"Make Mine Bourbon" was written by Teddy Sciacca, a longtime devotee, board member, former board president, and beloved part of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Originally produced in 1987 as a fundraiser for the theatre on the Children's Corner stage, this production was produced on the Mainstage, again as a fundraiser. Mrs. Sciacca had passed away the previous June, which made this show a bittersweet production for the theatre.
The play takes place over that three-month span of time in the Crescent City from Mardi Gras in February, to St. Patrick's/St. Joseph's Days Parade in March, to Spring Fiesta ...Read More
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The Bombay Company, Frank Sciacca, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Magnolia Liquor Company (for their generous donation for the Bourbon Punch served on the Patio), Woolworth's (at Canal & Rampart), Mrs. Lisa Smith, Sharon O'Brien, Ann Marie Pinkney, August Martens, and LEONARD WHITE, Poster & Fliers design
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TEDDY SCIACCA - Hail and Farewell
Theodora L. ("Teddy") Sciacca, the author of tonight's play, was one of the best-loved personalities of the New Orleans print media. She came to her vocation through her father, Ted Liuzza, for many years a popular columnist on the New Orleans Item. Teddy was a devoted Active Member of Le Petit Theatre for years, writing publicity and chairing, with her daughter Sandy, three fund-raisers for the theatre. She was elected to its Board of Governors in 1989 and in 1991 became President of the theatre. She was tireless in working to help the theatre with her special talents, while holding down other professional responsibilities. She was able to pursue her career while also raising a family, sons Frank, Jr., and Ricky, and daughter Sandy. Teddy's unfailingly gentle disposition, her integrity, and her devotion to all good causes for out theatre, our city, and the French Quarter were the qualities which made her so well-loved by all who knew her.
In 1987 Teddy offered her just-completed play, "Make Mine Bourbon", to Le Petit Theatre as a fund-raiser, refusing any compensation. It was produced in our Corner Theatre with great success. Two other plays she authored, "How To Stay Young Forever", and "King Midas and the Golden Touch" (for children), were produced by us successfully.
This year, considering what to do for a fundraiser, we thought of repeating the French Quarter comedy, and Teddy cooperated, as usual. We were happily preparing this production when the news came of Teddy's passing on June 27th. But, the show must go on, as her husband and family agreed. We know you will enjoy this delightful comedy, and we hope you will spare a thought and a prayer for our dear friend and supporter, Teddy Sciacca. She went out true to one of the theatre's oldest maxims - "always leave 'em laughing."
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