Jefferson Performing Arts Center

“Beauty and the Beast”

Bringing world-class entertainment to Jefferson Parish and the surrounding area, the society again offers a diverse mix, as work continues on the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center, located at LaSalle Park on Airline Highway in Metairie. This state-of-the-art performing arts venue is scheduled for completion in 2010. 
The Jefferson Performing Arts Society offers three venues: Jefferson Performing Arts Center, Westwego Performing Arts Theatre and Teatro WEGO! Dinner Theater. Call the box office or see the Web site for updated performance information. Jefferson Performing Arts Center: 400 Phlox St. | Metairie | Box office: 504.885.2000 | www.jpas.org Miracle on 34th Street | Dec. 5-14. Novel by Valentine Davies; adapted by Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder, Will Severin and John Vreeke; directed by Janet Shea. When the real Santa Claus takes on the job as Macy’s Santa, it takes the faith of a child to convince the grown-ups to believe in the spirit of Christmas.  Beauty and the Beast | Jan. 24-Feb. 1. Directed by Steven Nachamie, choreographed by Lynne Lawrence, conducted by Dennis G. Assaf. Disney’s animated masterpiece attains new life and depth in the Tony-award winning stage version, with a cast of national and local talent. Westwego Performing Arts Theatre 177 Sala Ave. | Westwego | Box office: 504.371.3330 | www.jpas.org Return to the Forbidden Planet | Oct. 31-Nov. 16. Book and lyrics by Bob Carlton, directed by Claire Van Cott, choreographed by Lynne Lawrence. Regional premier of this uproarious sci-fi take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and the 1950’s cult film classic, “Forbidden Planet.” Mad scientist Doctor Prospero is duped by his scheming wife and sent into hyper-space with their infant daughter, Miranda. Fifteen years later, a routine survey flight under the command of Capt. Tempest leaves Earth’s orbit, and the adventure begins.  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7; Sat. at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. By Barbara Robinson, directed by Claire Van Cott. A hilarious holiday tale of a replacement director struggling to put on the annual church Christmas pageant and faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history.  TEATRO Wego! Dinner Theatre 177 Sala Ave. | Westwego | Box office: 504.371.3330 | www.jpas.org Coming in March: Wild Mushrooms By Annie Pié. A regional premiere directed by T.J. Castronovo. When members of the mob are mistakenly invited over, see what happens when a “special” ingredient is mixed into the menu of the traditional Sunday dinner at the Scrivente family home.

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