JPAS and Loyola University Partner to Present CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

JPAS and Loyola University Partner to Present CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

Jefferson Performing Arts Society & Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts + Dance present Caroline, or Change. Book and Lyrics by Tony Kushner, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Directed by Dr. Laura Hope, Musical Direction by Dr. Donna Clavijo, Choreography by Lucy Foreman, JPAS Broadway Pit Orchestra Chris Bergeron, Conductor

Cast List

(in order of appearance)

  • Caroline Thibodeaux Troi Bechet*
  • The Washing Machine Skylar Broussard
  • The Radio 1 Talia Moore
  • The Radio 2 Cereyna Bougouneau
  • The Radio 3 Kharissa Newbill
  • Noah Gellman Kristen Swanson
  • The Dryer Isaiah AaRon Jones
  • Grandma Gellman Francine Segal*
  • Grandpa Gellman Martin Covert
  • Rose Stopnick Gellman Anja Mayer-Avsharian
  • Stuart Gellman Mark Weinberg
  • Dotty Moffett Brianna Thompson
  • The Moon Jessica Martin
  • The Bus Lawrence Weber Jr.
  • Emmie Thibodeaux Charis Michelle Gullage
  • Jackie Thibodeaux ReNell Taylor
  • Joe Thibodeaux Taiya Culbertson
  • Mr. Stopnick Paul Bello

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change... and pocket change. In 1963, the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. Noah's stepmother, Rose, unable to give Caroline a raise, tells Caroline that she may keep the money that Noah leaves in his pockets. Caroline balks and refuses to take money from a child, but her own children desperately need food, clothing, and shoes. Outside of the laundry room, some of the greatest social advancements that the country has seen are being set in motion, and change is knocking on the door.

This production marks the exciting first-time collaboration between JPAS and Loyola, in the regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner. We are also excited that on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner will discuss his work with the general public in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Jim O'Quinn, founding editor of American Theatre magazine, will lead the conversation. At the conclusion, there will be a question and answer period for the audience. The event is free and open to the public. Guests may reserve a seat in advance at by clicking "Buy Tickets" to reserve a seat in the first five rows of the hall. If guests do not arrive to their reserved seats by 7:10 p.m., the seats will be given away. All other rows are open seating and do not require a reservation.

Find out more about this wonderful collaboration:

Caroline, or Change will run:
October 27 - November 5, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

Westwego Performing Arts Theatre
177 Sala Avenue - Westwego, LA 70094

Tickets for Caroline, or Change may be purchased online at, by calling the box office at 504-885-2000, or at our Administrative/Box Office: 1118 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA 70001.

Ticket prices are $35 (Senior, Military, Student, and Children discounts available)

Student nights are October 28 and November 4 and tickets are $20 cash at the door for all students!

Tickets are available at the Venue Box Office one (1) hour prior to the performance time.

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