February Events at Manship Theatre
Date: February 01–29, 2016
100 Lafayette St
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
February Events at Manship Theatre
Sunday February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
Aquila Theatre presents: Romeo & Juliet
Aquila Theatre will bring to life an all new production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in their 2015-2016 season.
Recognized world-wide as one of theater’s most iconic couples, Romeo and Juliet are the very archetype of tragic young lovers. Set against a backdrop of warring households, a young Romeo sneaks into a masked ball where he first beholds Juliet and is thunderstruck by Cupid's arrow. As fate dictates, they succumb to the passion of forbidden love against the will of their powerful and unforgiving families. So ensues a story of romance, murder and tragedy, as famous as any that has graced the stage. Through Shakespeare’s beautiful prose, these star crossed lovers, in Aquila's striking and moving adaption of The Bard's classic tragedy, will take your breath away.
The Aquila Theatre will bring its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to Shakespeare’s most famous and heart-breaking play. The New Yorker has raved that Aquila Theatre productions are “Beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.”
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana State Arts Council.
Friday February 26, 2016 - 7:30pm
Ana Gasteyer Variety Show
When Ana Gasteyer steps up to the mic, she evokes the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for good time. The patter is real, the themes adult; the lyrics are timeless, and the music swings like crazy!
From songs like One Mint Julep and Proper Cup of Coffee to a surprisingly smooth rendition of Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats, Gasteyer’s saucy selections tell stories with humor, heartbreak…and just a little splash of soda. Her vibe recalls that of a time when entertainers truly entertained, an era when a broad could bring home the bacon, swing a set of sultry standards and still be a gracious hostess. Ana’s heroes are those fun-loving dames who downed a cocktail, donned a dress and fronted a band of dapper gents in sharp suits wielding shiny horns—think Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire as she captures Gary Cooper’s heart. And then breaks it.
A violin player from the tender age of five, Gasteyer always had an ear for music and a knack for timing. Years later, after a formal education as a classically-trained singer, she made the fateful discovery that she could get people laughing—and laugh they did every Saturday night at NBC’s Studio 8H. Audiences fell in love with Gasteyer’s flair for irony and character driven comedy on six seasons of SNL, where she unabashedly played, and often sang, at full-tilt.
Eventually, Broadway came calling and Gasteyer spent several years belting out superstar vocals in shows like Wicked and Rocky Horror. But she felt most at home crooning and chirping with a big band in a nightclub, amidst laughter and the inviting clink of ice in a glass. Her acclaimed shows, Let it Rip and Elegant Songs from a Handsome Woman earned praise from audiences and critics alike who hailed the acts as “exuberant and rollicking entertainment” with “high-octane vocals” and “a topnotch swingin’ ensemble.”
Most recently, Ana starred in ABC’s Suburgatory (and a vampy Weight Watchers spoke-singer) has teamed with pro- ducer and “New York Nightclub Supernova” Julian Fleisher to make this Moxie Jazz album with an eclec- tic range of covers and reimagined classics.
Sunday February 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny presented by Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia
On tour since 2008, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's acclaimed show continues to attract new and returning fans. To date close to 200,000 spectators throughout Canada and the US as well as in Hong Kong and Macau had applauded more than 375 performances.
Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown's sixty-year-old classic, GOODNIGHT MOON is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while THE RUNAWAY BUNNY's pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre. The hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations.
Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny features these same elements.
For tickets please visit www.manshiptheatre.org or call 225-344-0003.