Annual gala presented by IBERIABANK raises $185,000.  Funds support art and education at New Orleans’ famed theatre.


NEW ORLEANS (October 11, 2019). On September 13, 2019, Le Petit Theatre's 5th Annual Curtain Call Ball presented by Iberia Bank raised over $185,000 to support artistic and education programs.

Co-chaired by Stephanie Barksdale and Kaylea Hill, the event included live and silent auctions led by auctioneer Mark Romig. Auction highlights included Items included artwork by artist George Dunbar, created exclusively for Le Petit Theatre, a New Orleans Saints package, estate jewelry from Friend and Company and Kiel's Antiques, and premium tickets for Tony-award winning Broadway productions Tootsie and Ain't Too Proud.

Broadway star Betsy Wolfe was the headliner for the evening. Wolfe, accompanied by pianist Andrew Resnick, sang a trio of Broadway hits. A cast of local favorites including Keith Claverie, Leslie Claverie, Maggie Windler, Adam Segrave, Shangobunmi Durotimi, Bryan Williams, Jarrell Hamilton and Knox Van Horn also performed selections from a variety of Broadway musicals.

The Curtain Call Ball, in its fifth year, has become one of the must-attend events of the season. Funds raised at the event will support Le Petit’s 103rd season, including an ambitious line up of theatre productions and the theatre’s array of arts education programs launched in 2018.

Says Executive Director, Don-Scott Cooper, “we are thrilled that our efforts have nearly doubled the fundraising at our largest annual event. We are overwhelmed by the public support of our subscription programming, special events and arts education programs that serve over 2000 students each year.”

Le Petit Theatre would like to thank presenting sponsor IBERIABANK; main stage sponsors Tableau and The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate; red carpet sponsors George Dunbar, Mrs. H. Mortimer Favrot, Jr., Debbie and Bobby Patrick, Kathleen and Charlie Van Horn, Friend & Company and St. Charles Avenue Magazine; backstage sponsors Brent B. Barriere and Judy Y. Barrasso, Charlotte Bollinger, Elizabeth and Edwin Bragg, Janet and Stanwood Duval, Susan and Jimmy Gundlach, John C. Hazard, Jr., Rand and Chip Mason, Barbara and Biff Motley, 1st Lake Properties, Inc., Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, and Keil's Antiques. We are also grateful to the generous donors at the ensemble and player levels.

Le Petit Theatre's 103rd season opened with Noises Off on October 4 and continues with the return of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol opening December 6. Following next is Something Rotten January 17-February 2, 2020; The Piano Lesson March 6-22, 2020; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches April 10-May 3, 2020; and concluding with A Night with Janis Joplin June 5-21, 2020. Subscriptions and single tickets are available by calling the box office weekdays from 12 – 5 pm at (504) 522-2081 or online anytime at www.lepetittheatre.com. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on their order. Le Petit Theatre, a cornerstone of the New Orleans arts community since 1916, impacts more than 30,000 people annually through its mainstage productions and educational programming. Details and ticketing information are available at LePetitTheatre.com