Local students produce, direct & choreograph NOCCA production

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 26, 2019

LAPLACE — Two LaPlace students are driving forces behind a New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Theatre Revue.

Ravyn Bazile and Kiara Robinson are part of “Through Our Eyes,” a production that is produced, directed and choreographed by NOCCA Musical Theatre students.

The final performance starts at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) on NOCCA’s campus in Nims Black Box Theatre at 2800 Chartres Street in New Orleans.

Bazile and Robinson are both seniors at the NOCCA Academic studio. Bazile is a producer for “Through Our Eyes,” and Robinson is a director/choreographer.

An additional three students are representing St. Charles Parish in the production. LeeAnn Hovis, a junior from Destrehan, is a director/choreographer. Sophomores Emerald Johnson of Luling and Desiree Slaughter-Etter of Boutte are part of the cast.

Desiree Slaughter-Etter, LeeAnn Hovis and Emerald Johnson are representing St. Charles Parish in NOCCA’s “Through Our Eyes” production.

According to organizers, the performance starts with a series of questions to the audience, including, “What does it mean to hope?; To dream?; To listen and create?”

The songs and scenes, selected by the students themselves seek to answer those questions. Performances range from Irving Berlin (“A Couple of Swells”) to Katy Perry (“Roar”). Both comedic to thought provoking, “Through Our Eyes” includes original songs, well-known classics and famous speeches that have never been heard in this way before.