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Spotlight on Zydeco
Spotlight on Zydeco

Cast & Crew

rachelJo Ann Hanks (Rachel) holds a BFA in Theatre from William Carey University and has been acting over 30 years. Jo Ann recently played the aunt of Mildred Douglas and other voices in Itinerant Theatre’s staged reading production of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. Locally she has been in numerous plays, at Lake Charles Little Theatre, ACTS, ABOB (A Block Off Broadway in Jennings) and McNeese Theatre. Some of those roles include “Blanche” in A Streetcar Named Desire, “Maureen” in Beauty Queen of Leenane, and other plays are Fuddy Meers, Blythe Spirit, Cemetery Club, Moon Over the Brewery, Our Town, Diary of Anne Frank, and Steel Magnolias among others. Some others of her favorites have been Our Town, Crimes of the Heart, Laundry & Bourbon, Joined at the Head, Sylvia, A Flea in Her Ear, and Red Velvet Cake Wards. Jo Ann has served as President of the Board of Lake Charles Little Theatre and has been involved with local theatre since she moved here from Mississippi. She is married to Tony Hanks and she works at the Clerk of Court’s office.


elizaSierra Jones-Demouchet (Eliza) is a Senior at McNeese with a double major in Paralegal Studies and Liberal Arts with a concentration in Theatre Arts. She has been involved with theatre since 2009. Since coming to Lake Charles she has been in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot as “Saint Monica” and “Mother Theresa”, she had costumed many plays, including those at McNeese, A Lesson Before Dying for Gabriel Brown’s Urban Soul Theatre, and Legally Blonde at ACTS. She has worked crew in a variety of roles for several shows and was assistant stage manager for All My Sons, and was Stage Manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She loves anything dealing with art – and her passion is writing. In addition to being a full time student, is interning at the SWLA Law Center and is the Color Guard Director/Instructor at Westgate High School in New Iberia, LA.


marieLeah Howard Robinson (Marie Thereze) has been performing locally for the last 5 years.  Her debut performance was with the Lake Charles Theatre as Lena Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun” in 2009. Leah also performs as a part of the drama team at  Living Word Christian Center, where she writes and performs one act skits, and is working on a gospel album.  As a performing arts major at McNeese State University, she has received Theatre scholarships, and performed with the McNeese Bayou players in “The Long Christmas Ride Home.  She loves to sing and act and hopes to perform as” Billie Holiday” in a one woman show, as well as travel the country with a major theatre company.