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Bartie Found Guilty of Kidnapping

 RJ Bartie, 41, has been found guilty of home invasion, second-degree kidnapping, and attempted second-degree kidnapping, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

In 2018 Bartie was arrested for knocking at his victim’s home and pointing a weapon at everyone inside when the door opened. He then forced the victim outside and into his vehicle. During the victim’s second escape attempt the victim’s father shot Bartie and was able to get to safety. Bartie would be transported to the hospital and arrested.

Sentencing for Barite will be held on November 5, 2021, before Judge David Ritchie.

https://www.kplctv.com/2021/09/17/bartie-found-guilty-kidnapping/

One in Custody After Shots Fired At Sheriff Mitchel Newman

A 74-year-old man is in custody in Sabine County after he was accused of firing at least three shots at Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman and two other men on the edge of Toledo Bend Reservoir. It happened Wednesday night on a creek that flows into the lake, at an area known as “Jack’s Landing”.

The man was later identified as Stephen Hamilton, and game wardens said that he lived in an RV park next to where the incident occurred.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens Justin Eddins in Jasper County and Doug Williams in Sabine County conducted the investigation.

Eddins said that Newman and the other two men were in a boat and were frog giggin next to the bank when a man on the opposite side of the creek opened fire. Fortunately, none of them were hit.

Williams said that he interviewed the suspect, Hamilton, who admitted that he fired the shots, but Williams said Hamilton denied that he was shooting at the men in the boat.

Arrest warrants were obtained and Williams said Hamilton turned himself in at the Sabine County Jail in Hemphill on Friday morning.

Later on Friday, Hamilton was officially charged with 3 felony counts of Deadly Conduct and 3 misdemeanor counts of Hunter Harassment. His total combined bond was set at $22,500.00, and he was released on bond on Friday.

KJAS News has requested a jail book-in photo of Stephen Hamilton, but we were told that it would not be available until at least Monday.

Suspect in Lufkin Double-Murder Taken into Custody

The suspect in a double-murder which occurred in Lufkin has been taken into custody.

Lufkin police say Michael “Mike” Rodriguez, 28, of Lufkin, was taken into custody Saturday morning in the 2200 block of North Raguet Street after officers located him using information from a Crime Stoppers tip.

Rodriguez is a suspect in a double-murder in the deaths of Carolyn Price, 68, and Cecil Sheffield, 77. A family member found the elderly couple deceased in their home around 2 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of Home Avenue.

Rodriguez is being held on $5,000,000 bond for charge of capital murder.

Lufkin police said they would like to sincerely thank the person who provided the tip and the public for tirelessly sharing Rodriguez’s photo and information over the past day.

https://www.kltv.com/2021/09/18/suspect-lufkin-double-murder-taken-into-custody/

Woman Accidentally Shot After Gun in Man’s Pocket Goes Off at McDonald’s

A woman was shot in the lower body after a gun in a man’s pocket was accidentally discharged Friday afternoon (Sept. 17).

It happened around 4 p.m. in the 3100 block of Bert Kouns Industrial Loop near Fountain View and Walker. Police say the incident happened inside a McDonald’s there.

A man was fumbling in his pocket when the gun went off, striking the woman in the right thigh and grazing her leg, officials say.

Police believe there was no malicious intent, however, the man will still likely face charges.

At least five units with the Shreveport Police Department responded to the shooting.

No other information is currently available. We will update this story when we know more.

https://www.ksla.com/2021/09/17/woman-accidentally-shot-after-gun-mans-pocket-goes-off-mcdonalds/

Amber Alert Issued Overnight

Authorities are looking for a 6-year-old boy last seen in the Houston Area.

The boy, Amari Baylor, was last seen wearing a white Adidas T-shirt, black Nike pants, and red Nike shoes.

Pearland police are now searching for an unknown black female, who’s approximately 30-years-old, and was last seen wearing an orange shirt. They believe she’s connected to Baylor’s abduction.

The suspect is driving a gray, unknown make and model SUV with an unknown, possibly orange license plate, and a triangle shaped decal on the rear window.

Law enforcement officials believe the child is in grave or immediate danger. If you have any information, call authorities at 281-997-4350.

https://www.kwtx.com/2021/09/17/amber-alert-issued-overnight/

Caddo Deputies Arrest 14 Students After Fight

More than a dozen students at a local high school were taken into custody after a fight Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Steve Prator said in a news release.

Around 3 p.m., Cpl. Calvin Williams, the school resource officer assigned to Southwood High School, responded to a fight at the campus courtyard in front of the student center. He called for backup and nine deputies responded.

Fourteen male students were taken into custody. All will be charged with disturbing the peace.

One student will be charged with battery of a school teacher for punching the assistant school principal.

Another student, 18-year-old Devin Welch, was pepper sprayed and hand-cuffed after he resisted arrest and made threatening statements to Williams and one of the school’s staff members, Prator said. Welch will be charged with resisting an officer and interference with the operation of a school.

All students will be released to their parents except for Welch who has been booked into Caddo Correctional Center.

Williams is speaking with parents as the students are released.

https://www.ktbs.com/news/caddo-deputies-arrest-14-students-after-fight/article_1b87bea4-173b-11ec-86b1-b3b4d7934c59.html

Lufkin Police Investigating 2 Unattended Deaths at Residence

Lufkin police are investigating a residence where a man and woman were found deceased Thursday afternoon.

According to City of Lufkin Communications Director Jessica Pebsworth, a man and woman were found inside a house in the 100 block of Home Avenue around 2 p.m. Thursday.

“As with any unattended death, our crime scene unit and detectives are on the scene interviewing possible witnesses and gathering information,” Pebsworth said.

https://www.ktre.com/2021/09/16/lufkin-police-investigating-2-unattended-deaths-residence/#:~:text=According%20to%20City%20of%20Lufkin,Avenue%20around%202%20p.m.%20Thursday.

 

Sabine Parish School Board Sets Date to Interview Superintendent Candidates

The Sabine Parish School Board is set to interview candidates to fill the role of superintendent.

Dr. Sara Ebarb, the current superintendent, announced her retirement back in mid-June. She has been the superintendent of the school district for the last 10 years. Dr. Ebarb will retire on Dec. 31.

The deadline to apply for the position was Sept. 3, according to the district’s website. School officials say there were two qualified applicants: Shane Wright, director of administrative services for the school board, and Eddie Jones Jr., principal of Florien High School.

The school board plans to interview candidates for the position on Monday, Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the school board’s office. These interviews will be livestreamed for public viewing.

https://www.ksla.com/2021/09/14/sabine-parish-school-board-sets-date-interview-superintendent-candidates/

Texas Man Sentenced for 2019 Post Office Burglary

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas has announced that Paul Wayne Kennedy, 39, of Henderson, TX, has received a federal prison sentence for burglarizing multiple post offices in Texas and Louisiana.

Kennedy entered guilty pleas in April 2021, on charges of burglary of a United States Post Office, possession of stolen mail, possession of stolen money orders, damage to government property, theft of government property, and access device fraud.

The post offices involved were closed for Christmas in 2019 in Bon Wier, TX, Bronson, Texas, Newton, TX, Price, Texas, and Evans, LA.

Kennedy was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle to 2 years and 9 months in federal prison.

Prosecutors say Angela Moore, 37, of Longview, assisted Kennedy in the crimes at the Newton and Price Post Offices. Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of stolen mail and she is currently serving a 6 month federal prison sentence.

http://www.westcentralsbest.com/todays_country_1057/news/texas-man-sentenced-for-2019-post-office-burglary/article_ccda5b22-170d-11ec-aa2d-c79078d3e230.html

Eight Arrested After Lumberton Fight Have Been Identified

Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins has released the identities of eight people who were arrested following a knock-down drag-out drunken melee at about 1:30 Sunday morning in the Lumberton Waffle House on Highway 69. The incident, which was captured on video and then shared on social media, showed men and women, old and young, all fighting with one another.

Originally reported as all Buna residents involved, Sullins said he later learned that those arrested were actually from different towns in both Jasper and Hardin Counties.

Sullins said the following people were arrested:

~ Samantha Artie Bohler, of Silsbee

~ Jayme Shay Brewer, of Silsbee

~ Clifton Dowlen Nelson, of Buna

~ Dylan Michael Schriefer, of Kirbyville

~ Dennis John Schriefer, Jr., of Buna

~ Malcom Lynn Fuselier, Jr., of Buna

~ Jared Morgan Bohler, of Silsbee

~ Gerrell Roy Smith III, of Lumberton

Chief Sullins says each person was charged with Public Intoxication after being booked into the Hardin County Jail in Kountze.

It’s believed that all involved had apparently been involved in a disturbance at a night spot or bar in Beaumont and the dispute continued when they stopped to eat in Lumberton.

https://www.kjas.com/news/local_news/article_3ab91e06-1666-11ec-828e-a7ca44b00fc3.html

Fall Career Fair to be held Sept. 28

Northwestern State University will hold its Fall Graduate Career Fair Tuesday, September 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom.

Students attending must dress professionally and bring a resume to meet with employers.

NSU students wishing to sign up can go to https://nsula.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/26767/student_preview?token=q9amKjlmRUdH2ZZcVUEhQPyI2NRUa-_s4J2ojZx_3UrSS2WJEyLuoQ

Employers can go to https://app.joinhandshake.com/career_fairs/26767/employer_preview?token=q9amKjlmRUdH2ZZcVUEhQPyI2NRUa-_s4J2ojZx_3UrSS2WJEyLuoQ

         Employers attending include AMERISAFE, BOM, Cleco Corporate Holdings, LLC, Edko LLC, Fastenal Company – Branch, Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady University, HCA – 63655, Heart of Hospice, KTBS-TV, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana Legislative Auditor, LSU Law Center, Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, Inc. Marine Corps Officer Program Baton Rouge, Mississippi College School of Law, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Network of International Christian Schools, Nicholls State University Graduate Studies, Northwestern State’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development and Graduate School, Ochsner LSU Health, Pinecrest Support and Services Center, Primary Health Services Center, RoyOMartin, Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Southern University Law Center, St. Landry Parish School Board, The Orchard Foundation – CLIP and Waskom Brown and Associates.

Manhunt in Bienville Parish Ends in Arrests

 A manhunt in western Bienville Parish that began Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) has ended.

Sheriff’s office officials say the two wanted men have been arrested. They were reportedly caught in some woods behind the old Woodward Walker Mill off Highway 80. Sheriff John Ballance says a drone was in the air Thursday morning searching for the men when it noticed a ripple in the water. Deputies searched the area, and found the two men hiding.

Officials say the manhunt began when the two men bailed out of a Ford pickup that was clocked at 99 mph on I-20, the sheriff said. Turns out the truck was stolen from someplace in Mississippi, he added.

They drove west into Webster Parish, when a deputy fell in behind them. They then crossed the median and doubled back into Bienville Parish. They did the same thing a few more times, then finally took the Ada-Taylor exit off I-20, went down a dirt road, and drove off into a creek.

That’s when the two men, both described as being in their early 20s and one wearing all black, bailed out of the truck.

Law officers, a Louisiana State Police helicopter, drones, and tracking dogs from Wade Correctional Center were sent out to search for them.

https://www.ksla.com/2021/09/16/manhunt-continues-bienville-parish/

New Information Released Following Discovery of Woman’s Body in Newton County

Newton County Sheriff Robert Burby released new information about the discovery of a woman’s body on Monday, and he says that foul play is not suspected. The body was found in a wooded area next to Highway 87 and just south of the Devil’s Pocket Community.

On Wednesday, Burby said it was utility workers who found the body, and an inquest was performed by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Brenda Smith.

Burby said the body was taken to the Jefferson County Forensic Medical Center in Beaumont for autopsy.

According to Burby, she has been identified, but the only information released about her is that she is about 20 years of age.

Burby said although foul play is not suspected, the death remains under investigation by his department along with the Texas Rangers.

https://www.kjas.com/news/local_news/article_fc937b28-1645-11ec-aab7-1b166a274307.html

NSU Faculty to Perform New Works Sept. 24

Saxophonist Paul Forsyth and pianist Chialing Hsieh will present a recital “Premiere: New Works for Saxophone and Piano” on Friday, September 24 at 6 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to follow university regulations and to wear a mask at all times in the building.

The program will include “Brazilian Landscapes No. 21” by Liduoino Pitombeira, “From the Skyline” by Mischa Zupko, “from other futures” by John Anthony Lennon, “Ruckblick” by Ursula Mamlok and “Vocalise” by Maurice Ravel and arranged by Larry Teal.

Equally adept at both the classical and jazz repertoire, Forsyth has performed and taught at numerous concert halls, universities and conferences around the world. Forsyth has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, John Donald Robb Composer Symposiums and International Saxophone Symposiums. He has been instrumental in commissioning numerous new works for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet and saxophone/oboe duo. As a chamber musician, Paul Forsyth is a member of two renowned ensembles, the Three Reeds Duo and the Iridium Quartet. Each ensemble has multiple recordings, the most recent albums being “Metamorphosis” and “Skylines.” As a top-call saxophonist in northern Louisiana, he has performed with such performers as Regis Philbin, Lew Soloff, the Temptations and Bobby Vinton. From 2017-2019, Paul Forsyth was named the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition Committee Chairman.

Forsyth joined the faculty of Northwestern State in the fall of 2007 and currently serves as professor of saxophone. In the past, he has been on the faculties of Albion College, Spring Arbor University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees in saxophone performance from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tennessee. His primary professors include Joseph Lulloff, Diego Rivera, Ron Blake,and Mark Tucker. Forsyth is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Fanfare), Hsieh has performed recitals in Europe, Asia and throughout the United States and has been a featured pianist on seven CD’s for the Centaur, Enharmonic and Ballpark record labels. Hsieh is an assistant professor of collaborative piano at Northwestern State and has given masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad and served as a judge and adjudicator for competitions and events.

A sought-after collaborative pianist, Hsieh has performed with members of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Memphis. She has performed with the faculty of Julliard, Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati and Arizona State University.

OSFM Arrests Singer Man for Aggravated Arson

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested James Burnett Jr of Singer, LA, for setting fire to a relative’s mobile home, which spread to a second, occupied mobile home, following an argument over $40.

Just after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021, Beauregard Fire District #1 responded to a mobile home fire in the 100 block of East Iowa Street in Singer, LA.

Firefighters arrived to find one mobile home fully engulfed with a second mobile home on fire due to exposure from the other structure. Four people had been on the porch of the second mobile home at the time of the fire, but were able to escape unharmed.

Following an assessment of the scene, and collecting witness statements, SFM deputies determined the fire originated inside of the vacant mobile home and was intentionally set.

During interviews with witnesses, Burnett, Jr., admitted to setting the fire inside of the vacant mobile home out of anger with his grandfather for not giving him $40. He was then placed under arrest and booked in connection with the case.

Burnett, Jr., was booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail on one count of Aggravated Arson.

http://www.westcentralsbest.com/todays_country_1057/news/osfm-arrests-singer-man-for-aggravated-arson/article_be02d176-1634-11ec-8cf2-9fd2a999b178.html

Buna Woman Accused of Arson

A Buna woman has been accused of committing arson following a Monday house fire in south Jasper County. The blaze destroyed a mobile home located in the 2700 block of Farm to Market Road 2938, which is just southeast of Buna.

According to Jasper County Chief Deputy Scotty Duncan, deputies had been dealing with ongoing problems involving 49-year-old Stacy Ann Mason and the man that she was living with. Duncan said a disturbance between the couple escalated on Monday, resulting in Mason setting the house on fire.

Mason was booked into the Jasper County Jail on a charge of arson, but jailers say that she will not be arraigned on the charge and have her bond set until Wednesday.

https://www.kjas.com/news/local_news/article_1b2400a4-1596-11ec-9fb1-972359b8d330.html

Chief Civil Deputy of Caldwell Parish Arrested for Malfeasance in Office and Theft

Earlier this month, Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division/Monroe Field Office was requested by the Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) to investigate a possible theft involving their Chief Civil Deputy.

CPSO initially received information indicating that cash may have been stolen from the cash drawer at the Sheriff’s Office that is used to hold money collected for fines and fees.  Through investigative means, LSP Detectives identified 58-year-old Debbie Dollar as the suspect in the case.  Detectives were able to determine that Dollar had stolen over $35,000 from the cash drawer since January 2020.

Earlier this morning, an arrest warrant was obtained for Dollar.  She was arrested and charged with one count of Malfeasance in Office and one count of felony Theft.  She was booked into the Caldwell Parish Jail.  Bond was set at $4,000.

The public plays an important role in identifying suspects involved in criminal or suspicious activity.  The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through an anonymous reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. The form can be found by visiting http://la-safe.org/ and clicking on the “Suspicious Activity” link.

Crockett Police: Masseur Sexually Abused Clients, Child

A Crockett man was arrested Monday after investigators say they found evidence of the man perpetuating sexual misconduct as a masseur.

Investigators with the Crockett Police Department, with an assist from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathan Paul Sensat, 48, of Crockett at his Belott area home. The arrest comes after a month-long investigation by Crockett Police Department into allegations of sexual misconduct, instances of which investigators say occurred while Sensat was giving massages at a local massage parlor.

During the investigation, multiple victims were interviewed and reported incidents involving sexual misconduct at the business. Statements obtained from victims were consistent indicating sexual misconduct occurred multiple times during these massage sessions.

As the investigation continued more than one victim reported that they had been sexually abused by Sensat as a child.

https://www.ktre.com/2021/09/14/crockett-police-masseuse-sexually-abused-clients-child/

Nicholas Crawls into Louisiana from Texas, Dumping Rain

Nicholas weakened to a tropical depression as it crawled from Texas into southern Louisiana on Wednesday, unleashing heavy rain across a landscape where Hurricane Ida destroyed thousands of rooftops now covered with flimsy tarps.

Forecasters said Nicholas would slow to a stall over central Louisiana through Thursday, with plenty of water still to dump east of its center, drenching the Gulf Coast as far as the western Florida Panhandle. Southeast Louisiana faced the biggest flooding threat, and Gov. John Bel Edwards warned people to take it seriously, even though Nicholas was no longer the hurricane that made landfall in Texas on Tuesday.

“This is a very serious storm, particularly in those areas that were so heavily impacted by Hurricane Ida,” Edwards said.

Forecasters warned people along the central Gulf Coast that up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) are possible through Friday in places across a region still recovering from Category 4 hurricanes — Ida weeks ago and Laura last year.

Galveston, Texas, recorded nearly 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain from Nicholas, the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, while Houston reported more than 6 inches (15 centimeters). The New Orleans office of the National Weather Service said late Tuesday that as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain could fall in parts of Louisiana, with some areas seeing particularly intense periods of 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rainfall per hour.

In the small Louisiana community of Pointe-aux-Chenes, Ida peeled open the tin roof of Terry and Patti Dardar’s home, leaving them without power and water for more than two weeks since. Nicholas made the damage that much worse, soaking the upstairs. But it also provided them with badly needed water, which their son Terren and grandchildren collected in jugs and poured into a huge plastic container through a strainer. From there, a pump powered by a generator brought the water inside.

His mom, Patti, said the family didn’t have anywhere else to go after Ida, so members were doing their best during Nicholas.

“We ain’t got no other place,” she said. “This is our home.”

Gov. Edwards noted that 95,000 electric customers were still without power more than two weeks after Ida hit. And he said the new storm could mean some who had regained power might lose it again. Homes already badly damaged by Ida were not yet repaired to the extent that they could withstand heavy rain, Edwards added.

Energy companies working to restore power to remaining areas in the state said Wednesday that they were watching Nicholas closely but didn’t expect it to affect their restoration times.

A spokesman for Entergy Louisiana said Nicholas so far has not caused any delays to previously announced times to restore power. Crews cannot operate when lightning is within 10 miles (16 kilometers) and can’t put bucket trucks in the air at winds greater than 30 mph (50 kph), said Jerry Nappi. But once conditions improve they would quickly resume work.

Joe Ticheli, manager and CEO of South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association, said rain really doesn’t stop the linemen, who are outfitted with slicker suits and grit.

“These are tough guys, and they relish all of this,” he said. The coop services about 21,000 customers across five parishes including parts of the hard-hit Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Ticheli said the coop has returned power to about 75% of its customers with the remaining 25% mostly in the hardest-hit parts of southern Terrebonne parish.

In the weather-battered city of Lake Charles, in southwestern Louisiana, Mayor Nic Hunter said ahead of Nicholas the city prepositioned assets should they be needed, and city crews scoured the drainage system to keep it free from debris that might cause clogs and flooding.

Lake Charles has been hammered. Hurricane Laura caused substantial structural damage across the city of nearly 80,000 residents. Weeks later Hurricane Delta ripped through the same area. Freezing temperatures in January burst pipes across the city, and then a May rainstorm swamped houses and businesses yet again.

The mayor says he’s naturally worried about how his people are coping.

“With what people have gone through over the last 16 months here in Lake Charles, they are very, understandably, despondent, emotional. Any time we have even a hint of a weather event approaching, people get scared,” he said.

https://www.ktbs.com/news/texas/nicholas-crawls-into-louisiana-from-texas-dumping-rain/article_aa893356-124d-5aed-bded-e5c7a84df3c5.html

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rocky-horror-show-musical-by-richard-obrien-tickets-170048520703?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse.

 

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.”

 

 

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