Thursday, January 21, 2010


As part of the Eunice Players' Theatre's 40th anniversary season celebration, KATC Channel 3 will be on hand Thursday, January 28 to feature the theatre during a live remote broadcast. Good Morning Acadiana anchor Tom Voinche will return to his old stomping grounds to host the show from the EPT stage. Voinche is a former EPT actor and board member.

EPT president David Manuel is pleased to announce that the theatre will be featured several times during the entire morning show's broadcast from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. Although the hurs are early, he is inviting EPT supporters to come to the theatre and be a part of the live audience. "We welcome anyone who has worked on a show, has a season ticket, or wants to experience EPT for the first time".

During the broadcast, Voinche will interview current board members, review pictures of EPT from days gone by, and reveal the magic behind the scenes that comes from the lighting and sound booh, the makeup counter, and the dressing room.

Manuel notes that the KATC show will be the springboard into the Irving Awards to be held Saturday, January 30. Invitations have gone out to current season ticket holders, as well as former members and performers who helped build EPT and keep it successful over the past four decades. Still, anyone with a connection to EPT who hasn't received and invitation and wants to attend the invitation-only event should call Manuel at 337-46-0163 or Debi Crawford at 337-457-2156.

"This is a time to celebrate the legacy left by the founders and the contribution that EPT has made to Eunice and the surrounding area," Manuel stated. "Join us in supporting live local theatre by comint out Thursday morning and all season long." Season tickets will go on sale the night of the Irving Awards and can be purchased from any board member in the following weeks.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Singers Getting in Tune for the Irving Awards

The Eunice Players' Theatre is preparing for the 40th Annual Irving Awards and Dance for Saturday, January 30th. This stellar group of preformers were all involved in the theatre's summer musicals over the past 40 years and were invited to come back and sing a medley of songs saluting the theatre's past musicals. The music is under the direction of Angie LaCalle and pianist Jimmy Broussard and this will be presented on the night of the Irving awards. This gala event is by invitation only.
In this photo: Pat Dossman, Barbara Voinche, Sharon Blankenship, Holly Bell, Gabe Ortego, Gracie Feucht, John Burleigh, Kristi Burleigh, Christian Miller, Audrey Bell, Paula Vizinat Feucht, Liz Bryan, Taylor LaCalle, Darrel LeJeune, Angie LaCalle, Jimmy Broussard, Lisa Vizinat.

Dancers Prepare for the Irving Awards

The Irving Dancers are busy preparing for the opening dance number for the Eunice Players' Theatre's 40th annual Irving Awards and Dance on Saturday, January 30th at the St. Thomas More Social Hall. This honorary dance group will preform to "One" from the broadway musical, "A Chorus Line", choreographed by Oliva Dodd and London Dodd from Oliva Dodd's School of Dance in Eunice. The event is by invitation only.

Sitting from left to right: Natasha Raffai, Elizabeth Heinen, Mehgan Fontenot. Kneeling: Sadie Fontenot, Victoria Heinen, Amelia LeJeune, and Mila Raffai. Standing: Courtney LeJeune, Kimberlyn Fruge and Jordan Siebert. Not pictured: Lauren Heinen and Andre Powell.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Singers Wanted for Irving Awards

Angie LaCalle is putting the word out to anyone who ever participated in a musical on the Eunice Players' Theatre stage: she wants you to be a part of the musical medley covering the past 40 years of musical productions at this year's Irving Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 30. Rehearsals will be held Sunday, January 17, and Sunday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the theatre (121 S. Second St., Eunice).

If you are interested or have any questions, please call Angie at 337-580-2567 as soon as possible so she can arrange the appropriated medley. As this year is our 40th anniversary, the musical entertainment is going to be bigger than ever and we need your voice to help us celebrate the years. Call to join in the fun, and reminisce with your old friends !

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Eunice Players' Theatre Reaching Out for Past Patrons, Cast, and Crew Members

In preparation for the upcoming 40th Annual Irving Awards on January, 30, the Eunice Players’ Theatre is searching for past patrons and cast and crew members. Board president David Manuel says, “This year’s awards ceremony is going to be a blowout; we want these people to get an invitation and come to the party.” He’s looking for past participants and season ticket holders to come home to the EPT, not only to join in the awards celebration but also to become a season ticket holder again, take a role on the stage, or lend a hand backstage.

Historian Debi Crawford echoes his sentiments, adding, “We culled our scrapbooks and found that we’ve lost contact with many people in Eunice and the surrounding area who used to belong to EPT. We need these people to let us know where they are.”

Attendance at the awards ceremony is by invitation only, for current season ticket holders and those who worked on the past season’s shows, but in this special anniversary year, invitations will go out to those with a historical connection to the theatre as well. The board is seeking email and postal mailing addresses that will be used to send invitations and notification of upcoming shows.

Manuel believes former patrons will remember the fun of Irvings past and encourages anyone with past involvement who doesn’t receive an invitation to send their contact information to or call Crawford at 337-457-2156 or Manuel at 337-546-0163. They can also join EPT’s Facebook page at

As in years past, music will pave the way for the evening’s entertainment from beginning to end. Irving Dancers will open the show with “One” from “A Chorus Line” choreographed by Oliva and London Dodd. An added feature this year is the return of a live band to perform after the awards are handed out. Desire Street Band from New Orleans will play a variety of favorite tunes just right for dancing.