TPI, Field Trip!
Offer your students a multitude of experiences, all at one convenient location!
Founded in 1960 as a non-profit community theatre, Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc. [TPI] has produced more than 200 plays over its 57-year history. In keeping with its vision to “Expand the Arts and Enhance the Experience”, the Playhouse is launching a first-of-its-kind ‘field trip’ production for PreK-4th grade students from Lafourche, Terrebonne, and Assumption Parish public and private schools. Thanks to the cooperation of the National Park Service and Pelican Publishing Company, Thibodaux Playhouse will present Mimi’s Mardi Gras Adventures, a theatrical adaptation of Alice Couvillon and Elizabeth Moore’s Mimi’s First Mardi Gras and Mimi and Jean-Paul’s Cajun Mardi Gras written by local Early Childhood teacher and Playhouse volunteer Daphne Hernandez. Each 45-minute performance introduces children to the traditions, observances, and customs of Mardi Gras and the lesser known Cajun celebration of the Courir du Mardi Gras. Thibodaux Playhouse’s field trip production will immerse local elementary students in Louisiana history and culture while fulfilling many state curriculum requirements.
Thibodaux Playhouse has been the principle resident of the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center Theater, a part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve since 1992. Thanks to the Playhouse’s partnership with the National Park Service, teachers can provide their students with a range of artistic, cultural, social, geographical and science-related learning opportunities, all at one convenient location. National Park rangers and the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program staff will be on hand to offer ‘Wetlands Experience’ sessions after the performance.
Location: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center Theater | 314 St. Mary Street, Thibodaux
Reservations: Call Thibodaux Playhouse at 985-446-1896 to make reservations for your group
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Performances: February 13-17 and 21-24, 2017 at 9:15 and 11:00am
About the Authors
Alice Wilbert Couvillon and Elizabeth Butler Moore are both native Louisianians and residents of Covington.
Mimi's First Mardi Gras
Mimi awakens on Fat Tuesday moring and hurries to a breakfast of hot beignets (French doughnuts). At the table, Mimi's parents explain Mardi Gras traditions such as king cake, and the observances of Ash Wednesday and Lent. Afterwards, dressed in colorful costumes, they depart for a day of Carnival excitement and parade watching.
Perched on her father's shoulders at the Zulu parade, Mimi watches the bustling crowd enjoying Mardi Gras. Shouts of "Throw me something, Mister!" fill the air as ornately-costumed krewe members toss trinkets, beads, and doubloons from atop the passing floats. Using her youthful ingenuity, Mimi uses her crown to catch some of the shower of treasures, souvenirs of "that special day which only comes once a year."
Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras
Mimi told Tante Conette all of the family news as they walked into the house that was warm with the smell of spicy jambalaya. When they had finished their dinner, the family took their pecan pie dessert outside to sit on the porch in the moonlit night. When Mimi asked Uncle Rabbit to tell her all about the Cajun Mardi Gras, he slowly began - "Mimi, our Mardi Gras goes back further in time than your New Orleans Mardi Gras... It's totally different, you'll see."
Mimi and Jean-Paul's Cajun Mardi Gras is an explanation and a celebration of the Courir du Mardi Gras, or "Running of Mardi Gras." Mimi, a native New Orleanian, has never seen this spectacle. Through Aunt Conette, Uncle Rabbit, and her cousin Jean-Paul, she will hear the history and customs of this little-known event. It will be one she will not soon forget. With authentic details from the building of the screen mask to the chasing of the chicken for the gumbo, this story will surely stir up interest in this unique cultural festival.
- Seating is limited! The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center Theater seat 200 patrons. Field trips must be scheduled in advance to secure reservations and ensure admittance.
- Thibodaux Playhouse strives to increase access, participation, knowledge, and exposure to the performing arts for area youth. For this reason, and because seating is limited, the number of chaperones will be restricted to ONE ADULT for every FIVE STUDENTS in your group.
Students with special needs: The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center is fully wheelchair accessible. Please specify accommodation needs, including the need for a child-specific chaperone, when scheduling your field trip.
- Performances are closed to the public. Only students and adults affiliated with a group, in accordance to the adult/student ratio specified above, will be admitted.