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McNeese Theatre Bayou Players 2016-2017 Season

The 2016-2017 season of McNeese Theatre Bayou Players will feature three theater productions. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for McNeese faculty/staff, senior citizens 62 and older, youth (K-12) and teachers and free for McNeese students with a current ID. Season tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for McNeese faculty and staff, senior citizens and youth (K-12). All season tickets support McNeese theater scholarships.

  • Kiss Me Kate
  • Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer
  • McNeese Performing Arts: "Lizard" by Dennis Covington
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"Kiss Me Kate” by Cole Porter, Directed by guest director Walt Kiser and choreographed by guest artist Damien Thibodeaux.

McNeese Theatre is proud and excited to announce its first musical production in three years. Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" will bring the 2016-17 season to an exciting and hilarious climax.

"Kiss Me Kate" is described as "one of the most famous musical 'adaptations' of Shakespeare for the stage. Focusing on a theatre company putting up a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew,' the show traces the main relationship between director/leading man Fred Graham and his ex-wife/leading lady Lilli Vanessi as they respectively portray the Shakespearean roles of Petruchio and Katherine (the Shrew to be tamed, of course!).

Fred and Lilli are joined by a troupe of traveling performers who play an assortment of roles, as life begins to imitate art and the action quickly moves from backstage into the production onstage.

The show includes such Porter classics as "Another Op'nin, Another Show," "Wunderbar" and "Brush up Your Shakespeare."

The play will be directed by guest director Walt Kiser and choreographed by guest artist Damien Thibodeaux.

Production dates are on April 5-8 with show times at 7:30PM and on April 9 at 2:00PM.

McNeese Performing Arts: "Lizard" by Dennis Covington
Times April 5-8 at 7:30pm
April 9 at 2:00pm
Phone 337-475-5041
Fax: 475-5063
Location McNeese Performing Arts Department
Tritico Theatre
Address 4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
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"Sleuth" by Anthony Shaffer, Directed by Diane Rathbun

McNeese Theatre is thrilled to bring this classic play to the Lake Area. Sleuth is described as an "edge-of-your-seat mystery filled with stunning plot twists that is not only an exciting "whodunit" but a fascinating "whodunwhat." "Sleuth juggles a number of themes — deceit, jealousy, game playing, class war, British arrogance, and the humiliation of the outsider." "It's a play full of surprises so you're asked to avoid those who have already seen it: loved ones must be shushed, strangers put politely but firmly in their place. With that being said, it won't hurt you to know that rich and famous Andrew Wyke, an author of mystery novels, invites his wife's young lover, Milo Tindle, to his mansion for a drink. What follows is a deadly chain of events that leaves bodies on the carpet, blood on the stairs and detectives at the door."

The play will be directed by Diane Rathbun and will be staged at the Lake Charles Little Theatre's New Stable Playhouse

Production dates are March 10, 11 & 12 with show times at 7:30PM on the 10th & 11th and 2:00PM on the 12th.

McNeese Performing Arts: "Lizard" by Dennis Covington
Times March 10 & 11 at 7:30pm
March 12 at 2:00pm
Phone (337) 433-7988
Location Lake Charles Little Theatre's New Stable Playhouse
Address 813 Enterprise Blvd.
Lake Charles, LA 70605
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"Lizard" by Dennis Covington

The play LIZARD by Dennis Covington, based on his 1991 novel of the same name, is described as a coming-of-age story about 13-year-old Lucius Sims, a physically deformed boy who is nicknamed Lizard. The play explores what it means to be a family and how each one of us has a special strength and wisdom within us to overcome the judgmental views of others.

LIZARD is set in Southwest Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama during the summer of 1976. The play references Lake Charles, Holly Beach, DeRidder, Leesville, DeQuincy, Rosepine and New Llano LA. Dennis wrote the novel after being stationed at Fort Polk in the early 1970's. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) asked him to adapt the novel into a play in the early 1990's and the play was first performed at the ASF in 1994.

The novel and play LIZARD is described as an intriguing cross between Candide and Huckleberry Finn. While the story deals with a 13-year-old boy in the mid 1970's, some of its language may be unsuitable and offensive to audience members.

McNeese Performing Arts: "Lizard" by Dennis Covington
Times Sept. 28, 29, 30 at 7:30pm
Oct. 1 at 7:30pm
Oct. 2 at 2pm
Phone 337-475-5041
Fax: 475-5063
Location McNeese Performing Arts Department
Tritico Theatre
Address 4205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
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