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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2012-07-26 00:00:00.0

Book by David Simpatico Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle Directed by Anthony Bean. Choreographed by MaQue Hollins and Ieasha Prime.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL takes on a new, fresh life when it appears onstage. A younger generation has discovered the fresh, optimistic spirit of this infectious musical. Anthony Bean Community Theater and NORDC is proud to let their voices be heard, with a message that is not just for kids, but for everyone. Disney's High School Musical began as a made-for-television movie. It quickly became the one of the most watched events in TV history. In 2006, the show swept through the awards season, winning with the Emmy, Teen Choice, American Music, TV Critics and Billboards Music Awards. Two sequels followed, with a third on its way. The talented kids from High School Musical are now known by school-aged kids across the world.

Now Anthony Bean Theater lets ABCT's talented kids tell the tale. Newcomers to High School Musical will delight in the upbeat music and dance. Fans of the show can experience new musical numbers, written just for the stage show. The story is much the same: Basketball jock Troy and "brainiac" Gabriella defy the odds in this 21st century Romeo and Juliet. As the couple battles for the lead in the school musical, they also have to face the toughest clique of all: the Theatre geeks.

High School Musical stars Cameron Williams as Troy, and Asia Wilson as Gabriella. Tia Howard and Jyair Roy play the super siblings, Sharpay and Ryan Evans. The cast is completed with 75 kids and two adults, in an hour-and-a-half of onstage music, dance and fun.

The cast

The cast

Cast of HSM

Cast of HSM

The amazing cast

The amazing cast

The cast

The cast