Nicholls to celebrate grand reopening of Talbot Hall, Danos Theater on Tuesday



THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will commemorate the grand reopening of the Mary and Al Danos Theater and Talbot Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 27 with a night of celebration and artistic exhibitions.

The event, titled an Opening Night Showcase of the Arts, will feature musical performances, theatrical acts and artwork performed and created by Nicholls students and faculty, including the Nicholls Concert Choir, Jazz Band and Nicholls’ Players. A cocktail reception will be held at 6:30 p.m with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances following at 7 p.m.

The 5,500-square-foot theater was named in honor of Al and Mary Danos, benefactors and lovers of the arts.

“We are forever grateful to Nicholls for giving us a special place to remember our parents. Our parents’ legacy lives on at Nicholls, a place they loved so dearly. It’s something remarkable, and we’re very thankful for that,” the Danos’ children, Rene, Alyce, Andre and Marcel, said in a statement. “Daddy always loved when something was finished and we’re excited everyone gets to finally see this beautiful place that’s like no other in our community.”

Originally built for $1.6 million in 1970, the 73,000-square-foot facility has undergone $9.6 million in renovations, which began in 2014. Those renovations feature structural and technological enhancements including new seating, curtains, flooring and state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment. In addition, the campus TV studio, KNSU radio station and two Talbot Hall classrooms received technological upgrades to enhance student learning.

Tickets cost $100, and limited seating is available. All proceeds will go to the Danos Theater Maintenance Fund. To purchase a ticket, visit or call 985-448-4005.


CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or

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