Barry Lemoine is a series of disgusted American Indians, Juan Ponce de Leon and Richard Simmons (who needs better material), while Tom Hassinger scores as Jefferson (Thomas, not Bill), playing "Deal or No Deal" for the Louisiana Purchase, and Edwin Edwards, who gets one of the night's biggest laughs with a gag about his fondness for ex-wife Candy.
The most successful caricatures are Mary Burns' riotously bitchy old biddy Nona Alto, the Mafia Mama in deep mourning who still can get down when "You're No Good" is heard; Will Schneider's hunky, convincingly criminal stereotype Chris Alto; Katherine Karcher as sexy, gum-chewing widow Toffee Alto; and Barry Lemoine
as priapic priest Father Flip ("a man of the loin cloth").
Other cast members include: Barry Lemoine
as Father Flip; Katherine Karcher as Toffee Alto; Katie Betz as Dr. Malaise; Louis Royer as Uncle Senior; Mary Burns as Nona Alto; Will Schneider as Chris Alto; and Peggy Wegener as the vocalist.
Rose Marie Sand, co-owner of Shine with Barry Lemoine, was in high school when Betsy hit town.
People who had a story to tell from Hurricane Betsy came together to tell stories to Barry Lemoine
, who wrote the play from the stories.
We put the word out and got some new stories.
has incorporated in the new script some of the old favorite storytellers, too.
My partner, Barry Lemoine, was a drama teacher at Andrew Jackson High School, and I went to tell my story to use for the play.
By Barry Lemoine
Written by Tom Hassinger/directed by Barry Lemoine
and coinciding with the 2007 Saints football season, the play takes the audience on a journey through the team's history, revisiting the names and the legends that have given the team their rollercoaster reputation.
With the vast majority of the actors either growing up or currently living in "the Parish," the piece has an authentic, yet refined stamp of New Orleans genuineness as Tom Hassinger and Barry Lemoine are joined on stage by actors Chris Bordelon, William Schneider, Shane Palmer and Jenny Abshier.
"Bless Ya, Boys" is directed by Barry Lemoine, a key performer (as St. Peter, Ricky Williams and Eli Manning) along with Hassinger (Benson, Archie, Buddy D); Christian Bordelon (Marinello, Stram, St. Christopher); and Will Schneider (Mecom, Ditka, Gumbo and Peyton Manning).
"We did 16 shows over a 12-week period in the Louisiana Purchase area, but every Sunday we were running and gunning, trying to find a town that had a sports bar where we could watch the Saints," said Lemoine
, a huge fan.
As the season progressed, the idea for the comedic tribute to the Saints was hatched.
does a Shakespeare production that covers 37 plays in 90 minutes, "so we knew we could do 40 years of the Saints in 90 minutes," said Lemoine
, who, aside from his
work with the troupe, also produces educational videos for the St. Bernard Parish school system.
A collaborative effort, the show is updated every week, to incorporate current topics and developments with the Saints.
"We tweak it," Lemoine