The History Project

With the generous help of Perkins Productions, we are a year into compiling an extensive video archive of interviews with Playmakers' founders. This is a first step in a much more ambitious project of writing the definitive Playmakers history AND producing a tv-quality documentary on the subject.

Keep an eye on this page and as the project progresses we will post short quicktime movies from the tape and interesting stories about our history.

Claire Champagne Jepsen, a long-time, member of Playmakers

JEPSEN Claire Champagne Jepsen, on Saturday, May 24, 2008. Daughter of the late Henry D. and Sarah Champagne. Mother of Inge Jepsen and Greta Fry. Mother-in-law of Mark Liuzza and Mark Fry. Grandmother of Sarah Liuzza, Madison Fry and Maci Fry. Age 76 years. A native of New Orleans, LA and a resident of Covington, LA for the past 43 years. She was a retired school teacher of 27 years from Madisonville Elementary School. She served on the Covington Board of Adjustments, a past secretary for the Retired Teacher's Association and for Playmakers Theater. A Member of the Greater Covington Civic Association, Friends of the Library, First Baptist Church of Covington and the FBC Celebration Singers. She was also a volunteer at Mandeville Elementary School and Lake Harbor Middle School. She was named PTA District Grandparent of the Year in 1999. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home Inc., 2260 W. 21st. Ave., Covington, LA 70433. Visitation on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until service time. Interment in Theodore Dendinger Cemetery, Madisonville, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Playmakers, Inc., 19106 Playmakers Rd., Covington, LA 70435 or Hospice of St. Tammany, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington, LA 70433. Sign Guest Book online at
Published in The Times-Picayune on 5/26/2008.


Leicester "Les" Landon, Playmakers Founder

Leicester Llwellhynn "Les" Landon, DVM, FRSH, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. He was 86, a native of New Orleans, a resident of Baton Rouge and a former resident of Covington. A World War II veteran, he served as a lieutenant on destroyer escorts in the U.S. Navy, fighting in the Pacific Theater. He received a bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana College in 1942, and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 1950. He served on the UGA veterinary school faculty from 1951 to 1952, and opened a private veterinary practice in Covington in 1952. He retired in 2000. Dr. Landon was one of the founders of Playmakers Theater and the Krewe of Olympia in Covington. He served as a deacon and elder of Covington Presbyterian Church, and later taught Bible classes and was a member of the Living Word Church in Covington. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Joyce Elsa Jackson; and three children, Leicester Landon II and his wife Deborah Schmidt, of Baton Rouge, Laurence Landon, of Richmond, Va., and Victoria Landon and her husband Dave Weilert, of Austin, Texas. Also survived by two grandsons, Laurence Landon II, of Lafayette and Leicester Landon III, of New York; and a great-grandson, Jackson Landon, of Lafayette. Preceded in death by a son, Lewis Landon IV; his parents, Lewis Landon II and Estelle Zeitvogel Landon; and brother, Lewis Landon III.

Courtesy of The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA.


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