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Theater productions, live music and outdoor events on the schedule for spring | St. Tammany community news

The timeless storytelling of ABBA’s music will help showcase tales of love, laughter and friendship in the Archbishop Hannan High School Blackfriars’ presentation of “Mamma Mia!” at Fuhrman Auditorium. 317 N. Jefferson St., in Covington from March 17-26. A large cast of players will keep the laughs and dance numbers coming as the musical tells the story of a young woman’s quest for her father in this jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

All shows March 17-29 and April 24-26 are 7 pm, except for one 2 pm matinee on April 26. Get tickets at eventbrite.com, $15-$25. Box office opens at 6 pm with showtimes at 7 pm

SATIRE: The St. Paul’s Marian Players will present the musical comedy “How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying)” from March 16-26 at the Alumni Memorial Theater on campus. Based on a 1952 book by the same name, the play won seven Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Satire is the heart of the show that tells the story of window washer J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a self-help book to quickly fuel his rise to the top of the business world. The cast includes students from St. Paul’s and St. Scholastica Academy. All shows are at 7 pm; reserved seating tickets are $15 or $10 for students and are available at ticketpeak.co/stpauls/events.

COMEDY: “How the Other Half Loves,” a comedy about infidelity by Alan Ayckbourn, is the next offering at Playmakers Theater. Directed by Arden Allen Dufilho, the play runs March 26 through April 10. The comedy features a philandering husband who invites trouble when he invents a story about a co-worker’s marital troubles to cover up his own tryst with his employer’s wife. The play features Evette Randolph, Chris Eberle, Jonah Boudreaux, Summer Kavalir, Tanner Tomingas and Peyton Wilson. The assistant director is Naomi Wilson. Tickets are $20 at playmakersinc.com. Performances are at 7 pm on Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays.

LAUGHS: “Noises Off” is a classically comedic play being performed through March 20 at the 30 by Ninety Theater, 880 Lafayette St., in Mandeville. Written by Michael Frayn and directed by Andrea Elu, the R-rated show presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Shows at 2:30 pm and 8 pm Tickets $11 to $19-plus on sale now at 30byninety.com/shows.

DREAM TEAM: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opened March 11 at the Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., in Slidell. The first Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical based on the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 pm only through April 2. Tickets on sale now at Eventbrite or get discounted tickets by calling (985) 285-6666. Tickets start at $30.

LAUGH: The situation comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” is running through March 20 with 2 pm and 8 pm performances at the Slidell Little Theater, 2024 Nellie Drive. The musical comedy is set in 1953 Buffalo, and when it premiered on Broadway, the cast included Carol Burnett. Tickets on sale now at slidelllittletheatre.org; adults $22, students and seniors, $18.


BOOGIE: There will be a St. Patrick’s Day party and concert featuring Four Unplugged at the Covington Trailhead on March 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Dance to live music, join in the costume contest and games, enjoy the food trucks and more at 419 N. New Hampshire st.

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TUNES: On March 19 at the Dew Drop Inn, Jazz vocalist Ingrid Lucia and her all-star band will present a special evening of old jazz and blues, with music from the 1920s and 1930s, along with new, original tunes. Performance 6:30 pm to 9 pm, plus home-cooked food for sale from the Ladies of First Free Mission Baptist Church next door. Soft drinks, water, beer and wine also for sale. Concert admission is $10 cash per adult; students and children free. No outside food, drinks or pets allowed. Lawn chairs can be used outside on the grounds at 430 Lamarque St. in Mandeville.

PIANO: New Orleans pianist and music researcher Peter Collins will perform a solo recital that includes works by Schumann, Messiaen and Fauré at 5 pm March 20 at the continuing Third Sunday Concert series. The event location has been changed from Christ Episcopal to the Christwood Atrium, 100 Christwood Blvd., in Covington. Collins is a professor emeritus from Missouri State University, where he taught and served as keyboard area coordinator for 25 years. There is no admission to the concert; the public is invited, and doors open for seating at 4:30 pm For more info, call (985) 892-3177.


RUN & FUN: Runners, teams, groups, friends, and families should register now for Northshore Families Helping Families’ 5K/10K Walk, Run & Roll Community Festival on March 26 at 7 am in Cate Square Park, 279 N. Oak St., in Hammond . This 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Community Festival is to bring the community together to celebrate our children and adults with disabilities, special abilities, and special needs. Get details at Fhfnorthshore.org. Strollers & running/racing chairs are allowed, but the course is on the sidewalks around Southeastern Louisiana University. Dogs and support animals also allowed on leashes, and owners must bring their own “pooper scoopers” and plastic bags.

TEE UP: The St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s Swinging for Scholarships Golf Tournament will be on March 24 at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville. Proceeds will fund scholarships for St. Tammany students planning to attend a Louisiana college or university. Tournament registration is at 10:30 am followed by a shotgun start at 11:30 am A hole-in-one contest gives golfers a chance to win a Northshore Toyota. There will be a “to go” lunch to eat on the course and a jambalaya dinner. To play or become a sponsor, email Anne Rheams at anne@StTammanyChamber.org or visit www.sttammanychamber.org.

CRISIS: The Military Road Alliance representing a dozen homeowner associations in eastern St. Tammany Paris will meet March 16 at 7:30 p.m. to get an update on the new Safe Haven Crisis Receiving Center. Meet in Boyet Jr. High cafeteria with ample parking. Mary Burckell from the St. Tammany Parish Government will describe the new facility near Mandeville to audience members. Opened in November, the center is an alternative facility rather than an emergency room or jail for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis. For more info, (985) 643-4565 or via email at robertbroome@fastmail.com.

FAMILY REUNION: Come one, come all to the Fitzmorris Reunion on March 26 from 10 am to 3:30 pm Bring a favorite dish to share. American Legion Hall Post 16 at 190 Ronald Reagan Hwy.


SAMS: The Good Samaritan Ministry is accepting grant applications through March 25 from local charities and nonprofits domiciled in Slidell, Alton or Pearl River that need financial help to carry out their missions during this time of diminished donations and fundraising opportunities due to COVID. The grant program is to help these organizations help others, and the assistance is intended to stabilize a volatile situation and allow time for planning a lasting solution. Grant application forms and more info available at saintlukeslidell.org/goodsams; email to goodssams@saintlukeslidell.org; or the Good Samaritan Ministry office at 910 Cross Gates Blvd., in Slidell.

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