Friday, May 1, 2015

SLT Comedy Night Puts the Fun in Fundraiser

Slidell Little Theatre is bringing the northshore’s top comedian to the stage on May 30, 2015, for a night of laughs and merriment all to support the ongoing Next Stage II building project.

Slidell native Mike Strecker’s comedy routine has been wowing audiences from Los Angeles to New York, and he’s a real favorite in New Orleans. His act has won numerous comedy contests and delighted audiences from college campuses to corporate clients such as NASA, Northrop Grumman and the American Cancer Society. Strecker has also performed with some of the country’s leading comedians including Jake Johannsen and Brett Butler.

As an added bonus, Strecker is bringing along his longtime friend, Ken LaFrance, a seasoned comedian and improv performer. 

“As a comedian you learn early on that there is a short list of those who you can count on to deliver an extraordinary performance every time they step on stage and who are also true professionals off stage,” said Strecker. “Ken LaFrance is at the top of my list.” 

Strecker’s ordinary and extraordinary events – like going to the grocery, buying a car, getting married and becoming a father – provide the basis for his sharp, smart humor. Think Jerry Seinfeld…with less money and more problems.

The SLT Comedy Night will be on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 8 Slidell Little Theatre. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance and $18 at the door. Advance ticket sales are available during each performance of “The Full Monty,” onstage May 1 – 17.

The subject material of SLT Comedy Night is suitable for teenagers and older.

Progress on the Next Stage II project – a “black box” space for rehearsals and special productions – has been slowed by bureaucratic obstacles, but the SLT Board of Directors have secured initial funding for the basic structure itself and has named a firm to construct the facility as soon as they are given the green light. It is anticipated that a date for groundbreaking ceremonies will be announced soon.

The Northshore’s premier community theatre since 1963, Slidell Little Theatre is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to engaging, educating, and involving members of the community in high quality theatrical productions. SLT is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.

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