Monday, February 15, 2021


                                                 l-r: Theresa Sharp, Rachael Knapps, Skylar
                                                        Broussard, and Jennifer Bullock


Clear the Decks! Light the Lights!  The Magic is Back!!

Slidell Little Theatre is ready to re-open its doors! Little Shop of Horrors opens on February 26th - with socially distanced seating so don’t be left out…reserve your tickets now! As safety is our first concern, all parties will be socially-distanced and masks are required. Go to our website at: www.SlidellLittleTheatre.org to reserve your seats now.

Skyler Broussard and Larry Johnson, Jr. 

And now a page from the Way Back Machine…SLT 2009!






Want to design a poster for one of the shows for SLT’s 2021-2022 season? We are looking for amateur or professional graphic artists of all ages to design a poster. Artists whose work is selected will receive their published work in poster form and two tickets to their show. If interested, please email: vpmarketing@SlidellLittleTheatre.org


Pandemic Picks

More movies and series to stream while you are waiting for the theatre to open….

This time we are recommending the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s series, Slings and Arrows. This dark comedy series follows the fictional New Burbage Shakespeare Festival company. Each six-show season follows the off -stage lives of the company and on-stage development of one of Shakespeare’s plays (Hamlet – season 1, Macbeth – season 2 and Hamlet- season 3). A funny and all-too-true look at “Life Upon the Wicked Stage.”

You can watch it free on YouTube.


Broadway Bakin’

In the issue, we devote this space to the Brits! Our own SLT version of the Great English Bake-off. Ready...Set...Bake!

First off, Dame Judi Dench’s recipe for Rum and Chocolate Fudge. 

(We’ll let you figure out the metrics…)

Ingredients


How to: 

Base line a 22cm square pan.

Put the sugar, double cream and the liquid glucose in a heavy-based large pan.

Heat slowly together, stirring continually, until all the sugar is melted. Once the sugar is melted bring slowly to a boil stirring very occasionally and gently just to make sure the mixture does not burn.

Boil gently (this may take about 20 minutes) until the mixture reaches a temperature of 118°C on a sugar thermometer or when the mixture forms a soft ball when a little is dropped from a teaspoon into cold water.

Turn off the heat and add the rum flavouring and milk chocolate beat really well until smooth. Pour into the prepared tin. Be very careful when pouring this, as it can be very hot.

Leave the fudge to set overnight in the fridge. Turn out and cut into squares.


And finally... because there’s nothing like a stiff martini to wash down fudge…

James Cordon and Stanley Tucci Make a Martini

Cheers! To Your Very Good Health!
















Monday, February 1, 2021

 


Curtain Up!!!!!

The SLT stage will soon be lit again as the Little Shop of Horrors opens for business.  The first mainstage production since the COVID-19 closure, Little Shop opens February 26th and runs through March 14th. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Director Larry Johnson, Jr. has reassembled many of the actors cast last Spring before the shutdown. Familiar faces to SLT audiences will include Skylar Broussard, Jennifer Bullock, Nicholas Anthony Smith, along with Larry Johnson, Jr. Derrick Schlumbrect returns to the SLT stage after moving back to the Slidell area.

Seating will be limited. SLT adheres to all CDC COVID-19 protocols. For ticket information, visit the SLT website at www.SlidellLittleTheatre.org






Pandemic Picks

While we are all waiting for live theatres to open, we thought we would give you some of our favorite at-home movies and shows that are about all things theatrical.

For starters, check out the hysterical Waiting for Guffman, the "mockumentary" about the small-town community of Blaine, Missouri, as they prepare for the 150th anniversary of their town by putting on an elaborate stage play. Hoping to create a triumphant work, they pin their hopes and dreams on an outrageous former New York theater director who promises to deliver a famous Broadway producer in time for the premiere.

This 1997 film features Schitt’s Creek stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara along with Christopher Guest and Fred Willard as all the “theatre types” you know only too well. Rated R. Available for rent on YouTube or Prime.


Broadway Bakin’

These days,  when we’re not bingin’ – we’re bakin’!  So let’s get Baking with the Stars…

Julie Andrew's Carrot Cake

For the cakes

Ingredients

§  1 + ¾ cups pastry flour

§  2 + ¼ ounces corn meal

§  1 + ½ teaspoon baking powder

§  1 + ½ teaspoon baking soda

§  1 teaspoon allspice

§  1 teaspoon cinnamon

§  ½ teaspoon nutmeg

§  ½ teaspoon cloves

§  ¼ teaspoon salt

§  2 cups shredded carrots

§  1 + ¼ cups water

§  2 cups golden carrots

§  ½ cup honey

§  2 tablespoons vegetable oil

§  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Grease two 9-inch round pans. Pour half of the batter into each pan. Bake for 25 minutes. While cakes cool, make frosting.

For the frosting

Ingredients

§  1 lb. + 2 ounces tofu (we used extra-firm tofu)

§  2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon honey

§  1 teaspoon orange zest

§  ¼ teaspoon orange extract

§  ¼ cup shredded coconut, toasted (plus extra for topping cake)

Directions

In a food processor, mixing bowl or large bowl with hand mixer, combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Place half of frosting on top of bottom cake. Do not frost the sides. Place the second cake on top. Frost with the remaining icing. Sprinkle remaining toasted coconut on top. Enjoy!

And a little something to wash it down. Here is a recipe for the “Official” Hamilton lobby drink….

Hamilton’s Founder’s Fizz
Serves: 1

Combine 1.5 oz. gin1 oz. simple syrup, a splash of lime juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into highball glass filled with ice and fill with seltzer.





 






Tuesday, January 19, 2021

 

Happy 2021 from Slidell Little Theatre!


 And good riddance to 2020! It was a very tough year for all of us, including SLT, but we're hopeful that between our safety protocols and the advent of the vaccines, we can all be together soon.


We tested our wings with a very successful, limited run of a Christmas fundraising show, A Twisted Christmas Carol. Our socially-distanced, masked audiences loved it...and we loved doing it! Thanks to director Kaula Johnson and her very talented cast which included: Marlana Barousse, Bill Saussaye, Matthew Price, Lillian Pfeifer, and Casey Jones!


Speaking of a New Year...have you seen the January 2021 edition of Slidell Magazine?
Well, hurry and get you one! There's a fabulous history of SLT written by Ted Lewis with photos by SLT's own, Paul Wood; it's filled with pictures and reminiscences of many of SLT's most notable members. A big Thank You to Slidell Magazine editor, Kendra Maness for the walk down memory lane.

Curtain Up!
Get ready for the return to the mainstage! Little Shop of Horrors opens on February 26th. Originally slated as the last show of the 2019-2020 season, rehearsals for Little Shop were closed down due to COVID-19 restrictions. Now, director Larry Johnson has been able to reassemble many of the original actors and is currently in rehearsal. Stay tuned for more details!


Keeping SLT Safe
The Board of Directors is committed to making the safety of members and audiences at SLT job ONE! They have consulted with Hytrophy/ Disaster Hawk, a nationally-recognized disaster planning and mitigation service, and have earned their Gold Plan Certification for disaster planning. SLT adheres to all state and local COVID recommendations and has enhanced cleaning protocols. Temperature checks, masks, and socially-distanced seating are required at all performances. 






Thursday, November 7, 2019

Blithe Spirit Auditions



    Director Karen Shields is looking for cast members to knock the socks off of audiences.

    Shields is the director for Slidell Little Theatre’s first play of 2020. She will hold auditions for Noel Coward’s 1940s high-brow comedy Blithe Spirit on Nov. 17 and 18.  Auditions are 6 p.m. at Slidell Little Theatre on 2024 Nellie Drive, next to the Fremaux Town Center

  Blithe Spirit is a comedy about a novelist who inadvertently turns his life and his home upside down when he invites a local medium to his home for a séance.  The local medium accidentally summons the spirit of his late wife, whose ghost torments both himself and his new bride.

  Blithe Spirit is a British comedy but actors will not need a British accent. Instead actors should audition using a 1940s movie star speak.

  “I will be looking for fast-paced, highly articulated and heightened diction,” Shields said.

  Her examples are the Let’s Play A Game scene from Bringing Up Baby starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn and the trailer for the 1939 classic The Women.

  Shields offered one additional preparation tip. One of the keys to a Noel Coward play is pacing. Actors should prepare by studying the sides found on SLT’s website or Facebook page before they audition.

  “A cold read will not serve you well,” Shields said.

  Auditions are 6 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 at Slidell Little Theatre. Blithe Spirit opens January 10, 2020. A complete list of characters, audition preparation materials and tips are available at http://www.slidelllittletheatre.org/audition-tips

3 Reasons to join SLT's publicity committee



I need your help in promoting SLT and our shows.

     I’m Justin Redman, VP of Marketing for Slidell Little Theatre. I invite you to attend the marketing and publicity social. On December 2, I am hosting a social for anyone who wants to be a part of the publicity committee. The social is 6 pm in the Allen L. Little Stage. There will be pizza and soft drinks.

     I am looking for people who have experience or interested in learning about marketing and publicity. Skills in photography, social media management, graphic design, videography, video editing, audio production, copywriting, public relations and journalism are encouraged to attend.The social is open to those who want to learn about the skills mentioned. Here are my 3 reasons why you should join SLT’s publicity committee.

    Your work will appear in local media, which will help build your professional portfolio. We use press releases, photographs, and advertisements to promote SLT in magazines, newspapers and on the radio. All of which are created by the publicity committee.

   A fun, and positive creative environment. We are looking for new ways to promote SLT. We can only discover those ways in a creative environment that is fun and positive. This environment is conducive to learning new skills and pushing your creative boundaries.

   A chance to try something new. The publicity committee is a great opportunity to experiment. Is there a video editing technique you want to try? Do you want to try your hand at writing a script for a radio spot? Do you want to round out your skills? The publicity committee is the perfect way to try something you haven’t done before.

   Join me 6pm in the Allen L. Little stage on December 2, and learn how you can help promote SLT. If you are interested in attending, contact me vpmarketing@slidelllittletheatre.org.

   You can also reserve your spot on Facebook. Mark you are interested or going on our Marketing event.

Thank you for supporting your community theatre,
Justin Redman
VP of Marketing

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Slidell Little Theatre kicks off the holiday season with The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. The show opens Friday, Nov. 16 and runs until Dec. 2.
Deborah Morell, Dan Toups, April Christian
Michael Graves, Angela Odom, and Christina Duffaut are
the cast for The Great American Trailer Park
Christmas Musical. Photo by Rick Sasnett. 
This Christmas musical returns to North Florida’s premiere fictitious mobile living community, Armadillo Acres. 
 Rick Sasnett the show’s director knew he wanted to direct the show after he read the script and listened to the music.
“It is an entertaining and funny musical that will leave our audience feeling happy, and it will let me showcase some of our talented performers,” Sasnett said.
The sequel to The Great American Trailer Park Musical finds the residents filled with beer and Christmas cheer, but there is one resident who despises Christmas, Darlene Seward. She is played by Christina Duffaut.
“The first time I listened to My Christmas Tin Toy Boy, I knew I wanted to play Darlene,” Duffaut said.
Darlene is Armadillo Acre’s resident Scrooge. She hates everyone and everything but after a freak accident, the residents discover a different side to Darlene.  A side she kept hidden.
“She tries to come off as someone who does not care, but deep down she is a much more complex and emotionally vulnerable character,” Duffaut said, “which is what I love about her.”
 While Duffaut is no stranger to SLT, her castmate Michael Graves is a relative newcomer. He recently played Oliver Warbucks’ servant Drake in the season opener, Annie.
Graves plays the redneck with a heart of gold and general handyman with numerous part-time jobs, Rufus Jeter.
“The comedic element infused throughout the show is what pulled me to this production,” Graves said.
The story is a campy trailer park Christmas found in tabloids. It is seedy and charming but full of compassion, he said.
Duffaut and Graves are joined by Dan Toups, Deborah Morell, April Christian, Angela Odom and SLT’s rock band Roadkill Ruckus.
            Tickets are available to SLT members and tickets for the general public will be available on Nov.2  For more information go to www.slidelllittletheatre.org.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Grace Marshall, SLT's Favorite Character

“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”  With those words, Grace Marshall made her southern theatrical debut on the stage of Slidell Little Theatre in 1986. 


GRACE MARSHALL
Photo by Don Redman
Audiences have been known to laugh before Grace Marshall walks on stage, in the simple anticipation of what shenanigans she may pull.  Her characters are often larger than life providing audience members with a magnified reflection of their own inner child.

Grace began acting in high school in her hometown of Newport, Rhode Island.  When she stepped onto the stage at that young age, she knew she was home.  At the age of 15, Grace became an apprentice in summer stock at the Carriage House Theatre in Little Compton, Rhode Island.  That was the beginning of her professional career.

Since her SLT debut as a Shakespearian witch, Grace proceeded to other roles and other stages throughout the region including Playmakers, Mandeville Playhouse, the Northstar, Skyfire, Luke’s Brisket & Broadway, Le Petite, and Cutting Edge.

With well over a hundred productions to her credit, it is difficult for Grace to choose a favorite.  Among those in the running however are Nunsense, A…My Name is Alice, the female version of The Odd Couple, Steel Magnolias and Greater Tuna.

In 2014, she received the St. Tammany Parish President’s Performing Artist of the Year Award in recognition of her theatrical contributions.

Grace also spent many years working with children’s theatrical workshops and productions.  It is common to have adults, eating out with their children, spy her in a restaurant and call out “Miss Grace! Miss Grace! Remember me!”
 
STEEL MAGNOLIASSLT's 2006-07 Season
Photo by Paul Woods Photography
Grace shared a few moments with us to talk about her involvement in our community theatre.

Q: What brought you to Slidell in the first place?

I married a sailor from Picayune, Miss.  A true Yankee from Newport, Rhode Island, the South has been my home now for more than 40 years.  I guess that makes me a Damn Yankee – no, that’s the name of a musical…

Q: What were your initial impressions when you came to SLT for the first time?

I was surprised to see how small SLT was when I first saw the theater.  I was auditioning for the first time there, the “M” Shakespeare play, and I was very warmly greeted.  Then Margaret Rennie and Christine Barnhill hit me with the Getting to Know You questions… wait – that's a song from a musical….

Q: How did you become involved in SLT’s young actors program?

Rita Stockstill was running the Children’s Workshop single handedly. Beth Gendusa and Lonnie Haas were the administrators, but Rita was dealing with 100 kids in one show.  Tracy Nugent and I were friends of Rita’s and the three of us teamed up to break the group down into more work able numbers, do multiple plays and designed training workshops of varying levels to be worked throughout the program.  We did this for some 15 or so years.  We learned as much as we taught those years.  There is still great pride and pleasure when a Children’s Workshop graduate from years past runs up to you with their kids in their arms, yelling Ms. Grace, Ms. Grace – you gave us such a great experience, Thanks.  Lesson:  Be careful what you say:  Children Will Listen.  Oops – I’ve done it again….

Q: How did you get involved in the annual Christmas show for STARC?

In 1999, the American Heart Association has a fundraiser that included an unusual auction item table for silent bid.  I was something on the board at that time – can’t remember what – and I was asked to supply something from SLT for that bid table other than just season tickets.  So I made a certificate for a “staged play reading in your home.” Almost a year past when Kathy Jones contacted me.  She was the winner of the bid that included that certificate.  She told me she would like to donate the play reading to STARC.  Wow!! What a concept.  An individual donates to a nonprofit, then takes the spoils and donates to another nonprofit.  We performed Leroy and the Ark that year to what we thought was a one shot gig.  At the end of the season, STARC surprised us by joining our Ginny Award Celebration and presenting us with a plaque of appreciation for the event.  In a very emotional acceptance by me, something like “as long as I have breath in my body – this will be an annual event” came out of my mouth and the rest, as they say, is History.  That was 14 years ago and the beat goes on – is that from a musical?

Q: What role does community theatre play in the larger community?

If a community could be seen as a living entity, then community theatre could easily be seen as the heartbeat.  There are many activities families and individuals can be part of in Slidell.  They can get involved in organized sports or join church groups.  That is fine for those who want to learn the rules of the game and follow it endlessly, or remain in a group of spiritually like-minded people.  But if you color outside the lines, or like the unexpected, community theater might be the place for you.  Plays are constantly changing, artistic need continue to evolve and the need to engage the community to support our ever growing advances in technical feats has never been greater.  The opening of the new shopping center has really exposed SLT to the community in a wonderful way.  Now people know where SLT is and the can enjoy a meal across the street before going to the theater.  Easy Street!  Oh no, I’ve done it again.

Q: Why does live theatre matter?

Live theater matters because there is no other venue like it.  Everyone enjoys a good movie – but when you can physically see the performer up close and personal, feel the emotion in a live setting, laugh freely and know a good actor will time his pacing to let you get it out, and then you get to meet with them after the performance – there’s no business like show business….groan…