St. Martinville’s beautifully restored Duchamp Opera House was the setting for the emotionally charged production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Ghosts. The cleverly staged production, reset from 1881 Norway to 1916 New Orleans, caused so much controversy in its day that it was called “one of the filthiest things ever written in Scandinavia.” The play is still shocking, but relevant, today. Esteemed London cum Lafayette actress Amanda Newbery captured the complicated character of Helen Alving, a progressive-thinking woman stifled by the constraints of an oppressive society and husband. Leading man Heath Swain did a remarkable job at crunch time learning his many lines as Reverend Manders while working on his teaching certification. As Alving’s tortured son Oswald, newcomer Devin Capritto left audience members spellbound till the end. Lovely Elizabeth Hunt was the adventurous but naïve Regina Engstrand, and Paul David was Regina’s alcoholic father Jakkob. Following the opening of the dramatic three-act play, a cast party featured champagne and delicious cuisine by Chef Bobby and Dot Catering of Kaplan. Ghosts was directed by the talented Charlee Halphen Swain, its run ending last weekend.
On a dark and stormy night, deep in the marshy woods of Acadiana, a group of oilfield drillers unknowingly unleashed a Native American animal spirit which promptly tore them into smithereens — Monsterwolf! And so began the premier of the fast-paced thriller filmed largely in Crowley and Lafayette. Making a red-carpeted entrance at LITE were actor Griff Furst as comic-relief Chase, director Todor Chapkanov and his lovely wife Iva and executive producer Daniel Lewis and his beautiful bride Brandy. Making their small screen debuts were City-Parish President Joey Durel, typecast in a serious role as a political bigwig, and the adorable Lauren Graham as a gossipy check-out girl. Check your local listings for repeat showings of Monsterwolf on the SyFy Channel.
|Chris Capritto, Lori Capritto, Devin Capritto,
Ryan Miguez and Summer Louviere
|Charlie Halphen, Josh and Julia Allen
and Heath Swain
|Brady Broussard, Elizabeth Hunt, Anthony
Lascaro, Dana Leger and Jean-Marie Leger
|Paul David, Dylon Boudreaux, Heath and
Charlee Halphen Swain, Elizabeth Hunt,
Amanda Newbery and Devin Capritto
|Iva, Lea and Todor Chapkanov and Daniel Lewis||Roxy and George Graham with actress
daughter Lauren Graham
|John Pederson, Julie Bordelon and David Maraist||Daniel and Brandy Lewis|
|Angela Meredith and Griff Furst|
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.