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The Opelousas Little Theatre presents…   Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan…   Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks…

 “Puttin On The Ritz” by Irving Berlin         With special permission by MTI, New York, NY

 

Directed by Dana Reed and Michael Sibille, Music Directed by Michael Sibille and Kelly Schexnider, Choreographed by Andi   Fontenot, Cindy Pitre   Featuring Fontenot Dance Theatre Conservatory dancers Christina Speyrer, Kasie Pitre and Tierra Brown

 

September 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26th at 7 pm. Sunday Matinees September 13, 20, 27th at 2 pm.

   Recommended pre-sale tickets available at Sebastien Dupre Jewelery, 822 South Main St., Opelousas 337-948-4367

   Or purchase at the door the day of the show, however, OLT not responsible for non-reserved seats on sell-outs.

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WHO WE ARE

The Opelousas Little Theatre's governing body is comprised of area citizens who are committed to the performing arts in Louisiana. Members of the OLT Executive Committee and the OLT Board of Directors are responsible for the day-to-day operations and physical maintenance of the theater as well as approving, planning, and producing the season’s selections at OLT. The OLT Board meets the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the OLT building. The public is encouraged to contact OLT for more information.

Executive Board

Board of Directors

Tony Vidrine

Christy Jones

Andy Doucet

Mike Bourgeois

Kelly Schexsnider

Casey Tate

Travis Fontenot

Duncan McBride, President

Ray Dupre, Vice President

Cindy Pitre, Secretary

Dana Reed, Treasurer

HISTORY

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OUR ROOTS

Opelousas has been a center of business, government and culture for hundreds of years in south Louisiana.  In fact, the Sandoz Opera House, which was one of the few opera houses outside of New Orleans, flourished here in the 1800s.In 1939, the Opelousas Little Theatre (OLT) was formed. It is one of the oldest community theaters in Louisiana. The OLT staged its first play, The Adorable Spendthrift, in December 1940.  However, when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, many members of the small group left home to serve their country in the war.  Consequently, the OLT temporarily disbanded and reorganized in 1946.

 

During these early years, members used the old Academy of the Immaculate Conception

Auditorium (today, Opelousas Catholic School) to perform.  Other performance locations were the

auditoriums at Market Street Elementary School, Opelousas Senior High School and the

St. Landry Parish Courthouse. It was not until 1959 that the group found a permanent home.

n that year, the OLT raised funds and purchased the old Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

(built in 1880).The old church was being torn down to build a larger church building. The old

 church was then moved to South City Park, where it stands today.

 

In 1976, the OLT fell on hard times.  The group continued to exist but shows were put on hold. However, in 1984, the OLT began staging plays again. The re-energized members began an aggressive fund-raising campaign to restore and renovate the old church into today’s OLT playhouse. Latest improvements include new curtains, a lighting board, a sound system, new carpet and a concession area.  The OLT takes pride in its long history of providing some of the best of Broadway-style productions in South Louisiana.

 

TICKETS

All seats are $10.00 each (unless otherwise stated) and are available at:

Sebastien~Dupre

Fine Jewelry

822 South Main Street

Opelousas, LA 70570

337-948-4367

 

Tickets for all performance dates are available in advance and it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale approximately 3 weeks prior to show dates. Advance ticket sales on the day of the performance end at 5:00 PM and may be purchased at the door beginning at 6:00 PM. Curtain is promptly at 7:00 PM (matinee at 2:00 PM). Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

 

There’s no business like show business and in Opelousas, the members of the performing arts community take this business seriously! Opelousas is home to one of the oldest running community theaters in the area.  Located in South City Park, OLT produces many productions throughout the year, from side-splitting comedies and hand-clapping musicals to edge-of-your-seat mysteries and thought-provoking dramas. The actors, actresses, directors and productions staff, which are volunteers, are from all over the United States and represent all walks of life. Whether you are a visitor to the area, a local resident or an avid theater buff, you will enjoy some of the best productions South Louisiana has to offer.

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2015 Season

Showcase 2015 Opens January 22

August: Osage County Opens April 16

Wizard of Oz Opens July 16

Young Frankenstein Opens September 10

The Neverending Story Opens December 3

REVIEWS

Charlotte's Web

Monky Business

Fat Shirley's Trailer Park

What an outstanding job by Dana Reed!  The ability to corral numerous rambunctious youngsters into a wonderful cast that performed like professionals!  The shear magnitude of this undertaking was a work of art itself, but the outcome was one that will be remembered by theater goers for a long time!  Great work!  Great Performances!

-Lana Soileau

Monky Business was simply amazing! Beautiful script, awesome jokes, and just GREAT FUN! I laughed just about every 3 mintues. The set was functional, and the acting was great. It was just an all around fantastic show!

-Travis Fontenot

 

This is a production that will keep you laughing. From the cousins who marry each other to the emu farms this is a good production. Dana Reed has done a very good job. One of my favorite characters is Marva Jackson, who is portrayed by Susie Doucet. Marva is looking for love everywhere, and at the end of the play she ends up getting proposed to.

-Jacob Stout

Father of the Bride

Noises Off

Fiddler on the Roof

Father of the Bride was a great performance. The actors/actresses were supurb and funny. I encourage everyone to go see it. Opelousas has a great thing with the OLT!

-Sadie Gobert

What a side-splitting show.  One could hardly catch a breath before losing it seconds later.  Great job Chantelle, cast and crew, it was a huge undertaking, and you pulled it off flawlessly.  Your set, casting and direction were awesome.

-Dana Reed

What an awesome performance, the best was Frumasera!!!!!!!!! Need to put her on a haunted house!!!!!!

-Dana Reed

CONTACT US

Contact Info

Email: oltheatre@yahoo.com

Phone: (337) 351-2591

P.O. Box 1961

Opelousas, LA 70571-1961

 

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