Le Petit Theatre

Founded in 1916, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré is one of the nation’s oldest community-based theatre organizations. What began as a group of arts supporters producing plays in private drawing rooms in the French Quarter is today a New Orleans performing arts treasure. Le Petit performed in different venues for close to fifty years until the organization built a playhouse at 616 St. Peter Street in the early 60’s. Le Petit has played an important role in New Orleans theatre, hosting and producing performances for theatre-goers of all ages.

Like many American community theatre groups, Le Petit struggled financially for decades and the situation became dire in 2011. Faced with bankruptcy, the theatre’s board of governors approved the sale of a portion of the historic building to the Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group to satisfy the theatre’s financial obligations and to create an endowment to ensure the future of Le Petit for generations to come.

The Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group initiated a major renovation of the building to operate a Louisiana Creole restaurant, Tableau at Le Petit Théâtre. The restaurant is the perfect dining option for theatre patrons just steps away from their seats. Tableau and the theatre share many spaces, including a newly renovated lobby and elegant New Orleans courtyard. The arrangement allowed Le Petit to undertake major upgrades to the main stage theatre, construct a classroom and community arts resource center, new dressing rooms and tech booth, upgraded ADA seating and new offices.

In July, the theatre will present a special “Le Petit Lagniappe” production, in addition to its regular season - the Louisiana premiere of the all-female Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron.

Among the productions slated for Le Petit’s upcoming 2013-14 season are Lombardi, Death of a Salesman, Hair, Golda’s Balcony, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Dates of all productions will be announced in coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale online at that time on the theatre’s website www.lepetittheatre.com.

Le Petit will launch an education and community outreach program later this year to bring the magic of live theatre to students from all social and economic backgrounds, giving youngsters in the city the opportunity to perform on one of the most magnificent stages in the South.

Le Petit’s mission is to provide a wide range of quality theatrical productions and programming to entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of the city.

Images on this page courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection.

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