Christmas Gala turns video format festive


The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will present its annual Christmas Gala in a video format that will be available starting Wednesday, Dec. 2.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gala cannot be presented in its normal format, so the School of Creative and Performing Arts decided to present the show online.

The Gala video can be accessed on Dec. 2-6 by going to A link will be provided so that users can make a donation and receive the link to the video. The amount of the donation is up to the individual, but the suggested donation is $5 or $20 per household. Once your donation is received through the online link, you will receive an email with a link to the video recording.

The video will not be available after Dec. 6.  “Our goal this year for the Christmas GALA is to give the NSU and Natchitoches community the performance they have come to enjoy and love, just in a new format,” said Gala Director Brett Garfinkel, who is chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“We filmed new pieces in different locations and edited together a video performance of the show. For the first time, patrons will have the ability to watch the show from the comfort of their own homes.”

Garfinkel said the theme is “A Multicultural Christmas” that will include a little something for everyone. This year’s Gala will combine audience favorites from past shows along with some new additions. There will be performances from students in Northwestern State’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the NSU Improv Troupe, the Demon Dazzlers, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, the NSU Drumline, the NSU Jazz Orchestra and the NSU Chamber Choir.

The Christmas Gala offers the School an opportunity to raise resources that provide opportunities and materials not typically covered by university funds.