Step into a realm where music and emotions intertwine to create a symphony of laughter, tears, and unforgettable moments.

Meet Lareaux Bordeaux, the charismatic retired real estate developer who has built a life of grandeur and success. But as fate would have it, his world takes a poignant turn when he's diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. This sets the stage for a journey that will touch your soul and bring you closer to the reality of a life touched by dementia.

Lareaux's story is at the heart of this remarkable dramedy, and his experiences become a mirror reflecting the challenges and triumphs of those around him. With the perfect blend of humor and heartache, the show navigates the intricate web of relationships that surround Lareaux. From his family to his loyal friends, each character brings their own unique melody to this mesmerizing production.

The seven-member cast forms an ensemble of talent that is simply unparalleled. With Lareaux at the center, they harmonize their voices and stories to create an emotional rollercoaster that resonates with audiences from all walks of life.

Original music becomes the heartstrings that tie everything together, enhancing the emotional depth of the narrative. The characters find solace and strength in the power of song. The melodies stay with you long after the final curtain call, a testament to the show's ability to touch the core of your being.

Written by  L.A. Walker and Marcia Norris, "The Wonderful World of Was" is more than just a performance; it's a movement. Through Lareaux's story, the show raises awareness about dementia and the challenges faced by both individuals living with the condition and their caregivers. It's a call for empathy, a plea for understanding, and a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.

"The Wonderful World of Was" isn't just a musical dramedy – it's a transformative experience that leaves an indelible mark on your heart and mind. Join us in celebrating life, love, and the power of music to heal and unite us all.



L.A. Walker is well-acquainted with bringing theatrical performances to various stages in Las Vegas, including theaters, churches, offices, and even a tennis court. Renowned for both writing and producing, some of her notable works include "Six No Uptown," "No Labels," "The M.A.M Show," "Jesus Saves," "Ten Minutes of Truth/Racism," and "The Strong Shoulders Awards Show." In contrast to L.A.'s previous fictional narratives, "The Wonderful World of Was" unfolds from the collective journeys of tending to her partner and the collaborative efforts of Marcia Norris, her co-writer, in the daily care of her own mother. Regrettably, L.A.'s spouse Terry passed in June 2020, a victim of complications arising from Lewy Body Dementia, all amidst the trials presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Marcia Norris is an accomplished playwright known for her captivating narratives and thought-provoking themes. With a passion for storytelling from an early age, Marcia’s plays have graced stages in Northern California, resonating with audiences through their deep exploration of human emotions and complex relationships. Her unique ability to blend humor and poignancy has earned her recognition within the theater community, as well as several prestigious acknowledgments for her exceptional contributions to the art of drama. Marcia continues to push creative boundaries, crafting stories that leave a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to experience her work.

 

Elder Demieceo Benson

Has been playing Gospel Music for over 38 years.  He is the Minister of Music over: The Gospel Music Workshop of America Silver State Chapter, Las Vegas Mass Choir, Cornerstone District COGIC, Kingdom Life COGIC and the Kingdom Builders Bible Seminary.  He is a community builder and helps many charitable organizations across the country. 

In 1986 he recorded his first original song "Worthy" with the Washington State Mass Choir.

At the young age of thirteen years old, Demieceo was blessed to have a talented Mother, Mrs. Yvonne Benson. Due to the illness of Rheumatoid arthritis that was in her body, the Lord instructed his mom to teach him two things, how to type and play the piano. In the process of teaching him those two things the Lord healed her body from that crippling ailment. This led him to be able to learn more from her as as he grew into his gifts of singing, playing, directing and writing gospel music.

 

Lynda is a native  Chicagoan and a mother of 3.   She has a doctorate in Christian Education, was a school administrator, now retired. Came to Las Vegas 10 years ago and decided this is the place to be. Lynda is the president of the Las Vegas Metro Inter Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund  and has been a supporter of the arts for many years. She played the role of Mitti Collier’s mother in the play,” I Had aTalk with God Last Night”.  Here in Las Vegas Lynda had a small role in the M.A.M. Show, an L.A. Walker production. Working as stage manager on this production has increased her love for the art of theater. Lynda shares in the motto, “A Mind is a terrible thing to waste”.  Her life has been a blessing. Thank you God!