OUR OPINION: A special night

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

It’s never too early to plan for a special occasion, especially when it is a marvelous event the whole community can enjoy, a show put on and supported by residents of the parish.

The season opening curtain raising of the Ascenion Community Theatre production of “Cyrano” on March 5 is such an occasion.

It marks the kickoff of the ninth year of theatrical productions at the historic Pasqua Theatre in Gonzales.

Many people are familiar with both the ACT and “Cyrano,” and are making plans to be see the show. Happily, room exists for even more theatre fans to view this special production.

“Cyrano” runs March 5-8 and March 12-14 at the theatre located at 823 Felicity Street.

Director Jean Brager has chosen a cast which blends experience and talent.

It is probably not as easy as it sounds to cast a production filled with swordplay, poetry and more swagger than you’ll find on the contestant’s cooking row at the Jambalaya Festival.

But Brager has located more than a few men to fill the roles, and also brought aboard women who are capable of holding their ground in a testosterone-propelled scene.

“Cyrano” is just the start of an ACT season which will include the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” and an Arthur Miller play.

Operating as a non-profit theatre, ACT is always in need of volunteers to help with all aspects of theatre production, from carpentry, to sewing, to lighting, make-up and more. There is literally a job during the theatre season available for just about everyone.

As a non-profit working on a high quality level, ACT is fortunate to have great community support.

From contributors who donate $1-99, all the way up to special lifetime accumulative patrons who donate over $15,000, ACT welcomes new contributions and thanks the many community citizens who have voiced support of the theatre financially.

Should you chose to donate, all contributions are tax deductible, and, of course, you’ll receive recognition in the program for each production.

Theatergoers and members of the community who recognize the contributions of theatre and the arts to Ascension’s quality of life may also want to participate in ACT’s Adopt A Chair” program. A suggested donation of $75  will help the group refurnish the theater with 250 new chairs.

Each adopted chair will be affixed with a plaque identifying its contributor.

But enough of all that.

We just wanted to remind everyone of a special night coming up March 5 in Ascension Parish.

See you at the ACT production of “Cyrano.”