For the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, the upcoming season — its 37th — is expected to be one of transition. Or, as JPAS co-founder and Artistic Director Dennis Assaf described it, a “hybrid season.”

More than seven years after its groundbreaking ceremony, the new Jefferson Performing Arts Center on Airline Drive in Metairie may finally open its doors, most likely in early 2015, Assaf said.

Numerous issues have delayed the project over the years, but with completion apparently in sight, Assaf is planning ambitious productions that would not have been possible in any of its current venues.

Among the ambitious possibilities Assaf mentioned are “Peter Pan,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Les Misérables,” all of which are high-tech undertakings.

He also noted that the new theater will make it possible for JPAS to once again mount operas, operettas and large-scale musicals, something it stopped doing at its main venue in recent years because of space and technical limitations. In addition, the new theater will offer amenities that contribute to what Assaf termed “the full adult experience,” such as being able to serve alcoholic beverages.

For most of its existence, JPAS has been mounting its largest productions in the auditorium of East Jefferson High School in Metairie.

The new Performing Arts Center, with a projected seating capacity of 1,050, will hold 200 fewer people than the EJHS auditorium, but “it will have a sense of intimacy you don’t have at East Jefferson,” Assaf said.

Once the new facility is open, JPAS will relocate its offices there. “It’s going to be a beautiful theater,” Assaf said. “I can’t wait to get into it.”

In more recent years, JPAS has staged some of its smaller productions on the West Bank in the adjacent buildings of Teatro Wego and the Westwego Performing Arts Center. However, roof damage incurred during Hurricane Isaac forced the shuttering of the WPAC for the past two years, preventing JPAS from staging shows in its theater-style setting.

Assaf remains hopeful that the Westwego facility will be repaired and back in commerce by summer 2015. When that happens, and when the new Performing Arts Center is open, JPAS will have three performance venues in Jefferson Parish. In addition, JPAS is re-staging most of its productions at Christ Episcopal School Theatre in Covington.

“The reason I am calling this a ‘hybrid season’ is because there’s a whole lot more programming that will be announced when those two theaters come on line,” Assaf said.

JPAS will kick off its 2014-15 season with Butch Caire’s original production of “Blueberry Hill” at Teatro Wego from Sept. 12-28 and from Oct. 3-12 at Christ Episcopal Theatre. Featuring songs by Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Lloyd Price, Ernie K-Doe and other New Orleans musical icons, the show proved so popular during its premiere last season that it’s being brought back for a second run, Assaf said.

As in past seasons, JPAS is also reprising its “Arts Adventure Series,” for main-stage productions on weekdays for school field trips at discounted student rates.

Concurrently, at the Performing Arts Center at East Jefferson High School, there will be a Dr. Seuss’ Feline Creature & A PortaPuppet Double Feature: “Mr. Brown Can Moo (Can You?)” and “The Cat in the Hat.” It will run on September 13 and 20, then move to Christ Episcopal for a single performance on the 27th. “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont directs.

In addition to writing and directing “Blueberry Hill,” Caire also will hold down the lead role, as Cosimo, the owner of a fictitious watering hole, the Blueberry Hill Bar and Grill. Other cast members include Peter Elliott (Cosimo’s son Johnny), Charlene Robinson (Johnny’s fiancé, Claudia), Danielle Mathis (Claudia’s mother, Josie) Donald Lewis (Donald the bartender) and Allee Peck and April Louise as bar waitresses named Allee and April.

The show also will feature a six-piece band under the musical direction of pianist Donna Clavijo. Gwen Caire is the stage manager. Nineteen songs from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s are included.

Although billed as “an original New Orleans jukebox musical,” Caire emphasized that “it is more a story of relationships we built around a collection of songs from the same time period in the same subgenre. We want the audience to have an emotional investment in this as we go through the songs. Everybody liked the story last year, and we’re looking forward to doing it again.”

Blueberry Hill

An original New Orleans jukebox musical, written and directed by Butch Caire and featuring classic New Orleans R&B songs. Presented by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

WHERE: Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, and Christ Episcopal School Theatre, 80 Christwood Blvd., Covington

WHEN: Sept. 12-28, Westwego, and Oct. 3-12, Covington. Show times Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m.

TICKETS: $30 adults, $27 seniors/military, $20 students, $15 children 12 and younger. $1.50 fee for each ticket sold.

INFO: (504) 885-2000. www.jpas.org, www.facebook.com/pages/Jefferson-Performing-Arts-Society/84522437390

JPAS presents Dr. Seuss’ ‘Mr. Brown Can Moo (Can You?)’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’

WHERE: Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie, and Christ Episcopal School Theatre, 80 Christwood Blvd., Covington

WHEN: Sept. 13 and 20, Metairie, and Sept. 27, Covington. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

TICKETS: $18 adults, $15 seniors/students, $12 children 12 and younger. $1.50 fee for each ticket sold.

INFO: (504) 885-2000. www.jpas.org, www.facebook.com/pages/Jefferson-Performing-Arts-Society/84522437390

Jefferson Performing Arts Society 2014-15 Season Schedule

Blueberry Hill: Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, and Christ Episcopal School Theatre, 80 Christwood Blvd., Covington. Sept. 12-28, Westwego, and Oct. 3-12, Covington.

Dr. Seuss’ Feline Creature & A PortaPuppet Double Feature: Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 400 Phlox St., Metairie, and Christ Episcopal School Theatre, Covington. Sept. 13 and 20, Metairie, and Sept. 27, Covington.

Waitin’ Around: The Restaurant Musical: Oct. 17-Nov. 2, Westwego; Nov. 7-9, Covington

The Nutcracker: Metairie, Dec. 20-21

Ain’t Got No Home: (“Blueberry Hill” sequel) Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Westwego; Feb. 6-8, Covington

Sex Please, We’re Sixty: Feb. 27-March 15, Westwego

The Lady with All the Answers: April 3-19, Westwego; April 24-26, Covington

One Great Moment in Time: (original music by JPAS Resident Composer Glyn Bailey) May 1, Westwego; May 2, Covington; and May 3, St. George Episcopal Church, 4600 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

JPAS Theatre Kids Productions

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.: Dec. 5-7

Captain Louie Jr.: March 20-22

All JPAS Theatre Kids productions are staged in the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (East Jefferson High School auditorium, 400 Phlox St., Metairie