television hit Descendants.

SYAA Acting Intensives
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
July 11-30: M-Sa, 9-1 with a Performance on Sat., Jul. 30 @ 7 p.m.
In Colonial Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls is terrorized by witches and the town falls to its knees. Student will weather the trial under the direction of Resident Artist Cathy Airhart Webb as she helps them bring Miller’s electrifying script to life.

SYAA CentreStage Workshops
A Pitch Perfect Summer
July 18-22 (M-Th, 2-5 & F, 2-6 with a camp showcase at 6)
Do you have what it takes to join the ranks of Pitch Perfect’s Barden Bellas? You’ll never know until you tune up and sing out.

SYAA Workshops: Auditioning for a Musical
Workshop #2: July 24-26, 2-5 p.m.

SYAA Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike will still soar when the slipper fits.

SYAA Audition Workshop:
July 25-27, 1-4 p.m.

 

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August, 2016

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SYAA Auditions Cinderella:
Sat., Aug. 6 @ 10 a.m. OR Mon., Aug. 8 @ 5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

SYAA Performances, OLIVER!
Sat., Aug. 6 @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 7 @ 2 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 12 @ 7 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 13 @ 7 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 14 @ 2 p.m.

 

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SYAA’s 2016-2017 Classroom Series
Fall 2017 Schedule

Aug. 8-19, 3:30-5:30 p.m., M-F: SYAA on Tour Boot Camp
Mon., Aug. 22: All classes begin regular schedule
Sat., Dec. 3: Additional Sat. rehearsal for all 5-12 yr. old classes
Sun., Dec. 4 @ 2 p.m. & Tues., Dec. 6 @ 6 p.m.: Classroom Showcase
Thurs., Dec. 15 @ 7 p.m.: SYAA Winter Gala

Daily Schedule for
2016-2017 Classroom Series

**All classes are 3:45-5:15 unless otherwise noted
Mondays:
• Improv 101 (Ages 10-18)
• Young Singers (Ages 8-12)

Tuesdays:
• SYAA on Tour (Ages 12-18)**
• Creative Kids (Ages 5-7, 3:45-4:45)

Thursdays:
• Young Performers (Ages 8-12)

Fridays:
• Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 10-18)
• Bollywood Dance (Ages 8-12, Tentative)

Saturdays:
• Tech Theatre for Teens (Ages 12-18, 10-12 noon, excluding Sat. with audition workshops)

 


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September, 2016

 



Sat, Sep 3 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Southern - Monroe, La.  
TBA
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September 9-11 & 15-17

Strauss Theatre Center
opens its 85th season with
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  Roger Miller’s awards winning country and bluegrass score and William Hauptman’s award-winning script transform Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn into a singable escape of teenage Huck and runaway slave Jim down the Big River.   For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com




Sat, Sep 10 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Oklahoma at Norman, Okla.  
TBA
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SYAA Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Star-crossed lovers, sword fights in the streets, a busybody of a nurse, and a meddling friar… these are what make up Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedy, a classic tale of love found and love lost. You might think you know Shakespeare, but you haven’t seen anything until you see these characters come to life under the masterful direction of Resident Artist Cathy Airhart Webb. Your heart will swell, your eyes will water, and you will hold your breath in anticipation through the very last moment of this stunning production.

SYAA Audition Workshop:
Sept. 10 & 17, 9-12 noon

SYAA Auditions Romeo and Juliet:
Sat., Sept. 24 @ 10 a.m. OR Mon., Sept. 26 @ 5:30 p.m.

SYAA School Performances CINDERELLA:
Sept. 22, 27, & 29 @ 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. each day

SYAA Performances, CINDERELLA
- Sat., Sept. 24
@ 2 & 7 p.m.
- Sun., Sept. 25 @ 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 



Sat, Sep 17 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Georgia Southern * at Statesboro, Ga.
  TBA (*conference game)
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SYAA Performances, CINDERELLA

- Sat., Oct. 1 @ 2 & 7 p.m.
- Sun., Oct. 2 @ 3 p.m.

 



Sat, Oct 1 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Auburn at Auburn, Ala.
  TBA
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October 7, 8, 9
- North Delta Food & Wine Festival.

October 7 is "A Rare Culinary Collaboration"
at West Monroe Convention Center. 6 until 9 pm.

October 8 is "Dash 'n Dine/Walk 'n Wobble"
5k run/3k walk at 9 am in Downtown Monroe/West Monroe.

October 8 evening is "Celebrated Chefs"
5-course wine dinner at Restaurant Sage. 7 pm

October 9 is TBA

 

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Sat, Oct 8 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Idaho * - Monroe, La.
  TBA (*conference game)
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Homecoming
Sat, Oct 15 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Texas State * - Monroe, La.
  TBA (*conference game)
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Sat, Oct 22 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
New Mexico at Albuquerque, N.M.
  TBA
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mso ornament October 22 – Usher in the 2016-2017 season to the sounds of Halloween with Hauntingly Beautiful Music as the Monroe Symphony Orchestra presents hauntingly beautiful classics.  You’ll hear Night on Bald Mountain and the Theme from Young Frankenstein.  Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists winner, Cameron Clements on Saxophone will perform a stirring Glazunov concerto.  The evening will end on a happy note with Dvorak’s Symphony 8 in G Major. 7:00 p.m., Jack Howard Theatre.  For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit http://www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com/

 

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SYAA School Performances Romeo and Juliet:

Oct. 27, Nov. 1 & 3 @ 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. each day

SYAA Performances Romeo and Juliet:
- Fri., Oct. 28 @ 7 p.m. (Potential Biedenharn Gardens Performance)
- Sat., Oct. 29 @ 2 p.m.
- Sun., Oct. 30 @ 3 p.m.

 



Sat, Oct 29 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Arkansas State * at Jonesboro, Ark.
  TBA (*conference game)
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SYAA Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Cabaret

It might be a marshmallow world in the winter, and baby, it might be cold outside, but if you’re looking for a true winter wonderland, then you’ll need to come see SYAA’s fourth annual holiday cabaret. Featuring timeless classic such as “Let It Snow” and “Sleigh Ride,” this musical journey will have you tapping your feet to modern holiday tunes such as “Once Upon a December” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” You might even get to celebrate the joys of summer with a certain snowman from Arendelle. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 90% chance of winter precipitation? Bundle up and come celebrate the holidays with us, and let’s dream of a White Christmas together.

SYAA Winter Wonderland Auditions:
Sat., Oct. 29 @ 10 a.m. OR Tues., Nov. 1 @ 5:30 p.m.

 

SYAA Performances Romeo and Juliet:
- Fri., Oct. 28 @ 7 p.m. (Potential Biedenharn Gardens Performance)

 


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November, 2016

 



Sat, Nov 5 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
South Alabama * - Monroe, La.
  TBA (*conference game)
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SYAA Performances Romeo and Juliet:

- Sat., Nov. 5 @ 2 & 7 p.m.
- Sun., Nov. 6 @ 3 p.m.



 

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November 11-13 & 17-19
– Guests of Charley & Myra Brock’s tenth anniversary celebration become complicit in a cover-up that none of them really understand. 
The hilarious event and cascading RUMORS of the evening are a rich basis for great characters at Strauss Theatre Center doing what Neil Simon does best – making the mundane . . . insane! For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

 



Sat, Nov 12 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Georgia State * at Atlanta, Ga.
  TBA
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Sat, Nov 19 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
Appalachian State * at Boone, N.C.
  TBA (*conference game)
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SYAA Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. This is SYAA as it was meant to be, in technicolor!

SYAA Audition Workshop:
Nov. 19 & 26, 9-12 noon

 

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Sat, Dec 3 WARHAWK FOOTBALL
UL Lafayette * - Monroe, La.
  TBA (*conference game)
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SYAA Winter Wonderland School Performances:

Dec. 6, 7, & 8 @ 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. each day

 

 

 

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December 6, 8, 11 &13

Cottonland Christmas Presents:
Christmas on Lamy Lane
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  A holiday concert featuring guest artists paired with local performers who frequently star in Strauss Theatre Center Main Stage productions performing holiday tunes and Christmas standards. For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

 

mso ornament December 10 - Ring in the season with a joyful Monroe Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops family concert featuring Academy Award nominated film, “The Snowman” which tells the charming story of a boy whose snowman magically comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to visit Santa.  The orchestra will perform the soundtrack as you watch the movie.  We will also play time honored Christmas carols and have special activities for the children! 7:00 p.m., Monroe Civic Center Arena.  For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit http://www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com/

 

 

 

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SYAA Winter Wonderland Performances:

- Fri., Dec. 9 @ 7 p.m.
- Sat., Dec. 10 @ 2 p.m.
- Sun., Dec. 11 @ 3 p.m.
- Sat., Dec. 17@ 2 & 7 p.m.
- Sun., Dec. 18 @ 3 p.m.

 

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SYAA Dreamcoat Auditions:

Sat., Dec. 17 @ 10 a.m. OR Mon., Dec. 19 @ 5:30 p.m.

 

 

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Fri., Dec. 30:
5th Annual Young Troupe/SYAA Reunion

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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