Welcome! This year the Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School celebrates15 years of excellence in the performing arts.

The Anthony Bean Community Theater (ABCT) was established in Spring 2000 to meet the growing demands of New Orleans area residents seeking a quality, culturally diverse, performing arts venue. The theater also met the needs of individuals seeking to learn the art of acting, set design and theatre management. In recent years, ABCT has become a vehicle to enter New Orleans' booming "Hollywood South" film industry.

ABCT is unique in that it is not only a major theater production company, but a year-round, open enrollment acting school serving both adults and children with an eclectic group of courses designed to meet the basic needs of individuals seeking careers in stage and screen acting, set design and theatre management.  

ABCT believes that the arts have the power to transform people's lives. Our Mission is simple: "to inspire those we serve through the magic of the arts."  The Hallmark of ABCT and that which separates us from "all the rest" is - diversity.  ABCT proudly presents the most diverse theater schedule in the New Orleans area.  Our programing fare includes, the classics; Shakespeare, August Wilson and Tennessee Williams as well as popular drama (Reflections and Misery), comedy (Jar the Floor, Steal Away), and musicals (The Color Purple, Simply Irma and The Phyllis Hyman Story). Most importantly, ABCT mounts original plays such as I'd Rather Be Rich and Say Amen, and showcases our talented kids in perennial favorites: Cats, The Wiz, High School Musical and 504.  

The goal of the ABCT Acting School is to provide an intense, high quality learning and performing opportunity in an atmosphere where young people are encouraged to set goals, take risks and view mistakes as an avenue for learning. ABCT opens students up to the greatness that lies within them and creates an awareness that the Arts are a constructive vehicle of personal expression.

Anthony Bean Community Theater boasts a full professional portfolio including video DVD Productions and an ABCT clothing line. In addition to children and adult acting classes, ABCT offers a youth theater, an after-school program, and the Anthony Bean Community Theater City Choir.  During the summer months, working in conjunction with the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission - ABCT also operates a summer day camp.

We at ABCT wish to express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support over the past 15 years and we urge you to purchase your PASS for the upcoming season. Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you at our next production.

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2010-10-15 00:00:00.0

Written by Lonnie Elder and Directed by Anthony Bean

New Orleans, La...October 15, 2010…The Anthony Bean Community Theater presents ‘Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, a classic of American theater, is the poignant story of a family in 1960’s Harlem. In timeless prose, Lonnie Elder explores the discontent of a generation that has grown old before its time, and the determination of the next generation to avoid such a fate. ‘Ceremonies in Dark Old Men’ is directed by Anthony Bean. Scenic Designed by John Grimsley. Costumes by Wanda Bryant.

It tells the story of a black family living in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1960s. The drama centers on the fractured Parker family whose aging patriarch struggles to hold onto only memories of his This powerful, classic masterpiece depicts the dreams, frustrations, and ultimate endurance of a heyday while his daughter toils at a dead-end office job, his two hustling sons sell bootleg liquor and engage in petty thievery, and a smooth-talking con artist runs numbers out of their decrepit barber shop.

Starring (Big Easy winner) Harold X. Evans as the patriarch- Mr. Parker , Damany S. Cormier as the older son- Theo,(Big Easy winner) Samantha Beaulieu portrays the daughter -Adele, Darryl Lutcher as the youngest son-Bobby, Anthony Bean plays Con Artist-Blue, Alfred Aubry as the best friend- Mr. Jenkins, Jade Radford and Leah Rouege, alternates- as the young girl.

(L) Alfred Aubry as Jenkins & Harold X. Evans as Mr. Parker

(L) Alfred Aubry as Jenkins & Harold X. Evans as Mr. Parker

Darryl Lutcher as Bobby, Harold X. Evans as Mr. Parker & Damany S. Cormier as Theo.

Darryl Lutcher as Bobby, Harold X. Evans as Mr. Parker & Damany S. Cormier as Theo.

Damany S. Cormier as Theo & Samantha Beaulieu  as Adele.

Damany S. Cormier as Theo & Samantha Beaulieu as Adele.