[StBernard] Shine Productions presents The Somewhat True History of St. Bernard

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Wed Aug 17 08:50:39 EDT 2011

How about some FUN for a change? Their productions are great.

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Shine Productions presents

The Somewhat True History of St. Bernard (Abridged): A Love Story

Tickets are on sale at P.J.'s Coffee in Chalmette.

Friday, August 26 at 8pm

Saturday, August 27 at 8pm

and Sunday, August 28 at 3pm.

You don't have to be from Da Parish to appreciate the history and humor of
The Somewhat True History of St. Bernard (Abridged): A Love Story coming to
the Nunez Auditorium in Chalmette August 26 - 28.

On the weekend of the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Shine
Productions will sing a love song to the people and places of New Orleans'
historic neighbor, St. Bernard Parish.

Lemoine said that his play is a tribute to the colorful characters and
events that have shaped the history of St. Bernard.

"To really love a place, you have to know about it," Lemoine said. "And on
the 6th anniversary of Katrina, I thought it was important to tell a story
that celebrates the parish, and the place I call home."

Lemoine, whose past writing and directing credits include An Evening with
Betsy, The Voices of Louisiana, and Bless Ya, Boys, will once again mesh
history, humor, and heartache to tell this story.

"There so much history here in St. Bernard. Everyone's heard about the
Battle of New Orleans, but what about gambling casinos in Old Arabi? Or
the Village of St. Malo? I want to bring this history alive in a fun and
entertaining way."

Mary Burns, who with Lemoine received a Big Easy Award Nomination for An
Evening With Betsy, heads the cast.

"Mary is a gifted and comedic actress and one that the people of St.
Bernard really relate with. It is through her eyes that many of the
stories, both funny and poignant, will unfold," Lemoine said.

Helping Burns to tell the story is New York stage actor Ted McGuiness who
returns to the parish, starring as Parish historian, William Hyland, the
true expert of St. Bernard history. McGuiness' was also Uncle Sam in Shine
Productions' The Louisiana Pur-Chase, another rollercoaster romp through the
pages of history.

McGuiness said that he is excited to return St. Bernard.

"I love the area and the people of St. Bernard so much. And as much as
everyone here has gone through these last few years, it really is an honor
to be a part of something special like this. And it's a really funny,
beautiful show."

Burns and McGuiness will share the stage with some of Lemoine's regular
collaborators - members of Shine Productions resident acting troupe,
Christian Bordelon, Will Schneider, Ronnie Blanchard, and Katherine Lemoine.

The show will also include live music performed by Jude Leblanc and a video
component created by Rose Sand. Tickets are $12 in advanced and $15 at the
door and can be purchased at PJ's Coffeehouse in Chalmette or by calling 504
301 8770 <tel:504%20301%208770> .

Lemoine said that while the title focuses on St. Bernard, at its heart, his
show is s really about the people of South Louisiana - from the Battle of
New Orleans to the battle to save our wetlands,

"Whether you're from Lakeview, Metairie, Gentilly, or Arabi, the show is
really about all of us - we love each to eat, we love each other, and we
love to have a good time. We hope to see a lot of our friends and extended
families in the Parish as we sing this love song to our hometown."

What: Premiere of Barry Lemoine's The Somewhat True History of St. Bernard
(Abridged): A Love Story

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday August 26, 27, at 8 pm. Sunday, August
28 at 3 pm.

Where: Nunez College Auditorium, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette

Ticket Info: $12 in advanced $15 at the door. shinepresents.com

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