People want to tell their story, interpret their times, write and act with beauty and truth… before their peers, both on and off the stage. Itinerant Theatre, Inc. (IT) wants to make that possible. IT’s mission is to provide an affordable, professional forum for the performing arts so as to generate broader audiences for theatre, professional opportunities for performing artists & productions for artistically underserved communities. IT will build on its Board members’ collective experience of presenting, producing, directing, acting & writing for the theatre & other performing arts, all on a shoestring budget.
In 2012 IT began with Bicentennial Year celebrations ”The Firsts ~ They Made a Difference”, four one-woman plays by Carolyn Woosley. In Fall 2012 IT premiered a fifth Bicentennial production, “Cleoma ~ A First” and hosted an evening of SWLA music with “The Magnolia Sisters”. That same season back by popular demand IT produced three one-woman plays from Woosley’s Louisiana Women: ”The Writers” (Maggie, Kate & Rosa). IT closed the 2012 year by inaugurating “The Play’s the Thing” — its play reading series of the classics — with Candida by George Bernard Shaw. Candida is Shaw’s comedy on the clash of expectations in love. Joy Pace was Director.
IT returned in Fall 2013 with a successful rock opera production of the first rock opera ever written, Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice. The show ran at Rosa Hart Theatre before an audience of 1,500 for two nights. With IT as producers and under the direction of Keith Chamberlain, choreographer Damien Thibodeaux and conductor Bill Rose, set and costume design by Joy Pace, and a cast of 18, the all-professional, all-local show was a hit. Meanwhile, in September 2013 IT began co-hosting the free first-Saturday-of-the-month series Coffee House Theatre with Stellar Beans Coffee House & Edibles, Broad St., Lake Charles. This varied series has show-cased, not only IT productions but also Children’s Theatre, ACTS and LCLT productions. The series continues in July 2014 at Stellar Beans.
In Spring 2014 IT produced two ambitious plays: 1. Tuesdays with Morrie, by Jeffrey Hatcher & Mitch Albom and starring Michael Goldman and Mike Muffuletto at Imperial Calcasieu Museum’s Gibson Barham Gallery; and, 2. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee and starring Frank Cooper, Joy Pace, Jordan Ashworth and Ronald Doyle also at Imperial Calcasieu Museum.
IT will announce its 2014-2015 season in mid-summer. Stay tuned as Itinerant Theatre cultivates & showcases the talents of young & old in front of, & behind, the curtain.