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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crawford at 337-457-2156 or Manuel at 337-546-0163. They can also join EPT’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Eunice-Players-Theatre/118584529630?ref=ts
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.