The Orion

Student musicians and employees of SOTA continue to struggle with quarantine

An exterior shot of Laxson Auditorium at Chico State

Melissa Joseph, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

With citizens forced to quarantine and almost all events in the city cancelled, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Chico State School of the Arts to cancel all productions. SOTA and Laxson Auditorium student employees were not initially informed about the cancellation of all events. Employees re...

‘Air Play’ takes Chico’s breath away

Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone watch balloons float in a simulated night sky.  Photo by Florence Montmare.

Rayanne Painter

February 2, 2019

A fresh breath of air, quite literally, took to the stage at Laxson Auditorium.Clown couple, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, invited audience members into their make-believe alternate reality designed specifically for laughter and imagination in their stunning show, “Air Play”. Acting as...

Standing ovations greet the North State Symphony at first fall performance

Scott Seaton conducted the North State Symphony on a Saturday Night at the Laxson Auditorium, Chico State. Photo credit: Tara Killoran

Alex Coba

October 1, 2018

The concert "Masterworks 1: American Made" on Saturday was the latest symphony brought to the Laxson Auditorium by the North State Symphony (NSS) this semester. The show had a big emphasis on community. “Despite a world full of diverse languages and cultures, we all share the language of music,...

‘Triplets of Belleville’ storms the stage of Laxson

Benoit Charest conducts the horn section. Photo credit: Matthew Manfredi

Matthew Manfredi

March 7, 2016

By 7 p.m. Saturday night, streets were already flooding. Umbrellas were frantically moving about and rain-jacket hoods were up in the downpour. Although the real storm would be taking place in Laxson Auditorium as Le Terrible De Orchestra stormed the stage, bringing a night full of thundering jazz...

Musicians, dancers will bring Queen to life at Laxson

A tribute to Queen is coming to Laxson on Feb. 13. Photo credit: Chico Performances Facebook page

February 1, 2016

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" Fear not, fellow Chicoans, what you’ve read is true. Chico Performances and Uncle Dad’s Art Collective are joining forces to present “Queen - A Night at the Opera” on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Laxson Auditorium. The event is also co-sponsored by AS...

A night of sentimental feeling with The Waifs

George Johnston

August 27, 2015

"Come away with me," The Waifs sang on Tuesday night at Laxson Auditorium in a tour to promote their new album "Beautiful You." The five-member Australian band rocked the auditorium with an hour and a half of bluegrass-folk tunes. Vocalist Vikki Thorn began the show with "Come Away," followed by he...

Ending Racism In About An Hour With W. Kamau Bell Preview

George Johnston

August 24, 2015

Racism is coming to an end in Chico. On September 9, San Francisco-based comedian W. Kamau Bell arrives at Laxson Auditorium with his current tour, "Ending Racism In About an Hour." The comedian, aided by lecture slides, will discuss racism in America."Now racism, as you know, is probably the number-o...

Disney classic to be at Laxson Auditorium

Flickr via e r j k p r u n c z y k

Jennifer Jacobs

September 14, 2013

Dancing teacups, a worrisome clock and a flaming candlestick will give life to a classic enchanted fairytale this month in a local production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Join the sing along at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Laxson Auditorium with Disney’s story of a cursed Prince and his quest for true love. “Beauty and t...

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