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.

Come and celebrate our Anniversary and you will agree.



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Written and Directed by Anthony Bean Choreographed by Arieuna McGee Musical & Vocal Direction by Steve Burke Scenic Design by Stephen Edmond Costumes by Wanda Bryant Lighting Design by Lyn F. Caliva Sound Design by Darryl Lutcher

New Orleans, LA. December 5, 2007… The Anthony Bean Community Theater presents the World Premiere of “How Santa Got His Groove Back”. It’s a wonderful family oriented hip hop drama with music and dance. The play is written and directed by Anthony Bean and choreographed by Arieuna McGee. Performances take place December 14-16 & 21-23. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 PM and Sunday’s matinee is at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $18.00 for adults, $14.00 for children 14 years and under, and are available by calling the Box Office at (504) 862-7529. (Box Office hours are Tuesday-Saturday at 2-6 PM. and two hours before performances) You can also charge by phone or charge on line at www.anthonybeantheater.com .

Santa Claus is portrayed by the renowned Ernest Pedigrew. Over thirty-five familiar faces at the theater will be playing Santa’s Elves, Santa’s Dancers, Santa’s Singers and inner city youths. Actors are Tony Felix, Angeleta Green and Greta Zehner; singers are Jasmin Arnold, Rayan Arnold and Marlencia Arnold; dancers are Andre Armstead, Daleesa Keppard, and and many more.

Tis the day before Christmas eve and Santa Claus protests the world’s condition by refusing to deliver toys to boys and girls around the world. His concerned elves plot to bring the children to Santa. He encounters a group of inner city youth who carol and dance and teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Ernest Pedigrew………Santa Clause
Greta Zehner…………..Podora Evan Anthony…….Doogey
Emily Higginson……..Sprout
Riana Brown……….Zinkey
Daniel Fontenette…….Buster
Sivan Ambrose………….Twinkle
Andrea Gros………………..Tulip
Tony Felix………………..Ashton
Angel Green……………..Tia
Tyrianne Varnado……….Adriene
Ibrielle Francois…………Kyndra
Morgan Lawrence………..Karen
Jade Radford……………..Natasha
Edward Buckles………….Jonathan
Tyler Felix………………….Yahoo
Dedrick Alexander………..Google
Leah Rouege…………….Kristyn

Singing Trio Sisters Jasmin Arnold Rayan Arnold Marlencia Arnold Santa Dancers (Males) Andre Armstead (principle) Tyson Randolph (Females) Daleesa Keppard (principle) Ammonique Scott (principle) Dominique Scott (principle) Brittney Ramsey Kenda Brown Ashley Bechet

Ernest Pedigrew