NEW! PLAYMAKERS' SUMMER THEATER BLAST!
Postponed to Summer 2018
Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
at Playmakers Theater
Our new Summer Theater Blast will be an exciting learning experience for young performers to get hands on training from the best musical theater instructors on the Northshore! In two weeks, they will help teach your kids all the dancing, singing, and acting skills needed to be successful performers and will end in a showcase that will display these new learned skills!
Registration will be Saturday June 3 at 2 pm at Playmakers where students will get to meet their instructors and learn what will be expected.
About our instructors:
Anysia is a proud supporter of the arts and education and she is delighted to bring her teaching talents to Playmakers! Anysia received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2006. She went on to perform in numerous productions in New Orleans and Covington. Some of her favorite performances include Boy Gets Girl (Theresa), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Nurse Ratched,) Extremeties, (Marjorie) The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen) and Chicago (Roxie Hart). Anysia has directed several successful shows at Playmakers such as Red, Loot, One Slight Hitch and And Then There Were None, which won Best Play, Best Set Design and Best Actor at the 2016 Alvin Awards. Her teaching background includes several camps in the Hammond area and she also teaches private acting lessons. She looks forward to working with people of all ages, both on and off the stage, and hopes to inspire everyone who joins the Playmakers Theater Summer Blast!
Justin Lapeyrouse is the youngest Board Member here at Playmakers. Having trained under Blake Coheley, Jefferson Turner, and A.J. Allegra at NOCCA, Justin has gotten to work with Tony Award winning stars such as Donna McKechnie (Best Leading Actress for A Chorus Line) and Ben Vereen (Best Leading Actor for Pippin) at Broadway Theater Project.
He has worked on both the North and Southshore on and off stage. He directed the past 3 musicals here at Playmakers, 9 to 5 the Musical, Chicago, and most recently Zombie Prom! He has assistant directed many shows including Clybourne Park at 30xNinety Theater and, most recently, Red here at Playmakers.
Some of his acting credits include: I.Q. in Hairspray (Slidell Little Theater), Bobby in Cabaret (Cutting Edge Theater), Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd (Cutting Edge Theater), Orcus in She Kills Monsters (30xNinety), Anthony Marsden in And Then There Were None (Playmakers), and Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Playmakers.)
Jessica Boudreau, a resident of Covington, Louisiana, is the owner and artistic director of Dancescape Studio. Dancescape Studio is a non-competitive studio that focuses on the art of dance for the past 16 years. Ms. Jessica has 39 years of dance and performing experience in the local community. She has also been teaching dance for 27 years. Ms. Jessica has studied many different varieties of dance including, but not limited to, East Indian and African. She has brought her knowledge and passion for dance to her own studio.
Jessica’s training began under the tutelage of the late Rosemerry Fuhrmann Hanian of Creative Dance Center. Mrs. Rosemerry was a Broadway performer in "Kismet" as well as, "Camelot" with Julie Andrews and Richard Burton. Mrs. Hanian first began her East Indian studies in New York City, and brought them home to her own studio in Covington, Louisiana in the 1960's.
Jessica has performed in and choreographed over thirty plays for local community theaters and high schools. She choreographed her first play at Playmakers Theater for their performance of "Westside Story" over 25 years ago. Most recently, she and her sister, Rebecca choreographed Playmakers summer performance of "Chicago." Her performances have included the likes of the New Orleans Opera; where she and fellow dancers performed East Indian dance in the performance of "Laksme", which won the 1998 Big Easy Award. She has also performed East Indian Dance in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She has extensive experience teaching music, dance and creative movement in local schools in both St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. Jessica was also a member of the Young Audiences performance group. Ms. Boudreau has been on the board of several local theaters, as well as, the St. Tammany Art Association.
Jessica and her instructors also continue their dance education annually, not only in Louisiana, but in New York City as well. She has studied in New York at the Pulse Teacher's Convention in Manhattan for the past six years. She has trained with world renowned choreographers in today's dance industry. Ms. Boudreau is a two-time recipient of the Pulse Teacher's Scholarship to train in New York City. The Pulse choreography faculty choose the scholarship winner. While in NYC, she also attends classes at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center. She has been instructed by some of the best teachers and dancers in the country.
This summer Jessica will be traveling for the first time to dance in Los Angeles, California at the Pulse Teacher's Convention. She will also be training at many West Coast studios such as: Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Millennium Dance Complex.
Native of Baton Rouge, Mr. Aaron Turnipseed graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University earning his Bachelor's and Master's in Music Performance and Visual Arts. Aaron has been a featured performer for the Alcorn State, Bill Evans, and New Orleans Jazz Festivals. As an actor, he earned the leading role in "South Pacific", " Godspell" and "Little Shop of Horrors." Aaron has served as Musical Director for the musicals "Chicago" and "Zombie Prom". He is the Music Director for First Christian Church and teaches at Kentwood High School.
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