Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Acting Unlimited, Inc. to hold A Black Box Affair gala to benefit Theatre 810

Downtown Lafayette, LA - On Sunday, November 23, 2014, Acting Unlimited, Inc. (AUI) will hold a gala to benefit Theatre 810, a black box community theatre space, located at 810 Jefferson Street, between The Juliet Hotel and Carpe Diem - Gelato & Espresso.

AUI opened Theatre 810 in late 2011. Since then, it has received a 2013 Downtown Award for being Downtown Lafayette’s Best Kept Secret and become a home to many other local theatre companies, such as Acadiana Repertory Theatre, The Tea Sippers, Silverbacks Improv Theatre, Wanderlust Theatre Company, and many more. AUI also hosts many workshops and children’s classes within the space.

This year, AUI purchased a new, modern lighting setup for Theatre 810. Since installing the new lights, the company has begun to update its facilities to meet the ever-evolving needs of the theatre community.

A Black Box Affair will include a cocktail hour featuring white and red sangria from Pamplona, a supper course provided by several local favorite restaurants, dessert and coffee by Carpe Diem, a silent auction, and an evening of entertainment by the local theatre companies that call Theatre 810 home.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in person from AUI at Theatre 810 or online at For more information, call (337)484-0172 or email

AUI, founded by Gloria Breaux in 1989, has a mission that is two-fold: to present innovative theatrical experiences to audiences who may never have enjoyed a live theatrical performance, and to train actors, directors, designers and technicians to create theatre for their company, and enable them, in the future, to create theatre for other companies or for their own companies. AUI recruits children, teens and adults from all walks of life and all ethnic groups. More information about AUI can be found at

AUI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. If you’d like to support this cause, but cannot attend the gala, donations can be made via Paypal to

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Theatre 810 is getting work done!

A team of volunteers devoted a weekend of downtime in order to reorganize Theatre 810.
Theatre 810 has been a cozy little sanctuary for local companies since 2011, which has made us very happy and content. But, with the installation of our new lighting system as inspiration, we recognize that it's time to update our space in order to keep up with the ever-evolving times.

Our team is currently working to make Theatre 810 a more inviting, convenient, and useful space for our patrons and visiting companies. Along with the newly purchased lighting, we've begun to revamp the lobby and dressing room areas to reflect the needs of performers and volunteers in our community.


Book Lovers: Fret Not! Our library of theatre related information is still intact! The book shelves have been moved into the office area and dressing room. Not only does this give us more room overall, but the shelves in the dressing room also help to dampen the sounds made by those changing between scenes.

Heaven Knows, we aren't nearly done! But, if you'd like to check out our progress so far, come see FLAMES, which will finish its run this weekend. Shows are Thursday the 23rd, Friday the 24th, and Saturday the 25th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Acting Unlimited's Production of FLAMES opens tomorrow, October 16, 2014!

Acting Unlimited, Inc. is proud to present FLAMES by Stephen Dolginoff.

Who will you believe?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Louisiana Premiere of AUI's production of FLAMES, Stephen Dolginoff’s new mystery thriller musical, opens this Thursday

Lafayette, LA—Acting Unlimited will present the Louisiana premiere of Stephen Dolginoff’s FLAMES, a mystery thriller musical, opening Thursday, October 16th at Theatre 810 (810 Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette). This small cast musical follows the relationships, past and present, between two men (one dead) and a woman.

One year ago, Edmond died in a horrible fire. He took with him the dreams of his fiancée, Meredith, the trust of his best friend, Eric, and the answers to the burning questions that still linger about his death and the terrible crime he committed. But on a stormy night at the cemetery where he rests, the secrets from his past will finally refuse to stay buried; and those he left behind will finally refuse to stay silent. In this original, suspense-filled musical thriller by the author/composer of Thrill Me, there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the audience guessing up until the final shocking moments.

The cast features three performers well known to Acadiana audiences—Rick Rowan, Rick Manuel and Michelle Colon. Vocal direction is provided by Dana Lenix Donell and musical direction and accompaniment is provided by Andrew Lee.

The show opens Thursday, October 16th at 7:30 pm at Theatre 810 and will run Thursday through Saturday for two weeks (October 16- 18 and 23-25). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or reserved by calling (337) 484-0172.

For more information about the show, please visit our website at or our Facebook page at

Monday, October 6, 2014

AUI's Young Children's Acting Class starts TODAY

"Book of D" - 2013. Photo courtesy of Leah Graeff.

Acting Unlimited, Inc is adding a new class to its repertoire this afternoon, welcoming Young Children to the stage. The new class is designed for children ages 6-9--it starts Today, Monday, October 6, at 5:30pm at Theatre 810 (810 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA). Participants can register at the door.

Friday, October 3, 2014