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Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 7/13/2014 BIG RIVER
First United Methodist Church Hammond
7/11-7/19/2014
Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.Music by Roger Miller; Lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
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Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 7/13/2014 BIG RIVER
First United Methodist Church
7/11-7/20/2014
Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.Music by Roger Miller; Lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
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Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 7/13/2014 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Iberia Performing Arts League
7/17-7/27/2014
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 7/13/2014 THE KING AND I
Playmakers Inc
7/11-7/27/2014
East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, 'The Small House of Uncle Thomas,' is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on Anna and the King by Margaret Landon; Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins
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Now Playing Onstage in New Orleans - Week of 7/13/2014 MEDEA
Acting Unlimited
7/18-7/27/2014
Medea of Colchis, granddaughter of Helios (the sun god) and niece of Circe, was a renowned sorceress in her own country.  After Medea fell in love with Jason (helped by the intervention of Venus, goddess of love), she helped Jason complete the tasks given to him by her father to win the Golden Fleece, and fled with him when he took the Fleece.  They settled in Corinth and lived there with their two children until Jason left Medea to marry Creusa, the daughter of Creon, king of Corinth.   The play opens soon after Jason and Creusa marry.  Medea, who followed Jason to a land strange to her and who has tried to adapt herself to strange customs and leave behind her own country and identity, finds herself abandoned by the man she has loved.  She finds that the country she has tried to become part of for so long may not be as welcoming to her as she thought.   The story of Medea has been traditionally presented as the story of the revenge of a woman scorned.  But what if there is another story within that one?  What does Medea draw on to survive--and what guides her actions? This production looks to those questions to fuel this production.   The play features Jessica Jouclard as Medea, Daniel Ladmirault as Jason, Stephanie Broussard as The Nurse, Patricia D. Sidman as the First Woman, Erin Segura as the Second Woman, Ali Roberts as the Third Woman, Edward deMahy as Creon, Ken Harellson as Aegus, Robert Sidman as the Tutor, Reece McDaniel as the Messenger, Will Hargrave and Aubrey Ladmirault as the Children, and Leslie Whitman as the Priestess.  The play is directed by Gerard Ducharme and Walter Brown. MEDEA is produced by special arrangement from Samuel French.
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