Rosa Hart Theatre in Lake Charles to Reopen After Being Closed Since 2020 Hurricane Laura

By Liora Hawthorne
Published October 11, 2023

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The City of Lake Charles has announced that the Rosa Hart Theatre will be reopening on October 15, after being closed since 2020 due to damage from Hurricane Laura.

Performers are ready to once again appear on the stage of the Rosa Hart Theatre in a unique ceremony to commemorate its reopening, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 15.

The entrance to the Theatre, located inside the Lake Charles Civic Center (900 Lakeshore Dr.), will reopen at noon.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. with an introduction before Jairus Daigle & the Network start performing at 1:15 p.m., filling the theater with the delightful tunes of soulful jazz music.

Marcia Ball, a GRAMMY nominee hailing from Southwest Louisiana, will amaze the audience at 2 p.m. with her captivating Blues music. Her rhythmic tunes have earned her the top spot on the Blues Billboard Music Chart and a prestigious Blues Album of the Year Award. Get ready for an unforgettable experience as she fills the room with her infectious melodies.

The Rosa Hart Theatre has been closed since 2020, following the significant damage caused by Hurricane Laura. However, repairs are almost finished, and this occasion will allow the community to once more enjoy the enchantment of local arts and culture in this historic location.

To commemorate her significant contributions to the local arts and culture scene, the Rosa Hart Theatre will be rededicated during the celebration. Rosa Hart, who was the first female cheerleader in the country, also established the Lake Charles Little Theatre and paved the way for many other artists in the community.

Tickets can be bought online at for $10 per person. On Sunday, October 15, tickets will also be sold at the door. The funds raised from the concert will go towards the United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s SUCCESS by 6 Initiative.

The SUCCESS by 6 Initiative aims to improve the availability of excellent early learning education for children from infant to pre-K from ALICE families. This special program specifically targets parents who are currently facing challenges in meeting their family’s basic needs on a monthly basis. By offering the opportunity for their child to enroll in a high-quality educational facility, this initiative helps these parents establish a solid foundation that will benefit their child throughout their life.

The City of Lake Charles, Visit Lake Charles, United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Empire of The Seed, LLC, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, and Gulf Coast Sequestration and Stream Companies are all sponsors of the event.

To obtain additional information, get in touch with the Lake Charles Civic Center Box Office at (337) 491-1256.