January 18, 2012
By Angela Marroy Boerger
Education and Community Programs Coordinator
Some of my most treasured memories as a child in New Orleans include seeing live theater with my parents and sisters at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. Dressed up in our Sunday best, we’d head out to the corner of Chartres and St. Louis in the French Quarter and spend the afternoon being entranced and transported by the magic on stage. It was utterly intoxicating , and I was hooked. Now as the parent of a toddler, I can’t wait to take my daughter to see live theater. Just a couple more years and she should be ready!
You might not know that the Playhouse is always open to families and that we have a variety of programs on offer specifically for children. During our Winter at the Playhouse season, we offer six family shows as part of our Family Festivity Series. Between November and April, we present children’s musicals and plays based on beloved works of literature, whether classic or new. From popular new works like Skippyjon Jones, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and Pinkalicious, to time-tested classics like Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling and the perfect-for-middle schoolers presentation of Nearly Lear, we present shows designed to open the mind and delight the senses of the children in your life. Each show is preceded by a craft or theater games-based activity in our rehearsal barn, and there’s always time to browse our bookstore with a hot cocoa from the concessions booth in the lobby. An afternoon at the Playhouse is an experience not to be missed!
Between April and November during our Season, we are always looking for ways to make it easier for families to see live theater as a group. For each of our season shows that is family-appropriate, we offer a Together at the Table Family Dinner. For one low ticket price, families gather in our rehearsal barn for a casual communal dinner and informal discussion before attending the show. It’s an easy way to bring the whole family to see the work on our stage.
You don’t want to miss our annual Community Day (scheduled for Saturday, April 14th), when we throw open our doors to the whole community and invite you in to see the behind-the-scenes and backstage workings of your Playhouse. From insider’s tours to sneak peeks of the construction and design process, to art displays and notes for the history buff, there is something for everyone. We are also always open for private, free-of-charge tours for families, schools, and local organizations, and we often work with girl scout and boy scout groups for service and badge projects.
The Playhouse is yours to enjoy, and our doors are always open!