The Thibodaux Playhouse Children's Summer Theatre Workshop began in 1982 thanks to three culturally-minded women: Sheela Plater, Angela Hammerli, and Kay Franz. Thirty-one years later, in 2013, the workshop was expanded to include a spring production and was affectionately renamed Thibodaux Playhouse, Jr.
Thibodaux Playhouse, Jr. encourages area youth to embrace the performing arts while providing an educational environment that fosters creativity in children aged 7-15 years. Each child participates in the entire process of staging a theatrical production. Low-income youth, as well as, youth with learning challenges and/or physical handicaps are fully accommodated. As was originally intended by its founders, productions and rehearsals still involve adult volunteers with committees dedicated to sets, props, costumes, make-up, ticket sales, and cast party.
Children from the City of Thibodaux and the surrounding communities of: Schriever, Gray, Napoleonville, Chackbay, Vacherie, Raceland, Lockport, Cut-Off, and Houma often comprise the 25-30 member cast for the spring production and the 55-60 member cast for the summer production.
Children's theatre in Thibodaux took root in 1982 and has blossomed into a shared conservatory of experiences for area youth and an increasing number of patrons who have come to enjoy the Playhouse's contribution to the performing arts.
Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. - June 2015