Alexandria-Pineville is located in the heart of Louisiana. It’s known for its outdoor adventures, plantation home tour, and fine Louisiana cuisine. But its emerging arts scene is now taking center stage with the locals and visitors. One of the big draws is the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, located in the burgeoning downtown at 1202 Third Street.
Tom Harmeyer, President and CEO of the Central Louisiana Community Foundation can remember when the performing arts center was just an idea and can see the growth that has happened over the past decade. “The Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center is the premier performance hall in our region. It provides a venue for shows that cannot be seen anywhere else in our community. It is not only used for top-notch touring shows, but for community and school activities.”
The staff loves to brag about all the cool things that make the 615-seat center special like the built-in spring floor and orchestra pit that can be raised or lowered to accommodate the needs of different performing arts. This place is so beloved by the locals that very few national shows can play here since high school performances, local dance groups and community theater troupes regularly book the theatre.
Organizers recently announced that the Alexandria Youth Orchestra has signed on to perform for the next three years. Brandy Wills, marketing director, feels very strongly about the arts and youth. “Art opens the minds of our youth and creates a safe outlet to express themselves by self-discovery.”
With nearly a decade under its belt, the center’ staff is even more focused on providing great entertainment. They are delighted to share Mary Poppins with the community, which is being brought by the Lagniappe Theater Company. Owners Karen and Ross Schexnayder ordered a custom background set from Canada to really amp up the ambiance of the show. The special effects will include high flying sequences, special lighting and musical performances. The show will run from Sept. 18 to 21. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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