Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Auditions for IPAL's first production of the season, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Charlie Robertson and assisted by Stephanie Judice, will be held

Monday, July 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and

Tuesday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Adults ages 25 and older and children ages 6-13 are encouraged to audition. Performances will be

Sept. 11 – 13 and Sept. 17 - 20, 2020.  

For more information, contact Charlie Robertson at

337.256.9962 or

The Death and Life of Larry Benson

Iberia Performing Arts League will hold open auditions for Reginald Rose’s,

“The Death and Life of Larry Benson”, on

Monday, July 27 and Tuesday, July 28 at 6:00 P.M.  Auditions will be held at the Essanee Theatre, 126 Iberia Street, in New Iberia, Productions will run Thursday-Sunday, weekends of October 15 - October 25, 2020. 

Audition Requirements:

The cast consists of 5 males and 8 females, ranging in suggested ages from 16 – 60’s. The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, so some familiarity with the characters is suggested. More details of cast requirements may be obtained from Iberia Performing Arts League Facebook page or by contacting the director, Donna Berard at the following:    


Character Descriptions: (BELOW ARE ONLY SUGGESTED AGES) 

Freda Benson: She is a greying, motherly woman in late forties. Separated from her husband, she sews and bakes for neighbors to make money. She looks a bit tired, overworked, but a woman of great strength. 

Jessie Benson: The 16 year old daughter with a mixture of bubbling adolescence an absent mindedness. Her joy at the return of her older brother is mixed with resentment toward her father.

Sam Benson: He is a large man, near fifty. He is quiet, but can be easily triggered to violence. He feels awkward and ashamed when he comes back to his former home to greet his son, who is returning home. Brooke Ashton (Vicki) 

Grace : She is a pretty girl in 20’s, practically engaged to Larry since the age of 6. Although overjoyed of his return, she is faced with having to tell him that she is engaged to another man. 

The Boy: He is tall, well built, and in his 20’s. At times he seems to be in a dreamlike daze, clinging only to the fact that he is home and these are his parents. 

Mrs. Potter: She is the Benson’s next door neighbor. She is always helpful toward Freda, and not a fan of Sam. 

Mr. Potter: He has always been a good neighbor, helping Freda by cutting the lawn and putting up the screens. 

Susan and Mary Ellen: Jessie’s girl friends who are very excited and slightly envious of Jessie’s having an older brother.elsdon Mowbray (Burglar) – 

Bud: Bud is a nice-looking boy in his 20’s. He is engaged to Grace. He was a friend to Larry.

Nettie: One of Freda’s best customers and always full of helpful advice 

Mrs. Fitch: She is an elderly woman who was the first grade teacher who gave Larry a “D” in conduct in the first grade.

Synopsis: “The Death and Life of Larry Benson” is a gripping and emotional story about the family of Larry Benson as they deal with the fact that their son is MIA, until one day they find that their son is returning home. The entire town is excited and plans for a very big welcome. But when he arrives, the young soldier finds that he is a stranger. The buildup of tension and drama brings about the moment of truth and vindication.  


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