Dirt Road to Lafayette
There was a lot of excitement in Abbeville when Abbey Players hosted the cast and crew of the feature film “Dirt Road to Lafayette” as they filmed in downtown Abbeville. Filming was also done in Lafayette.
The movie is based on a boy from Scotland who travels to Lafayette and falls in love with the city and culture.
According to Producer Marcus Lyle Brown, the Cajun atmosphere plays a major role in the film.
To learn more about this film, click here.
“Evangeline” by M. Normand Godin, is a play based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem by the same name. This production which took place October 7 – 11, 2015 at Abbey Players, was staged as part of the commemoration of the 250th year anniversary of Le Grand Derangement – the 1755 expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia and the arrival of the first French settlers in Louisiana. It describes the betrothal of a fictional Acadian girl named Evangeline Bellefontaine to her beloved, Gabriel Lajeunesse, and their separation as the British deport the Acadians from their home in Grand-Pre-Nova Scotia. The story tells of her many years of searching for Gabriel across the landscapes of America.
“Evangeline”, produced by Les Araignees du boui-boui Theatre Company, Point-de-l’eglise, Nova Scotia Canada 1994-2004, was submitted exclusively to the Abbey Players.
Murder at Deadwood Saloon
Murder at the Deadwood Saloon, which took place March 11, 12, 13, 2016, was an audience participation fundraising event where the audience had to guess “who done it.” Proceeds benefited ongoing building maintenance for our historic theatre. The event began with barbeque in the lobby where Act 1 was performed. Act 2 took place in the theatre, Act 3 back in the lobby, and, finally, Act 4 back in the theatre again.
What Happened After Once Upon a Time
Director Michelle Abshire
Assistant Directors Manique LeBlanc and Anne Catherine LeBlanc
Production dates were:
Thursday, July 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 @ 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 28 @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 29 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 @ 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Abbey Players 40th Anniversary Current Production:
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
by Neil Simon
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
In 1976, a group of friends and family members thought it would be a good idea to produce a play at the clubhouse of the Abbeville Country Club. Little did they know that the seed they planted would blossom into one of the most active community theatres in Louisiana.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary the Abbey Players is reviving its first play, Neil Simon’s comedy “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play opens on Saturday, September 17 with its Patrons’ Night performance, which is open to the public, and not only includes the play, but also features a buffet catered by RiverFront, a Louisiana Grill. Since one of the characters in the play owns a seafood restaurant, the menu will include Shrimp Cocktail, Seafood Crepes with Lobster cream sauce, Crabmeat Au Gratin in pastry shells, Shrimp Enbrochette, Mahi Mahi Filets topped with Oyster Rockefeller and Grilled Shrimp, Sweet Potato Casserole and Green Bean Casserole. Patrons also receive two complimentary drinks of their choice from the bar. The meal alone is worth the ticket price of $40.00 per person. Tickets for Patrons’ Night and all other performances are available at our website or by calling 893-2442. Ticket are $15.00 each for regular performances.
The play is set during the “Summer of Love” in 1967. Hapless Barney Cashman is looking for a meaningful, beautiful relationship as he tries to seduce Elaine Navazio, who is possibly married to a mobster; Bobbi Michele, an unemployed nightclub singer with a sordid past; and finally his wife’s best friend, Jeanette Fisher. This is an adult comedy — please leave the kiddies at home.
To bring this timeless comedy to the stage, director, Shana Ledet Qualls has assembled a veteran cast of actors, including:
Milton Resweber (Barney Cashman) is an actor, director, stage manager, techie, singer, dancer and/or choreographer who has been involved in 52 plays, 4 films, and a television commercial. His plays have been with/at Abbey Players, AUI, the Benet Hall Players,Cite’ des Arts, the Duchamp Opera House, the Evangeline Players, IPAL Lafayette Community Theater, the Lauren Greene Whyte Company, the LRE Company, Notre Dame Players, and ULL
Patsy Hebert (Elaine Navizo) is a retired middle school teacher and Vermilion Parish resident. She is a proud supporter of Community Theater and has performed in “Steel Magnolias,” “Cemetery Club,” “In the Wake of Time,” and “Evangeline.”
Evona Qualls (Bobbi Michele), has appeared on stage throughout Acadiana, but considers Abbey Players her home. Beginning with the 1985 Children’s Theater Guild production of “Don’t Count Your Chickens”, she has been involved in over ten productions with the company, most notably as “Lucy” in the 2003 production of “Jekyll and Hyde.” She was a member of the children’s ensemble in the original run of “At the Picture Show on Magdalen Square.”
Lynn LeBlanc (Jeanette Fisher) has been with the Abbey Players since 1982. Lynn was in the first production of the Abbey Players Childrens’ Guild, “Reggie and Riddle of Differcus.” She has since performed in several successful productions, including “Things My Mother Taught Me,” “Evangeline,” and the Allume production of “In the Wake of Time.” Lynn also serves on the Abbey Players Board of Directors. By day, Lynn is employed by the City of Abbeville as an administrative assistant and has been married to Chris LeBlanc for 26 years.
By John Biguenet
We were excited to host this production just in time for the Halloween season, featuring Liann Pattison, who received the Big Easy Award for best actress in the Southern Repertory Theatre’s production in New Orleans.
In “Broomstick“, a witch confesses all; her first love affair, how she discovered her powers and how she has used them. A completely unsentimental moralist who knows everything about the human heart; having been both its victim and avenger all her long life. She metes out inexorable justice, immune to pleas for mercy and cackling at excuses.
In “Broomstick“…, whiners wind up in casseroles.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By Barbara Robinson
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
December 2 – 11, 2016
Director: Natial Perrin d’Augereau
Assistant Directors: Denise Harrington and Misti M. Meaux.