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RPCT supports area school drama programs

RESERVE — River Parish Community Theatre recently awarded $500 grants to three area high schools that had spring musicals canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Donations were made to the Riverside Academy Ovations, the St. Charles Catholic Stagehands, and the Lutcher High School Players. Each of the schools had cast and begun rehearsals for their annual shows when the virus halted progress and ultimately forced the cancellations.

RPCT board president Sean Roussel said, “Our theater family has members from each of these drama organizations, and we consider the whole programs themselves part of the theater community. Their shows were taken away from them so we wanted to show our support and lessen the financial impact.”

RPCT board members Mona Roussel, director Darryl P. Clement, and Coran Johnson present Riverside Academy principal Mike Coburn and members of the cast of “Big Fish” with a $500 grant.

In addition, each of the schools will be invited to participate in RPCT’s “A Taste of Broadway”, a dinner and entertainment event scheduled for late summer, conditions permitting.

Roussel continued, “They deserve a chance to perform for our community, and we intend to give them that opportunity if they choose to participate.”

RPCT board member Coran Johnson and director Darryl P. Clement present a $500 grant to LHS Players director Carly Zeller and members of the cast of “Southern Fried Funeral”.

RPCT has additionally showed support and appreciation for local healthcare workers, delivering hot coffee and muffins to the staffs at Ochsner Medical Complex – River Parishes in LaPlace and St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher.

COVID-19 has not cancelled RPCT’s summer production of “Matilda,” slated to run July 24 – 26 and July 29 – Aug. 1 at St. Peter School in Reserve. For more information, visit riverparishtheatre.org.

— Submitted by Lauryn Madere, RPCT social media liaison