Community theaters dig deep to continue shows, despite Ida’s damage | News from the community of St. Tammany


Hurricane Ida did not spare St. Tammany’s community theaters, all still struggling to overcome lingering losses from the COVID-19 pandemic when the August 29 storm struck. But despite the slowdown in theaters and the push for some date changes, most of the live shows appear to be taking place.

CABARET: The Cutting Edge Theater has rescheduled its Cabaret production from September 24 to October 9, a two-week rework of the previous schedule to address Ida’s issues. Set in Berlin 1929-30, the award-winning musical focuses on the hedonistic nightlife of seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the relationship of American writer Cliff Bradshaw and English cabaret artist Sally Bowles. Classified NC-17. Tickets start at $ 27.50 online at, by phone (985) 649-3727 or text at (985) 285-6666.

TO RENT: The 30 by Ninety Theater is extending its RENT series until October 3, due to Ida’s delays. The new dates are September 24-26 and October 1-3. Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 2:30 p.m. The East Village musical ensemble has become a pop cultural phenomenon with rock songs and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Loosely based on Puccini’s La Bohème, the piece follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create on New York’s Lower East Side, in the shadow of HIV / AIDS. Ticket prices range from $ 24 to $ 29 and can be purchased at

SECRETS: The Playmakers Theater suffered extensive roof damage from fallen trees, and a GoFundMe account was set up to raise funds to cover the large insurance deductible. Playmaker’s goal is to get repairs done in time to open the season with a delayed series of Wedding Secrets, now slated for October 15-24. Shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday mornings at 2 a.m. Written and directed by Joe Starzyk, who now lives in the area, the show features in-laws crashes, menopause meets helplessness, drunken debauchery and more. Buy tickets at To make tax-deductible donations for roof repairs, visit

TALENT SHOW: On September 25, 15 candidates will perform live in front of famous judges in the Auditorium Furhmann. The top 6 nominees selected that evening will then perform as entertainment at the Kelly Kicking Cancer Gala on November 19 at the Fleur de Lis Center, where cash prizes will be awarded to the top three artists. The “Who’s Got Talent” contest is a major fundraiser for the nonprofit Kelly Kicking Cancer initiative to fight glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer. The September 25 event will be open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the door for $ 10.

CONCERT: On October 10 at 3 pm, organist Matthew Buller will perform at St. Joseph Abbey Church at 75376 River Road in Covington. The organ concert is free and open to the public. Buller, a two-time graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, is organist at St. Joseph Seminary College and assistant organist in the monastic community of St. Joseph’s Abbey. He is originally from Lake Charles and began his musical studies at the age of 9. Buller has performed extensively in the United States, Canada and France. In addition to Abbey and Seminary College, Buller is also organist at St. Luke The Evangelist Parish in Slidell.

WOMEN: Slidell’s Widows Social Club will meet on September 25 at the John Wesley Center, part of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church complex at 360 Robert Blvd. The guest speaker for the 10 a.m. session will be Detective Donald Plaisance from the Financial Crimes Division / Fraud Education Department of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, who will outline ways to avoid scams or identity theft. All widows are welcome to attend monthly reunions or join busy members all month tinkering together, playing cards and games, revising books, gardening in small groups, dining out and more Again. For more information call, text or email Cindy Alberts at (985) 707-7676 or [email protected]


DO NOT GO: Unfortunately, the problems created by Hurricane Ida forced the cancellation of Aldersgate United Methodist Church’s “Hunters for the Hungry – Clean Out Your Freezer” campaign, which was scheduled for September 26-30. Donations were to go to the Second Harvest Food Bank and Giving Hope Retreat in Lacombe. For more information, email [email protected] or call her at (985) 641-5829.

BUSINESS: The St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce has postponed its breakfast on the state of economic development to October 20 at 8 am at the Tchefuncte Country Club. Registrations will automatically transfer to the new date. Anyone with questions or a need to cancel should contact the room.

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TEE-UP: The 10th Annual Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Golf Tournament Fundraiser has been postponed to October 22 from its original September 17 date. It will take place at the Oak Harbor Golf Club. Registration and lunch start at noon; play at 1 p.m. Seafood dinner and prizes immediately after the tournament. $ 100 peer sponsorship; birdie sponsor, $ 500 (team of four). Call (985) 201-7800 for more information.


PARTY: The second annual Bluesberry Music and Art Festival is still scheduled for October 9 on the shores of Bogue Falaya Park in downtown Covington. Doors open at 8:30 am; the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. It is not clear whether or not there will be any adjustments to the supplier or entertainment lineup in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. But the festival is billed as a full day of live music with stalls showcasing original artwork, a children’s village, a beer garden with local craft beers, a food truck roundup and more. No pets; registered service animals only. General admission tickets $ 25, VIP ticket packages $ 65 and children under 10 enter free. Tickets on sale now at

THE RESPECT: A replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica will be in St. Tammany on October 12 and 13, offering visitors the chance to view and pay their respects at no cost. It will be displayed in Veterans Square at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center at 701 N. Columbia St. in Covington from 10 am to 7 pm daily. There will be educational videos and lectures provided throughout the event, and in case of rain, the replica will be located inside the center. Any group wishing to lay a wreath or floral tribute should plan by calling (985) 264-9980 or emailing [email protected]

Sponsored by the Wharton, Pierre de Mandeville and St. Tammany Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters, the traveling exhibit is a half-size replica featuring Greek figures of peace, valor and victory. The original was approved by Congress as the final resting place of an unknown WWI soldier. Unidentified remains were added after subsequent wars and represent all missing and unknown servicemen.

TO STROLL: The Covington Business Association will host Nightmare on Columbia in downtown Covington on October 23 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. music and entertainment in the streets and in local establishments. The evening ends with a free concert at the Covington Trailhead featuring Tyler Kinchen and The Right Pieces. Tickets cost $ 30 at, and a ride mug is the ticket. The nightmare on Columbia will take place rain or shine. The severe weather report date is October 24. Tickets are non-refundable.

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