Friday, May 30, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic MainStage Season – Crowns

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The fourth production of the 2007-2008 Civic MainStage season was Crowns by Regina Taylor, co-produced with Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center. The shows ran April 4-6, 2008, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. William P. Caise was the director, Twana Harris was the music director, Tamara Ammon-Jones was the choreographer, Lynie Stepp was the stage manager and Sally Carter was the producer.

Crowns tells the story of an African-American girl who is sent to live with her grandmother after a family tragedy. Her grandmother and other African-American women tell the girl about the importance of church hats in their lives and culture.

The cast of Crowns was:

Mother Shaw – Twana Harris
Mabel – Roxie McKee
Velma – Ashley Vance
Wanda* – Juanita Crider
Wanda* – Kim Montgomery
Jeanette – Crystal Jennings
Yolanda – Chelsea Hayes
Man – Jos Holman
Chorus – Kirby Shea Fenton, Sheena R. Mitchell, Keeanna Jessica Marie Reid, Danielle J. Roberts, Calvin Stone, Demetrius Lamont Warren

* Juanita Crider played Wanda on the April 4 and April 6 performances. Kim Montgomery played Wanda on the April 3 and April 5 performances.

The orchestra of Crowns included:

Conductor/Keyboard – Rick Russell
Bass Guitar/Djembo – William Obeng-Darko

The production team and crew of Crowns included:

Lighting Designer – Steven Koehler
Set Designer – Tabitha Gutshall
Costume Designer – Marylin Howland
Sound Designer – Kris Kazmierczak
Properties – Karen Tislow
Scenic and Hat Decorator – Anita Weston
Backstage Manager – Janet Mauck
Props Crew – Teresa Duncan
Costume Crew – Anita Weston, Karen Tislow
Construction Crew – Dan Becker, Sally Carter, Steven Koehler, Dave Lahr
Painter – Nancy Marshall
Light Board Operator – Harry Brown
Sound Board Operator – Kris Kazmierczak
Photographer -- Kris Kazmierczak

What are your memories of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s and Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center’s co-production of Crowns? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic MainStage Season – The Crucible

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The third production of the 2007-2008 Civic MainStage season was The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The shows ran February 1-17, 2008. Larry Sommers was the director, Janet Mauck was the stage manager and Steve Martin was the producer.

The Crucible tells the story of how the town of Salem, Massachusetts, falls into the clutches of hysteria and mob mentality when young girls begin accusing some of the townspeople of being witches..

The cast of The Crucible was:

Reverend Parris – Rod Dimmick
Betty Parris – Jessica Hoffmann
Tituba – Jawanna Joi Blalock
Abigail Williams – Madeleine Bien
Susanna Walcott – Mollie Westbrook
Ann Putnam – Carie Mondero
Thomas Putnam – Ralph Rohrer
Mercy Lewis – Margaret Duvall
Mary Warren – Suzie Mason
John Proctor – Ted Hingst
Rebecca Nurse – Bonnie Shoaf
Giles Corey – Robert Cox
Reverend John Hale – Kyle Bushre
Elizabeth Proctor – Tonya Bess
Francis Nurse – Brooke Anderson
Ezekial Cheever – Rod McDanel
John Willard – Steve Scherer
Judge Hathorne – Kevin Colby
Deputy Governor Danforth – Robert Spaulding
Sarah Good – Trish Peterson
Guard – Bradley Wehrle

The production team and crew of The Crucible included:

Lighting Designer – Jason Greene
Costume Designer – Susan Kisinger
Sound Designer – Kris Kazmierczak
Properties – Laurie Russell
Backstage Manager – Jack Lana
Backstage Crew – Greg Terry, Bradley Wehrle
Construction Crew – Ted Hingst, Steve Scherer, Larry Sommers
Painter – Nancy Marshall
Light Board Operator – Alan Hertz
Sound Board Operator – Eric Barlow
Photographer – Kris Kazmierczak

What are your memories of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s production of The Crucible? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic MainStage Season – Plaid Tidings

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The second production of the 2007-2008 Civic MainStage season was Plaid Tidings by Stuart Ross. The shows ran November 30-December 16, 2007. Laurie Russell was the director, Paul Addison was the musical director and Julia Colby was the stage manager.

Plaid Tidings tells the story of the return from the afterlife of the musical group The Plaids, who live out their dreams by performing their own holiday show.

The cast of Plaid Tidings was:

Sparky – Landon Scott
Smudge – Cody Butcher
Jinx – Justin Habben
Frankie – Chad Barker

The orchestra of Plaid Tidings was:

Piano – Paul Addison
Percussion – David Santogrossi
Bass – Nick Smith

The production team and crew of Plaid Tidings included:

Set Designer – Laurie Russell
Lighting Designer – Julia Colby
Costume Designer – Bob Sauers
Sound Designer – Cody Mullen
Backstage Manager – Janet Mauck
Backstage Crew – Rachel Henning, Mary Lehmkuhl, Casey Powers, Kathleen Williams
Master Carpenters – Dave Lahr, Tom Moran
Construction Crew – Dan Becker, Jack Fessler, Bob Slagel, Kevin Tait
Magic Crew – Joe Beaty, Kevin Colby, Linda Erwin, Bethany Grimes, Janet Mauck, Bailey Rosa, KV Williams
Properties – Laurie Russell
Light Board Operator – Bethany Grimes
Follow Spot Operators – Linda Erwin, Suzie Mason
Sound Board Operator – Eric Barlow
Photographer – Kris Kazmierczak

What are your memories of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s production of Plaid Tidings? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Up Next: Young Directors Project — Meet The Director And Cast Of Final Dress Rehearsal

The final production of the Civic Youth Theatre (CYT) 2007-2008 season is the Young Directors Project, in which two CYT participants cast and direct productions of one-act plays. This season’s Young Directors Project productions are Jack Frakes’ Final Dress Rehearsal directed by Michael Freels, and Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano directed by Margaret Duvall. They will be performed June 6-8 at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Michael Freels has served as an assistant director for Southwestern Middle School's production of Aladdin, Jr., but his production of Final Dress Rehearsal is the first in which he has served as director.

"I've wanted to be a director since my first few plays. I’ve seen what my directors have done, and in the back of my head I have the voice that says, ‘You can do this better. You should do this, they shouldn’t be doing this.’ I’ve always had that going on since I first began," Michael said.

He chose Final Dress Rehearsal because he "wanted to do something really outrageous with a lot of actors and things going on. I wanted to direct something that will keep the audience laughing. They will see a group of young students trying to put on a production of Cinderella. Basically it’s a giant mess; they’ll see the final dress rehearsal right before the performance and see how it doesn’t work out so great.

"Young Director's Project is a really cool opportunity because it will help me out a lot if I pursue directing. Directing Final Dress Rehearsal has been a really good experience and it’s been a lot of fun."

Taylor Bundy plays The Director in Final Dress Rehearsal.

"She yells at everyone: No one knows their lines and everything is going really bad," Taylor said.

"Rehearsals are going well for Final Dress Rehearsal. Everyone's doing pretty well learning their lines and blocking."

Grace Lazarz plays The Evil Stepmother in Final Dress Rehearsal.

"My character thinks she's a pretty good actor, but she uses a monotone voice when portraying The Evil Stepmother. There's only one time she actually acts, but the rest of the time she's pretty bad," Grace explained.

"Michael is a wonderful director and the cast is doing pretty good in rehearsals."

Annie Ellis is The Fairy Godmother in the show.

"My character loses The Fairy Godmother's wand, so throughout the play I'm trying to find it. And when I come onstage, I have something that looks really ridiculous to take its place," Annie said.

The director and cast of Final Dress Rehearsal

Up Next: Young Directors Project — Meet The Director And Cast Of The Bald Soprano

The final production of the Civic Youth Theatre (CYT) 2007-2008 season is the Young Directors Project, in which two CYT participants cast and direct productions of one-act plays. This season’s Young Directors Project productions are Jack Frakes’ Final Dress Rehearsal directed by Michael Freels, and Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano directed by Margaret Duvall. They will be performed June 6-8 at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Margaret Duvall said The Bald Soprano is about "the disintegration of the English language. The characters are middle-class, middle-aged, British, post-war characters. They are normal at the beginning, especially the main characters Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And then conversations get a little strange with the mention of a character who dies, but hasn’t died. It all collapses and at the end they’re all screaming nonsense at each other."

Margaret says The Bald Soprano is an interesting and deep script, and there are many things a director can do to mold it into a full production. She enjoys working with her fellow teenagers because she likes hearing their viewpoints, but feels comfortable in telling them what she wants and knowing that they can execute it.

Jessi Hoffman plays Mrs. Martin in The Bald Soprano.

"She starts very confused and her character doesn’t make sense at first because it’s a nonsensical scene with her husband Mr. Martin; they haven’t met before even though they’re husband and wife. She turns out to be a mediator throughout the play until the final disintegration. And then she’s mad like everyone else," Jessi said.

"Rehearsals are going very well, Margaret is doing a great job. A lot of people will like this play because it’s interesting as a script and the actors bring a lot of things to it."

Phillip Hogan plays Mr. Smith in The Bald Soprano.

"He questions everything; he likes to ponder things that we take for granted even if some of it is common sense. He’s also stubborn: His way is the only way and nothing else is acceptable. It fits well with Mrs. Smith because she’s like that too," Phillip said.

"Rehearsals have been excellent; Margaret is a fantastic director. We’ve been in shows at West Side before, and now she’s directing me and it’s a lot of fun. The show will be a lot of fun; the audience will enjoy it. It’s unique and a great experience for all of us in the cast and crew and I hope it will be for the audience as well."

The cast and director of The Bald Soprano

Internet Sales - A Strong Start

Tickets for Disney's High School Musical are now on sale to the general public. At midnight the on-line ticket sales went live, a very exciting moment for us. Within the first 1/2 hour five purchases had been made for more than 22 tickets sold. Sales have continued through the morning. The actual box office on 5th street will not open until Tuesday at 10 AM, more than 24 hours from now. This is the primary reason behind internet ticket sales, the 24 hour box office.

We would never dream of taking away the live presence in the box office, but by adding this option we feel that we will only increase our accessibility, and if all goes well, our patron base.

Welcome to the new improved Civic Theatre box office, we hope that we can continue to increase our availability and accessibility.

Tickets should go pretty quickly this summer so do not hesitate, buy your tickets now. Follow the link to the right to Tix.com and purchase your tickets today.

Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day.

Steve

Friday, May 23, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic MainStage Season – Steel Magnolias

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.


The first production for the 2007-2008 Civic MainStage season was Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. The shows ran September 14-30, 2007. Mark Allen Carter was the director, Kyle Bushre was assistant director, Steve Martin and Susan Graham were co-producers and Bailey Rosa was the stage manager.


Steel Magnolias tells the story of the friendship of six women who spend time at Truvy’s Beauty Shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana, as they face humorous and tragic moments together.


The cast of Steel Magnolias was:


Truvy Jones – Brenda Combs
Annelle Dupuy – Samantha Hoover
Shelby Eatenton Latcherie – Julia Colby
Clairee Belcher – Alice Schwind
M’Lynn Eatenton – Thea Strand
Ouiser Boudreaux – Laurie Russell

The production team and crew included:


Set Designer – John David Collier
Lighting Designer – Geoff Gooch
Costume Designer – Lora Adams
Sound Designer – Cody Mullen
Backstage Managers – Matt Carter, Janet Mauck
Master Carpenter – David Santogrossi
Construction Crew – Matthew Aiken, Ross Aiken, Dan Becker, Jack Fessler, Janet Mauck, Greg Terry, Randy Thompson, Amy Van Epps
Set Painters – Liz Petrasovic, Dana Crockett, John David Collier, Marcy Jasmund, Cindy Modlin Adams
Set Dressers – Linda Polk, Steven Chaffee, Phyllis Rush
Properties Crew – Karen Tislow, Vicki Bower, Teresa Duncan, Pam Locker
Light Board Operator – Bethany Grimes
Sound Board Operator – Daniel Smith
Costume Crew – Diana Aveline
Callboard – Sherry Capano, Marion Vruggink
Photographer – Kris Kazmierczak

What are your memories from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s production of Steel Magnolias? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic Youth Theatre – How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The third production for the 2007-2008 Civic Youth Theatre season was How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up, with book by Delia Ephron, John Forster and Judith Kahan, music and lyrics by John Forster. The shows ran April 18-20, 2008. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell directed, Jessica Hoffmann was the assistant director and Shellie Johnson was the music director

The musical is a series of vignettes in which the cast tells the audience about the special rules of childhood, including “How to Stay Home from School,” “How to Beg for a Dog,” “How to Deal with Injustice,” and “How to Brag.”

The cast of How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up was:

Corey – Nathan Keiller
Rachel – Amanda Walker
Arlene – Madison VanFossen
John – Alex Spector
Christy – Annie Ellis
Kimberly – Sydney Cason
Andy – Jordan Friend
Brenda – Abby Hummels
Rebecca – Hannah Lazarz
George – Justin Habben
Sunshine – Madison Anarumo
Ricky – Rani Iyer
Billy – Maria Guido
Paula – Elena Escudero
Darla – Taylor Bundy

The orchestra included:

Keyboard – Shellie Johnson
Guitar – Kyle Turco

The production team and crew included:

Sound Designer – Kris Kazmierczak
Lightboard Operator – Brian Carless
Follow Spot Operators – Casey Powers, Emily Hummels
Props – Isaiah Hale
Backstage Manager – Becky Bruni
Backstage Crew – Erica Gibson, Isaiah Hale

What are your memories of the Civic Youth Theatre production of How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

On-Line Ticket Sales

You might notice a new link on the side. The link will bring you to Tix.com, the new home of Civic Theatre's box office. This will, among many other things, allow us to sell tickets on-line for the first time.

From my first day two years ago we have been working on creating a new box office system. Currently everything is done with paper. It has worked fine for several years, Bob takes the money and gives the tickets, simple. The problems are that we are unable to sell tickets outside of office hours, we have no way to know who is coming to the show, how many tickets have been picked up and several more daunting issues that I will not bore you with in this post.

On the outside there will be very little change. You can still call or come to the office to get tickets. You can still order your season tickets through the mail, and you will still be able to chat with Bob when you do so. We are adding services, pure and simple.

You can go to the site now and purchase your season tickets, but High School Musical will have to wait, Monday, May 26th at 12:01 am, the hottest ticket of the summer will go on-sale.

See you at the theatre.

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic Youth Theatre – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The second production of the 2007-2008 Civic Youth Theatre season was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing based on the book by Judy Blume, adapted by Bruce Mason. The shows ran February 29-March 2, 2008. Brent Wick directed, Cameron Johnston was the assistant director, Melanie R. Buchanan produced and Christine Furtner was the stage manager.

The play tells the story of Peter Hatcher, whose life is complicated by his younger brother, nicknamed Fudge. Whether he’s playing with friends, working on a school project or simply minding his own business, Peter’s wants and needs always seem to take a back seat’s to Fudge’s.

The cast of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was:

Peter – Nathan Keiller
Mom – Riley Gray
Dad – Brian Carless
Fudge – Graham Cason
Mr. Yarby – Bryce Robinson
Mrs. Yarby – Jenny Furtner
Jimmy Fargo – Ben Beeks
Sheila Tubman – Becky Bruni
Jennie – Tori Rosa
Ralphie – Aaron Brehm
Sam – Daniel Hallett
Nurse – Grace Lazarz
Dr. Brown – Jade Doty
Janet – Taylor Bundy
Secretary – Madison VanFossen
First Mother – Regan Guehn
Second Mother – Sydney Cason
Mariah – Riley Anderson
Mr. Vincent – Caleb Sommers
Mr. Denberg – Isaiah Hale
Cameraperson – Katie McLennan
1st Ambulance Driver – Maria Guido
2nd Ambulance Driver – Katie Martin
Dr. Cone – Shelby Mayfield

The production team and crew included:

Sound Designer – Michael Freels
Soundboard Operator – Beatrice Masters
Lightboard Operator – Michael Frye
Follow Spot Operators – Anna Alexander, Chedae Gilliam
Backstage Manager – Abby Bien
Backstage Crew – Alex Spector, Augustina de la Fuente

What are your memories of the Civic Youth Theatre production of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Civic Under the Stars: Disney's High School Musical -- The Cast

The cast for Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Disney's High School Musical is:

Troy Bolton — Cody Butcher
Chad Danforth — Landon Scott
Ryan Evans – David Downing
Zeke Baylor — Jordan Buck
Jack Scott – Pete Weldy
Mongo/Jock — Joe Sato
Ripper/Jock — Kyler Breed
Jason/Jock — Ryan Habben
Jock — Austin Golden
Jock – Dejuan Jackson
James/Company — Justin Habben
Alan/Company — Jordan Friend
Kratnoff/Company — Thua Ly-Pham

Gabriella Montez — Clarissa Shinn
Sharpay Evans – Lisa Stanforth
Taylor McKessie — Christy Indiano
Kelsi Neilson — Katie Watson
Martha Cox — Kristen Moore
Cathy/Company — Jawanna Blalock
Cyndra/Company — Adrienne Scott
Susan/Company — Caitlin Cotten
Performing Arts Kid #1 – Nicki Eberle
Performing Arts Kid #2 — Paige Logan
Performing Arts Kid #3 — Sydney Cason

Coach Bolton — Steve Scherer
Ms. Darbus — M. Fernandez

Company — Connie Baltzell, Paige Boyer, Amy Chen, Danica Craig, Shawn Dildine, Taylor Doll, Melanie Gunaratha, Jordan Hainje, Lindsey Keiser, Olivia Lockwood, Stefanie Patterson, Joanna Patterson, Mercedes Pritchett, Alex Sato, Molly Scherer, Brittany Shelmon, Selena Willett


Disney's High School Musical will be performed at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater on July 11, 12, 18 and 19. Tickets go on sale May 26. For more information visit lafcivic.org and click on the "Civic Under the Stars" link on the right-hand column.

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic Youth Theatre – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The first production for the 2007-2008 Civic Youth Theatre season was a twin bill of The Monkey’s Paw and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The shows ran October 19-31, 2007. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is based on the story by Washington Irving, adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller. Brent “Panda” Stedman directed, Kevin Barlow was the assistant director and Melanie R. Buchanan produced.

The one-act play tells the story of Icabod Crane, who moves to the rustic glen of Sleepy Hollow, New York, and makes an instant enemy in Brom Bones. Icabod faces the ultimate nightmare when he is confronted by a headless horseman on a quiet path late one night.

In his director’s note for the program, Brent “Panda” Stedman wrote, “This was a wonderful experience, and I am very honored to be directing this play. I only wish that we had more time so that this experience would not be over so soon.”

The cast of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was:

Icabod Crane – Bryce Robinson
Brom Bones – Shawn Casseday
Katrina – Christine Furtner
Washington – Taylor Bundy
Judith – Grace Lazarz
Charlotte – Jenny Furtner
Irving – Isaiah Hale
Peter – Nathan Keiller

The production team and crew included:

Costume Designers – Sydney Cason, Nicki Eberle
Properties – Jennifer Beaver, Connor Beaver
Lightboard Operator – Anna Alexander
Soundboud Operator – Caleb Sommers
Follow Spot Operator – Abbee Westbrook
Backstage Manager – Alexa Wisma

What are your memories of the Civic Youth Theatre production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Monday, May 19, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic Youth Theatre – The Monkey’s Paw

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The first production of the 2007-2008 Civic Youth Theatre season was a twin bill of The Monkey’s Paw and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The shows ran October 19-31, 2007. The Monkey’s Paw is based on the story by W.W. Jacobs, adapted by Louis N. Parker. Kyle Bushre directed, Melanie R. Buchanan produced and Matthew Carter was the stage manager.

The one-act play tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. White, who learn one night about a mysterious monkey’s paw that grants wishes. They come into possession of the paw, but when they make a wish for money it comes true in a tragic twist.

In his director’s note for the program, Kyle Bushre wrote, “When I was little, my Aunt Billie would take my brother and me camping every summer. And every summer, Aunt Billie would tell us some new ghost story that would keep me awake through the night. No story robbed sleep from me quite like The Monkey’s Paw.”

The cast of The Monkey’s Paw was:

Mr. White – Kevin Barlow
Mrs. White – Jessi Hoffmann
Herbert – Asher Trout
Sergeant – Cody Walker
Sampson – Bryce Robinson

The production team and crew included:

Costume Designers – Sydney Cason, Nicki Eberle
Properties – Jennifer Beaver, Connor Beaver
Lightboard Operator – Anna Alexander
Soundboud Operator – Caleb Sommers
Follow Spot Operator – Abbee Westbrook
Backstage Manager – Alexa Wisma

What are your memories of the Civic Youth Theatre production of The Monkey’s Paw? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic Under the Stars – The Fantasticks

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The second production of the 2007-2008 Civic Under the Stars season was The Fantasticks, with music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones. The shows ran July 20-22, 2007. Bob Mindrum directed, Lisa Tally was the music director, Cathy Russell choreographed, Sonya Basaran produced and Rachel Bundy was the stage manager.

The musical tells the story of two romantic young people, Luisa and Matt, and their romance as it begins idealistic and perhaps naïve. Encouraged by their parents, Bellomy and Hucklebee, the young couple come together. Their love turns to deeper, more genuine feelings following a run-in with El Gallo and his cohorts, Henry and Mortimer. Much of the setting and theatricality of the show is provided by The Mute.

In his director’s note for the program, Bob Mindrum wrote, “The secret to this show’s longevity and success is simplicity. With a small cast and minimal staging, there is little to distract you from the basic story of love, innocence, growing older and growing wiser. The music is lush, and the script is well written with more than a touch of poetry.


“Whether you are young and still looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, somewhat older with just a touch of cynicism, or even a jaded survivor of life and love, there is something for everyone in this delightful musical.”

The cast of The Fantasticks was:

El Gallo – Perry Kirkham
Luisa – Sara Mummey
Matt – Matt Mindrum
Hucklebee – Martin Fernandez
Bellomy – Larry Sommers
Henry – Dean Murray Hunter
Mortimer – Dan Becker
The Mute – Cathy Russell

The orchestra included:

Keyboards – Lisa Tally
Drums – David Santogrossi
Harp – Jay Miller

The production team and crew included:

Light Designer -- Chris Purpura
Light Board Operator -- Ben Capano
Follow Spot Operators -- Julia Colby, Suzie Mason
Sound Designer/Engineer -- Steven Koehler
Costume Designer -- Aurelia Vanderkolk
Properties Designer -- Anne Tally
Backstage Crew -- Ben Basaran, Janet Mauck
Carpenters -- Steve Scherer, Larry Sommers
Photographer -- Kris Kazmierczak
House And Concessions Manager -- Linda Thinnes


What are your memories of the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette production of The Fantasticks? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic Under the Stars – Jesus Christ Superstar

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The first production for the 2007-2008 Civic Under the Stars season was Jesus Christ Superstar, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The shows ran July 13-15, 2007. Kate Walker directed and choreographed, David Strand was the music director, Emily Glavash was choral director, Thea Strand produced and Kathy Bruni was stage manager.

The musical presents the last weeks of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. It also tells the story of Judas Iscariot, who questions whether Jesus Christ is divine or just an ordinary man.

In her director’s note for the program, Kate Walker wrote, “Since its release in the early 1970s, productions of Jesus Christ Superstar have been labeled many things, including 'ground-breaking,' 'blasphemous,' 'overly sympathetic to Judas' and 'irreverent.' But the words that come to my mind are 'honest,' 'gritty,' 'human,' 'real,' 'rockin’ and 'authentic.' I happen to love that Superstar presents Christ, the Apostles and the Authorities in all of their human frailty.”

The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar was:

Jesus of Nazareth – Ryan Wellner
Judas Iscariot – Justice Fuller
Mary Magdalene – Mackenzie Davis
Peter – Steve Scherer
James (brother of John) – Jason Overmyer
Simon Zealotes – Aaron Strand
Thadeus – Joey Lynn Foster
Thomas – Zach Roberts
Phillip – Thua Ly-Pham
Matthew – Kim Vruggink
Bartholomew – Clarissa Shinn
Andrew – Andrew Forisha
James (the lesser) – Miles Gresham-Miller
John – Drew Johnson
Caiphas – Don Gresham
Annas – Jesse Janowiak
1st Priest – Ralph Rohrer
2nd Priest – Joel Good
3rd Priest – John Morphew
Pontius Pilate – Craig Lafuse
Herod – John Satterfield
Herod Girls/Soul Girls/Temptresses – Aubrey Brutus, Rachel McKee, Allison Russell, Stefanie Patterson, Liz Bruni
Company – Ellen Good, Stephanie Dana, Joyce Gordon, Jennifer Dobbs, Zach Zaunbrecher, Peg Black, Micki Eberle, Samantha Brickler, Nikki Koester, Elizabeth Yoder, Heather Davis, Rick Walker, Harry Brown
Extras – Amanda Walker, Becky Bruni, Maddie Scherer, Lisa Harker, Gary Tyner
Pit Choir – Shellie Johnson, Sarah Peterson, Marcy Miller, Cathy Shoemaker, Julie Kitchel, Barbara Tyner, Kathy Meeks, Erik Miller, Michael Owens

The orchestra included:

Rehearsal Accompanist/Keyboard – Molly J. Fuller
Keyboard – Gil Gordon
Guitar – Nelson Pelton, Eric Inman
Bass – Nick Willis
Percussion – Charlie Hamrick
Violin – Karen Isaacs, Michael Kim, Jitny McTavish, Meg Isaacs
Viola – Brook Xiao
Cello – Mark Webster, Jordan Buck
Flute/Piccolo – Rachael Snorek, Kristyn Gamble
Clarinet/Sax – Laura Ross
Oboe – Stephanie Mathis
Bassoon – Kelli Gordon
Trumpet – Rico Moser, Loyd F. Stigers
Trombone – Michael Ritchie
French Horn – Mike Munday

The production team and crew included:

Backstage Manager – Bailey Rosa
Backstage Crew – David McCullouch
Costume Designer – Lora Adams
Costume Assistant – Diana Aveline
Set Designer – John David Collier
Master Carpenters – Dave Lahr, Tom Moran
Set Construction and Painting – Steve Scherer, Rick Walker, Drew Johnson, Sherri Bundy, David Walker, Jr., Roland Winger, Civic Youth Theatre Technical Theatre Workshop campers
Properties Design – Cindy Modlin Adams
Properties Mistress – Becky Bruni
Lights – Chris Purpura
Sound – Steve Koehler
Tap Choreographer – Melanie R. Buchanan
House Manager and Concessions Manager – Linda Thinnes

What are your memories from the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette production of Jesus Christ Superstar? Share them your thoughts by leaving a comment, and let's discuss!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Great Review for The Odd Couple

Dick Jaeger wrote a glowing review for our current production of The Odd Couple.

"Civic's Odd Couple is a Sure Hit", headlines don't get much better than that. The review continues: "Her crowning glory was the choice of a cast that was in a word, brilliant" and "Mark Allen Carter and Allen Banning are brilliant as Oscar and Felix." and much more. Click here to read the full review from the Journal And Courier, May 16, 2008.

This weekend is very close to sold out, but the show continues for another week. Call the office after Monday 10:00 am (765-423-PLAY) for next weekend. You can also call the box office starting one hour prior to curtain to see if anything has opened for the show: 765-742-8019.

Already seen this wonderful production? Well leave us a comment, let us know what you thought.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In The Wings: Young Directors Project. Cast For The Bald Soprano

The final production of Civic Youth Theatre's 2007-2008 season is the Young Directors Project in which CYT participants cast and direct a script for a full production. This year's scripts are Final Dress Rehearsal by Jack Frakes and The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco.

The cast for The Bald Soprano is:

Mrs. Martin — Jessi Hoffmann
Fire Chief — Caleb Sommers
Mrs. Smith — Madeleine Bien
Mary — Taylor Bundy
Mr. Smith — Phil Hogan
Mr. Martin — Bryce Robinson

The Young Directors Project runs June 6-8 at the Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday evening and Saturday evening shows begin at 7 p.m.; the Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon matinées begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the production or tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

In The Wings: Young Directors Project. Cast For Final Dress Rehearsal

The final production of Civic Youth Theatre's 2007-2008 season is the Young Directors Project. CYT participants cast and direct a script for a full production. This year's scripts are Final Dress Rehearsal by Jack Frakes and The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco.

The cast for Final Dress Rehearsal is:

Elder Stepsister — Regan Guehn
Cinderella — Hannah Lazarz
Stepmother — Grace Lazarz
Director — Taylor Bundy
First Stagehand — Nathan Keiller
Prompter — Becky Bruni
Younger Stepsister — Abby Bien
Authoress — Taylor Doll
Messenger Girl — Emma Falley
Stage Manager — Isaiah Hale
Second Stagehand — Tyler Reynolds
Fairy Godmother — Annie Ellis

The Young Directors Project runs June 6-8 at the Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday evening and Saturday evening shows begin at 7 p.m.; the Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon matinées begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the production or to buy tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Members of the Lonely Planet Discussion Panel

Following tonight's staged reading of Lonely Planet, there will be a panel discussion about the topic of friendship, especially between gay men. The panelists will be:

Bryan Bell, president of Pride Lafayette, Inc., and editor-in-chief of the Pride Lafayette Quarterly publication. Pride Lafayette is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the health, education and sense of community of GLBTI citizens of the Greater Lafayette area, and provide a supportive, welcoming venue for newcomers and those new to identifying their sexual orientation or gender identity.

John Metzinger, president of Citizens for Civil Rights and board secretary for Indiana Equality. Both organizations are working to expand and enhance civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens in Indiana.

Along with the panel discussion, audience members are welcome to join in a question-and-answer session with the panelists, director, actors and stage manager. Both the discussion and the Q&A session will be moderated by Civic Theatre Managing Director Steve Koehler. The staged reading begins at 7 p.m., and takes place at the Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Why I Love Lonely Planet: Staged Reading Series Preview

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette concludes its inaugural staged reading series tomorrow, Tuesday, May 13, with Steven Dietz' Lonely Planet. It will be presented at the Monon Depot Theater on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome to defray costs.

I have loved the script for Lonely Planet since I read it in an issue of American Theatre magazine at graduate school in the mid-1990s. It's a very literate script, referring to topics as wide ranging as mapmaking and the "Greenland Problem," the AIDS epidemic and its effect on the American psyche, and the absurdist theater of Eugene Ionesco. It's also a very passionate script with some of the most damning dialogue about American apathy. Additionally, the two characters — Jody and Carl — have definite points of view about the world they live in, they don't exist in a vacuum and have to respond to the world around them, which forces a lot of specificity into the dialogue; these aren't generic characters and neither is their world.

More than anything, though, I fell in love with the script because of the themes of friendship and the importance of small acts in everyday life. When I bought an anthology of gay and lesbian plays that includes Lonely Planet and read Dietz' author's note from the original 1993 production, I was shocked at how perfectly worded his thoughts on the value of friendship were. Among the craziness of the modern world, it was exhilarating to find a script that paid homage to quiet moments: a shared meal, a telephone conversation, telling a story, an embrace and more. My own thoughts mirrored his almost exactly.

Scott Haan and Corey Linkel are terrific in this staged reading as Jody and Carl — this truly is a script that actors can dig into and find layers upon layers because of the story arcs, the language and their relationship. And for that, I thank Steven Dietz for his brilliant dialogue, his subtle & fully developed plot and his sympathetic heart.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Staged Reading Series Review: A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural staged reading series comes to a close on Tuesday, May 13, with Lonely Planet, we'll do a brief overview about the previous readings this week. To date, there have been four nights of staged readings and five scripts read during the 2007-2008 season. Each was performed in the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening night for each Civic MainStage production.

Two one-act plays had their world premieres during the staged reading series. Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray was directed by John David Collier; A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan was directed by Julia Colby. They were read April 8, 2008. They were presented with Crowns.

In Scott Haan’s comedy A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth, three women meet by accident at a bar called Safe Haven and come to the conclusion they are all dating the same man: photographer Brandon Butterworth. Angry Lucy concocts a plan to trap Brandon, put him through some misery and get revenge at the same time. Ditzy Rebecca and bookish Constance agree to the plan, leading Brandon through a very bad day filled with reversals, stunning surprises and a lot of humor.

The cast for the staged reading of A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth was:

Bartender — Alan Hertz
Lucy — Bethany Grimes
Rebecca — Erin O’Connor
Constance — Windi Hornsby
Brandon — Kyle Bushre
Kenny — Dave Stoike

Staged Reading Series Review: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural staged reading series comes to a close on Tuesday, May 13, with Lonely Planet, we'll do a brief overview about the previous readings this week. To date, there have been four nights of staged readings and five scripts read during the 2007-2008 season. Each was performed in the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening night for each Civic MainStage production.

Two one-act plays had their world premieres during the staged reading series. Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray was directed by John David Collier; A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan was directed by Julia Colby. They were read April 8, 2008. They were presented with Crowns.

In Deborah Gray’s drama Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin, sisters Lucy and Tessa settle in for drinks and conversation on the balcony of Tessa’s stylish Manhattan apartment. Tessa has lived a very successful life, while Lucy hasn’t been as fortunate as she moves from one unsuccessful marriage to another. Although filled with humor, the play turns dark as Lucy blames Tessa for her problems and questions Tessa's selfish motives. In a shocking climax, Tessa reveals a horrible secret to Lucy, one that she has kept to herself for decades.

The cast for the staged reading of Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin was:

Lucy — Dixie Pederson
Tessa — Thea Strand

Opening night and High School Musical

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of The Odd Couple. Sadly it just hit me now that I should have brought a camera with me to capture the festivities, next time.

The opening night crowd at Civic Theatre is much like an opening night crowd at any other theatre I have worked with. It has its fair share of friends and family of the cast and crew, but there is also an abundance of "Friends of the theatre". In our case there are several people in attendance that were founding Board Members of the theatre, not bad considering that we incorporated way back in 1965. There are also a handful of Lifetime Achievement winners like Tom Moran for instance who also just won the Suzanne Stafford Memorial Award for an outstanding Arts volunteer in Tippecanoe County. Civic Theatre is what it is today primarily due to the hard work of thousands of volunteers over the years. Some stand outs like Tom Moran, Al and Martha Chiscon, Jim Hobbes, Jim Hanks, Alice Schwind and far to many other to mention make the the theatre not just a success, they make it like a second family.

Following the show (which was very well received of course) we had a small celebration in the lobby. Board Members Laurie Russell and Larry Sommers set up the lobby to resemble a poker party at Oscar Madison's apartment. Complete with cards, poker chips, empty beer cans, chips, dips, cookies and nasty stinky cigars. A good time was had by all, especially those who got to eat Laurie Russell's wonderful chocolate chip cookies, I had...well let's just leave it at "way too many".


The day after opening can be a let down for some. Personally I love it because it means that it is time to focus all of my energies on the next show. The auditions for Disney's High School Musical start tomorrow. Click here for a more detailed post. There are still openings. You can "walk-up" but be prepared to wait. Anyone who comes without an appointment will be seen at the earliest open spot. That could be immediately, or you could have to wait. We have close to 100 people signed up already, we could use more boys though, so please help spread the word.

Enjoy this lovely day and to all the mothers out there, have a wonderful and happy Mothers Day.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Staged Reading Series Review: Doubt: A Parable

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural staged reading series comes to a close on Tuesday, May 13, with Lonely Planet, we'll do a brief overview about the previous readings this week. To date, there have been four nights of staged readings and five scripts read during the 2007-2008 season. Each was performed in the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening night for each Civic MainStage production.

Doubt: A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley was directed by Thea Strand and read February 5, 2008. It was presented with The Crucible.

Set in a Bronx Catholic school in the early 1960s, the action of the play begins when Sister James expresses her concerns to Sister Aloysius about what she suspects is inappropriate conduct between the much-liked Father Flynn and a young male student. Sister Aloysius insists that Father Flynn confess his wrongdoing, while Father Flynn insists there was no improper contact with the boy, the only black student in the school. Sister Aloysius then speaks with Mrs. Muller, the student’s mother, who responds in an unusual way to her accusations. The finale of the script offers no substantial proof of whether Father Flynn was guilty of wrongdoing or if Sister Aloysius was incorrect in her assumptions.

While the action of the play is set in the context of clergy sexual abuse, the theme of the play is about the nature of doubt and what people do either to rid themselves of it or to promote it in others. As with the staged readings for Home of the Brave and Love Letters, a lively Q&A session followed the staged reading.

The cast for the staged reading of Doubt: A Parable was:

Sister Aloysius — Alice Schwind
Sister James — Julia Colby
Father Flynn — Alan Hertz
Mrs. Muller — Shirl Donaldson

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Up Next: The Odd Couple. Pictures of the set.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of The Odd Couple opens Friday, May 9, and runs each weekend through Sunday, May 25. Shows on Friday and Saturday begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinées begin at 2:30 p.m. To learn about the production or to purchase/inquire about tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

To whet your appetite for tonight's preview and tomorrow's opening night, here are a few photographs taken of the set for The Odd Couple. The setting is Oscar Madison's eight-room apartment in New York City, the location of his weekly poker game with Felix, Murray, Roy, Speed and Vinnie.

Director: Camilla A. Cripps
Set design: Lynie Stepp
Set decoration: Anita Weston
Props Master: Karen Tislow

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Staged Reading Series Review: Love Letters

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural staged reading series comes to a close on Tuesday, May 13, with Lonely Planet, we'll do a brief overview about the previous readings this week. To date, there have been four nights of staged readings and five scripts read during the 2007-2008 season. Each was performed in the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening night for each Civic MainStage production.

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney was directed by Alice Schwind and read December 4, 2007. It was presented with Plaid Tidings.

Love Letters is unique among the scripts in this season’s staged reading series because it was conceived by Gurney to be read aloud onstage. The actors portraying Andrew and Melissa sit at separate desks reading their scripts as though they are reading the letters they write to one another. In the script, Gurney encourages actors not to memorize their lines.

Andrew and Melissa become acquainted early in life and their first letters to one another reflect that — invitations to birthday parties, thank you letters their parents required them to write — but as they grow up, attend school, go away to college, get married, have kids and live their lives, their correspondence changes in tone as they discuss their hopes and dreams, failures, insecurities and realize that their friendship has deepened into love.

The cast for the staged reading of Love Letters was:

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III — Arliss Jeffries
Melissa Gardner — Sally Coffman

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Staged Reading Series Review: Home of the Brave

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural staged reading series comes to a close on Tuesday, May 13, with Lonely Planet, we'll do a brief overview about the previous readings this week. To date, there have been four nights of staged readings and five scripts read during the 2007-2008 season. Each was performed in the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening night for each Civic MainStage production.

Home of the Brave by Arthur Laurents was directed by Steven Koehler and read September 25, 2007. It was presented with the opening production of the 2007-2008 MainStage season, Steel Magnolias. Home of the Brave was presented in conjunction with One Great Read, which focused on James Bradley's book Flags of Our Fathers.

The action of this three-act play takes place on an island and in a hospital in the South Pacific over several weeks late in World War II. Coney is in the hospital, unable to walk after a volunteer assignment that had him and other engineers map the island in preparation for an Allied invasion. During that assignment, though, Coney's best friend in the group is killed and Coney suffers and questions why he wasn't able to help him. The script looks at the psychological after-effects of war, anti-Semitism, the nature of friendship and guilt, and more.

The cast for the staged reading of Home of the Brave was:

Capt. Harold Bitterger -- Harry E. Brown
Major Dennis Robinson, Jr. -- Kevin Colby
T.J. -- Eric Bishop
Coney -- Ryan Wellner
Finch -- Cameron Johnston
Mingo -- Brent Wick

Monday, May 5, 2008

Up Next: The Odd Couple. Some crew members.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of The Odd Couple opens Friday, May 9, and runs through Sunday, May 25, at the Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The show's director, assistant director and cast members were profiled in blog posts in mid-April, but many other Civic volunteers have worked long hours to get this production to its feet. This is by no means a comprehensive list.

Producer: Sally Carter. She has worked to find volunteers for all the production roles. She's done an amazing job, and is producing her second show in a row for Civic. She previously produced this season's production of Crowns.

Stage Manager: Janet Mauck. As stage manager, Janet runs the show every performance, prompting actors to get to places at the beginning of each act, communicating with backstage crew members about the status of the stage and props, as well as telling the sound board operator and light board operator when to run cues. This is the second production that Janet has staged managed this year, following The Crucible.

Dialogue Coach: Cicely Ward. The Pigeon sisters are English. The actresses who play them are not. Cicely Ward has made sure no one in the audience notices.

Set Designer: Lynie Stepp.
Light Designer: Bethany Grimes.
Costume Designer: Carie Mondero.
Sound Designer: Kris Kazmierczak.
Props Master: Karen Tislow. Without these five women, the actors literally would be naked on a bare space in the dark, pantomiming in silence. Having their designs work in unison with one another sets the stage (literally!) and visually and aurally informs the audience of the location of the play and the time period. Lynie, Kris and Karen are Civic veterans, while Carie is designing costumes for her first Civic show. Bethany lit the most recent Civic Youth Theatre production, How to Eat Like a Child.

Master Carpenters: Dan Becker and Amy Van Epps. These Civic veterans led the construction crew that built the set based on Lynie's designs. I have no skill with screw guns or saws, so I'm always impressed by people who can fill a once-empty stage with three-dimensional sets and literally create the world of the show.

Scenic Painter/Stage Dresser: Anita Weston. By painting the set and working with the props team to find furniture, Anita has made the world of the play look that much more realistic. Her work on The Odd Couple also suggests a lot about Oscar's personality and the effect that Felix's moving in has on it.

House Manager: Debbie Hobaugh. Debbie has been one of the house managers for Civic since my first production years ago. She recruits volunteers to serve as ushers for the show, opens the house for the audience, collects ticket stubs, brings refreshments to the lobby for the intermission and cleans the theatre after each performance.

All of these production crew members have their own groups they work with: the sound board and light board operators, the construction crew, props crew, backstage crew, dressers, ushers and more. Without the work of everyone involved, regardless of their role, The Odd Couple — and all other productions at Civic Theatre — could not be done.

To learn more about volunteering at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, visit the office on the corners of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette, or come to a show at the Monon Depot Theatre. There are volunteer forms that list various ways people can become involved; most of them being something other than acting or directing. Or call 765-423-PLAY (7529) to find out what opportunities are available for the immediate future.

To buy tickets to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of The Odd Couple and see how all this work comes together, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Odd Couple Commercial from WLFI


The Odd Couple plays May 9-25, 2008 at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre.

For Tickets call 765-423-PLAY (7529)

or visit the box office at 313 North 5th Street

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Staged Reading Play submission Guidelines

You see them here first. The official submission guidelines for the staged reading series. Every year one of the five slots will be dedicated to an original script by a local playwright. This year we had two wonderful one act plays that made for an enjoyable evening of theatre.

You could be the next t have a world premiere at Civic Theatre:

Staged Reading Submission Guidelines:

For Playwrights


Please Note: We prefer electronic queries/submissions sent to steve@lafayettecivic.org


Physical Address is:


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette

Attn: Staged Reading Committee

313 North 5th Street

Lafayette, IN 47901


Civic Theatre is a Community Theatre located in downtown Lafayette Indiana. Seating capacity is 155.


Specific Guidelines:

· Will accept query/synopsis with 5-page dialogue sample and SASE/SASP.

· Prefer full script submissions

· Musicals must submit a sample recording of music selection.

· Best Time to Submit: January – May

· Response Time: As soon as possible, all notified no later than July

· Your Chances: 1 – 2 staged readings every year, there are several submissions every year

· Contract: No royalties paid at this time

· Cast Size: 10 or less preferred

· Geographical Locations: playwright must reside in the 14 county region. Benton County, Carroll County, Cass County, Clinton County, Fountain County, Howard County, Jasper County, Montgomery County, Newton County, Pulaski County, Tippecanoe County, Tipton County, Warren County, White County


“The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.”
– Edward Albee