Thursday, July 31, 2008

One Size Fits All Improv opens its 2008-2009 Civic Theatre season

Looking For The Best In Entertainment On 8/9?
Find The Perfect "10": Improv Comedy At Civic Theatre!

The 2008-2009 Season:
ONE SIZE FITS ALL COMEDY IMPROV
at
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
Saturdays: August 9; October 18; January 10; February 21; April 11; and June 27

Saturday, August 9 @ 8:00 p.m.
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
5th & North Streets-Downtown
765-423-PLAY
Tickets: $4.00 At The Door (cheap), Evening Of The Performance or
In Advance By Phone!
Outrageously & Ridiculously Funny Entertainment!
~Greater Lafayette's Longest Running Comedy Show Ever~

ONE SIZE FITS ALL COMEDY IMPROV:
TWO GREAT CITIES, ONE GREAT IMPROV TROUPE !

Come see Lafayette/West Lafayette's own Comedy Improv Troupe battle it out for laughs and prizes! Two teams flex their comedic muscle for laughs as they make up scenes, games, and songs right on the spot based on audience suggestions. You vote for the winners, an MC calls the plays, prizes are awarded, and you might even get pulled up on stage!
Dang! We're Funny!One Size Fits All Improv: Your Friendly Neighborhood Improv Troupe!
www.OneSizeFitsAllImprov.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for Honky Tonk Angels

Dates & Time: Sunday, August 3 and Monday
August 4, 2008,
both nights 7 pm - 9 pm

Location: Historic Monon Depot Theatre

Audition Notes: All auditioning are asked to prepare
a song not from the show and be prepared
to read from the script. Scripts are
available for checkout at the office.
Accompaniment will be provided.

Performances: September 12-28, 2008

Stage Direction by:

Bob Mindrum


Auditions for Proof
Dates & Time: Sunday, September 14, 7:00 PM

Monday, September 15, 7:00 PM



Location:
Historic Monon Depot Theatre


Audition Notes:



Auditioners should be prepared to
read from the script. Copies of the script
are available for checkout from the office.


Director Mark Allen Carter is searching for...
1 female age 25-30
(A troubled young woman)
1 female age 30-40
(Her estranged sister)
1 male age 25-30
(a former student)
1 male age 50-65
(a brilliant but unstable mathematician


Performances: November 7 - 23, 2008

Stage Direction by: Mark Allen Carter

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A whole lot of people

With last nights rocking crowd of 1,278, High School Musical has become the highest selling Civic Under the Stars show ever. Also if we have a little more than 1,000 attendees tonight, the production will pass Annie as the most attended show in the 15 years we have been keeping detailed records.

I am thrilled that we are having so many people come out to see the show. Sure it is good for the bottom line at Civic to sell so many ticket, but quite frankly our bottom line is pretty healthy already, so that is not my main motivation. I am thrilled to see so many people watching live theatre, and enjoying themselves. This has been a wonderful opportunity for Civic Theatre to be introduced to a whole bunch of new people. And what a fine introduction it has been.

One more show, tonight at 8:00 PM. The weather looks a little worrisome, but not enough to dampen my spirits. If you have not seen the show yet, please come out tonight.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

High School Musical - week 2

Tonight we trek out to the Amphitheatre once again for a brush up rehearsal. After weeks of 5 day a week rehearsals, not to mentions 8 days straight without a day off, the cast and crew of HSM have not done the show since Sunday. Luckily for the audiences coming out tomorrow and Saturday we have a brush up tonight, so all those "what was I supposed to do now" moments that always seem to happen after several days off will be taken care of and the audiences will enjoy a top notch performance.

So many people have come up to me this past week to congratulate Civic Theatre on a successful production. Several people have acted almost shocked that they liked the show so much. It is fairly well established that the book (that is the script for a musical) is not the strongest ever written. That being said though several people have expressed to me that not only does this fine cast get beyond the limitations of the book, the show is wonderful.

There are still tickets available for this weekends shows, and the weather looks clear, so we are all set.
I hope to see many of you at the theatre this weekend.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

The show must go on...

And it will, just not until tomorrow night. We checked the radar at 7 PM and saw the mounting storm crossing the Indiana border. It was decided at that time for the safety of the patrons, volunteers and staff it was best to use our rain day and cancel the show.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night at the Amphitheatre. Check the latest on the WLFI weather page and you will see that we are expecting a beautiful evening tomorrow night.

Civic Under The Stars - Weather

Due to the unpredictable nature of Indiana storms in July, we will NOT cancel any performances of Civic Under the Stars any earlier than 7:30 PM on the night of the performance. Every effort will be made to do the show; however the safety of our patrons and volunteers is our top concern.


If a performance is canceled the Sunday of that weekend will serve as a rain day. Showtime will be 8:00 PM. Your ticket can be used for that performance. If you are unable to attend the Sunday performance you may exchange your ticket for another performance, but you must make the exchange. You can call the office 765-423-PLAY (7529) to arrange for an exchange. You can also come to the office at 313 North 5th Street. We are open Monday - Friday 10 AM - 4 PM.


The message on the office phone will be changed to give updated information in the case of cancellation. We will also contact local news agencies, WLFI and the Journal and Courier.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Sell Out?


Good morning,

Things are pretty busy here in the office right now. Thanks in no small part to some great coverage in todays Journal and Courier here, we are experiencing incredibly strong sales today. We have sold close to 100 tickets today in the first hour alone.

We will guarantee that there will be at least some tickets at the door tonight, but not many.

Also, the on-line ticket sales here will only be available through noon today, so to take advantage of this option, you'll have to act quickly.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

WLFI spot for Disney's High School Musical


This wonderful spot, produced by the talented people at WLFI, has been running all week long and making quite a positive impact on ticket sales. The photos are from rehearsals at Market Square, where we have a generously donated space. The photos were taken by the very talented Kris Kazmierczak, who is also the sound assistant on the show.

More than 800 tickets are sold for opening night, they are going FAST.

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Gabriella Montez.

Gabriella Montez has moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in time to start the second semester of the school year at East High School. She finds herself immediately pulled into the clique of smart kids, but has a strong interest in auditioning for Juliet and Romeo, the school musical.

Gabriella is played by Issa Shinn in Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical.

"At the beginning of the show, Gabriella is very shy. Troy Bolton helps her open up. She becomes more confident in herself and her singing,” Issa explained.

She was a fan of the movie and auditioned for the production because she thought it would be a lot of fun to act in it. She said it’s been great so far.

“The audience will be impressed with the work that’s been done: the singing and dancing, the set, the costumes, the lights, the props. There’s been a lot of work put into it,” Issa said.

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Troy Bolton.

Troy Bolton is the playmaker of the East High School Wildcats basketball team and the son of the head coach. He also has a secret passion for singing that he doesn’t think his friends or teammates will understand.

Troy is played by Cody Butcher in Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical.

"Troy starts as kind of quiet, and he’s got a secret: He wants to be in the musical. The climax is when he blows up at his dad and says, ‘You know what? I’m going to audition, I don’t care what you say.’ Troy's dad wants Troy to live out the goals he had as a teenager: to be a star basketball player. Troy's dad is living through Troy. But Troy breaks out of that and becomes his own person,” Cody explained.

He has enjoyed being able to bond with the other actors in the cast; they created a social committee and held theme days during the rehearsals.

“One of the highlights is that I get along with absolutely everyone. Everyone is so nice, and we’re having fun together,” he explained.

He concluded by describing what audiences will experience during the shows.

"They will see a lot of amazing dancing — I've been really impressed by the choreography — and some great singing and acting,” Cody said.

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Why High School Musical?


Below is a letter written for the most recent news letter. I would love to hear other reactions. The fact is that this show is shaping up to be the best selling show of Civic Under The Stars history, but that is not why we decided to produce it.

Go ahead and read the letter, and let us know what you think about the show, the choice, everything.

I have been amazed to watch the different reactions people have had to our announcement several months ago that we would be doing Disney’s High School Musical. The largest response has been one of excitement and joy, strong early tickets sales echo that excitement. Then there is the other extreme, some people have had an almost physically negative reaction to the announcement. This reaction has puzzled me.

I understand that the show may not be for everyone, but then what show is? We do our best to balance every season, some musicals, some comedies, a classic and at least one drama. This is not an equation that we plug shows into, but a goal. the fact is you cannot please all the people all the time.

What HSM does though is open new doors. In the cast of HSM (42 cast members) there are several Civic newcomers. HSM has been called the “Grease of the new Millennium.” That does not mean that there will be a reality TV show to cast the next Troy and Gabriella…okay there is something like that in the works, but that is not the point. Grease brought a generation of young people into theatre. Young people who fell in love with Danny and Sandy flocked to the theatre, and a whole generation of theatre goers was created. By bringing the this hit TV movie to the stage, Disney has done the same thing, on an even larger scale. The massive popularity of HSM was immediately evident when we announced the show. For the first month we received daily calls asking when auditions where and when tickets would go on sale. In the first month of ticket sales we have sold more than ¼ of the available tickets, usually we would not hit that number until a few days before opening.

All that aside, the show is hot because it is good. It addresses universal themes and feelings, the story is well crafted, the music is good, all in all the show is just wonderful.

So, please, come and join us this summer. We are looking forward to several new patrons, and a wonderful time at the Amphitheatre. Tickets are selling fast, don’t forget that you can now purchase tickets 24 hours a day at www.lafayettecivic.org. Or of course you can still call the box office at 765-423-PLAY (7529). We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.


By the way, ticket sales are going very strong, to order tickets call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit our website www.lafayettecivic.org

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. The crew.

Before profiling the actors who play the leads in Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical, it's time to thank the volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make the production possible. Without their work, the performances would not be possible.

Director: Laurie Russell
Music Director: John Satterfield
Orchestra: Kyle Anderson, Justin Christian, Jane Ritter, David Strand, Kyle Turco and Nick Willis
Choreographers: Melanie Buchanan, Shanna Daly and Paul X. Rutz
Stage Manager: Julia Colby
Producer: Steve Martin

Light Designer: Chris Purpura
Light Board Operator: Beth Grimes
Spotlight Operators: Jacob Richardson and Lauren Long

Set Designer: Lynie Stepp
Master Carpenters: Dave Lahr and Tom Moran
Construction Crew: Brandon Bass, Kevin Colby, Ted Hingst, Rod McDanel, Steve Scherer, Larry Sommers, Greg Terry, Dan Tollefson and several others

Paint Crew: Renee Cason, Dana Crockett, Laurie Russell, Steve Scherer, the cast and several others

Costume Designer: Bob Sauers
Costume Crew: Renee Cason

Sound Designer and Sound Board Operator: Steve Koehler
Sound Assistant: Kris Kazmierczak

Props Designer: Cindy Modlin-Adams
Props Crew: Todd Bess, Tonya Bess, Marjie Gold-Vukson and Micheal Gold-Vukson

Backstage Manager: Janet Mauck
Backstage Crew: Lora Adams, Paul Gilbert and James Jewell

Photographer: Kris Kazmierczak

Audition Pianists: Shellie Johnston, Jae Kellogg and Eric Van Cleave
Audition Assistants: Renee Cason, Johanna Gelfand, Linda Polk, Marisa Simmons and Amy Van Epps

The production team members and crew members won't be onstage to receive the audience's applause at the end of each show, but all of them feel a graet sense of accomplishment in being an integral part of the production.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Sharpay Evans.

President of the Drama Club. Boss over brother Ryan. Admirer of Troy Bolton, basketball captain. And the "star" of East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's Sharpay Evans, and you're not.

Sharpay is played by Lisa Stanforth in Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical.

"Sharpay is the drama queen — literally and figuratively — at the school. She definitely rules the Drama Club, but she thinks she rules the school too. She has her sights set on what she wants, and she'll stop at nothing to get them. She wants the lead in the upcoming school musical, Juliet and Romeo, which she always gets, and Troy Bolton. And she's having trouble with both because of the new girl in school, Gabriella Montez," Lisa said.

Lisa finished by explaining why she decided to audition for the show.

"I really enjoy singing and dancing, but I hadn't had the chance to do either for about a year. I also really like High School Musical; I thought it was a fun movie when I saw it. That motived me to audition," she said.

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Ryan Evans.

Ryan Evans is vice president of the East High Scool Drama Club, second in command only to his fraternal twin, Sharpay. Ryan is played by David Downing in Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical.

David explained that Ryan is a classic example of a person who needs to belong, in this case with the Drama Club clique and, by extension, his sister.

"Ryan enjoys and loves Sharpay, but gets very irritated by her. She has moments of sincerity and he wants to have a moment of bonding, but she shuts the door. He always seems to be left out in the cold," David said.

"He's really trying to find his own voice. He's tired of being in Sharpay's shadow; he wants to make a name for himself not only in the theatre, but also among the student body. He wants to show that he has his own voice, views and personality.'"

David concluded by describing what the audience will experience at the performances.

"The audience will see what the word 'fabulous' means. The show is full of energy; all of the people working on stage and off have put in countless hours of work. The cast is excited to put on the show: The audience will be able to tell that through our singing, dancing and acting. We all have a great time performing and there some exciting features. People who are fans of High School Musical will see some new things, but they'll also hear their favorite songs like 'Status Quo' and 'We're All In This Together.'"

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.

Monday, July 7, 2008

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Taylor McKessie.

Taylor McKessie is one of the smartest students at East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico; she's even nicknamed "Learning Curve." She's played by Christy Indiano in Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical.

"At the beginning, she's a brainiac. Her goal is to get Gabriella Montez, the new student, to join the Science Decathlon team and will do whatever it takes," Christy said.

Christy explained why she auditioned for the show and what the audience will see at the Civic Theatre production.

"I love Disney; I've seen High School Musical 100 million times. The audience will have a great time and they'll really enjoy themselves," she said.

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Chad Danforth.

Chad Danforth is one of the basketball players at East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He's played by Landon Scott in Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical.

"Chad is really interested in basketball and has been Troy Bolton's best friend forever. At the beginning of the show, Chad is ready for the big basketball game. Then Troy begins showing an interest in the school musical, and Chad says that Troy can't be part of the musical. But as a good friend does, he supports Troy at the end," Landon said.

"My favorite scene is 'Counting on You.' The team is getting in Troy's face, saying, 'This is your game. Without you, we're nothing.' It's really fun to dance," Landon said.

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Ms. Darbus.

In Civic Theatre's production of Disney's High School Musical, the students at East High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have many teachers who are passionate about their craft, although none moreso, perhaps, than Ms. Darbus, the theatre teacher.

M. Fernandez, who plays the role, said, "She has a passion for the theater and takes her job seriously, although she can be flamboyant at times. Over time, she realizes that anyone from any of the cliques in the school can be talented in different things."

When asked if that reflects one of the themes of the show, that no one is one-dimensional, M. agreed wholeheartedly.

M. concluded by explaining what the audience will see when they watch the Civic Theatre production of Disney's High School Musical.

"They will see more than 40 of the most talented actors and actresses, most of whom are teenagers or in their early 20s, in Lafayette, West Lafayette and the surrounding area. These actors and dancers are excellent," M said.

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In The Wings: Disney's High School Musical. Meet Coach Bolton.

Coach Bolton is the antagonist in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Disney's High School Musical according to Steve Scherer, who plays the part.

"He wants his son focused on just athletics, but there's more to life than that. You have this well-rounded kid in his son, Troy, and Coach Bolton discovers that just a little later than Troy discovers it," Steve said.

He auditioned for the show because he likes to be around young people, saying they make him feel young. He also likes the inherent message of the show.

"These kids at East High School get along, and I think that's true with this entire generation. And this cast has gotten along really well together. They have theme days and theme parties; it has been really fun to be around this group," he said.

Disney's High School Musical will be performed July 11-12, 18-19, 2008 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, located on State Road 43 North. For more information about the show, ticket availability and performance times, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit www.lafcivic.org.