Regional Theater of the Week: Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré in New Orleans, LA
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This Week's Featured Regional Theater: Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré in New Orleans, LA
Originally organized in 1916 as the New Orleans Chapter of the Drama League of America and one year later as the Drawing Room Players, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, one of the oldest community theatres in the country, quickly became known as the place to see live theatre in the South. Since moving into its current home in 1922, the "Little Theatre" has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals. Hundreds of actors, designers, directors, and technicians, both locally and nationally, have shared their talents to make Le Petit a true shining star in the theatrical world.
The theatre underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2012-2013 as part of an agreement to sell a portion of its building to Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group, which renovated the space for Tableau, a contemporary Louisiana Creole restaurant. By partnering with an internationally renowned restaurant family, Le Petit Theatre provides a dinner and theatre experience like no other.
The arrangement also provided funding for substantial upgrades to the theatre space including brand new dressing rooms, offices, renovated education and rehearsal spaces, new bathrooms, new ticketing system and an endowment for creation of an educational outreach program to cultivate theatre among audiences in New Orleans.
A 501C3 performing arts organization, Le Petit Theater's mission is to provide a wide range of quality theatrical productions and programming to entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the city.
Le Petit Theatre is about to begin a new chapter in its storied history with completion of a magnificent renovation.
Le Petit Theatre has been a mainstay of the New Orleans performing arts community for close to 100 years, presenting dramas, musicals, and comedies. What began as a group of supporters of the arts producing plays in private drawing rooms in the French Quarter is today one of the nation's longest operating community theatres.
The theatre's renovations will debut on JULY 19th in true New Orleans fashion with a production of Nora and Delia Ephron's acclaimed hit Love, Loss and What I Wore as lagniappe to our regular season, which debuts in September.
The rest of the upcoming 2013-2014 season includes:
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For tickets, subscriptions, or to learn more about Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, visit: http://www.lepetittheatre.com/