‘A Capella Fever’ spikes at the Dixie Center for the Arts

November 14, 2016

Amber Harrington

Staff Reporter | anh038@latech.edu


This week, folks of all ages were given a little taste of the past with some barbershop favorites.


The Dixie Center for the Arts hosted “A Capella Fever,” featuring: River Cities Jubilee Chorus, Rhapsody, Bayou Blend Quarter and Piney Hills Harmony Chorus Nov. 5.


The groups sang various classics such as: “Dancing Queen,” “Under the Boardwalk” and “Life is a Highway.”


They also turned some attention to more spiritual pieces like “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Shut the Door, Keep Out the Devil.”


“I think this is a wonderful way to get the community involved in the arts,” said Sheila Nugent, the director of Piney Hills Harmony Chorus. “These types of events sends the message that art is alive and well in Ruston, and we should do everything we can do keep it flourishing.”


Nugent said this year the event served as a fundraiser for MedCamps of Louisiana, a one-week summer camp for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.


“Every year we do a show, we benefit a different organization,” she said. “Medcamps is a great cause, and we’re happy to raise awareness about it.”


Jerry Sapp, a Louisiana native and conditioned concert goer, said beyond just enjoying the performance, he likes to attend these events to see some of his friends.


“The music is great, but I especially love to mingle with the people,” he said. “You never know who you’re going to run into.”


Sapp also said he’s grateful for the Dixie Center and its willingness to support local fundraisers such as Medcamps.


“I think these fundraising events let the community know that people really do care about each other,” Sapp said. “It’s a small reminder that nobody is forgotten.”


One board member at the Dixie Center, Libby English, said the Dixie holds a very important place in the community and the town.


“The Dixie is a place to showcase all the talent around Ruston while also being a place for kids and families to come out and enjoy themselves,” she said. “It’s a win-win situation, and that has been our vision since the day we refurbished the theater 10 years ago.”


English also encourages Louisiana Tech students interested in being a part of the efforts, or even those pursuing careers in the arts, to volunteer at the theater.


“Students interested in volunteering can help us take up tickets, seat people, paint props or things like that,” she said. “Especially, for students who inspire to be an actor or actress, or anyone with any artist abilities, there are a lot of opportunities here.”


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