On Assignment | Playmakers at LSU | 225 Magazine

(From left) Todd Henry, education and touring director, Karli Henderson, managing director and Shawn Halliday, producing artistic director, stand together at the Reilly Theatre on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Playmakers recently moved into the Reilly Theatre on LSU

Todd Henry, from left, education and touring director, Karli Henderson, managing director and Shawn Halliday, producing artistic director, stand together at the Reilly Theatre on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Playmakers recently moved into the Reilly Theatre on LSU's campus. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225 Magazine)

 

When I was a student at LSU, I worked as a photographer (and a writer and an editor) at The Daily Reveille and spent some of my time photographing various student plays for the newspaper. I even helped out a friend or two in the theater department by photographing their work.

I’ve never been a theater kid, save for that play I was in as a child where I had to quack like a duck and that ’60s musical I was in the chorus for in high school, but I’ve always enjoyed it. And photographing play after play for the Reveille really made me appreciate the art.

When Jeff Roedel handed me the assignment to photograph Todd Henry, Karli Henderson and Shawn Halliday of Playmakers, I was excited to see what Playmakers was all about, as well as check out one of the venues I had photographed so many times years ago – The Reilly Theatre.

Turns out, The Reilly Theatre looks just about the same as it did when I was a collegiate.

And turns out, Playmakers had just moved in permanently to the theater on LSU’s campus.

I had a fantastic time photographing and chatting with Todd, Karli and Shawn about their work, how their move went, what they did during the summer and what the fall season holds for their company.

I also learned that Playmakers is “Louisiana’s only professional theatre dedicated to bringing quality live theatrical productions to young audiences across the state.” And they have a show coming up this month!

To read Tommy Vangeffen’s feature about Playmakers and what they are up to this fall, click here.

To learn more about Playmakers (and possible auditions!), check out their website here.

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  • October 25, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Angela Noelle - Aw, this brings back memories! We’d get season tickets to Playmakers and go to the shows all the time when I was a kid 🙂 I still remember picking out my carpet square and finding the best spot on the floor, then the lady coming out to tell us about theater manners! My favorites were You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!ReplyCancel

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