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Delgado Community College’s New Grand Theatre By Julie M. Dedebant

Delgado Community College’s New Grand Theatre
By Julie M. Dedebant

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For all of you theatre buffs, Delgado will open the doors of the new downstairs theatre in Building One with a modern version of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Michael Aaron Santos, Tuesday April 12, 8 p.m.
According to Santos, the theatre has been named after Timothy K. Baker, former director of the theatre program who died in October 2015. Baker created Delgado’s theatre program and worked diligently on the renovation of the downstairs theatre for 20 years. The final stage of this project has been in the works since Fall 2013, and the grand theatre seats approximately 350 people.
“When Tim Baker was alive and this project was underway, he was hoping to open with a musical,” Santos said. Unfortunately, he did not get to see one of his many visions come true, but Baker gave his blessing to his colleagues to carry on with a classical theatre opening, according to Santos.
“Romeo and Juliet” will keep the language of Shakespeare, but in addition to the feud between the Montagues and Capulets, Romeo attends a public high school, Montague High, and Juliet attends a private Catholic school, Our Lady of Capulet High, Santos said. Lord Capulet, played by Edward Smith, is the football coach at Capulet High, and Paris, played by Michael LeClair, is the star punter. The Prince is the principal of Capulet High, a role shared by Lynn Robertson and Susan Hague. Tyler Brantmeyer plays Romeo, and Sydney Cagnolatti plays Juliet.
The theatre is located on the first floor in Building One at the City Park campus. The play runs from Tuesday April 12 – Sunday, April 17, 2016. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8.00 for seniors, $8.00 for faculty, staff, and students with Delgado ID, and $5.00 for Delgado’s theatre alumni. For more information and reservations, call (504) 671-6360.

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