Team Ovation Traditions: Theatre in NOLA

Posted by Bridget Beirne
March 11, 2013

team ovation traditionsAs professional actors AND trainers, finding great theatre is one of our favorite traditions!

The time is almost here! We're very pleased to be lucky enough to work with some of the speakers and presenters at Microsoft's Convergence 2013. We are constantly impressed with (and proud of!) the progress our participants make, and the way they grow as presenters through their Ovation Training. It's... well, it's pretty great.

We're looking forward to being on-site for Convergence 2013, happening this year in New Orleans! While we're sure everyone will be busy with the conference-related events, catching a local show is one of the best relationship building activities. Here are some suggestions from Team Ovation about live performances in the Big Easy that converge with Convergence 2013 (In an upcoming blog, we'll be indulging our foodie side with a piece on NOLA restaurants!):

1. Cirque du Soleil Quidam at the New Orleans Arena: Cirque is definitely one of our favorites, whether they are diving into swimming pools, flying through the air, or or dancing gracefully en pointe. The famous Canadian circus has woven it's spell around the world, and is making its way to New Orleans in March. The show tells the story of a young girl who loses herself in Quidam, or the magical world of imagination.

2. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at The Jefferson Performing Arts Society: When Buddy Holly's plane went down in 1959, the world declared the event "the day the music died". Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly's meteoric rise to fame through his unforgettable music. Over 20 million people have enjoyed a production of Buddy- look for appearances of Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, as well!

3. My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at Stage Door Canteen: Housed in the National World War II Museum, the Stage Door Canteen offers productions that bring the war years to life. Watch a cast of four actors- 2 male, 2 female- sing their way through the Sinatra songbook. A great, smooth ending to a hectic day! Make it dinner and a show for a few dollars more.

4. Jim Gaffigan at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre: Go right for the funny with a night of stand up from Jim Gaffigan. Known for his work on stage as well as screens big and small, Jim Gaffigan's comedy has won him all kinds of accolades. The Mahalia Jackson Theatre is a major touring venue for the city and a thoroughly impressive space.

5. Mold at Southern Rep: New Orleans's only year-round professional theatre brings the final piece in John Biguenet's award-winning Rising Water Trilogy to the stage. Southern Rep is the perfect place to feel the full impact of a play about the flooding of New Orleans, right where it all occurred.

Don't forget to be on the look out for our upcoming blog about Team Ovation's favorite NOLA food!


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