You’re going to hear the name a lot, so write it on the wall: Cypress House Theater. It’s the entertainment center adjunct to Swamp Tails Restaurant, located next door immediately adjacent to the restaurant’s long inside wall. It’s going to bring a whole new dimension to entertainment in the city, the county, and the surrounding area.
That’s the fanfare. The following details the first of many features to come, with a hint of what’s in the pipeline.
Comedy Night, Saturday, Nov. 18
• Starring FunnyMaine (Jermaine) Johnson, comedy warmup act for Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Tony Rock and others.
• Also featuring Matt “Casio Kid” Casio, with credits including the Tonight Show and major networks.
•Two performances. The early one at 6:30 p.m. sold out in four hours last week, so it’s not even in play here.
• The second show will follow at 9:30 p.m. Tickets went on sale Monday morning (this week) and were 50 percent sold out at 2 p.m. the same afternoon. There might be a few still available today. Or not. Check Swamp Tails Facebook page for ticket status.
• Tickets are $30 each. The room contains 29 tables at four chairs per table. That’s 116 seats available in this configuration.
• Call 625-5515 for tickets.
• Full bar and full menu available during the 90-minute show.
• Age 19 to attend and laugh; 21 to drink.
• Monthly comedy nights with known talent and performers in the mix going forward.
• Destination-quality attractions for local folks and out-of-towners covering a range of entertainment events, public and private.
Coming soon: Well-known Christian comedian, who can’t be named because, although the verbal agreement’s a done deal, the contract’s not signed. Same story for dates, times ticket info, etc. Stay tuned. Breaking news soon.
Down the road: Types of entertainment being considered for future feature nights – think of this as an exercise in free association – better still, as a brainstorming session. All options on the table, as the Pentagon says. Christian concerts, gospel concerts, Christmas musicals, teen nights, senior nights, movie nights, football games, etc. – “anything that will attract people, interest them, delight them, give them a place to go, an occasion to enjoy and remember, a place to want to come back again,” said co-owner Toby Hollier, the go-to guy for the Cypress House Theater “vision thing.” Also this: occasional plays, comedy improv, and dinner theater presentations by the local theater community.
Concept to grasp: Ticket pricing will vary substantially with the event, day of the week, dinner-included packages, and perhaps other variables.
The private option
The Cypress House is available for a range of private parties and occasions, either in a half room (up to 50) or a full room (51-75) configuration. Examples: graduation parties, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties of all kinds. Call Swamp Tails to discuss events and for weekday and weekend pricing.
The Mardi Gras thing
It’s just a glimmer in some people’s eyes at the moment, but it’s a fascinating and provocative concept. Lots of variables to consider, bases to touch. So,who knows? Just have to wait and see. For now, color it pleaser teaser.
One other thing: it’s hard to capture joy in a single booking. But if you channel comedy, music, drama, and culture in a single venue, you will have done, over time, the ineffable: captured joy – like lightning – in a bottle. Not to mention the food.