July 19, 2013 04:50

This weekend's highlights include a youth theatre troupe's rendition of "The Tempest," a double header from the Acadiana All-Stars and the very first Cajun Ninja Competition.

Here are some highlights of the many events taking place all weekend around Acadiana. For details on more events visit Acadiana365.com.

Acting Up (in Acadiana) presents The Tempest

Acting Up (in Acadiana) is wrapping up the eleventh season of its Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble with its production of The Tempest. The young actors of tomorrow assume the roles of monsters, nymphs, and humans stranded on an island filled with magic, mischief, and mayhem. By the end of the play, the children learn about surviving adversity, loyalty, and forgiveness through the characters they play. Performances on July 19-20 and 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, located at 101 W. Vermillion Road in downtown Lafayette. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling (337) 233-7060 or by visiting www.acadianacenterforthearts.org.

Acadiana Roller Girls present Summer School Smackdown Double Header

This Saturday, the Acadiana Roller Girls headline a roller derby double header when they present their Summer School Smackdown. The event kicks off with the first bout between the Acadiana All-Stars and the Red Stick Roller Derby followed by the Vermilionville Sirens taking on the Cowboy Capital Rollergirls. Half time entertainment will be provided by Redrum Tears. Pre-game festivities begin with the traditional BYOB tailgating starting at 4 p.m. outside the gates of Top Shelf Sports, located at 1616 Louisiana 89, in Youngsville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first bout kicking off at 6 p.m. and official after party taking place at Artmosphere. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door with children 12 and under getting in free. For ticket information visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Cajun Ninja Competition 2013

Rok Haus Climbing Gym is hosting the 2013 Cajun Ninja Competition where anyone who wishes to test his or her Ninjutsu skills in a challenging obstacle course can enter for the chance to be crowned this year's Cajun Ninja. The layout of the obstacle course itself is being kept under wraps until the day of the event, though it promises to test competitors strength, speed, flexibility and endurance. There is a $10 fee to take part in the competition, but the event is free to spectators of any race, religion, creed or fighting style.

Lafayette's first ever Cajun Ninja Competition will take place on Sunday, July 21, starting at 2 p.m., at Rok Haus Climbing Gym, located at 109 Grand Ave. Competitors must arrive at 1 p.m. to sign-in, stretch and meet their competition. For more information find the event page on Facebook, and to register visit RokHaus.com

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