New Orleans' Le Petit Theatre Embarks on 90th Season With The Fully Monty

News   New Orleans' Le Petit Theatre Embarks on 90th Season With The Fully Monty
Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre, the New Orleans community theatre company which spent the last year recovering from Hurricane Katrina, will begin its 90th season Sept. 22 with a production of The Full Monty.

Sonny Borey and Derek Franklin will direct a cast that will feature local favorite Cynthia Owen and the set of the original touring production of the popular David Yazbek musical. The show will run through Oct. 15. The cast will include Robert Richardson, Dane Rhodes, William DiPaola, Scott Sauber, Matthew Mickal and Perry Williams as the six down-on-their-luck Buffalo men who decide to raise some money by becoming strippers. The cast also includes Sean Richmond, who played Keno, the professional stripper, in the road company of The Full Monty, and will repeat his role. Rounding out the cast are Leah Bond, Trina Beck, Vanessa Van Vrancken, Dominic Lloyd, Mandy Zirkenbach, Bryan Wagar, Danon Smith, Angela Papale, Tom Grantham, Terrell Robinson, Gary Gillen and Eric Wohlbruck.

Le Petit Theatre, located at the corner of St. Peter and Chartres streets, was already undergoing a renovation when Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005, and devastated most of New Orleans. Last season, shows were staged in a smaller cabaret space. Over this past summer, a complete orchestra pit was dug under the stage, and the stage was rebuilt.

This community theatre was born in 1916, when a group of amateur theatre-lovers began putting on plays in the drawing room of one of the members. The corner building the group has long performed in was designed in 1789 by Gilberto Guillemard and built in 1794 by Jean Baptiste Orso. The original building was destroyed in the great fire of 1794 and was rebuilt in 1797 for the last Spanish governor of Louisiana, Don Manuel Gayoso de Lemos. Past alums include Broadway actor Bryan Batt, who now serves as a board member.

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