20th anniversary of Jennings theatre company sees original cast in re-staging of first production

JENNINGS - A little over 20 years ago, a group of people banded together to bring live theater to the little town of Jennings.

The group was given permission to use the historic Strand Theatre on Main Street, and it set about changing the venue from “silver screen” to a “stage-based” format.

The group named itself “A Block Off Broadway Community Theatre” (ABOB) because the Strand just happens to be one block off of a Jennings street, coincidentally named “Broadway.”

ABOB’s first live performance was 20 years ago this fall, and to honor this monumental 20th anniversary, ABOB is presenting a re-staging of its first play, the Pulitzer Prize winning story “You Can’t Take It With You” by Kaufman and Hart.

The story takes place in the late 1930s and is about the Sycamores, a madcap, loving, eccentric family that crosses paths with the well-off, stuffy Kirbys when their children, Alice and Tony, fall in love.

Colin Fake, who directed the play 20 years ago, returns as the director.

Original cast members Carl Benoit and John Baker are also returning – Benoit as “Grandpa Sycamore,” and Baker in the role he played 20 years ago, “Mr. DePinna.”

They are joined by Glenetta Shuey, Terry LeJeune, David Janise, Latesha Onellion, Felicia Simar, John Louviere, Gayle Jones, Corey Howard, Brownie Goodreau, Ronnie Petrie, Andrea Louviere, Addie Byrd, Johnny Byrd, Angie Blanchard and Alex Johnson in the fun of presenting these two families and the interesting eccentricities and stuffiness of their differing lifestyles.

Show dates are Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m.

Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children up to 12 years of age and adults 60 and over.

Tickets are on sale at the Strand, 432 N. Main St. in Jennings.

For more information call 337-824-5509 or visit ABOB’s website at http://ablockoffbroadway.com/.

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