One-Act Play Festival hits the theatre next month

Gabrielle Martinez, Staff Intern
Ascension Community Theatre in Gonzales, Louisiana.

The Ascension Community Theatre has resided for years on North Felicity Avenue, behind Lamendola's Supermarket. A historic Gonzales building, the non-profit theatre still stands tall as a beacon for all creatives.

Ascension Community Theatre, or more commonly known as ACT, is recognized at large for their constant goal of educating volunteers, challenging artists, and entertaining Ascension Parish.

As their run of "Roald Dahl's: Willy Wonka" comes to an end on July 28, ACT will immediately begin work on a re-explored venture from their past.

Known as being an outlet for young actors, they will live up to their own reputation the days of August 22 to the 25. The theatre will be hosting showings of one-act stageplays written and directed by local youths.

This One-Act Play Festival is headed by production director, Travis Daigle. Nostalgically, Daigle made his own directorial debut in Ascension Community Theatre's 2009 run of Night of One Acts at the young age of thirteen.

Now with formal training in theatrical arts Daigle said, "This is my first time back at the helm of a show at ACT, and I couldn't be more excited!"

He also acknowledges the important element of local creatives getting the opportunity to fortify their very own pieces instead of another artist's.

"I get to teach other people how to get their visions on stage, just like I got to do for the first time ten years ago," he said.

Daigle also mentioned young people's role in the future of our ever-changing society, as well as their power to bridge the generational gap with arts and passions such as theatre. 

He recalls finding his own voice.

"Theatre has always been a home-away-from-home for me and a place where I could foster my personal growth around like-minded people," he said. "I could not be more proud to have a hand in helping others achieve that."

His show guarantees a plethora of original one-act plays to take the stage. From coming-of-age stories to strange mysteries to tales from somewhere beyond, there is an adventure for every audience member both young and old.

Carson Lewis, an East Ascension High School senior whose work is featured in the One-Act Play Festival, shared why he decided to take part in the production. "I really wanted to see something I wrote on stage for the first time," Lewis said. "Also, I just really wanted to have any reason to be at the theatre. I love spending time here."

Lewis discussed his accidental way of falling into drama at East Ascension and eventually, his first show at ACT last Christmas. He also shares that he started creatively writing just three short years ago.

"My show is about a twenty-something college dropout that, after being rejected from a school, gets angry and decides to prove herself by building the first ever shrink ray," he said. "She shrinks herself and her brother to ant size."

Many more versatile and creative works like Lewis’s should be anticipated from the One-Act Play Festival. It is the perfect opportunity to not only enjoy a night out at the theater but also to support the future of creativity in our community and parish.

Auditions for the festival will be held both Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Auditions will be done by "cold reading," aka reading off of a script selected from each individual show. The cast size is, at largest, anticipated to be twenty people, with many actors to be double-casted in differing shows.

Both ACT and the directors would like to emphasize the welcoming of any age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability, or experience.

Ascension Community Theatre's One-Act Play Festival will run August 22-24 at 7 p.m., and August 25 at 2 p.m.

If you have any additional questions, you can contact the theater at or 225-647-1230.