18th CINEMA ON THE BAYOU Film Festival
In celebration of the Lafayette Parish Bicentennial, Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, January 25th with the World Premiere screening of the documentary film, THE RAGIN’ 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Cité des Arts, 109 Rue Vine, Lafayette, Louisiana. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Nic Campbell and a gala reception honoring the members of the record-setting University of Louisiana National Olympic Weightlifting Teams.
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“Each year, Cinema on the Bayou brings to Acadiana the best in independent film, and the filmmakers who make those films, from across the United States and Canada and from around the world,” said Cinema on the Bayou Film Society President and Festival Founder and Creative Director Pat Mire. “This is a labor of love, one we do each year to add to the richness of the community, the culture and the film industry in Louisiana.”
January 25 - February 1
Hypnotist/Comedian Flip Orley
Orley’s show is a concert in hypnotism, bringing to the stage stand-up, improvisation, and sketch comedy in its true form. The laughter is deafening, and the crowd watches in amazement as their friends and family display some of the funniest bits comedy will ever know. The unbelievable becomes believable before your very eyes. A brilliant comedian, Flip has blended his love of laughter with an extraordinary gift for hypnotism, making him one of the most sought-after entertainers on the corporate stage, and setting attendance records on the comedy circuit across the country. Maury Povich has turned over his show to Flip twice, as has Ricki Lake. His three traffic-stopping appearances on NBC's "Today" met with rave reviews.
The Boyfriends For Now
Coming to Cite des Arts on Tuesday, February 14th, The Boyfriends For Now are an allstar Doo-wop band playing the best songs for falling in love, breaking up, and moving on. Led by love fools Julie Bordelon, Jessie Devillier, Leah Graeff, and Melissa Stevenson and backed by a band of heartbreakers: Daniel Coolik, Danny Devillier, Cal Stevenson, Ethan John, Eric Moody, and Chris Stafford. You'll hear tunes from The Shangri Las, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Crystals. Do something different for Valentine’s Day and check out this killer band at 8:00pm.
Auditions for DOUBT, A PARABLE by John Patrick Shanley
Auditions will be held for the first play of Cité des Arts’ 2023 Season, DOUBT, A PARABLE by John Patrick Shanley, on February 19, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., In this brilliant and powerful drama, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
We are looking to cast 4 roles (1 man and 3 women):
Sister Aloysius: 50s-70s; Sister Aloysius is a middle-aged nun who serves as the principal of St. Nicholas School. A strict disciplinarian, she is committed to what she sees as the traditional ways of running a Catholic school.
Father Brendan Flynn: 30s-40s; Father Flynn is a generally well-liked and affable priest at St. Nicholas Church and School. Unlike Sister Aloysius, he believes that the Catholic Church needs to make an effort to be more progressive and relate to the general public.
Sister James: 18-20s; Sister James is a young nun at St. Nicholas School. A person with “sunshine in her heart,” she wants to be the kind of teacher students feel comfortable talking to about their problems. Innocent and naïve according to Sister Aloysius
Mrs. Muller: 40s-50s; Mrs. Muller is Donald Muller’s mother. She is strict, quiet, and does her best to avoid confrontation when it comes to the concerns of Sister Aloysius to protect her son.
The show begins rehearsals on March 6 and will run at Cité des Arts May 19 - 28, 2023.