Curated by Lauren E. Turner, Producer of Artistic & Community Engagement

Free performances precede Friday night Mainstage performances!

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Join us at 6:45 PM on Friday nights before MISS BENNET performances for these free events highlighting local performing artists! No ticket is required.

THIS WEEK – Friday, December 22: Polanco Jones, Jr. 

polancojonesPolanco Jones, Jr. is a choreographer, teaching artist, and performer with a passion for creating work that explores contemporary sociopolitical themes and conversations. Originally from New Orleans, Polanco began his Musical Theatre training with the Jefferson Parish talented theatre program. He continued his studies at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later received a B.S. in Theatre with a double concentration in Musical Theatre Performance and Dance from Northwestern State University.
Post-graduation, Polanco began to perform and set work all over the nation and abroad. He has presented at numerous venues around New Orleans, The Museum of Natural History in NYC , and the I-Theatrics Junior Broadway Festival in Atlanta, among others. He received the Irene Ryan Meritorious Achievement Award for his choreography for Once onThis Island. He has also been awarded the Excellence in Dance Award and is a five time recipient of the Outstanding Production Award from I-Theatrics.
Recent choreographic credits include ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for Le Petit Theatre, singer Ryan Amador’s music video “What’s Going On”, INNERVISIONS REALIZED & THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS with Juke Box Castle Productions, and LEGALLY BLONDE JR. with Uptown Music Theatre. Recent stage credits include MOVING THROUGH with KM Dance, HAIRSPRAY with Tulane Summer Lyric, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ with B.B.’s Stage Door Canteen, REEFER MADNESS with Storyville Collective, PIPPIN with Le Petit Theatre, THE ORIGINS OF LIFE with KM Dance Project, and JAMBALAYA THE MUSICAL with G.S. Productions. He was also a guest artist for the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
You can look for him in his upcoming show SANTA CLAUS IS A BLACK MAN on Saturday, December 23, 2017, 7:30pm at 14 parishes (1638 Clio St. ).
December 1   Clara Smith Ensemble
December 8   Loyola Department of Theatre & Dance Regency Carolers - CANCELED
December 15   April Louise, Musical Performer
December 22   Polanco Jones, Musical Performer