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Fine Food & Entertalnment00 PHS student shines in NOCCA play By BRYAN T. McMAHON First, my sincere apologies for not having covered The Trip to Bountiful before now. I attended the last performance, but my ex- perience has convinced me that future productions by the New Or- leans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) will be covered in time for readers of The Ponchatoula Times to enjoy them. .': Horton Foote's stage play Was a pure pleasure from tart to finish, and began for :e when I thought that I had istakenly wandered onto the #tage. After a hasty retreat I arted the curtain again and aw the actors, but then noticed :there was seating in-the-round, nd sure enough, it shared the ame space as the stage - very intimate theatre. NOCCA's Stage Company dombines aspiring secondary school actors with seasoned pro- fessional veterans, and one of the standouts of this particular performance was Ponchatoula High School's own Holly Set- toon who excellently played the small part of a bus passen- ger who interacts wonderfully with the show's star Janet Shea in the lead role of Mrs. Carrie Watts. The elderly woman's world had driftel away with chang- es in society and with her and her friends aging and eventual death from her rich memories of living in Bountiful, Texas. She had moved to an apartment in Houston where she lived with her son and his overbearing wife. Her escape was to run away ' and return to Bountiful, but when she got there she found the town all but empty, her clos- est friend recently deceased, and everyone determined to re- turn her to the city and lifestyle that she found oppressive. The plucky woman's tale was not unlike much of society at the time, moving from rural liv- ing to the hustle and bustle of urban life, and the nuances of the resulting conflicts made for great theatre an excellent dia- logue. Add to that the intimate setting that literally put the au- dience in the play and a fine af- ternoon of theatre was the only possible result. NOCCA itself is located on its own wonderful campus about an hour's drive from Ponchatoula, and well worth the journey. More about NOCCA from the company's web site: New Orleans Center for Cre- ative Arts (NOCCA), is a profes- sional arts training center for secondary school-age children. NOCCA is located in New Or- leans, Louisiana. The school of- fers instruction in creative writ- A Card of Thanks HOTDOG EATING +CONTEST Contact Randy@ 000015+-320-500 Pienty of+Kid Events & 3 Live Bands! Saturday, JulY 2nd, 2011 opens at n00n, 00rrtamt 00ior to Fire Works Show Alff GALLE00 ~ CUSTOH FRAMING 27 Years of lnnovaLfve Style & uality todcnan#dp at Affordable Prices ing, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, with a summer culinary arts program. It provides a summer program for individuals seek- ing to broaden their knowledge through the discipline of their choice, or to earn additional credit before the School year be- gins. It also provides a full year course that begms in the Fall, and extends through June, in which the students study half of the day at their core school, and spend the remainder of the day at NOCCA, under the supervi- sion of their instructors. NOCCAwas founded in 1973. The school was housed for many years in an old elementary school building located in Up- town New Orleans. In 2000, the school moved to a newly-built campus located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. NOCCA has a prominent po- sition in art schools throughout the United States and around the world. Every year, 90-95% percent of those graduating from NOCCA move on to col- leges, many of the students con- tinuing their education in the arts. Several world-class artists have graduated from NOCCA. Some famous alumni include Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, the Marsalis brothers, Trom- bone Shorty, Jonathan Batiste, Anthony Mackie, and Wendell Pierce. LDWF to hold Summer camp for kids 12 to 16 years old The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is sponsoring a summer camp from July 18-22, 2011 for chil- dren 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. The camp is completely free of charge and will allow par- ticipants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications. LDWF will also offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shoot- ing, and other outdoor related classes and activities. :: "We want to+teach children, before they finish middle and high school, the fun and ex- citement of spending time out- doors," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. "For a week, parents have the chance to let their kids become sportsmen in a safe, supervised environment, no video games, and more time enjoying the truly exciting ac- tivities Louisiana's great out- doors has to offer." Flood FROM PAGE 1 hearing). "While $6 million doesn't sound like that much money compared to the total judgment amount, iE is good news when you consider it's being tendered with no strings attached to fund a long term resolution and at a time when the state is having to slash budgets left and right. Lots of worthy projects and peo- ple went unfunded or got cut these last two years. We were able to get $6 million under very difficult circumstances in Baton Rouge. "The Administation (Gover- nor andhis Commissioner of Administration Mr. Paul Rain- water) have now joined with the members of the legislature to help see that these annual payments get made to show that our clients are not forgot- ten. They have pledged to work with us going forward to try and agree on a long term resolution and pay out, which is what we all want. They have put their top people on the task. "Counsel for the class (me, Mr. Andy Edwards, Mr. Scott love and Mr. Henry Terhovie and Mr. Fayard) would like to give thanks to the Governor, Mr Paul Rainwater, Senators Julie Quinn, Mike Michot and to all of our local delegation of legis- lators who have fought for us each year. (Julie Quinn, Steve Pugh, Jack Donahue, John Bel Edwards)." "The long-term payout is our goal. We will not quit the fight until the fight is won," vowed Layrisson. THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JUNE 30, 2011, PAGE 3 Admission to NOCCA is by audition only. Although it is recommended that the students maintain a strong GPA upon auditioning, skill and level of artistry present the largest por- tion of acceptance. Most of the students study half-time at a conventional academic second- ary school in New Orleans or in the surrounding parishes, and train the rest of the time in one of the programs offered by NOCCA. July 9 th & 1 ,tr, SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9am-4pm Children 10 and under free -Door prize entry with paid admission PONCHATOULA LIONS CLUB 750 EAST PINE ST - PONCHATOULA TALK TO BREEDERS & SEE EXOTIC BIRDS OF ALL SIZES Finches Parakeets Lovebirds Cockatiels Macaws Cockatoos African Greys Amazons & more. CAGES, FOOD & TOY DISTRIBUTORS FROM ALL OVER THE AREA WITH BEST PRICES AROUND, Avian Surgical Sexing on Sunday No outside pets allowed except those being seen by Dr. Rich on Sunday For more info visit To t a I Tat. c o m I PIONEER PRODUCTS, INC. 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