Our Mission & History

Expand the Arts. Enhance the Experience. 

Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc. (TPI) was founded in 1960 as a non-profit community theatre dedicated to producing quality entertainment for the citizens of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.

Over its 60-year history, Thibodaux Playhouse has produced hundreds of shows and performed at various venues. This all changed in 1992 when the Playhouse found their home in what is known today as Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, a branch of the United States National Park Service. More than twenty years later, and Thibodaux Playhouse is still the primary resident of Jean Lafitte’s Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center Theatre. The bulk of the planning and rehearsals, however, take place off site at Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc.’s Headquarters located at 902 Jackson St. in Thibodaux.

Thibodaux Playhouse produces four to five mainstage productions in their season, which extends from September to August. Additionally, the Playhouse hosts various workshops, productions, and classes through its outreach programs TPI Junior and TPI Field Trip.

A Place to Call Home

On July 11, 2013, Mayor Tommy Eschete proclaimed Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc. the Official Theatre of the City of Thibodaux.

Through the years, Thibodaux Playhouse has performed at various venues including Nicholls State University (1960-1967), the old Park Inn Restaurant (1967-1973), the old Dixie Movie Theatre (1973-1983), and finally, the Percy-Lobdell Building (1983-1992), which would go on to become part of the Martha Sowell Utley Memorial Community Center. Years later, this building would become Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, a branch of the United States National Park Service and Thibodaux Playhouse’s current home.

In September of 2020, the Playhouse said goodbye to it’s old rehearsal facility, 1120 Caroline St. (The Temple), and purchased a new one, allowing them to stay in line with their vision of Expanding the Arts and Enhancing the Experience. Pictured to the left is TPI’s newsiest “home away from home,” 902 Jackson St. (The Studio).

This purchase isn’t to undermine the Playhouse’s long-term ambitious vision, however. In March of 2014, TPI revealed plans for the construction of our very own theatre. We do recognize that the construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility is a long-term project. With that said, the success of our vision, greatly depends upon generous donations from community members and local businesses, corporate sponsorships, and grants awarded for the purpose of outfitting the new facility.

Board of Directors

Thibodaux Playhouse, Inc. is run by a Board of Directors elected annually by the general membership. The Board of Directors is charged with the management of all of the affairs of the organization. TPI has a rigorous planning process that begins with monthly meetings of the Board of Directors. In addition, standing committees are in place to plan and evaluate the organization’s efforts, needs, and programs.

 

President– Melinda Adams
Vice President– Damon Stentz
Corresponding/Social Secretary– Mason Clark
Recording Secretary– Alissa Griffin
Treasurer– Westley Annis

Hannah Adams, Madison Anderson, Greg Autin, Brittany Bourque,
Daisy Cheramie, Kyle Davis, Elise DeGruise, Stephen Donovan,
Margot Dupuis, Leah Hood, Marie Horomanski, Nancy LaBauve,
Jena Newport, Geralyn Percle, Sheela Plater, Seth Pontiff, Trisha Rabalais, Kristen Rodrigue, Tony Rouse, Andrea Stentz, Carlotta Toups, Jessica Vicknair

Junior Board Members– Dylan Stentz, Phoebe Volquardts
Executive Producer– Erica Annis

Production Archive

1960-2020

1st Season (1960-1961)
Born Yesterday
The Desperate Hours
Lullaby

2nd Season (1961-1962)
Bus Stop
The Shop at Sly Corner
Send Me No Flowers

3rd Season (1962-1963)
Witness for the Prosecution
Sabrina Fair
All the King’s Men
Dear Delinquent

4th Season (1963-1964)
My Three Angels
Harvey
The Teahouse of the August Moon
The Great Big Doorstep

5th Season (1964-1965)
Pygmalion
Rebecca
Arsenic and Old Lace

6th Season (1965-1966)
The Solid Gold Cadillac
The Man
Mary, Mary
Pools Paradise

7th Season (1966-1967)
Poor Richard
Janus
The Fantasticks
Barefoot in the Park
Dirty Work at the Crossroads

8th Season (1967-1968)
Never Too Late
Little Me
The Bad Seed
The Odd Couple
The Great Big Doorstep

9th Season (1968-1969)
Generation
Murder, My Sweet Matilda
Everybody Loves Opal
Deadwood Dick, or a Game of Gold

10th Season (1969-1970)
The Armored Dove
The Rainmaker
The Busy Body
Don’t Drink the Water

11th Season (1970-1971)
Born Yesterday
Please Communicate
The Impossible Years
Anastasia
Charley’s Aunt

12th Season (1971-1972)
Dracula
Sunday in New York
A Shot in the Dark
Plaza Suite

13th Season (1972-1973)
The Best Man
Wait Until Dark
Forty Carats
The Lion in Winter

14th Season (1973-1974)
Damn Yankees
The Curious Savage
Cactus Flower
Beginner’s Luck

15th Season (1974-1975)
South Pacific
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
A Majority of One

16th Season (1975-1976)
Love in E-Flat
My Three Angels
The Chalk Garden
Finishing Touches
Plaza Suite (Act 3 only)

17th Season (1976-1977)
Finian’s Rainbow
The Moon Is Blue
Hocus Pocus
Everybody’s Girl

18th Season (1977-1978)
Carousel
The Paisley Convertible
Murder Once Removed
Butterflies Are Free

19th Season (1978-1979)
The King and I
The Tender Trap
The Glass Menagerie
The Man in the Dog’s Suit

20th Season (1979-1980)
The Fantasticks
6 Rms Riv Vu
The Mousetrap
A Visit To A Small Planet

21st Season (1980-1981)
Annie Get Your Gun
Night Watch
Here Lies Jeremy Troy
The Pajama Game

22nd Season (1981-1982)
Tribute
Night of January 16th
Never Too Late
Two by Two

23rd Season (1982-1983)
Same Time, Next Year
Guest in the House
Move Over, Mrs. Markham
Oklahoma!

24th Season (1983-1984)
Chapter Two
Christmas Trilogy
Deathtrap
The Unexpected Guest
Dirty Work at the Crossroads

25th Season (1984-1985)
Vanities
The Unexpected Guest
The Gingerbread Lady
I Do! I Do!

26th Season (1985-1986)
The Human Voice
Catch Me If You Can
The Miracle Worker
A Thousand Clowns
Deadwood Dick, or a Game of Gold

27th Season (1986-1987)
The Rule of Three
God’s Favorite
A Man for All Seasons
Joseph …. Technicolor Dreamcoat

28th Season (1987-1988)
Crimes of the Heart
Play On!
Dead on Nine
Annie
Creeps by Night

29th Season (1988-1989)
Everybody Loves Opal
Pack of Lies
Dead Man’s Hand
Oliver!

30th Season (1989-1990)
Harvey
The Dining Room
Total Recall
Bye Bye Birdie

31st Season (1990-1991)
Love, Sex, and the IRS
Our Town
A…My Name is Alice

32nd Season (1991-1992)
No Season. The Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center Theatre was under construction.

33rd Season (1992-1993)
The Great Big Doorstep
Murder Room
The Diary of Anne Frank
Nunsense

34th Season (1993-1994)
I Never Sang for My Father
A Christmas Carol
You Can’t Take It with You
This is My Land….My People

35th Season (1994-1995)
Blue Plate Special
Greater Tuna
A Piece of My Heart
Nonc Ramo’s Gumbo

36th Season (1995-1996)
Cole
Christmas is for Children
Columbo
Steel Magnolias

37th Season (1996-1997)
South Pacific
Driving Miss Daisy
Arsenic and Old Lace
Run for Your Wife

38th Season (1997-1998)
Brigadoon
Smoke and Mirrors
Blithe Spirit
Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

39th Season (1998-1999)
Damn Yankees
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
6 Rms Riv Vu
Foxfire

40th Season (1999-2000)
Some Enchanted Evening
Noises Off
Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will?
Brighton Beach Memoirs

41st Season (2000-2001)
Nonc Ramo’s Gumbo
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Pygmalion
Nunsense

42nd Season (2001-2002)
The White Liars and Black Comedy
Too Soon for Daises
Sylvia
Hello, Dolly!

43rd Season (2002-2003)
The Nerd
Mullet Songs
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
Smoke on the Mountain

44th Season (2003-2004)
All I Need I Learned in Kindergarten
The 3-D Radio Show
Not Now, Darling
The Fantasticks

45th Season (2004-2005)
I Take This Man
A…My Name is Alice
The Butler Did It, Again!
The Pajama Game

46th Season (2005-2006)
80%
Everybody Loves Opal
It Runs in the Family
The Spitfire Grill

47th Season (2006-2007)
Murder Most Fouled-Up
The Odd Couple (Female Version)
If the Shoe Fits
Lucky Stiff

48th Season (2007-2008)
The Seven Year Itch
The Bad Seed
Rumors
Three on a Bench
The Last Five Years

49th Season (2008-2009)
Bless Me, Father
Don’t Drink the Water
Enchanted April
Sanders Family Christmas

50th Season (2009-2010)
Born Yesterday
Greater Tuna
Curious Savage
Annie

51st Season (2010-2011)
All the Great Books (Abridged)
Crimes of the Heart
Never Get Smart with an Angel
Funny Thing … on the Way to Forum

52nd Season (2011-2012)
Lend Me a Tenor
Deathtrap
5 Women Wearing the Same Dress
25th Annual Putnam County…

53rd Season (2012-2013)
The Mousetrap
Barefoot in the Park
God of Carnage
Little Shop of Horrors

54th Season (2013-2014)
The 39 Steps
Boeing, Boeing
Harvey
Clue: The Musical

55th Season (2014-2015)
The Man Who Came to Dinner
The Complete Works… (Abridged)
The Dixie Swim Club
The Producers

56th Season (2015-2016)
Drinking Habits
Always a Bridesmaid
The 3-D Radio Show
Sweeney Todd

57th Season (2016-2017)
Unnecessary Farce
One Slight Hitch
The Savannah Sipping Society
Oliver!

58th Season (2017-2018)
Knickers!
Gladys in Wonderland
Mama Won’t Fly
Leader of the Pack

59th Season (2018-2019)
Steel Magnolias
Christmas Belles
Leading Ladies
Bonnie & Clyde

60th Season (2019-2020)
The Odd Couple
A Christmas Carol
Southern Hospitality
**Nunsense
**Motherhood Out Loud
**One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

**Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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