A Haunted Weekend is just around the corner…this week’s Art Talk Monday

RCT Unveils Witchy Comedy

All Because of Agatha

By Hilary Hileman, Board Member Ruston Community Theatre, actress All Because of Agatha 

Ruston Community Theatre’s next production, the witty comedy All Because of Agatha, written by playwright Jonathan Troy, will debut at The Dixie Center for the Arts on May 1st and run through May 4th and is sponsored by Woodard & Clement Law Offices.

In All Because of Agatha, set in 1974, Duff and Joan O’Hara relocate from California to Salem, Massachusetts.  The historical property the real estate agent shows them has a suspiciously low price. They learn that in 1692 Agatha Forbes, accused of witchcraft, was burned to death right where the house sits, but before she died she swore she would come back every year on that date and terrorize the occupants right out the front door. In short, the house was haunted. Joan, a big fan of the occult, thinks that a resident witch is a great, challenging addition to the house and she persuades Duff that this is the perfect place for them. So of course Joan plans a party for the September date when Agatha will allegedly appear.

The cast includes actors Anna Alexander, Debbie Allen, Kevin Cuccia, Dusty Hampton, Hilary Hileman, Brenda Mitchell, Dixie Mitchell, Heather Peterson, Terry Stepp and Michael Tannerhill.

After All Because of Agatha, Ruston Community Theatre has one remaining production for the season: The award-winning musical The Sound of Music, which will run from July 10-13. Tickets for each of RCT’s productions are $12 at the door for adults and $6 for students/children. Visit RCT’s website at www.rctruston.org, on Facebook at www.facebook/RustonCommunityTheatre, and on Twitter @RustonCoTheatre.

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The NCLAC office would like to announce our summer interns: Hillary Clary, Art Education; Nicholas Davis, Community Engagement; Tess Stickney, Gallery Coordinator; and Rosalynne Fluty, Graphic Design. These young talents will be out and about in our community, working hard for their futures. Welcome aboard!

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Next week, the NCLAC office will be gone to Baton Rouge for Culture Connection, the Office of Cultural Development’s annual assembly of Louisiana’s culture stakeholders. This is a general assembly in which Louisiana’s cultural workforce meets to discuss the state of the arts, as well as hold break-out meetings and workshops in our respective fields. Those convening include professionals in the fields of archaeology, arts, French language, historic preservation and more. The agenda also includes addresses from state and national leaders, the Louisiana Culture Awards, and visits with legislators.

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