Rose Theatre presents “You the Jury” to raise funds for reopening

"You the jury" is coming to Bastrop to raise money for the Rose theatre.
Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 8:13 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Rose Theatre in Bastrop has been closed since the pandemic caused by Covid-19 in 2020. Since then, the theatre has lost its A-C unit and struggles with operating costs. That’s why the theatre is preparing for a fundraiser to raise money to reopen.

The fundraiser will be a play portraying the murder trial of Barbara Scott, who is accused of killing her boss, called You the Jury. Patricia Bordelon from the Rose theatre joined Good Morning ArkLaMiss to discuss the play. She said it’s called You the Jury because the audience will decide Scott’s fate at the end. She also said the play has 2 endings, so the ending depends on the audience’s verdict.

Bordelon said the neat thing about the play is that it’s a murder trial and will be performed in an actual courtroom. The play will be performed in the courtroom of the Morehouse Parish Courthouse.

Performances for You the Jury will be Friday and Saturday, March 24th and 25th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 26th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for anyone under 12. For tickets, you can call the Visitor Center at (318) 281-0911 or (318) 282-0799.

The Rose Theatre was built in 1927. It was donated to the Cotton Country Players in 1985 by the George H. Goodwin family. Bordelon says CCP did a massive renovation to convert it from a movie theater back to a performing arts center. She says they were honored to have the theatre added to the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1990s.