Wednesday, July 22, 2015

THIS IS OUR YOUTH comes to Theatre 810

Candace Grace, Dustin Babin, Ryan Broussard
  From the production's Facebook Event:

"This Is Our Youth is a comedy play by American dramatist and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1996 and on Broadway in 2014.

The play takes place in Dennis Ziegler's apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Dennis's friend Warren Straub, a dejected 19-year-old, has just been kicked out of his house and stolen $15,000 from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father. Dennis, the more wily and domineering of the two, spends some of the money on cocaine, hoping to sell it to a friend for much more. Jessica Goldman, an "anxiously insightful" fashion student, comes over and Warren hopes that he can use the money to entice her into bed.The play explores timeless issues of adolescence and maturity.

Shows will be held at Theatre 810 July 23, 24th and 25th starting at 7:30pm. Address is 810 Jefferson Street. Lafayette, LA 70501. Tickets will be $10 at the door or click on the link below to buy online. Cast includes: Candace Grace, Dustin Babin and Ryan Broussard. For more information email"

You can order your tickets online at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Acadiana Rep returns to 810 this week with The Woman's Part by Cody Daigle-Orians

Etienna Wright, serving serious face in
ART's poster for THE WOMAN'S PART
First off: Congratulations to The Diamond Devil Revue, who popped 810's Burlesque Cherry with a packed-house show on Saturday night! We can't wait to have you Devils back!

Next up at Theatre 810, Acadiana Repertory Theatre brings us THE WOMAN'S PART, another original work from local favorite, Cody Daigle-Orians!

The Woman's Part celebrates women in theatre, both at the dawn of their professional entrance to the business and in today's world. Act One takes place in 1669 London, and follows Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright, as she brings her first play "The Forc'd Marriage" to the stage. The second act takes place in 2015 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where an all-female theatre company plans to mount "The Forc'd Marriage" in an attempt to save their struggling company. Camaraderie, creativity and compromise face both sets of women artists in pursuit of a life in the theatre.

THE WOMAN'S PART is directed by Steven R. Landry and assisted by Gabe Ortego. The cast is made up of many familiar faces: Etienna Wright, Jordan Umphries, Deborah D. Ardoin, Cindy Hebert, Jody L. Powell, Chloe Abbott, Erica Jure, Bonnie Kyzar, John Snyder, and Allen Higginbotham.

Shows are
June 19, 20,& 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm with a matinee on Sunday, June 21 at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online from Eventbrite at, reserved by phone at (337)484-0172, or reserved by email at

Also this month: Silverbacks Improv Theatre will return on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30pm with a SUMMER themed improv show. In celebration of summer jobs, summer schedules, and summer wallets, Silverbacks are having a Summer Special pricing for their 810 shows: Instead of a set ticket price, they invite you to Pay What You Can for the summer months! 

We've certainly got a busy summer ahead of us, and we can't wait for you to see everything going on at Theatre 810!

Monday, June 1, 2015

We're Revving Back Up for the Summer!

It's been on the seemingly quiet side here at Theatre 810 for the spring, but we've been keeping ourselves busy, none-the less!

This past weekend, we hosted a special show, dubbed "Improv and Pirates," which was actually a setup that ended in a wedding proposal! With the help of Silverbacks Improv Theatre and The Whiskey Bay Rovers, a man brought together his beloved's friends and family to surprise her with a special show geared directly towards her. In the finale, a friend of the couple came out to sing a special song, which turned into a duet as the man stepped up to serenade his girlfriend, after which, he proposed, surrounded by friends, family, improvisers, and pirates. She said yes, of course! Congratulations, Jason & Eden! Thank you for sharing your special moment with us!

May certainly ended with a bang, and June is looking to be pretty fantastic as well!

The deadline to sign up for Improv Classes with members of Silverbacks Improv Theatre is swiftly approaching!

The 4-week Level 1 course, exploring the fundamental skills and games behind improvisational theatre, will be taught by Sarah Mikayla Brown and will begin on June 6th at 10:00am. Register to secure the very last spot in the class online at

The 4-week Level 2 course, with Steve Benelli, is designed for those who have some previous beginner training in Improv and work on in-depth techniqes, skills, and games behind improvisational theatre, beyond the fundamentals. Register online today at

On June 7th, The Tea Sippers' Theatre Company will be hosting a Tony Awards Gala at Theatre 810.

The Teasippers say, "The purpose of this event is to bring the community together to watch the annual Tony Awards, show appreciation for the arts, and to celebrate the success of our local theatre companies. Admission for this event is free of charge, but donations are strongly suggested. All proceeds will go toward funding next year's gala and keeping local theatre alive. Food will be provided for all guests. Please feel free to contribute a dish of your own. THE MORE FOOD THE BETTER!"

This year, the event will be a COSTUME PARTY! The hosts encourage guests to be  creative, wearing costumes from any genre; Movie or theatre stars, characters, etc. There will be a costume contest held after The Tony Award event ends.
The party starts at 6:00pm!

In another Theatre 810 first, The Diamond Devil Revue is set to bring its fun and flirty brand of Burlesque to our little Black Box.

The Diamond Devil Revue, the new Lafayette burlesque troupe, will perform at Theatre 810 on Saturday, June 13 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance at and $15 at the door. Only ages 18 and up will be admitted.

The show will feature thrilling acts and teases by favorite Lafayette burlesque performers such as Lucy Furr, Mia Moore, Sugar Bits, and pin-up model Jezzie Jay. The Diamond Devil Revue is hosted by Mr. Buttz and will also feature Martini Bear and Shirley Yours, introducing FiFi L'Amour. Don't miss out on this spectacular new show right here in Lafayette!

PHEW! That's a lot of fantastic stuff, And that's only our first 2 weeks!

Next week, we'll have more information on Acadiana Repertory Theatre's next show, The Woman's Part by Cody Daigle-Orians, scheduled to open on June 19th ( and more shows from our friends at Silverbacks Improv Theatre!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Silverbacks to offer Multi-Level Improv Courses starting this June!

Steve Benelli and Sarah Mikayla Brown of Silverbacks Improv Theatre
In response to the interest of the community, Silverbacks Improv Theatre in collaboration with Theatre 810 will begin offering a regular serving of improv classes, starting this June. In this first session, members of Silverbacks Improv Theatre will offer two options for classes, Improv 1 and Improv 2.

Improv 1 is an entry-level course that will be equally relevant to those who are interested in performing improv, and those are simply looking to think outside the box and have some fun. Teacher Sarah Mikayla Brown will teach improv fundamentals in a laid-back environment. Improv comedy is a great way to exercise the brain and to learn effective brain storming and communication skills.

Teacher Sarah Mikayla Brown is a Lafayette native and ULL graduate who went on to live in Chicago and found the Chicago Fringe Festival, as well as study improvisation at the Annoyance Theater. Now living in Lafayette, she is a member of two professional ensembles, Acting Up! in Acadiana and Silverbacks Improv Theatre. She is the co-creator of the popular play, “Cajun Face.”

Improv 2 is intended for those who have taken an introductory lesson in improv in the past, or who have had equivalent experience. This class will focus on teaching students how to build characters and to begin on the skills needed to create improvised scenes. Improv 2 will be taught by Steve Benelli.

Benelli is a native of New Orleans but has been living in Lafayette since 1998 when he became a founding member of the UL-Lafayette based improv troupe, Cult of the Stage Monkey – Lafayette. He served as a longtime director of COSM before resigning that post a few years ago prior to becoming a founder of Silverbacks Improv Theatre. Steve is also a musician and is a member of the pirate band, The Whiskey Bay Rovers.

Silverbacks Improv Theatre (Lafayette, LA) mixes special improvised brews for audiences across the U.S. Favorite improv creations include Film Noirs, 90's Sitcoms, and Sci-Fi's. The Silverbacks are always energetic, nerd-tastic, and not afraid of costumes. The Silverbacks consists of members who have trained and performed in places as far as Mississippi, Texas, Illinois, California, and D.C. with a combined total of over 50 years of improv experience. Silverbacks Improv Theatre performs monthly at Theatre 810 and for Lafayette’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk at Cité des Arts.

Registration is available through Eventbrite. Space is limited, so sign up to secure your spot today!

1. Improv 1 – A Silverbacks Improv Class in Collaboration with Theatre 810 (Teacher Sarah Mikayla Brown)
Dates: June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages 16+
Register by Calling Theatre 810 at (337) 484-0172 or at:

2. Improv 2 – A Silverbacks Improv class in Collaboration with Theatre 810 (Teacher Steve Benelli)
Dates: June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Ages: 16+
Register by Calling Theatre 810 at (337) 484-0172 or at:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Acting Unlimited invites YOU to audition for The Addams Family: A New Musical!

Acting Unlimited will hold auditions for The Addams Family (the musical) on May 16, 17, and 18 at Theatre 810 (810 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA). Saturday auditions will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and auditions on Sunday and Monday will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those auditioning must prepare one minute of a musical theatre song, will be asked to read scenes from the script, and will be taught a dance combination. No accompanist will be available.

Performances of the production will be August 7 to 16, Friday through Sunday at Burke Theatre on UL’s campus. Rehearsals will begin in early June. All roles in the musical are available, including all of the quirky Addams family clan: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandma, and Lurch. There are several supporting roles for a young man, a woman in her 40s, and a man in his 50s. The chorus of deceased ancestors can be of any age and any voice range. The production is directed by Travis Guillory.

The Addams Family is a new musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice that opened on Broadway in 2010. The show features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, a teenage girl with a passion for the macabre, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart, “normal” young man from a respectable family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father, Gomez, an eccentric Spanish patriarch, and begs him not to tell her sultry, aloof mother, Morticia. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's new, all-American boyfriend and his conservative parents. They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky - The Addams Family.

For more information, contact Travis Guillory at or contact Acting Unlimited at or (337)484-0172.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Student Performances coming to Theatre 810!

This week, Students from Lafayette Parish will take over downtown, bringing their unique performances and art to the spotlight.

The Student Arts Expo is an annual event designed in increase public knowledge and appreciation of the arts with performances and visual arts exhibits representing nearly every school in the Lafayette Parish School System by students in grades preK–12.

This event is in its 6th year and brings more and more people to Downtown Lafayette every year.

This year, Theatre 810 is proud to host several groups of students. First off, the LPSS Talented Senior Students will take the stage mid-week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 6:00pm- Madeline G.
                                   7:00pm- Lillian F.
Friday, May 8, 2015: 7:00pm- Sam F.

3 Seniors. 2 Nights. 1 Theater. The LPSS Talented Program will present two nights of Talented Theatre Senior Shows at Theatre 810. Throughout the school year, these students have collaborated with their peers and teachers to create individual original shows. The shows’ themes vary from Commedia dell’arte, the exploration of conformity, and performing art vs. performance art. Running time will vary between 20-40 minutes per show. Events are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, May 9th, the Student Arts Expo will be going on at various spaces downtown. The Festivities at Theatre 810 will take place from 4-8pm, and are free to the public. The schedule for Saturday, May 9th is as follows:

4:00pm- Paul Breaux Talent Theatre Class

4:30pm- High School Monologues and Scenes

5:00pm- Middle School Monologues and Scenes

6:30pm- “Gone” by Cody Daigle

7:30pm- Film Screenings

The Student Arts Expo is presented by Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette Parish School System and Cox, with support from Downtown Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Silverbacks Improv Theatre celebrates 3 years of spontaneity!

Silverbacks Improv Theatre
will celebrate their 3rd anniversary by offering an Audience Appreciation show tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30pm. Not only is this show FREE for all who attend, but audience members will also be treated to free popcorn and candy! Silverbacks conducted a poll, asking followers what their favorite improv games were, and have used the Top 10 results to make up an evening of crowd-pleasing shortform games.

The origin story of Silverbacks Improv Theatre has its roots in ULL’s Cult of the Stage Monkey. Operating on UL’s campus for over 15 years, Cult of the Stage Monkey featured many of Silverbacks players. Long after graduation, a few of them got together and decided it was time to bequeath the student troop to the students, and to branch off into a professional troupe. Elaine Kibodeaux, Steve Benelli, Andrew Lee, and Rick Manual are all founding members of Silverbacks. They were joined by Sarah Mikayla Brown and Nico Zaunbrecher in 2012, both recent transplants from Illinois. In the past year, Silverbacks were proud to welcome Monique Morton, a Second City trained improviser, back in Louisiana from California. Nominated as “Best Local Live Entertainment” by the Times of Acadiana, the Silverbacks have gained a reputation for fun live performances and always pushing the creative envelope. Recently, the Silverbacks have been asked to perform at neighboring theaters in Houston and Baton Rouge. They hope to continue their wacky improvised journey over the next three years, to even bigger audiences.
Silverbacks Improv Theatre
Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Theatre 810 - 810 Jefferson St. Lafayette, LA 70501
Reservations by email:

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Mikayla Brown, Elaine Kibodeaux, Steve Benelli,
Monique Morton, Rick Manuel, & Nico Zaunbrecher of Silverbacks Improv Theatre.