Twin City Ballet
Twin City Ballet is just one of several arts organizations offering entertainment this holiday season.
If you’re looking for a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit and have an appreciation for the fine arts, the Monroe-West Monroe Christmas on the River offers several delightful options this holiday season. Whether you have a taste for Broadway, ballet or the symphony, there’s a little something for everyone on the calendar.
Two local ballet troupes will be performing during Christmas on the River. Twin City Ballet will perform “A Winter’s Night,” a beautiful tribute to the most magical winter night, and the children’s ballet “Santa’s Spy,” on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Louisiana Delta Ballet, which was formed 11 years ago with the expressed purposes of bringing quality ballet to North Louisiana and of realizing the vision to “include all dance for all people,” will be performing “The Frozen Kingdom,” a ballet based on the Hans Christian Anderson classic “The Snow Queen,” from Dec. 15 through 18. “The Frozen Kingdom” will feature 135 dancers aged six to 21. Show times and reservations are available by calling the Louisiana Delta Ballet at 318.345.1155. Local school children will also be bussed in and treated to special performances of “The Frozen Kingdom” during the school day.
The West Monroe Symphony Orchestra and Monroe Symphony Choir provide another opportunity to celebrate the arts and the holidays with “Sounds of the Season” on Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center. The orchestra will be under the direction of conductor Clay Couturiaux and the chorus will be under the direction of Deborah Chandler.
Finally, if you can’t get to Broadway for the Christmas season, our own Strauss Theatre Center gets you as close as you can get south of the Mason-Dixon Line. This year’s production of the Meredith Wilson classic “The Music Man” promises a wonderful night out for young and old alike. Performances are at 7 p.m. nightly on Dec. 11 through 13, with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. showings on Dec. 18.
Each of these performances makes heavy use of local talent. Make sure to get out and support our local artists and performers as they help get Monroe and West Monroe in the holiday spirit during this year’s Christmas on the River.
By Rock LaBerge IV