CAST BIOS

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ALVIN A TEMPLE (Adam) is a certified yoga instructor and the local owner and instructor of Pure Yoga. He has worked with New Venture Theatre since its second production in 2018 and has worn many hats for the company. NVT has been a source of artistic outlets for him, including giving him a platform to write and direct his own production ("The Abduction of Mother Goose"). He won the 2013 NewV Award for “Outstanding Ensemble Male” for his 9 separate roles as “The Ensemble” ("Little Shop of Horrors") in his last production with NVT. He is happy to be on stage again with such an amazing cast and crew! #WeLoveNVT
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CINDY BLACHE (Shelly) is returning to the stage with New Venture Theatre for the second time after making her debut in the musical "Black Nativity." She is a native of New Orleans and made Baton Rouge her home in 1999. Cindy says being a mother to her 2 children has been the most rewarding experience of her life. Now, with the love and support of her family, she is embracing her passion for the performing arts and other adventures. Cindy would like to especially thank her director, Greg Williams Jr., for his faith in her in this role. She is also appreciative of this super-talented cast and crew she has the privilege to work alongside. This production is especially close to Cindy's heart as she dedicates her performance to the memory of her late mother Brenda White. Cindy and her mother found one another in 2004 after 32 years of searching, only to lose her mother to illness in 2013.
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ROGER FERRIER (Donnie) has been a part of more than 30 productions taking on many roles such as cast member, scenic design assistant, assistant director and director. Every production is a new learning experience for him that is preparing him for the road ahead. He'd like to thank Greg for the opportunity. He'd also like to thank his family and friends for the love and support. You can follow his career on Instagram: @therogerferrier
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KRYSTAL BLATCHER (Averie) has been in a number of New Venture Theatre productions, including “For Colored Girls,” “Piano Lesson,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” “Step Off” and “What You Believe.” She looks forward to continue to work with NVT and thanks Greg for the opportunity.
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LAKETA M. CASTON (DOT) has performed with the Theatrical Ensemble for the Arts and Manpower, Detroit’s Black Ensemble Theatre, and numerous other stage productions, including NVT's “Little Shop of Horrors.” She has received the Ira Aldridge Acting Award for original work from the New York Association of Black Women in Theatre (BWIT). She is a visual communication designer, a sport’s official, and a computer transcriptionist for disabled students. She would like to thank her family for their encouragement and dedicate her performance to her father, John Allen Caston, Uncle E, and Janean’s dad.
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LEE KELLY (Fidel) is excited to grace the stage again with NVT in this production. He has performed in “Rasheeda Speaking,” “South Pacific,” “City of Angels,” “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Mary Poppins.”
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PHYLLIS HORRIDGE (Jackie) is thrilled to be part of such a relevant and touching show! Avid holiday theatre goers might have seen her in the Manship Theatre's 10-year anniversary staged concert of “A Christmas Carol” or as Mrs. Cratchit in the 2015 production of “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Baton Rouge. She is a choir teacher at Copper Mill Elementary in Zachary, and also maintains a private music studio in Baton Rouge, where she teaches voice, piano and audition prep. When not teaching, Phyllis is a tour guide at Nottoway Plantation. She would like to thank this amazing cast and crew for welcoming her into the NVT family.