July boils with scene selection as ‘the show must go on’ | Entertainment/Life

As temperatures rise, the Greater New Orleans area’s summer scenes are taking a break from big shows, with many focusing on masterclasses with young actors.

Young actors will perform “children’s” performances of several performances, from musicals to author’s works. Many of them are also ideal for younger audiences due to their abbreviated storylines and length.

While some stages may be dark, many are planning July productions. Hamilton continues at the Sanger Theater downtown, while the Kenner Performing Arts Theater in Rivertown hosts Mary Poppins. Summer Lyric Theater at Tulane University is hosting “Into the Woods” with “Rent” scheduled later. Company: The St. Bernard Public Theater in Chalmette will present Steel Magnolias and the Slidell Little Theater will present The Twisted, Untold Story of the Royal Vizier from Starkid Productions. The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival ends the 2022 season with “Henry IV Part 1” and “30 by Ninety in Mandeville” keeps audiences guessing with “Clue”.

Speaking of Alexander and company, over 200 tickets will be donated to four local charities for the chance to see the Lin-Manuel Miranda show through Cox Communication. Members of Son of a Saint, YEP, Daughters Beyond Incarceration and Project Butterfly will be able to attend the show.

Classes are coming

The stage performance may be in constant motion for the remainder of the month, but Crescent City Stage, a new professional theater company, has plenty of summer sessions for those interested in honing their craft.

CCS Studio, the group’s professional/academic division, offers two sessions, including a Monologue Intensive and Scene Study.

It is held at the Actors Pharmacy, 1506 Prytania St., in New Orleans, a new venue that includes cabaret and audition and recording space as well as practice.

The Monologue Intensive, led by Executive Director Michael A. Newcomer, will run from Monday, July 11 through August. 3. Scene research is conducted on Wednesdays at 18:00 from July 13 to August. 5, was taught by New Orleans native and New York stage veteran Elizabeth Newcomer.

Classes are aimed at professionals and are designed for 12 people.

See crescentcitystage.com for information.

In production

“HAMILTON”: 19:30 from Tuesday to Thursday, 20:00 on Fridays, 14:00 and 20:00 on Saturdays, 13:00 and 19:00 on Sundays until July 10; Sanger Theatre, 1111 Canal Street, New Orleans. Combining inventive staging, a mix of musical styles from R&B to hip-hop, and a thought-provoking (mostly) true story, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Alexander Hamilton story brings characters like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, King George III and Aaron Burr, the man to life. who killed Hamilton. Tickets start at $59. saengernola.com.

“MATILDA”: 20:00 Friday and Saturday, 14:30 Sunday; 30 at the Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette Street, Mandeville. A young girl gains courage and quick wits with additional psychokinetic abilities. Tickets start at $22. 30byninety.com.

“SCHOOLGIRL, OR THE GAME OF AFRICAN GENUINE GIRLS”: 19:30 Thursday and Friday; NOLA Project, Marquette Theatre, Marquette Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans. At Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, Paulina rules the roost and sets her sights on the pageant crown…until Erika comes to life, upsetting her world. Tickets start at $23. nolaproject.com.

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