“Xanadu” has been postponed.
If you already have tickets, they will be transferred to the new date. New dates have not yet been set.
Please check back.
“Heaven on wheels, and in leg warmers!”
A musical spoof of the cult classic movie of the same name, Xanadu: The Musical follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to create the greatest artistic achievement of all time: a roller-disco. When Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. This hilarious, roller skating romp about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, interwoven by a moving, electrifying book of endless fun penned by one of Broadway’s master storytellers, Douglas Carter Beane. You’ll want to keep the music in your head, and Xanadu in your heart, forever!
The house will open 1 hour prior to each performance for a disco dance party on stage with the cast. We’ll have the disco ball spinning and the tunes jamming.
Our Saturday performances have an option to purchase food during the dance parties, which consists of both hot and cold hors d’oeuvres.
Each weekend of the show will have a different theme for our daily costume contest. Winners will receive a prize pack that includes 2 free drinks of their choice. We encourage you to post pictures of your costumes on social media before coming out to the theatre. Use the hashtag #HowDoYouXanadu
First weekend: Ancient Greece
Second weekend: 70’s Disco
Third weekend: 80’s Pop
Tickets are now available on our website (https://abbeyplayers.tix.com/) for Xanadu! The show will run for three weekends between April 17th and May 3rd. Performances will be held Fridays-Sundays. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 pm. Sunday matinees are at 2 pm.
New dates not set yet. Please check back.
Director: Kaleigh Lay
Music Director: Drew Hoffpauir
Choreographer: Christina Williams
Clio – Eliza Gothreaux
Sonny – Ian Bonin
Danny – Ken Harrelson
Melpomene – Martin Smith
Calliope – Neekee McDonald
Erato – Jennifer Melancon
Euterpe – Malani Hoffpauir
Thalia – Sarah Lagneaux
Terpescore – Drew Hoffpauir
Hera – Dyan Schnaars
Shrek The Musical
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, 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.
Performances will be Fridays-Sundays from July 17th to July 26th. There will be an extra Saturday matinee performance on both weekends.
Director: Drew Hoffpauir
Assistant Directors: Parrish Vienne & Dana Noel
Choreographer: Cailin Trahan
Stage Manager: Malani Hoffpauir
Little Shop of Horrors
Feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant with out-of-this-world origins. Follow Seymour Krelborn as he stumbles across a new breed of plant whose intent is world domination. This foulmouthed, singing carnivore promises fame and fortune, as long as Seymour keeps feeding it BLOOD!
Director Lauren Dartez
Assistant Director Malani Hoffpauir
SUMMER CAMP – The Lion King
After all the fun we had last year, of course we’re bringing back summer camp! Abbey Players is hosting our second annual kids’ summer camp, directed by Hollie Guidry! From June 22nd – 26th, kids ages 6-12 will learn singing, acting, dancing, and auditioning with a final performance for friends and family on Friday. This year, The Lion King is our theme. Daily snacks, craft supplies, and a camp t-shirt are included in the $100 cost of the camp. Camp runs from 9 am – noon. Registration is available here until June 15th. Be sure to fill out the survey emailed to your afterwards for each camper.
In light of the current situation with COVID-19, we are postponing our Awards Gala until further notice, likely to the summertime. We will announce the new date once everything is safer.
NEW TRADITIONS – The Abbey Awards
So, here’s the deal. As a non-profit, we are legally obligated to have an annual meeting to officially update our members of the goings-on around the theatre. It is also the time when our board is re-elected by said members. However, both of those things, in practice, happen outside of the membership meeting. We try to keep you all updated as much as possible through newsletters, Facebook, etc., and our board is generally agreed upon without objection. So what is the point of coming to this meeting? Until now, it has merely been a social gathering with some complimentary drinks and finger foods. Those are nice perks, but the whole thing has been basically nothing more than a formality. As a result, there were only 6 people in attendance last year, and 3 of those were children!
So what is the benefit to becoming a member if the meeting is mostly for ceremony’s sake? Until this coming year, becoming a member just reserved you a spot for your name in the season’s programs. While that’s nice, it is merely a miniscule way of saying thanks. So, basically, there wasn’t much advantage to being a member!
This year, we really put our heads together to try and figure out a way to make all of this more meaningful. We need members! Not just for financial support, but for your feedback and participation. What could we do to make being a member beneficial for you? The solution was this — the first annual Abbey Awards and Membership Gala.
On the date of the event, the doors will open at 6 pm for a cocktail hour. All members will receive 2 free drinks (water, soda, beer, or wine) and hors d’oeuvres. At 7, we’ll move into the theatre for a night of entertainment as our way of showing our thanks to you, our members! You’ll be treated to scenes from each of our mainstage shows that have occurred since our last meeting. That’ll refresh your memory for when you, for the first time, will get to exercise your new rights as Abbey Players members to vote for your favorites in several categories. It will be like our own, hometown Tony Awards! In addition, you’ll see a preview of our upcoming show, Xanadu, hear about our upcoming season from the directors themselves, and have a chance to give us feedback on what you want to see us do!
Of course, all of this will be in addition to the previous perks of membership — voting on board member spots and a mention in the program.
Here’s the best part: existing members for this season get in free. Plus, anyone who is NOT a member can pay the $20 membership fee to get in. Because this night is both the end of and the beginning of a year of dues, this $20 fee will count toward membership for the upcoming season up until next year’s Gala.