Monday, September 29, 2008

In the Wings: Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories. Meet Elsie.

Sarah Weaver

Sarah Weaver plays Elsie in the Civic Youth Theatre production of Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories, the first show in the 2008-2009 CYT season. Elsie, Rudyard's daughter, has suffered a great loss. Sarah said the play is about Elsie recovering from the loss with the help of her friends, who act out several of Kipling's famous tales.

"I was in the CYT Summer Camp that put on The Pirates of Penzance. It was the first Civic show I had performed in and I had a lot of fun. I knew other people who were auditioning for this, and I thought it would be really fun to audition for a Civic play," Sarah said.

Sarah concluded by explaining why people should come to a performance of the play.

"There is a lot of effort going into this production. We are going to put on a good, entertaining play that the public will like," she said.

Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories opens Friday, October 10, and runs through Sunday, October 12. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m.; the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, tickets for youth are $5. To learn more about the production or ticket availability, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Friday, September 26, 2008

In the Wings: Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories. Meet the Director.

Brent "Panda" Stedman

Brent "Panda" Stedman directs Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories, the first production of the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre season. He previously directed the Civic Youth Theatre production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in October 2007.

Panda wanted to direct the production because he said the script has a lot of potential. He also said he has enjoyed the challenge of bringing it to the stage. He has cast several actors and actresses who had not previously performed in Civic Youth Theatre productions and has encouraged them to personalize their roles.

"The actors have inserted a few of their real-life quirks in their performances. They are going to do very well in front of an audience," Panda said. "The characters will be adorable, but the actors will be able to portray the powerful emotions in the script."

Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories opens Friday, October 10, and runs through Sunday, October 12, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 p.m.; the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets went on sale August 1. Tickets for adults are $10, $5 for youth. To learn more about the production or ticket availability, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Announcing the cast of Proof

The second production of the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette 2008-2009 Mainstage Season is Proof, written by David Auburn. It won several awards, including the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play. Director Mark Allen Carter has announced the cast:

  • Catherine -- Julia Colby
  • Robert -- Arliss Jeffries
  • Hal -- Alan Hertz
  • Claire -- Haley Samuelson-Couchman
The production opens Friday, November 7, and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, November 23. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Individual tickets went on sale August 1. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about the production, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The cast and crew of Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories

The cast of Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories, the first production in the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre season, has been announced. It includes:

  • Lizzie – Grace Morman
  • Agnes – Maria Guido
  • Teddy – Patrick Hallett
  • Faith – Maggie Furtner
  • Peter – Cody Walker
  • Bert – Nathan Keiller
  • Girard – Max Curtis
  • Elsie – Sarah Weaver
  • Postman – Riley Anderson
The script is adapted by Joseph Robinette.

The crew for Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories has also been announced. It includes:

  • Hannah Anderson
  • Taylor Bundy
  • Agustina de la Fuentis
  • Annie Furtner
  • Beatrice Masters
  • Hannah Morman
  • Neha Ramani

Brent Stedman directs the production, which brings some of Rudyard Kipling's most beloved stories to life. It runs October 10, 11 and 12 at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m., while the Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m.

Learn more about the production by calling the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visiting the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fall 2008 Acting Classes from Civic Youth Theatre

Melanie R. Buchanan

Civic Youth Director Melanie R. Buchanan will be teaching four classes in the Fall 2008 Acting Classes schedule: Acting for Teenagers, Applause! Applause! Applause!, Exploring the Theatre and Improvisation for the Theatre.

Exploring the Theatre is for students in Grade 1, Grade 2 or Grade 3. Classes begin September 23 and run through October 28, with class time being 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Students will learn to take their imagination from they use in the everyday world and use it in the theatre. They will learn basic acting techniques and characterization, using skits and games. The final day of class will be a share day during which parents are invited to see the skills their child has developed during the six-week-long program.

Improvisation for the Theatre is for students in Grade 6 and above. Classes begin September 26 and continue through October 29, with class time being 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

Students will learn about improvisation as an acting technique to build characters, set up environments and think quickly on their feet. The class will conclude with a show for family and friends. This class is limited 10 students.

The cost of these classes for a Civic Friend is $60, and $65 for a Non-Member.

For more information about these classes, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Melanie comes to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette from Chicago, where she studied graduate acting at DePaul University. She has a theatre degree from Creighton University and has worked in Los Angeles. Melanie, who has lived all over the world with her family, has a wealth of experience in musical theatre, improv and acting.

Fall 2008 Acting Classes from Civic Youth Theatre

Melanie R. Buchanan

Civic Youth Director Melanie R. Buchanan will be teaching four classes in the Fall 2008 Acting Classes schedule: Acting for Teenagers, Applause! Applause! Applause!, Improvisation for the Theatre and Exploring the Theatre.

Acting for Teenagers is for students in Grade 6 and above. Classes began September 11 and run through November 20, with class time being 4:30-5:45 p.m. every Thursday.

Students in the class learn about character development and script analysis through movement, games and acting exercises. The 11-week-long program concludes with a one-act production during the evening of the last week of class.

The cost of the class for a Civic Friend is $100, and $120 for a Non-Member.

Applause! Applause! Applause! is for students in Grade 4 and Grade 5. Classes begin September 22 and continue through October 27, with class time being 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Monday.

This class focuses on character and vocal development. Students will understand the basics of acting and auditioning, preparing them for auditioning for one of the Civic Youth Theatre season productions. The class concludes with a share day during which students perform short scenes for family and friends on the last day of class.

The cost of the class for a Civic Friend is $60, and $65 for a Non-Member.

Information about Exploring the Theatre and Improvisation for the Theatre will be included in a future post.

For more information about these classes, please call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Melanie comes to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette from Chicago, where she studied graduate acting at DePaul University. She has a theatre degree from Creighton University and has worked in Los Angeles. Melanie, who has lived all over the world with her family, has a wealth of experience in musical theatre, improv and acting.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Staged Reading Series: Nickel and Dimed on Tuesday, Sept. 16

The director and cast of Nickel and Dimed in a theatrical mood.
Standing (l-r): Cameron Johnston, Laurie Russell, Steve Gooch, Melanie R. Buchanan and Denise Laussade.
Sitting (l-r): Sherri Bundy and Karen Schiler.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2008-2009 Staged Reading Series continues with Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden, adapted from Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. It will be performed at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday, September 16, at 7 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session immediately following the reading.

The script tells the story of Barbara, a journalist who travels across the United States to research the lives of the working poor, people who survive on the pay from low-wage jobs. The script dramatizes episodes of Barbara's experiences working as a waitress in Florida, a nursing home caretaker and a maid in Maine, and an associate at a large discount department store in Minnesota. Barbara undergoes the physical and emotional toll that her co-workers endure trying to survive day-by-day.

Melanie R. Buchanan directs the cast. Sherri Bundy, Steve Gooch, Cameron Johnston, Denise Laussade and Karen Schiler portray multiple roles. Laurie Russell plays Barbara.

Audience members are encouraged to pay what they can for admission. To learn more about Nickel and Dimed or the 2nd annual Staged Reading Series, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Constructing the set of Honky Tonk Angels

Steve Scherer, Larry Sommers and Bob Mindrum (l-r) construct part of the set for this season's production of Honky Tonk Angels. Thanks to Steve Scherer for the photo.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

In The Wings: Honky Tonk Angels. Meet Darlene.

Honky Tonk Angels is the first show in the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Katie Biehl plays Darlene, an 18-year-old girl whose mother has passed away. She leaves for Nashville to pursue her dream of singing music when her father ignores her and chooses to focus on his grief.

"One reason I auditioned for Honky Tonk Angels is the music. When I read the synopsis, I realized I knew and liked a lot of the songs. I'm a fan of the older style of country music, which is the style this show focuses on," Katie said.

She said another highlight of the show is the personalities of the characters.

"They are three very different people, yet they come together harmoniously," she explained.

Honky Tonk Angels opens Friday, September 12, and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 28. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8 p.m. The Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There is a performance scheduled Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. To order tickets, learn about seating or ask other questions about the show, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

In The Wings: Honky Tonk Angels. Meet Angela.

Honky Tonk Angels is the first show of the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Sara Mummey plays Angela, a character whom she says is different from other roles she has portrayed, such as ingénues in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.

"Angela is in her mid-30s, a mother of six children and lives in a double-wide trailer in Waxahachie, Texas. She is married to Bubba, who drives a beer truck for Lone Star Beer," Sara said.

Sara explained why audiences will enjoy Honky Tonk Angels.

"People will know a lot of the songs, and there are many comedic moments especially in the second act. People will be entertained and they will be able to identify with the characters," she said.

The show opens Friday, September 12, and runs consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 28, at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be an additional performance on Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15, while youth tickets cost $10 apiece.

For more information about the show, tickets or seating, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In The Wings: Honky Tonk Angels. Meet Sue Ellen.

Honky Tonk Angels is the first show in the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It tells the story of three women who travel to Nashville to pursue their singing dreams.

Cathy Russell plays Sue Ellen, whom she called a "citified country girl" working in Los Angeles.

"Sue Ellen doesn't have a great relationship with her mother and she's been divorced twice. She's tired of being harassed by her boss, so she leaves L.A. to pursue her dream of singing," Cathy said.

Cathy explained why she likes shows with small casts, like Honky Tonk Angels.

"I think it helps cast members achieve tighter harmonies and helps them get to know one another better," she said.

The show opens Friday, September 12, and runs consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 28, at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be an additional performance on Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15, while youth tickets cost $10 apiece.

For more information about the show, tickets or seating, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Monday, September 1, 2008

In The Wings: Honky Tonk Angels. Meet Bob Mindrum, the director

Honky Tonk Angels is the first show of the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. According to the Civic Theatre Web site, "In the perfect follow-up to Always ... Patsy Cline, Ted Swindley has done it again! Country classics combine with a hilarious story about three good ole gals who follow their dream to Nashville. Songs include 'Stand By Your Man,' 'Coal Miner's Daughter', '9 to 5', 'I Will Always Love You' and 'Harper Valley P.T.A.'"

Bob Mindrum directs the show, which stars Katie Biehl, Sara Mummey and Cathy Russell. Bob had this to say about Honky Tonk Angels:

"At first glance, Honky Tonk Angels is simply about good old country music, and certainly there are some real country-western classics in this show. All three of our actresses have excellent voices, their harmonies are really quite special, and I think you’ll get a big kick out of our onstage house band.

"The 'follow your dreams' theme will strike a chord with audience members. Many of the country western legends who originally wrote and/or recorded these songs came from very poor circumstances and overcame incredible challenges to achieve their stardom. Clearly, that lesson applies to more things in life than just making music.

"At another level, this show is about making theatre accessible to a broad range of audiences. With its very small cast, Honky Tonk Angels can be produced in just about any size community, and while you may not immediately associate theatre with country-western music, this show demonstrates that the two can indeed co-exist, and so we have the potential to attract a whole different audience who can then be exposed to all that Civic Theatre has to offer. So come check out the show. You don’t have to wear a cowboy hat, boots and an oversized belt buckle, but then again, it wouldn’t hurt," he ended with a smile.

The show opens Friday, September 12, and runs consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 28 at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be an additional performance on Thursday, September 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15, while youth tickets cost $10 apiece.

For more information about the show, tickets or seating, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).