Playmakers Rebuilds and Celebrates 50th Season with Tribute

After massive damage to the Covington Playmakers Theater Barn due to Hurricane Katrina, America's 13th longest continuously performing theater company is at last beginning its 50th season. Repairs and renovations are expected to be completed by mid-January, with performance dates in the better-than-new facility to run for two weeks from January 19 through January 29, including special daytime performances for school groups and a regular array of evening shows as well as two Sunday matinees.

Fittingly, the theater's rebirth will be celebrated by a show dedicated to the fifty-year story of the building itself. The show is titled The Barn, A Tribute to 50 Years at Playmakers. This two-act performance will be made up of some twenty riveting scenes culled from the greatest moments in the history of the building.

Excerpts from such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire, A Man for All Seasons, The Lion in Winter, The Sunshine Boys, The Sound of Music, Stalag 17, Follies, Beauty and the Beast, No Time for Sergeants, and more will be performed by many of the very actors who won awards doing the original roles from as long ago as 1957. This marvelous array of star-turn vignettes will include young actors performing great scenes from Playmakers Children's Theater productions. There will even be portrayals from the history of the Barn that were not stage scenes, but rather moments of historical importance in the life of the building. Such scenes as the accidental blowing of a hole in the roof of the theater twenty years ago with an "unloaded" rehearsal prop gun will be reinacted.

This 50th anniversary tribute will be literally stuffed with great moments of comedy, drama, song, dance and real history. The story line will be connected by a Stage Manager/Narrator, played by the show's author, director and Playmakers board member/historian Frank Levy, who will stroll the theater guiding the audience from scene to scene, much like Thornton Wilder's Stage Manager in the play Our Town. Never before has the theater housed such an array of talent in one show with many, many performers from the past half-century joining to string together one dynamite scene after another.

This all-star cast of some fifty actors and artists includes Joan Authement, Reggie Badeaux, Nikki Barranger, Maris Black, John Carambat, Roberta Carrow-Jackson, Carson Cromartie, LaDonna Darrah, Scott Darrah, Rebecca Davis, Cal DeSmith, Sharon Ecker, Aaron Falkenstein, Kathy Fearn, Katie Fearn, Mike Franklin, Lou Gavin, Donna Goode, Taylor Gyenis, Danny Hanemann, Cameron Harmeyer, Donna Heier, Robert Jackson, Troy Jackson, Robert Jahnke, David Knight, Mimi Knight, Judy Krogsgard, Russell Krogsgard, Jill Lane, Alex LaVanway, Leona Luebbe, Elizabeth Malone, Wendy Maurer, Brianna Merich, Sharon Montalbano, Regan Moreau, Jordan Napolitano, Cheri Noto Karlin, Allyson Parker, Ray Perer, Megan Perkins, Ronnie Pogue, Anne Pourciaou, Ken Richard, Kaitlyn Seiler, Patricia Stout, Shad Stout, Elizabeth Tolbert, Weston Twardowski, Rebekah Wilkins, and Kate Zenor.

Playmakers Theater is located just off Lee Road, 2.1 miles north of Covington. For reservations call 893-1671.

For more information contact Playmakers President Kay Files at 985-867-3646, Frank Levy at 893-2090, or email

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January 20, 21, 22
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at 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinee
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Adult: $10.00
Student: $5.00

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