There’s a relatively new theater production company on the north shore, and it recently held an inaugural fundraiser to help spread the word about its events. Evangeline Theater Company, formerly NOLA Productions, was founded by Mandeville resident, actor and producer Gordon Carmadelle.

Following productions of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “All the King’s Men” in North Hollywood, Carmadelle brought the company to Louisiana last year. The first local show, a revival of the “Cat” production, brought in sold-out crowds. Part of the profits from that event were donated to the St. Tammany Humane Society.

Next up for Evangeline is Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” at the Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington. Half of the proceeds will benefit St. James Storehouse, a local nonprofit benefiting local foster children. The show will run October 13-22, and rehearsals are already in progress, ensuring an outstanding run.

The most recent fundraiser for the group was held at Painting With a Twist in Mandeville. Free food, wine and beverages helped get the sold-out crowd in the artistic mode, and colorful canvases soon filled the studio. Knowing that their participation was helping not only a local theater company but also numerous local youth in need of care certainly inspired the big-hearted artists-in-training to do their best work, both creatively and philanthropically.

For more information on the Evangeline Theater Company, or to purchase tickets for “All My Sons”, visit

Junior League prepares for polo

The Junior League of Greater Covington is gearing up for the 21st annual Harvest Cup Polo Classic. The Polo Committee recently gathered at the lovely home of Janice Cox Perkins for an afternoon “Sip and See“ to finalize plans for one of the premier events of the fall season on the north shore. This year’s polo chairwomen are Elizabeth Westerfelt and Cyndi Bellina.

Committee members, adorned in festive hats and summer cocktail attire, enjoyed an impressive three-course high tea at the event. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with mimosas after which they were seated at tables clad in linen and lace tablecloths and topped with tiered servers holding teatime delicacies. Perkins and her daughter Emily Geigerman, along with 2016 polo chairperson Michelle Davis and past President Cindy Petry, served several delicious varieties of hot tea. After touring the gardens, guests departed with fancy folding fans to be kept as a memory of a lovely afternoon.

This year’s polo event will be held at Summergrove Farms in Folsom on Sunday, Oct. 8. The event will feature fabulous food and beverages from more than 25 local restaurants, specialty drinks, live entertainment, silent auction and patron access to an air-conditioned VIP tent.

Guests are encouraged to get their derby hats ready for the affair and prepare to watch and learn about the exciting sport of polo. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Junior League of Greater Covington. Proceeds from Harvest Cup allow the Junior League to provide several community impact programs, such as Project Prom, Project Homecoming and Girls’ Health Day.

For more information on the Junior League of Greater Covington, or to purchase tickets to the polo event, visit

Missie Arata Noel is the society writer for the north shore. Email her at