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|
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.