A Nola Noël
A Holiday Spectacular Playing Live on Le Petit's Touring Stage
**The 2PM performance on December 24th has been cancelled due to high winds. Please contact the box office to reschedule.**
Join Le Petit for a holiday extravaganza playing live on Le Petit's Touring Stage in parks and outdoor spaces in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes throughout the month of December. Scroll down to view the A Nola Noël program!
Featuring a cast of local favorites and a repertoire of the Crescent City's most beloved seasonal and holiday songs, A Nola Noël tells the story of Marcus, a young boy who finds himself turned around and lost in a strange new city full of unfamiliar customs. Trying to get home in time for Christmas, Marcus befriends a kindly stranger named Nick, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain North Pole resident. Nick takes Marcus on a musical journey through New Orleans, its many cultures and diverse influences, and, along the way, reveals to him the true meaning of home.
It's the perfect holiday treat for the whole family!
RESERVE SEATS NOW!
December 11th - December 13th: Abita Springs Trailhead, Abita Springs, LA
December 17th - December 20th: Bucktown Marina, Metairie, LA
December 23rd - December 26th: Broadside Theatre, New Orleans, LA
A Nola Noël is a safe and socially distanced production
This production ahderes to the SAG/AFTRA safe reopening plan guidelines and policies; utilizes LCMC testing recommendations and regulations; engages a COVID-19 safety officer for the full duration of the production processes; and requires regular rapid response testing and temperature checks for all employees. Seating for audience is socially distanced and audience members are required to wear masks while on-site. Please contact Le Petit Theatre with any questions.
ELIZABETH BURRIS (Angelique) is thrilled to return to LPT after being seen as Young Fan in A Christmas Carol, the virtual Curtain Call Ball and the Young Conservatory’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena. Other credits: Little Cosette with Broadway’s Ivan Rutherford in Les Miserables (Columbia Theater), Gabriella in High School Musical (New Octavians), Annie in Annie (Slidell Little Theater), Elsa in Frozen Jr., Ariel in Little Mermaid and Virginia in Yes Virginia. She’s an honors student at Christ Episcopal and formerly NOCCA, a contemporary worship singer (St. Timothy), and a recognized singer/songwriter (Greg Barnhill’s Ozone Songwriter Festival). She thanks Max, Curtis and the team for another amazing opportunity.
KEITH CLAVERIE (Gaston, Morris, Mr. Bingle) A NOLA NOEL marks Keith’s 14th production with Le Petit dating allllll the way back to 2009 (All Shook Up). Some favorite past LPT credits include Brother Jeremiah (Something Rotten), Frank Finger (It's Only a Play), Hysterium (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Jeff ([title of show]) and Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees). A proud member of The NOLA Project, Keith has won three Big Easy Awards for his work with the company (Oregon Trail, Twelfth Night, The Henchman). Keith thanks Max and the entire team for an incredible outdoor adventure. Love to L.L.C.!
LANGSTON E. DAVIS (Marcus) Langston is a New Orleans native with a zest for life as exuberant as his hometown. He's been in commercials and school plays, so acting has always been a part of him. Away from the stage he is a cartoonist, a published poet, Boy Scout, and typical kid. Langston's a Libra.
DANIELLE EDINBURGH WILSON (Lorraine/Juke Joint Lady/Ensemble) holds Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees in Vocal Performance. She began singing at the age of 2. She's been blessed to sing Internationally in Spain, France, Belize, Italy and Switzerland; Nationally, from L.A. to the Kennedy Center; Locally for Essence, French Quarter and Jazz Festivals, as soloist for a Saints game and other events. She has performed as the title character in productions of MAHALIA! A Gospel Musical, releasing a tribute album, “Reflections of Mahalia” in 2009. She is also the very proud mother of Sophia Wilson, “DeeDee”!!! Her motto, "It's not me, it's God!"
JOANNA HALE-MCGILL (Carol) As a Billboard Charting Gospel Artist, Joanna was the 1st winner of the Walmart Next Gospel Superstar competition in 2015. Joanna’s first introduction to theater was during Crown’s as Mabel in 2018 at Le Petit Theatre. Joanna’s national television premier in 2018 began on ABC Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger as a guest singer. Joanna has also been featured as a guest artist at the New Orleans House of Blues Sunday Morning Gospel Brunch. Joanna has been seen in several commercials and productions nationwide. She is quickly becoming a sought after artist across the nation. www.JonanaHaleMcGill.com
TOM HOOK (Nick/Music Director) Tom Hook works as a musician and in management and development in the cruise industry. He has worked for Walt Disney World, several cruise lines, and at Harrah's Casino in New Orleans and in Las Vegas. Tom tours the world as a musician regularly and appears nightly in New Orleans. He has Music Directed numerous productions at the National World War II Museum's Stage Door Canteen, as well as appeared on stage in productions. He starred in the Canteen's Big Easy award-winning Jump, Jive, and Wail, and was awarded Best Musical Director for Le Petit Theatre’s Jelly’s Last Jam.
KATHLEEN MOORE (Tilly/Ensemble) Kathleen Moore was born and raised in New Orleans. She received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Orleans. Following graduation, she performed for many years with her uncle and New Orleans Blues legend Deacon John Moore, and traveled with him to perform at the U. S. White House. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and an Equity Membership Candidate. Kathleen has performed in numerous theatrical productions in the city including shows at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Tulane University Summer Lyric, The NOLA Project, World War 2 Museum, Southern Rep, Dillard University, University of New Orleans, and Contemporary Arts Center to name a few. To expand further, Kathleen has starred in several short indie films all created and filmed in New Orleans. She has been credited co starring roles on networks such as WGN TV, Oprah Winfrey Network and BET.
CAT WILKINSON (Cat Lady, Cajun Wife, Sharon, Ensemble) Cat is thrilled to be able to spread some holiday cheer with the debut of Le Petit’s touring stage! Most recently Cat played Poppy Norton-Taylor in Le Petit’s production of Noises Off, nominated for Best Ensemble in the Gambit's Big Easy Entertainment Awards. A New Orleans native and proud N.O.C.C.A. grad, Cat received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Cat spent the last few years studying and performing improv around the country at UCB Los Angeles, UCB New York, Second City Chicago, and The New Movement here in New Orleans. When not on the Le Petit stage, you can find her running around the city, as an agent with French Quarter Realty. Other stage credits include Other Places (Gila), The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Lilith), and Twelfth Night (Fabian). Cat would like to thank Max & Curtis, the cast, crew, her friends and family, and everyone at Le Petit, including Sock.
SOPHIA CAURRIA WILSON (DeeDee) My name is Sophia Wilson and I am 8 years old. I am a 3rd grader at Alice Harte Charter School. This is my first acting performance. I started singing when I was 3 and studying dance when I was 4. I am currently a student at Forte School of Fine Arts. I had the opportunity to dance solo for my kindergarten graduation. I want to be an artist, choreographer, dancer, actor, singer, costume designer and writer when I grow up. I want to help people and honor God for the rest of my life.
KEBRON WOODFIN (Walter/Earl) Kebron Woodfin is a multitalented American artist born and raised in the richly cultured city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a skilled vocalist, music producer and credited film actor with a true passion for the performance arts. Notable credits include, Film/TV: NCIS: New Orleans, The Beach, The Stand. Theatre: Jelly’s Last Jam, Once On This Island, Tennessee Williams’ Not About Nightingales and a Production Cast Vocalist for Celebrity Cruises.
WENDELL BRUNIOUS (Trumpet/Vocals) Wendell Brunious is one of the most important musicians in the New Orleans tradition. He has done soundtracks for movies, commercials and is featured on the soundtrack for Ralph Lauren’s Winter/Fall Collection 2019/20. He led the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for over 30 years and has toured the world extensively. He’s won Grammys with Dr. John and Eric Clapton. He will be featured on the soundtrack of the movie, coming out later this year, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring Chadwick Boseman. Wendell Brunious is a proud product of New Orleans and a true living legend.
TOM FISCHER (Reeds) Tom was born and raised in the Chicago area, received his music degree from Indiana University and moved to New Orleans in 1989 to join Banu Gibson’s band. He was a member of Al Hirt’s band in the early 90’s and has toured Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, as well as India, Pakistan and the Middle East through the U.S. State Department. He has performed with the New Orleans Jazz All-Stars in over 20 tours of Japan, 12 of them as leader. Tom continues to be in demand at the Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, and clubs all over New Orleans.
CHARLES KOHLMEYER (Drums) Charlie Kohlmeyer was born and raised in New Orleans. He lived for twenty years in New York City and played everything from punk rock to jazz to Broadway. These days he's playing drums and keyboards in various projects around New Orleans.
KRIS TOKARSKI (Pianist) Born and raised just outside of New York City, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Kris was lucky enough to be exposed to classical music, jazz, and traditional Hungarian music from his family as a young child. Kris attended and completed his bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2011, Tokarski moved to New Orleans to complete a master's degree at the University of New Orleans. A keen interest in the music of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson; combined with his bebop roots allowed Tokarski to develop an all encompassing voice of his own, deeply rooted in the jazz piano tradition. Kris enjoys a busy schedule performing locally and also around the country and at international jazz festivals and swing dance events.
FOR THIS PRODUCTION
- An Original Holiday Musical by Curtis Billings & Maxwell Williams
- Directed by Maxwell Williams
- Choreography by Lula Elzy
- Musical Direction by Tom Hook
- Stage Manager Kit Sternberger
- Assistant Stage Manager Joey Vreeland
- Road Manager Sam Rohr
- Set Design Nathan Norris
- Costume Design Kaci Thomassie
- Sound Design Spencer Winkles
- Video Design James Lanius III
- Lighting Design Joshua Courtney
- Technical Direction Nathan Norris
- Box Office Monty Ramos
- COVID-19 Safety Officer Emily Barber
FOR LE PETIT THEATRE
- Executive Director Don-Scott Cooper
- Artistic Director Maxwell Williams
- Associate Artistic Director Kenna Moore
- Education Director Jana Kreutziger
- Director of Deveopment Amelia Whittington
- Production Manager James Lanius III
CURTIS BILLINGS (Playwright/Associate Director) Curtis Billings is the co-adaptor of Le Petit’s annual A Christmas Carol with Artistic Director Maxwell Williams (and also plays Bob Cratchit in the production). Billings and Williams also wrote and produced The Drunk! for Center Stage in New York. At Le Petit, he has appeared as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Frederick Fellowes in Noises Off, Son in Dividing the Estate and Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. His other New Orleans acting credits include Pictures of Marilyn and Freedom (for which he and Williams wrote new material) at the National WW2 Museum, and Fragments at the C.A.C. (written and directed by Edward Albee). On Broadway, he appeared in The Trip to Bountiful (with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams), and The Best Man (with James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury). Off-Broadway shows include Incident at Vichy, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (with Olympia Dukakis), The Orphans' Home Cycle and The Play About the Baby. Regionally, he has performed in dozens of productions in professional theatres across the country. Besides his family and friends, Curtis loves two things above all others: his hometown of New Orleans and Christmastime. Being blessed with an opportunity to help craft an original New Orleans Christmas play is an incredible gift, indeed.
DON-SCOTT COOPER (Executive Director) Don-Scott joined Le Petit in December 2017. Previously he served as the General Manager of American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He has managed more than 100 theater productions in New York and San Francisco during the course of his career. A respected theater administrator, he supervised ArtShare, A.C.T.’s community space-sharing initiative and guided the construction and renovation of the company’s Strand Theater, which opened in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood in 2015. Prior to joining A.C.T. in 2011, Don-Scott spent ten years serving as the general manager of New York’s Second Stage Theatre Company and the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he managed Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Specific production highlights include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning Intimate Apparel, the Tony Award-nominated revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, the Tony Award-winning revival of Big River, Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy and the World Premiere theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. Don-Scott has served on the board of directors the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Theatre Bay Area and the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers.
JOSHUA COURTNEY (Lighting Designer) Joshua Courtney is a New Orleans based artist who received his B.A. in Theatre and Film from The University of New Orleans. He is a freelance lighting designer who has designed for local companies including Southern Rep, NOLA Project, Goat in the Road (company member), Cripple Creek, and many others. He is also a member of IATSE Local 478 and is a lighting programmer for film and television.
LULA ELZY (Choreographer) Lula Elzy is a distinguished choreographer, director, educator and dancer. She is the founder and artistic director of the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre and resident choreographer for Muse Machine in Dayton, Ohio. Stage choreography credits include: In The Heights, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray (Muse Machine) Crowns (LePetit), Porgy And Bess, West Side Story, Cabaret (European tours). Screen credits include: Mudbound, Treme, Interview With A Vampire, Angel Heart. Honors include: N.O. Jazz and Heritage Foundation Award, Kennedy Center for the Arts Artist/Teacher Fellowship, Disney Channel American Teacher Award, Mirabella Magazine’s “1,000 Most Influential Women in America” and The Big Easy Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
NATHAN NORRIS (Scenic Designer/Technical Director) Thankful for this opportunity in the face of this different world of live performance. Shout out to Ellen Bull for bringing skills and charm to the table.
KIT STERNBERGER (Stage Manager) Kit Sternberger is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and a member of Goat in the Road Productions with whom she has stage managed Foreign to Myself, The Stranger Disease, The Distance of Sound, The Night With Mr. Bismuth, KindHumanKind, Roleplay, Goat in the Schools, and The Uninvited.
KACI THOMASSIE (Costume Designer) Kaci Thomassie is a New Orleans native costume designer and stylist. Her LPT design credits include Babydoll, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Last Five Years, and The NOLA Project and LPT's co-production of It's Only a Play. She is the Costume Director for the Department of the Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans.
JOEY VREELAND (Assistant Stage Manager/Wardrobe) Joey has been working with various New Orleans theatre companies for the last four years including Le Petit, Southern Rep, New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, and Tulane University. She is thrilled to be a part of this production.
MAXWELL WILLIAMS (Director/Playwright) As Artistic Director of Le Petit Theatre. Mr. Williams has directed the company’s productions of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll, A Christmas Carol, Satchmo at the Waldorf, A Streetcar Named Desire, An Act of God, Once On This Island, The Glass Menagerie, and Our Town, and co-directed the world-premiere adaptation of Sleeping Beauty (An American Panto). Prior to coming to LPT, he served as Associate Artistic Director of Connecticut’s Hartford Stage, where he directed the world premiere of Matthew Lopez’s Reverberation, as well as critically-acclaimed productions of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Boeing-Boeing, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Dying City, and A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. His other directing credits include world premieres and revivals at theaters across the country, including 59E59 Theatres, the Bank St. Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Capital Repertory Theatre, and Chance Theater, as well as work for Signature Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Primary Stages, the Alley Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theater Club, Lincoln Center Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company and the American Repertory Theatre.
MANDI WOOD (Master Electrician) Mandi is a lighting designer based in New Orleans. She is a member of IATSE Local # 39 and designs for ballet, opera, theatre, music and events around the country.