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Manship Theatre offers a place where curiosity feeds discovery, talent finds development, and passion fuels expression. Here you can find information on Summer Camps, Manship Theatre's Kids Club events and more. Our professional teaching artists support creativity at every level. Some students are preparing for futures in the performing arts, while others are here simply for an expressive outlet; regardless of level, it's our belief that every individual has a unique spark, something special to express. It is Manship Theatre's goal to help that spark shine brighter through the arts.

Manship Theatre Kids Club

Kids and parents love Manship Theatre Kids Club! Designed for children from Pre-K to 5th grade, The Kids Club offers a variety of benefits and activities just for kids!

Disney's The Jungle Book Kids

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Registration opens Feb. 29th for Manship Theatre Members at the Family Level and above. Member Registration can only be completed by calling the Ticket Desk at 344-0334. Registration for the public begins March 7th online and by calling the Ticket Desk. SPACE IS LIMITED.


Manship Theatre is thrilled to present Disney's The Jungle Book Kids as the first of two MINI MUSICAL CAMPS FOR 2016. Disney's The Jungle Book Kids is scheduled June 6-11, 2016. This Camp is for Ages 6-8. Children must be Age 6 by the Audition date of April 18, 2016.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CAMP. Campers will audition, rehearse, and perform this classic story, culminating a final show at Manship Theatre. Everyone will have a part in the show. Private auditions for specific roles will be held prior to the start of camp on April 18th from 5:30-7:30pm. Camp Hours 8:30am-3:30pm, Monday - Friday, June 6-10th and 8:30am-1:00pm on Saturday, June 11th. The final show is on Saturday, June 11 at 11:30am at Manship Theatre. Melanie Couvillon (Director), Bailey Wax (Asst. Director), Lisa Smith (Music Director), Ashley Day Fabre (Choreographer), Mollie Thompson and Anna Devall (Camp Assistants).

Each child is required to bring a lunch, drink and a snack each day.
The camp cost is $275 for the 6-day camp which includes their camp T-shirt and admission to a movie at Manship Theatre. Extended care will be offered till 5:30pm for an additional cost.

Public tickets will be sold at a later date for the performance of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids.

Registration opens Feb. 29th for Manship Theatre Members at the Family Level and above. Member Registration can only be completed by calling the Ticket Desk at 344-0334. Registration for the public begins March 7th online and by calling the Ticket Desk. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Manship Theatre Refund policy: No refunds will be given after April 18, 2016.

Artistic Staff:

Melanie Couvillon (Director) was named Executive Director of Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts in January 2016. She previously held the positions of Director of Family Programming and Events at Manship Theatre from 2010 to 2015 and Executive Director of Playmakers of Baton Rouge from 2005-2010. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Melanie’s professional experience began in 1996 where she performed professionally both nationally and internationally until 2003. Professional credits include: Ellie in Show Boat (Gateway Playhouse, New York), Lucille in Meet Me in St. Louis( Gateway Playhouse and National Tour), Gladys in Pajama Game (MacHadyn Theatre, New York), Sister Mary Leo in all versions of Nunsense (MacHadyn Theatre, New York), Molly in Unsinkable Molly Brown (Virginia Musical Theatre), Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz and Solo Dancer in Singin’ in the Rain (Cherry County Playhouse, Michigan). Cruise Line Credits include: Eponine/Grizabella in Hey Mr. Producer! (Norwegian Sky) and Polly in Crazy for You (Norwegian Dream). She performed the role of Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Radio City Rockettes from 1999-2003 in Detroit, Branson, and Phoenix. In 2008, she performed the role of Miss Hannigan in Playmakers of Baton Rouge’s record breaking production of Annie at Manship Theatre. She most recently returned to the Theatre Baton Rouge stage to perform the title role in Mary Poppins in September of 2014.In 2007, she was named in Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top Forty Under Forty and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Distinguished Graduate.

Lisa Smith (Music Director)is the Director of Choral Music at Parkview Baptist School and serves as an adjudicator for choral festivals throughout Louisiana. Her high school and middle school choirs consistently receive superior ratings at District and State Choral Festivals. She has been the Musical Director for over forty local musical theater productions and has accompanied or played in scores of local productions, honor choirs, and every week at First Baptist Church of Addis. She has also produced local and regional award-winning show choirs. She received her Music Education degree from SLU, did graduate work at LSU and has been teaching for over thirty years.

Ashley Day Fabre (Choreographer) a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, is a cum-laude graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business with an Emphasis in Production. Ashley was Studio Coordinator at MTV Studios in Times Square where she worked on shows Total Request Live, MTV News, New Years Eve Special, Mi TRL, Vh1 Top 20 Countdown, The Big Ten, Real World Reunions, and various specials. As coordinator, Ashley worked with celebrities such as Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson, Fall Out Boy, John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, and Jamie Foxx.
In 2007, Ashley moved home to Baton Rouge to work in the film industry. She has worked on over 25 films as post-production supervisor and coordinator for networks such as Lifetime and Syfy Channel. Titles include Christmas on the Bayou, Brother's Bloom, Status: Unknown, Swamp Shark, Arachnoquake, Zombie Shark, Meeting Evil, etc.She was a Jeffie Jean Dancer in Baton Rouge for 20 years where she studied tap, jazz and ballet. Ashley is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Summer Intensive program in New York City where she studied dance with Frank Hatchett and Savion Glover, just to name a few.
Musical theatre credits include: Grace Farrell in Annie with Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at Theatre Baton Rouge, Wendy in Peter Pan, the original Teen Evangeline in Evangeline the Musical, Once on This Island, Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, The Secret Garden, Oklahoma, The King and I, Bye Bye Birdie. Ashley is currently the Development Officer at Manship Theatre.

Disney's Jungle Book Kids Show Description:
The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Banished by the ferocious tiger Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend Bagheera are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants, and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin' musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their follow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Disney's Cinderella Kids

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Registration opens Feb. 29th for Manship Theatre Members at the Family Level and above. Member Registration can only be completed by calling the Ticket Desk at 344-0334. Registration for the public begins March 7th online and by calling the Ticket Desk. SPACE IS LIMITED. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CAMP.


Manship Theatre is thrilled to present Disney's Cinderella Kids as the second of two MINI MUSICAL CAMPS FOR 2016. Disney's Cinderella Kids is scheduled June 20-25, 2016. This Camp is for Ages 6-8. Children must be Age 6 by the Audition date of April 20, 2016.

Campers will audition, rehearse, and perform this classic story, culminating a final show at Manship Theatre. Everyone will have a part in the show. Private auditions for specific roles will be held prior to the start of camp on April 20th from 5:30-7:30pm. Camp Hours 8:30am-3:30pm, Monday - Friday, June 20-24th and 8:30am-1:00pm on Saturday, June 25th. The final show is on Saturday, June 25 at 11:30am at Manship Theatre. Artistic Staff: Melanie Couvillon (Director), Bailey Wax (Asst. Director), Lisa Smith (Music Director) and Ashley Day Fabre (Choreographer), Mollie Thompson and Anna Devall (Camp Assistants).

Each child is required to bring a lunch, drink and a snack each day.
The camp cost is $275 for the 6-day camp which includes their camp T-shirt and admission to a movie at Manship Theatre. Extended care will be offered till 5:30pm for an additional cost.

Public tickets will be sold at a later date for the performance of Disney's Cinderella Kids.

Registration opens Feb. 29th for Manship Theatre Members at the Family Level and above. Member Registration can only be completed by calling the Ticket Desk at 344-0334. Registration for the public begins March 7th online and by calling the Ticket Desk.

Manship Theatre Refund policy: No refunds will be given after April 18, 2016.

Artistic Staff Bios:

Melanie Couvillon (Director) was named Executive Director of Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts in January 2016. She previously held the positions of Director of Family Programming and Events at Manship Theatre from 2010 to 2015 and Executive Director of Playmakers of Baton Rouge from 2005-2010. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Melanie’s professional experience began in 1996 where she performed professionally both nationally and internationally until 2003. Professional credits include: Ellie in Show Boat (Gateway Playhouse, New York), Lucille in Meet Me in St. Louis( Gateway Playhouse and National Tour), Gladys in Pajama Game (MacHadyn Theatre, New York), Sister Mary Leo in all versions of Nunsense (MacHadyn Theatre, New York), Molly in Unsinkable Molly Brown (Virginia Musical Theatre), Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz and Solo Dancer in Singin’ in the Rain (Cherry County Playhouse, Michigan). Cruise Line Credits include: Eponine/Grizabella in Hey Mr. Producer! (Norwegian Sky) and Polly in Crazy for You (Norwegian Dream). She performed the role of Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Radio City Rockettes from 1999-2003 in Detroit, Branson, and Phoenix. In 2008, she performed the role of Miss Hannigan in Playmakers of Baton Rouge’s record breaking production of Annie at Manship Theatre. She most recently returned to the Theatre Baton Rouge stage to perform the title role in Mary Poppins in September of 2014.In 2007, she was named in Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top Forty Under Forty and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Distinguished Graduate.

Lisa Smith (Music Director)is the Director of Choral Music at Parkview Baptist School and serves as an adjudicator for choral festivals throughout Louisiana. Her high school and middle school choirs consistently receive superior ratings at District and State Choral Festivals. She has been the Musical Director for over forty local musical theater productions and has accompanied or played in scores of local productions, honor choirs, and every week at First Baptist Church of Addis. She has also produced local and regional award-winning show choirs. She received her Music Education degree from SLU, did graduate work at LSU and has been teaching for over thirty years.

Ashley Day Fabre (Choreographer)Ashley Day Fabre (Choreographer) a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, is a cum-laude graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business with an Emphasis in Production. Ashley was Studio Coordinator at MTV Studios in Times Square where she worked on shows Total Request Live, MTV News, New Years Eve Special, Mi TRL, Vh1 Top 20 Countdown, The Big Ten, Real World Reunions, and various specials. As coordinator, Ashley worked with celebrities such as Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson, Fall Out Boy, John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, and Jamie Foxx. In 2007, Ashley moved home to Baton Rouge to work in the film industry. She has worked on over 25 films as post-production supervisor and coordinator for networks such as Lifetime and Syfy Channel. Titles include Christmas on the Bayou, Brother's Bloom, Status: Unknown, Swamp Shark, Arachnoquake, Zombie Shark, Meeting Evil, etc.She was a Jeffie Jean Dancer in Baton Rouge for 20 years where she studied tap, jazz and ballet. Ashley is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Summer Intensive program in New York City where she studied dance with Frank Hatchett and Savion Glover, just to name a few. Musical theatre credits include: Grace Farrell in Annie with Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at Theatre Baton Rouge, Wendy in Peter Pan, the original Teen Evangeline in Evangeline the Musical, Once on This Island, Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, The Secret Garden, Oklahoma, The King and I, Bye Bye Birdie. Ashley is currently the Development Officer at Manship Theatre.

Disney's Cinderella Kids Show Description:
The timeless “rags to riches” fairy tale becomes a new audience favorite in Disney’s Cinderella KIDS, an adaptation of the treasured animated film that will charm its way into your heart, and remind audiences that dreams really can come true. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!

Disney's Aladdin Jr. Musical Prod Camp

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Registration opens Feb. 29th for Manship Theatre Members at the Family Level and above. Member Registration can only be completed by calling the Ticket Desk at 344-0334. Registration for the public begins March 7th online and by calling the Ticket Desk. SPACE IS LIMITED. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CAMP.


Manship Theatre is thrilled to present Disney's Aladdin JR as the Musical Production Camp for 2016. Disney's Aladdin JR is scheduled July 11-22, 2016. This Camp is for Ages 9-15. Children must be Age 9 by the Audition date of April 27, 2016.

Camp Hours 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday - Friday, July 11-22nd. Camp is not held July 16th and 17th. Camp hours on Friday, July 22nd begin at 8:30am and performances are 5:30pm and 7:30pm at Manship Theatre. Each child is required to bring a lunch, drink and a snack each day.

Disney’s Aladdin JR. involves a large cast and everyone will have a part in the show! Auditions for specific roles will be held prior to the start of camp on April 27-29th from 6-8:30pm. There will be two shows on Friday, July 22nd at 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Artistic Staff: Paige Gagliano and Melanie Couvillon (Directors), Lisa Smith (Music Director) and Ashley Day Fabre (Choreographer). Camp Assistants: Bailey Wax, Mollie Thompson, and Anna Devall.

The camp cost is $375 for the 10-day camp which includes their camp T-shirt. Extended care will be offered till 5:30pm for an additional cost.
Public tickets will be sold at a later date for the performance of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids.

Registration opens Feb. 29th for Manship Theatre Members at the Family Level and above. Member Registration can only be completed by calling the Ticket Desk at 344-0334. Registration for the public begins March 7th online and by calling the Ticket Desk.

Manship Theatre Refund policy: No refunds will be given after April 18, 2016.

Artistic Staff Bios:

Paige Parsons Gagliano (Director) is a 2006 Honoree Forty Under Forty by the Baton Rouge Business Report. She holds a Bachelors of Science and a Master in Education from LSU. During her work at LSU she was featured in several productions on LSU's mainstage as well as productions at Baton Rouge Little Theatre. Paige has over 25 years experience in directing and teaching professional, community and educational theatre. In those years she has directed over 50 theatrical productions to critical and commercial acclaim for organizations including Louisiana State University, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Baton Rouge Little Theatre, Baker Little Theatre, Playmakers of Baton Rouge and St. James Episcopal Church. She has also directed in the LSU Union Theatre, The Heymann Center in Lafayette, The Strand Theatre in Shreveport and The Rosa Hart Theatre in Lake Charles. Paige is very proud of her work as the sole director and co-producer of every production of Evangeline, the Musical. This includes the professional productions at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Little Theatre, The Heymann Center in Lafayette and for Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
She is past Executive Director at Baton Rouge Little Theatre, Development Director for The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and later Executive Director of Community Fund for the Arts. She was recruited to become the first Development Director for Manship Theatre. In the community Paige has enjoyed volunteering. She was Provisional Chair for the Junior League of Baton Rouge, member LSU English Department's The Shakespeare Project, Board Member for Playmakers of Baton Rouge and a Featured Speaker for Capital Area United Way. Teaching remains Paige’s passion. After serving as Director of Fine Arts at The Dunham School for 4 years she returned to Episcopal High School. At Episcopal Paige directs all the theatrical productions, teaches and serves as Director of Performing Arts. God has blessed Paige with a wonderful husband and three amazing children!

Melanie Couvillon (Director) was named Executive Director of Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts in January 2016. She previously held the positions of Director of Family Programming and Events at Manship Theatre from 2010 to 2015 and Executive Director of Playmakers of Baton Rouge from 2005-2010. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Melanie’s professional experience began in 1996 where she performed professionally both nationally and internationally until 2003. Professional credits include: Ellie in Show Boat (Gateway Playhouse, New York), Lucille in Meet Me in St. Louis( Gateway Playhouse and National Tour), Gladys in Pajama Game (MacHadyn Theatre, New York), Sister Mary Leo in all versions of Nunsense (MacHadyn Theatre, New York), Molly in Unsinkable Molly Brown (Virginia Musical Theatre), Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz and Solo Dancer in Singin’ in the Rain (Cherry County Playhouse, Michigan). Cruise Line Credits include: Eponine/Grizabella in Hey Mr. Producer! (Norwegian Sky) and Polly in Crazy for You (Norwegian Dream). She performed the role of Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world famous Radio City Rockettes from 1999-2003 in Detroit, Branson, and Phoenix. In 2008, she performed the role of Miss Hannigan in Playmakers of Baton Rouge’s record breaking production of Annie at Manship Theatre. She most recently returned to the Theatre Baton Rouge stage to perform the title role in Mary Poppins in September of 2014.In 2007, she was named in Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top Forty Under Forty and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Distinguished Graduate.

Lisa Smith (Music Director) is the Director of Choral Music at Parkview Baptist School and serves as an adjudicator for choral festivals throughout Louisiana. Her high school and middle school choirs consistently receive superior ratings at District and State Choral Festivals. She has been the Musical Director for over forty local musical theater productions and has accompanied or played in scores of local productions, honor choirs, and every week at First Baptist Church of Addis. She has also produced local and regional award-winning show choirs. She received her Music Education degree from SLU, did graduate work at LSU and has been teaching for over thirty years.

Ashley Day Fabre (Choreographer) a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, is a cum-laude graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Music Business with an Emphasis in Production. Ashley was Studio Coordinator at MTV Studios in Times Square where she worked on shows Total Request Live, MTV News, New Years Eve Special, Mi TRL, Vh1 Top 20 Countdown, The Big Ten, Real World Reunions, and various specials. As coordinator, Ashley worked with celebrities such as Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson, Fall Out Boy, John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, and Jamie Foxx. In 2007, Ashley moved home to Baton Rouge to work in the film industry. She has worked on over 25 films as post-production supervisor and coordinator for networks such as Lifetime and Syfy Channel. Titles include Christmas on the Bayou, Brother's Bloom, Status: Unknown, Swamp Shark, Arachnoquake, Zombie Shark, Meeting Evil, etc.She was a Jeffie Jean Dancer in Baton Rouge for 20 years where she studied tap, jazz and ballet. Ashley is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Summer Intensive program in New York City where she studied dance with Frank Hatchett and Savion Glover, just to name a few. Musical theatre credits include: Grace Farrell in Annie with Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at Theatre Baton Rouge, Wendy in Peter Pan, the original Teen Evangeline in Evangeline the Musical, Once on This Island, Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, The Secret Garden, Oklahoma, The King and I, Bye Bye Birdie. Ashley is currently the Development Officer at Manship Theatre.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Show Description:
The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Banished by the ferocious tiger Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend Bagheera are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants, and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin' musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their follow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle

Tango Lagniappe

Tango Lagniappe is both a group and a venue for anyone interested in Argentine Tango. Whether you just heard about Tango yesterday and want to learn, or you are a seasoned tango dancer in town for a few days, you can find out about tango opportunities in Baton Rouge by checking the Tango Lagniappe page on Facebook.