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'School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play' wraps regional premiere in New Orleans

Cast of “School Girls” from left to right: Elexis Selmon, J'aiLa Price, Jordan Bordenave, Payj Ruffins
Edward Carter Simon
Cast of “School Girls” from left to right: Elexis Selmon, J'aiLa Price, Jordan Bordenave, Payj Ruffins

School is out for students and for the NOLA Project, as the theater ensemble is closing out its season with the regional premiere of “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play.” DirectorTenaj Jackson tells us about resetting the classic comedy in Ghana and bringing the performance to New Orleans.

But while that production is soon to wrap, the Essence Festival of Culture presented by CoCa-Cola is just opening. We hear an encore interview with Barkue Tubman, Chief of Staff with Essence Ventures, to learn more about this weekend’s grand return of the festival and all of its diverse offerings.

But New Orleans isn’t the only city in celebration this week. Over in Terrebonne Parish, the Point-au-Chien Indian tribe has been fighting for over a year to re-open their only elementary school. WWNO’s Coastal Reporter Kezia Setyawan tells about their new French immersion school recently signed into law.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.