Meet the Cast: Nicole Goode of ‘Belles’

Nicole Goode is a Monroe native.  She is employed by Kohl’s and the Ouachita Parish Public Library where she works in the Special Collections/Genealogy department. 

Belles has been an interesting experience for her.  Previously, she had played mostly comedic characters, so bringing Roseanne to life was a good way to stretch her acting muscles.  

Nicole said “The filming process was definitely a learning curve which had its pros and cons.  It was great to be able to re-record a scene if something went wrong.  On the flip side, sometimes it took a long time to get the scenes right.”

Nicole enjoyed the privilege of working with this amazing cast and crew.

Belles will be streaming online on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 pm! For tickets and more information, please call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681!

Meet the Cast: Megan Wilkins of ‘Belles’

Actor and choreographer Megan Wilkins is Paige in Strauss Theatre’s virtual production of BELLES. Paige is the youngest Walker sister, currently a college student sewing her wild oats.

Megan is excited to be returning to the stage, having spent the past several years choreographing, working sound, and assistant directing.  

Megan is married to Matt and is the proud mother of 1 year old twins.  She also works as a clinical accreditation specialist.

“My experience with Belles was very challenging but so exciting! Creating and filming a show for virtual viewing is a first for the Strauss and I am honored to have been a part of it. I had so much fun working with this cast and crew and I hope someday we can bring it back to the main stage for an in-house audience.”

Belles will be streaming online on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 pm! For tickets and more information, please call Donna at the box office at 318-323-6681!

Cast and Crew of "Belles"

Strauss Theatre Center is Making History with ‘Belles’, Streaming Sept. 19!

For the first time in its 88-year history, Strauss Theatre Center is presenting a show entirely online.

Belles, a play in 2 acts and 39 phone calls written by Mark Dunn, will be available for online streaming on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 pm. This online format is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which forced theaters worldwide to shut their doors.

Director Terri Larson Cunningham says Belles is the first of its kind for Strauss.  “Most of our rehearsals were via Zoom and Facebook.  When we have met in person, each cast member is socially distanced. We are breaking new ground and happy to do so to keep our beloved theatre going.”

Belles takes place in the 1980s and centers around the six “very Southern” Walker sisters dealing with unhappy childhood memories and an aging mother. Only the eldest sister still lives in Memphis; the others have “escaped” to other parts of the country. More than physical distance, the sisters find themselves emotionally distanced as well.

“We have 6 of the area’s most talented actors breathing life into the characters. Each has her own strengths and weaknesses and varying memories of a difficult childhood” Cunningham said. “You’ll laugh; you’ll cry. But most of all, you will witness first rate performances.”

The cast consists of: Jean Hartzog, Wendy Wilson, Moira O’Connor, Cassey Bernstein,  Nicole Goode and Megan Wilkins. Stage Manager/Assistant is Taylor Micheils and Scot Baronet is technical and set designer.

Season members can join online streaming using a BELLES password which will be made available 1 week prior to streaming performance. For more information, call the theatre box-office at 318-323-6681.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Most Embarrassing Moment/Favorite Set

In our final installment of TBT, our actors share their memories of their most embarrassing moment during a show, as well as their favorite set from a show they’ve been in. We hope you’ve enjoyed this series of videos as much as we’ve enjoyed making it!

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Most Challenging Role/Show and Favorite Cast

In today’s TBT, we asked our actors two questions! First, what was the most challenging role or show you’ve ever done, and second, who was your favorite cast to ever work with?

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: What’s the first show you were in? (Part 2)

In today’s TBT, we asked some more of our Strauss performers to share their memories of the first show they ever performed in.

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: What’s the first show you’ve ever seen? (Part 2)

In this week’s TBT, we asked some more of our actors to share their memories of the first show they’ve ever seen live.

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Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday Director’s Edition #4: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of directing?

In our fourth and final installment of TBT Director’s Edition, Toby, Gayle, and Brandi share their favorite part of being a director as well as their least favorite part. If you enjoy this video, please subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday Director’s Edition #3: What’s on your bucket list of shows to direct?

In this week’s TBT, we did a little something different and asked our directors to look to the future and share what shows are on their bucket list to direct. If you enjoy this video, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to get all the latest videos from Strauss!

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday Director’s Edition: What was your favorite show you’ve directed?

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we brought back our directors and asked them to share their stories of their favorite show they’ve ever directed. If you enjoy this video, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Strauss Theatre Center Needs Your Help! Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, STC has missed out on considerable revenue that is needed to keep our theatre running. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Raise the Curtain Again Campaign. Your donation will help to ensure that we can keep alive the tradition of bringing live local theatre to Northeast Louisiana. Click here to donate today!