SHREK, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and More Set for Rivertown Theaters' 2014-15 Season
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts announced another thrilling line-up of productions for their 2014-2015 season at a Celebration Fundraiser tonight showcasing musical performances from next season's shows and a sneak peek number from the musical review "Under the Boardwalk" opening on Rivertown's Main Stage Jan 10, 2014. The Main Stage season and holiday add-on shows for 2014 - 2015 follows.
Artistic Directors, Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi, welcomed the crowd and announced each show introducing the creative team and a musical number from each of the shows. "The 2014- 2015 season offers a diverse line-up of entertainment," said Fouchi. "We continue to maintain our commitment to offering something for everyone as well as presenting a local original production... everything from blockbuster classics to the regional premieres of award-winning shows recently seen on Broadway."
During the evening Rucker and Fouchi also conducted a Question & Answer session with the audience about the shows and spoke about the need for financial support from the community, In taking over the management of Rivertown Theaters in 2012, the new management company has been faced with making major physical and cosmetic improvements to both the Main Stage, the Lagniappe Stage ( the venue for their Children's Theater and programs as well as local cabaret and independent productions) and the Courtyard.
Corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations are needed to help keep the Theaters able to provide the first-class productions they are known for. Rucker and Fouchi also presented "Person of the Year" awards to Costume Designer Linda Fried and staffer Clint Boneau for their exceptional and on-going contributions to Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts.
Guests enjoyed a light buffet, an open bar and performances from upcoming shows. They also were able to bid on a meet and greet in-studio with NBC Today Show hosts Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb during their show, hotel stays at the Loew's New Orleans, a New Orleans Hotel Collection property, restaurant dining certificates among others. The silent auction also included unique theatrical opportunities including a walk-on role in this season's Young Frankenstein, a front row Reserved Parking Spot for the season, Backstage Seating to watch Ladies of the Camellias and Young Frankenstein and a Birthday party at the Children's Theater.
Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts kicked off its inaugural "BROADWAY SERIES AT RIVERTOWN" SCHEDULE FOR THE 2012-2013 SEASON in September 2012 with a new name, a new management company, Theatre 13, and new artistic directors, Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi. The mission of Theatre 13 is to bring new and exciting productions to the New Orleans area while providing local theater artists an opportunity to perform and showcase original works.
With Rivertown Theaters as their venue, Theatre 13 is producing a wide range of professional theatrical performances, from musicals to children's theatre to more controversial and thought-provoking works for Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts.
For tickets, Patron, and Corporate Sponsorships and more information, call the Box Office: 504) 461-9475 or 468-7221 or visit www.RivertownTheaters.com.
2014 - 2015 Season:
Shrek the Musical
Directed by Gary Rucker
September 12-27, 2014
Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, we bring the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage.
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.
Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and irreverent fun for everyone! Like the movie, there's humor & entertainment for all ages!
One Man Two Guvnors
Directed by Ricky Graham
November 7-22, 2014
Brighton, England. 1963. Change is in the air, and Francis Henshall is looking to make his mark. Fired from a skiffle band and in search of work, he finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a fee from his fiancée's gangster father. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother; herself in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother's killer) who, in turn, becomes our hero's other 'guvnor'. Fighting a mounting sense of confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. But with the distractions of a pneumatic book keeper, a self-important actor and select members of the criminal fraternity (not to mention his own mammoth appetite) to contend with, how long can he keep them apart? Richard Bean's hilarious comedy received 5-star reviews from every London newspaper and was the hit of the 2012 Broadway season, including 7 Tony Award nominations.