The Oh Là Là Theater Series and how it helps get the community on campus


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The Oh Là Là Theater Series, presented by Cenac Marine Services/Arlen B. Cenac Jr., is in full swing at Nicholls State University.

The second play, “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II,” in this third season of the series is premiering in the Mary and Al Danos Theater in Talbot Hall on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Oh Là Là Theater Series began at Nicholls three years ago because of a generous donation from Arlen B. “Benny” Cenac Jr., a community member. He, along with other members of the Nicholls Foundation Board, decided to start doing shows in the Danos Theater so that the students and community could experience plays performed at such a high level.

The series has been able to continue since then because of money made from selling tickets to previous performances, from sponsorships and from continuous donations from Cenac.

Monique Crochet, executive director of alumni and external affairs, said that some shows require a $5,000 sponsorship because of lodging and food expenses for the actors.

The actors who perform the shows in the series are not local, but most of them enjoy performing in the Danos Theater because it is quaint, has good seating and has advanced technology and lighting. Crochet said that the actors who perform at Nicholls always want to come back.

At each show, thirty seats are saved for students, who can purchase tickets at a discounted price (ten dollars each). Season tickets are also available for the series. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets should go see Ms. Andrea Clark in the music department and present his/her Colonel Card.

“The whole point of this is to get students experienced with shows and to get the community on our campus,” Crochet said.

The series does not have any particular theme; a wide variety of plays are performed. At the end of each season, a survey is taken of what types of plays season ticket holders would like to see in the following season.

The first show of this season, “The Four Freshmen,” premiered on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Some audience members traveled all the way from New Orleans to watch the performance.

After the Nov. 11 performance, the series will have three more shows: “Artrageous” on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m., “John O’Conor—Beethoven Sonatas” on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and “Tribute to Queen of Soul—Aretha Franklin” on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m.