You can’t stop the beat! In a show all about overcoming adversity, our actors have gotten a first-hand taste. With only 3 weeks until opening the opening of HAIRSPRAY, ACTS’ air conditioner decided it wanted to quit. So with box fans running, the cast rehearsed in the heat while the board scouted for a new location to host the musical. Thankfully for the show LaGrange High School was available to host in their theatre.
Principal players include Shauna Temple as Tracy Turnblad, John Paul Primeaux as Link Larkin, Casey Doucet as Edna Turnblad, Angela Thomas as Motormouth Maybelle, Corey Dotson as Seaweed J. Stubbs, and Kelly Rowland as Penny Lou Pingleton. Also featured are Paula McCain as Velma Von Tussle, Savannah Foreman as Amber Von Tussle, and Joseph Boyette as Corny Collins. The cast is diverse with teens and adults, from veteran performers to newcomers to the stage.
The story, based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, takes place in 1962 in Baltimore. The lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do! Fun fact - the part of Tracy’s mom, Edna, is always played by a man!
The curtain rises on HAIRSPRAY June 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on June 8 at 3 p.m. All performances are at LaGrange High School Theatre.
Tickets may be purchased online at actstheatre.com, or by calling 433-ACTS. Ticket outlets where vouchers for tickets may be purchased are Moss Bluff Flower and Gift, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy, and the Civic Center box office. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for seniors over 65, and $15.00 for students with a valid ID. For further information, contact ACTS at 433-2287.
by: Anjo Elsbury
ACTS Theatre Lake Charles will hold auditions for the Irving Berlin musical WHITE CHRISTMAS on August 25 and 26. Needed are males and females of various ages and a young girl 9-12 years old. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a song of their choice and bring a karaoke CD of the song with them. Everyone will also read from the script.
The audition will take place at ACTS One Reid Street Theatre Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm and Monday, August 26 at 6:30 pm. Those auditioning should come 30 minutes prior to the start time to register.
WHITE CHRISTMAS will be directed by Walt Kiser with choreography by Cathy Kurth and music direction by Casey Doucet. The production will be onstage in December. For questions call 433-ACTS or visit actstheatre.com.
Lake Charles, Louisiana <July 17, 2013> - Artists Civic Theatre and Studio, Lake Charles, announces a casting call for its 48th season opener, the play, The Secret Garden.
The production will be on stage October 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20 under the direction
of Kris Perez Webster.
Auditions will be held at The ACTS Theatre located at 1 Reid St. in Lake Charles on July 28 at 3pm and July 29th at 6:30pm. Both male and female adult actors, as well as, boys and girls able to play 9-11 years old with any level of experience are encouraged to attend. Actors are asked to register starting at 2:30pm on Sunday and 6pm on Monday Actors auditioning will be asked to do a cold reading of lines taken from the script of the play.The Secret Garden, written by Sylvia Ashby, Frances Hodgson Burnett was adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel. A non-musical production, the story, set in the early years of the 20th century, is as familiar as you remember. Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. The Secret Garden is wonderful story of transformation for all ages
ACTS goes whimsical with next production, 'Seussical'
by Cliff SeiberRead the story here.
Featuring many veteran ACTS performers as well as those making their stage debuts, ACTS’ production of The Pajama Game opens Friday, March 15 at ACTS’ One Reid Street Theatre.
The Pajama Game is a musical based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell. It features a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. The musical, including a live orchestra above the actors onstage, features such memorable tunes as “Hernando’s Hideaway”, “Steam Heat”, and “Hey There”.
Cast as Sid Sorokin is ACTS stage veteran Gabi Fontenot (Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me Kate), and as Babe, St. Louis Catholic High School senior, Emmie Lancon (Into the Woods). Other cast members include Matt Tonkovich (South Pacific, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), playing Vernon Hines; Paula McCain (A Christmas Story, Lilies of the Field), is Gladys; Kelly Rowland (Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest) plays Mabel; Matt Dye (A Christmas Story, Kiss Me Kate) is president of the union, Prez; Zac Hammons (South Pacific) plays the boss, Hasler; John Paul Primeaux makes his ACTS debut as Max; Teresa Labbit (Auntie Mame, Annie Warbucks) plays Mae; Anjo Elsbury (Auntie Mame, Dirty Work at the Crossroads) portrays Poopsie; Chanda Withers (Dirty Work at the Crossroads) plays Brenda; Anita Fields-Gold (Lilies of the Field, Oliver) plays Virginia; Casey Doucet makes his debut as Joe; Roselie Kelly makes her debut as Sandra; Jonathan Frantz makes his ACTS debut as Charlie; Bob Jines, set builder at ACTS, plays Pops; and ACTS Board president, Rebecca Pack (Lilies of the Field, Chicago), plays Carmen.
The Pajama Game is directed by Walt Kiser, produced by Betsy Doucet, stage managed by Diane Flatt and choreographed by Cathy Kurth, assisted by Kristen Harrell. Rehearsal pianist is Neil Quinn.
Dates and times of the performances are: Friday, March 15 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM , Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm.
All performances are at ACTS One Reid Street Theatre.
Tickets for each performance are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at actstheatre.com or by calling 433-ACTS. Vouchers for tickets may be purchased at the following locations: Civic Center box office, Moss Bluff Flower and Gift, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy on Enterprise. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash, check, or Mastercard/Visa as they remain available.
ACTS One Reid Street Theatre, Lake Charles, announces that tickets are on sale for its musical production, The Pajama Game. The Pajama Game is a musical comedy based on the novel 7 ½ Cents by Richard Bissell. Directed by Walt Kiser, the ACTS production stars seasoned stage veterans as well as newcomers. A live orchestra will accompany the song and dance numbers.
The Pajama Game opens Friday, March 15 at 7:30 PM. Other performances and times are as follows:
Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM, Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm. All performances are at ACTS Theatre.
Tickets may be purchased online at actstheatre.com, or by calling 433-ACTS. Ticket outlets where vouchers for tickets may be purchased are Moss Bluff Flower and Gift, Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy, and the Civic Center box office. Tickets are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for students with a valid ID. For further information, contact ACTS at 433-2287.