Acadia Players takes center stage at Rotary
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – For the Rotary Club programs tend to vary from week to week, but each week the club gets the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the community they are a part of and help.
This week was no different as Jimmy Broussard of the Acadia Players provided the club’s program, or Broussard referred to it as, “the jewel we have in Acadia Players.”
He started out discussing a bit of history about the Acadia Players, which started out as Crowley’s Little Theater. The company grew and now is a part of all of the parish and in the mid-1980s adopted the name the Acadia Players.
Broussard also talked about the group’s growth in the projects it has taken on. First, the Acadia Players took on one of their biggest challenges to date, “Grease,” last summer. In fact, it has also proved to be one of the more costly ventures as the rights to play cost a $2500 alone. Then, this year, they will be giving six $500 scholarships to graduating seniors this year. Broussard explained that two would be going to Notre Dame, and one each would go to Crowley, Church Point, Iota and Rayne high schools.
Broussard then previewed the Acadia Players’ next big production, “Noises Off,” which basically is a play about performing a play.
The production will feature a two-story set and a set that will be able to turn 180 degrees for each act. Broussard, who will play a British director, joked that he watched the royal wedding to work on his dialect for his part.
The Acadia Players, as Broussard explained, also try to help out each area high school’s drama department and has formed an Acadia Players Teen Board which usually gets to choose the dinner-theater production each year.
Broussard ended his discussion inviting all those interested in being part of a production to give it a try. That, of course, doesn’t have to mean on stage, as the group is always looking for help with set design, stage hands, hair, makeup, wardrobe and so on.
The Acadia Players does, on average, three productions per year. Two are chosen by the Acadia Players’ adult board and one by the teen board.
For more information on the group, visit www.acadiaplayers.com.
Earlier in the meeting, District 6200 Governor Clarence Prudhomme made a stop at the Crowley club to award the club the Rotary Club’s Presidential Citation, the first of several stops Prudhomme would be making to deliver the citations.
To qualify for a citation, a Rotary club must achieve the membership goal and complete an activity from three of the six categories listed in the this year’s Presidential Citation Brochure.