AVENUE Q, FROST/NIXON, ALADDIN & More Set for Jefferson Performing Arts Society's New 35th Season Schedule

October 19
12:30 AM 2012


Due to recent damages to the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre from Hurricane Isaac, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) has updated its 35th Season schedule. The Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) announces a revised schedule for the 35th Season. For more information or questions, contact boxoffice@jpas.org or call 504-885-2000.

Since 1978, JPAS brings the best in theatre and the performing arts to venues across the state and beyond. Join JPAS for a revised season of great performances.

Tickets: Adults $18-30, Seniors/Military $15-27, Students $15-20, Kids $15. Ticket prices vary depending on location and production. Please visit www.jpas.org for more info! JPAS Box Office is located at 1118 Clearview Parkway in Metairie. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-3pm.

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*season subject to change without notice*

17th Annual Pasta & Puccini Fundraising Gala
Friday, October 19, 2012. Doors open at 6:30PM
Hyatt Regency New Orleans (601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans)

Proudly Sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Shane, Hard Rock Construction, First NBC, Mrs. Hannah J.Cunningham, The Mary Foundation, The Robert & Myrtis Nims Foundation, EZ Parker. Celebrity Auctioneer : President John Young.

To Benefit JPAS Cultural Endeavors and Youth Programming for the 2012-2013 Season
Join us for an unforgettable evening to benefit the 35th Anniversary Season of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The evening will be highlighted by the first Head Dress Ball with fabulous head dress designs modeled by local celebrities, as well as an elegant seated dinner, complimentary cocktail hour, dancing and a concert by the JPAS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro DENNIS G. ASSAF featuring international and local vocalists FILLIPPO PINA CASTIGLIONI, (Venice), NANCY, ROSS, MICAH DESONIER, NATHAN WALKER and ARIEL ASSAF. The evening also features fabulous live and silent auctions. Patrons are encouraged to wear their own fabulous head dresses to this black tie event.

Individual tickets start at $165. For reservations or for more information, contact JPAS Development Director Valerie Hart at 504-885-2000, Ext. 212 or email valerie@jpas.org.


A JPAS Christmas Tradition! Slip back in time to savor the Christmas season as it has been celebrated among the Celtic people for centuries. Come join Danny O’Flaherty and friends as they celebrate the holiday season through mesmerizing music and song, fiery dance and tantalizing storytelling that will surely kindle the Christmas spirit in every heart!

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (400 Phlox St. in Metairie, LA)
SAT, December 15, 2012 at 7:30PM

Featuring "The JPAS Symphony Orchestra" Conducted by Maestro Dennis G. Assaf

JPAS presents this holiday classic created by award winning Ballet Master, Harvey Hysell, and starring two principal dancers from the Montgomery Ballet. Recently seen on “America’s Got Talent” as part of the Lightwire Theatre, this production also stars Eleanor Bernard as “The Snow Queen” and Ian Carney as her “Prince.” Join us for an evening of enchantment and Christmas magic with this award-winning production of THE NUTCRACKER!

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (400 Phlox St. in Metairie, LA)
December 22 & 23, 2012 : Performances SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (400 Phlox St. in Metairie, LA)
January 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 2013 : Performances SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM
North Star Theatre (347 Girod Street, Mandeville)
January 25, 26 & 27, 2013 : Performances FRI 7:30PM, SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM

Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the Motion Picture Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures written by Simon Beaufoy, produced by Uberto Pasolini, and directed by Peter Cattaneo

Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their "Girls' Night Out," unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York come up with a bold way to make some quick cash - become male strippers! How hard could it be? As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties (over everything from being overweight to child custody, bigotry to being gay), they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (EJHS Auditorium/400 Phlox St., Metairie)
February 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2013 : Performances SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM
Columbia Theatre (220 East Thomas Street Hammond)
THUR, February 21, 2013 at 7:30PM

Written By Alan James

On February 3rd, 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash aged 22. Now, BUDDY: THE Buddy Holly STORY tells the story of the three years in which he became the world’s top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby”, “Raining In My Heart”, Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”, and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace”. The incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock ‘n’ roll, continues to live on in BUDDY..

Columbia Theatre (220 East Thomas Street Hammond)
THUR, March 7, 2013 at 7:30PM
Jefferson Performing Arts Center (EJHS Auditorium/400 Phlox St., Metairie)
March 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 2013 : Performances SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM
Arts Adventure Series : March 14 & 15, 2013, 9:45am

Featuring the Original Music of JPAS Composer-in-Residence GLYN BAILEY

Join JPAS for an unforgettable evening of original music by acclaimed JPAS Composer-in-Residence GLYN BAILEY (composer, SCANDALOUS!) featuring the vocal talents of the city’s loveliest songbirds, Ariel Assaf, Micah Desonier and Jennifer Delatte. This is a special evening of music that is not to be missed!

Furhmann Auditorium (317 N. Jefferson Ave, Covington)
FRI, April 12, 2013 at 7:30PM
North Star Theatre (347 Girord St in Mandeville)
SAT, April 13, 2013 at 7:30PM

Jefferson Performing Arts Society in Association with Jonathan Mares Productions Presents FROST/NIXON
By Peter Morgan

British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre (177 Sala Avenue, Westwego)
April 26-May 5, 2013 : Performances FRI 7:30PM, SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM
Arts Adventure Series : May 1 & 2, 2013, 9:45am
North Star Theatre (347 Girod Street, Mandeville)
May 10-19, 2013 : Performances FRI 7:30PM, SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM

By Alfred Uhry

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and later, an Academy Award-winning film. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoKen Black man.

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre (177 Sala Avenue, Westwego)
May 10-19, 2013 : Performances FRI 7:30PM, SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM
Arts Adventure Series : May 14, 15, 16, 2012, 9:45am
North Star Theatre (347 Girod Street, Mandeville)
May 24-June 2, 2013 : Performances FRI 7:30PM, SAT 7:30PM, SUN 3PM

JPAS Theatre Kids! and Arts Adventure Series Specials!
JPAS Theatre Kids! Presents great theatre for kids performed by all-kid casts! JPAS Arts Adventure Series presents discounted weekday matinees for student groups with free coordinating study guides for all productions. For more information on Theatre Kids! or Arts Adventure Series, visit www.jpas.org.

JPAS Theatre Kids! Present Disney’s ALADDIN, JR
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Jim Luigs
Music Adapted and Arranged by Bryan Louiselle
Based on the 1992 Disney film Aladdin

Starring an all-kid cast! Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (EJHS Auditorium/400 Phlox St., Metairie)
December 7, 8 & 9, 2012 Performances Fri 7:30PM, SAT at 2PM & 7:30PM, SUN 3PM
Arts Adventure Series Weekday Student Matinees : THUR & FRI, December 6 & 7, 2012 Performances at 9:45am and 11:15am

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

The holiday classic returns the the JPAS stage especially for student groups! Old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge thinks Christmas is nothing but a bah-humbug! Join Scrooge on that fateful Christmas Eve, as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future show him the true meaning of the Christmas spirit.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (EJHS Auditorium/400 Phlox St., Metairie)
Arts Adventure Series : FRI, December 14, 2012 at 9:45am

Arts Adventure Series Special!

SLIM GOODBODY is back and better than ever in his new show LIGHTEN UP! It is a highly interactive, 50-minute musical show designed to help children, in grades K-6, learn the value of exercise and good nutrition. The show deals with the serious problems of excess weight and obesity in an entertaining and totally non-threatening way. Children are encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to make health-enhancing choices. In every musical number, the kids participate, by answering questions, volunteering, and moving along with Slim.

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (EJHS Auditorium/400 Phlox St., Metairie)
Arts Adventure Series : TUE, January 22, 2013, 9:45am and 11:15am

Arts Adventure Series Special!
artist inc. presents“the collective” in LES GITANS

LES GITANS is a physical theater and dance production performed to live music, appropriate for children of all ages, even Grandpa! A modern day fairy tale about immigration, segregation and integration. Mother Mistral, a natural disaster, is sweeping through the universe, destroying everything in her path. Les Gitans are scrappy scavengers whose connection to technology and invention has enabled them to survive as nomads after their homeland is demolished. They travel far and wide in search of the Shanoa Nation, a people deeply connected to nature living in a rich and fertile region - the only place untouched by Mother Mistral. Les Gitans and the Shanoa Nation are as different as black and white and their meeting sparks uproar and feuding. Mother Mistral however is rolling near, and Shanoa Nation will be the last hit. Will Les Gitans and the Shanoa Nation all be abolished forever or will they set aside their pride, learn to work and live together in harmony to save humanity?

Jefferson Performing Arts Center (EJHS Auditorium/400 Phlox St., Metairie)
Arts Adventure Series Weekday Student Matinees : WED & THUR, March 27 & 28, 2013, 9:45am & 11:15am

JPAS Theatre Kids! Present FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, JR.
Music by Jerry Bock
Book by Joseph Stein
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

Starring an all-kid cast! In the Little Village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre (177 Sala Avenue, Westwego)
April 5, 6, 7 & 12, 13, 14, 2013 : Performances FRI 7:30PM, SAT 2PM & 7:30PM, SUN 3PM
Arts Adventure Series Weekday Student Matinees THUR & FRI, April 4, 5 , 11, 12, 2013 Performances at 9:45am and 11:15am

Founded in 1978 by Dennis G. Assaf and Hannah Cunningham, Jefferson Performing Arts Society is a non-profit professional arts organization whose mission is to promote arts performance, training and outreach by providing a diverse range of quality programs that entertain, educate and enrich the cultural and economic vitality of Jefferson Parish, Greater New Orleans and the Gulf South.

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