Friday, October 31, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Photos of the set

The following photos show the set of Proof, the second production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2008-2009 Mainstage season. These photos of the unfinished set were taken in mid-October.




Proof opens Friday, November 7, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. For information about the show or to order tickets, please call Civic's office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Julia Colby.


Julia Colby portrays Catherine in the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette production of Proof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.

Julia described Catherine's background and experiences.

"Catherine chose to forego her college education in order to take care of Robert, her father," Julia explained. "She's tormented from dealing with her father's illness and her own talents in mathematics. Claire, her sister, returns after many years of being in New York to try to take care of things, and Catherine has to deal with her feelings of resentment toward Claire.

"Catherine also wonders how she'll realize her own dreams and use her talents in mathematics, especially with the cliche in the mathematics field that people older than 25 years old are intellectually past their prime. At the beginning of the play, Catherine turns 25 and she hasn't even started acting upon her talents."

Julia explained why she was interested in being involved in Proof.

"Five years ago I was 25 years old and living in Chicago," she said. "I was at a crossroads in my life, like Catherine is. A good friend of mine visited me and said, 'I'm part of this show in Springfield, Illinois. It's called Proof and you have to read the script.' We have similar taste in plays, so I agreed. We sat down to read it out loud, together. At the end of the first scene, I said, 'This is fabulous.' I asked to read through it again, and I knew then that I had to be part of this show someday."

Julia concluded by suggesting what audiences may take away from seeing a performance of Proof.

"It will challenge them to question the line between being potentially insane and being normal. It's an indistinct line. They'll see that sometimes in Catherine, and a little bit in all the characters," she said.

Proof opens Friday, November 7, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until November 23. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about Proof or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Arliss Jeffries.


Arliss Jeffries portrays Robert in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Proof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.

Arliss explained that Robert and his daughter Catherine face similar challenges in the play.

"Robert and Catherine share this common thread of schizophrenia, of genius bordering on insanity. During the course of the play, Catherine begins to notice that the problems Robert has are beginning to crop up in her life," Arliss said.

Arliss was interested in acting in Proof because Robert is a well-developed character with many interesting aspects.

"I like Robert's complexity," he explained. "I was beginning to think there weren't any more parts out there like this. This type of character is fun to work with because you have to dig, you have to pull back layers and see where the character has been. You have to examine all the different factors in his life. You have to look at the emotional range -- the embarrassment and anger he feels when he realizes what he was like when he lost control."

Arliss concluded by suggesting what an audience will take with them after a performance of Proof.

"Because this is a university town and there are some incredibly intelligent people here, the audience will take away maybe an understanding of the forces that are operating around someone who is this intelligent, as well as the forces that they resist," he said.

"For example, Claire -- Catherine's sister -- is as normal as a person can be. But she has no way to understand or cope with what Catherine is going through. Claire is trying to understand what is happening with this person who is so intelligent and, in some respects, so messed up. Claire knows Catherine has problems, but she has no idea how to handle Catherine's problems."

Proof opens Friday, November 7, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 23. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Alan Hertz.


Alan Hertz plays Hal in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Proof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.

Hal is a mathematics professor at the University of Chicago. While Hal was earning his Ph.D., he had the opportunity to work with Robert, Claire and Catherine's father. Robert, in fact, served as Hal's advisor for a period of time.

"Hal volunteers to search through Robert's notebooks for previously undiscovered mathematical proofs. His goal is publishing them under Robert's name, but also earning prestige for himself," Alan said. "During his search, Hal develops a relationship with Catherine and begins to understand how much she knows about mathematics."

Alan concluded by suggesting what audiences may take with them from a performance of Proof.

"Depending on how people relate to the characters, they will take away different things," he said. "They may feel some anger because some issues aren't resolved. They may be somewhat frustrated, or they may be able to relate to dealing with a highly intelligent person who's on a different intellectual plane."

Proof opens Friday, November 7, in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, the home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until November 23. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about Proof or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Monday, October 27, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Haley Samuelson-Couchman.


Haley Samuelson-Couchman portrays Claire in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Proof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.

Haley explained that Claire has to cope with several challenges when the play begins.

"Claire is faced with a family she left behind when she moved to New York," Haley said. "She's faced with Catherine's downhill slope, which she is convinced has progressed further than Catherine believes. She's trying to approach Catherine's problems not only in the most loving way, but also the most aggressive way. Claire is trying to get Catherine into the right places to deal with her problems, but Claire does this without thinking of anyone except herself."

Haley concluded by explaining that what audiences take away from a performance of Proof depends on which character in the production they relate to.

"They may come away relieved. They may come away highly emotional. They may come away angry at how the story plays out," she said.

Proof opens Friday, November 7, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 23. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

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

Sunday, October 26, 2008

In the Wings: Proof. Meet Mark Allen Carter, the director.

The second production of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Mainstage season is Proof, written by David Auburn. Mark Allen Carter is the director. Mark has also directed Civic productions of Steel Magnolias and On Golden Pond.

Mark was introduced to David Auburn's script when he began reading prize-winning scripts that were in production within the last decade; Proof won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001, the same year it won the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.

"I love plays that deal with family conflict, but also have an underlying social meaning. This play has both elements. It's incredibly well written, and I read it from beginning to end in one sitting," Mark said. "The character of Catherine is so compelling and audiences feel so much compassion for her because of what she's going through. I wanted to direct this show because I wanted to see someone play the role of Catherine and perform it well."

Mark concluded by describing what the audience will take away from a performance of Proof.

"First, the audience will see outstanding performances from Julia Colby, Alan Hertz, Arliss Jeffries and Haley Samuelson-Couchman," he said. "Second, the audience will come out of this play with a different understanding of what mental health is. I would highly recommend people attend the performance on Sunday, November 16, because there will be a talkback session after the show with a representative of the Mental Health Association."

Proof opens Friday, November 7, at the historic Monon Depot Theater in downtown Lafayette, the home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 23. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. The price of tickets for adults is $15; tickets for youth cost $10.

For more information about Proof or to learn about ticket avaiability, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Announcing the cast of The Giver

Director Brent Wick has announced the cast of The Giver, the second production of the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre season. The script is based on Lois Lowry's book of the same name.

The cast includes:

  • Father -- Isaiah Hale
  • Mother -- Paige Moore
  • Lily -- Erin Huston
  • Jonas -- Aaron Brehm
  • Asher -- Nathan Keiller
  • Fiona -- Grace Morman
  • Chief Elder -- Grace Lazarz
  • Giver -- Bryce Robinson
  • Rosemary -- Taylor Bundy
Other cast members include Summer Adams, Meghan Arnold, Graham Cason, Samanatha Citro, Elizabeth French, Daniel Hallett and Sarah Weaver

The production of The Giver will open Friday, December 5, and run through Sunday, December 14, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. To learn more about the play or auditions, or to purchase tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My teaching adventure.


I had the distinct pleasure this morning to teach a class for WALLA (Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association). This local group of "elderly" people are probably more active than I am. You can go to the website here to learn more about this group. I highly recommend getting involved with this group if you are of age.

The class I taught is part of the "That's Entertainment" course series, coordinated by Bob Modlin and Virginia Carter. Over a few weeks this fall participants in the series (about 74 individuals) are being visited by Dick Jaeger, Kathy Matter of Purdue Bands, Steven Schlenk of PMO, Bill Hooper of the Lafayette Citizens Band, Sound Sensation (a barbershop quartet) Kirk Hallman of the Indiana Fiddler's Gathering, Clayton Lein of the Lafayette Chamber Singers (my talented and lovely wife is a member of this wonderful group) and Bach Chorale and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra to discuss their collaborative effort in the first Bach Chorale concert of the year. In other words, I was in very esteemed and good company. It did impress me to again see the depth of culture in our "small" town. But that is not the point of this story.

I have for the past several weeks worked in snippets of time and stolen moments to put together a relatively impressive Power Point presentation. Due to some computer and software issues I used Open Office instead of Microsoft PowerPoint. The program works almost the same, and as I was bringing my laptop, there should be no problem (can you see where this is going). I had an hour of slides ready to go, pictures from the history of Civic Theatre (including the early days of the Lafayette Little Theatre). Snapshots of the Monon Depot Theatre, from before our purchase through today. I even had video snippets of our production of High School Musical (we had paid a special license allowing us to video tape and have limited use of said video). I arrived plenty early so that we could make sure that everything was working, honestly my biggest concern was sound from the videos. Well as many have already figured out, there were problems. My computer would not connect with the projector, no idea why not. Then of course the Open Office file would not open with the Microsoft PowerPoint program on WALLA's laptop.

Luckily I had taken the time to print out a (very) spare outline of the presentation, so I was not flying blind. Also luckily outside of my family there is nothing I like to talk about more than Civic Theatre, so filling an hour was simple, politics is a close third, but I would never dream of boring you with that in this forum.

All that really matters is that I had a wonderful time this morning and was able to talk to 74 very interested people about the theatre that we all love. Thank you to Bob and Virginia for putting this together, and thank you to all the WALLA members for continuing such a wonderful program.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rent one-of-a-kind costumes from Civic Theatre




Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a large collection of period clothing, hats and wigs that can be mixed and matched to create one-of-a-kind costumes for Halloween or any other occasion.

Office Manager Bob Sauers asks that people who are interested in renting a costume from Civic Theatre call for an appointment to look through the theatre's clothes, hats and wigs. The appointments must be made for 4 p.m., which is the time during the work day he can lead people through the costume shop.

People can call Bob at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Tour of Terror: In the Civic Theatre lobby









Welcome to the lobby of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and the 2008 Tour of Terror. Your evening of the macabre, the grisly and the gruesomely historic tales of Lafayette is about to begin ...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tour of Terror begins Friday, Oct. 17



For the sixth year in a row, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is proud to bring stories of gruesome stabbings, shocking shoot-outs, grisly beheadings, horrible accidents and much more to audiences during the Halloween season.

Tour of Terror, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's annual fundraiser, begins Friday, Oct. 17, and continues through the following dates:


  • Saturday, Oct. 18
  • Friday, Oct. 24
  • Saturday, Oct. 25
  • Friday, Oct. 31
  • Saturday, Nov. 1


Each night there will be full walking tours beginning at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Mini walking tours will begin at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each night. Bus tours are available at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 1. Additionally, each night will have a special Midnight Witching Hour Tour.


Tickets for full tours, including the bus tours, cost $13.00 per person. Tickets for the mini walking tours cost $10.00 per person. Tickets for the special Midnight Witching Hour Tours are $15.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529), visiting the office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette, or paying for them online at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the Tour at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on a first-come, first-served basis.


Tour of Terror includes expertly spun, historically researched, theatrically told stories about some truly macabre, spooky, violent and sometimes just plain odd events through Lafayette history.


For more information about the length of the Tours, audience age requirements, safety, refreshments and much more, please visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site and click on the "6th Annual Tour of Terror" link on the left-hand side.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Announcing the cast of Spoon River Anthology

Director Robert Spaulding has announced the cast for Spoon River Anthology, the third staged reading in the 2008-2009 staged reading series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is based on Edgar Lee Masters' collection of short poems of the same name.

The cast includes:

· Trish Anderson
· Brian Bennett
· Rod Dimmick
· Jane Hampton
· Linda Jeffries
· Denise Laussade
· Tony Lavish
· Janet Mauck
· Jake Ott
· Marylin Howland Ross
· Kira Stephenson
· Eric Taylor
· Esther Weiner


The staged reading of Spoon River Anthology will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Audience members will be asked to pay what they can for admission. For more information about the performance or the staged reading series, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Monday, October 13, 2008

Comedy Improv this Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.

One Size Fits All Improv bids a fond farewell
to Jesse Janowiak,
who will be performing in his final improv show at
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The roster for the show includes:
M.C. Carol Smith ... who knows how to pronounce "Janowiak"
Gary McFall ... who knows how to pronounce "Jesse"
Matt Kerkhoff ... who cries with joy when Jesse walks past
Tammy Sandel ... who looks a bit like Jesse in a certain light
Laurie Russell ... who doesn't look like Jesse, poor thing
Martin Fernandez ... who wishes he WERE Jesse Janowiak
Jesse Janowiak ... who IS Jesse Janowiak

Also included in the program:

A reading of a poem about Jesse, by three terminally morose teenage girls*
A slideshow about Jesse's fight to save the Galapagos Island ecosystem*
The unveiling of a life-sized ice sculpture depicting Jesse as the Colossus of Rhodes*
Scientific proof that Jesse's gaze has been proven to heal plants' cellular structure*

Isn't it time YOU got to know Jesse a little better?
Do it Saturday, October 18. You'll be glad you did.

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

* Program subject to change dependent on whether you believe these fibs.

Saturday, October 18 @ 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

Share Your Thoughts: Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories

Now that Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories has finished its run at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, the home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, it's time to share thoughts about the production.

  • What were some of the highlights of the show?
  • What performances really grabbed your attention?
  • What did you think about the design of the production -- lights, costumes, set, music?
  • What surprised you?
  • How would you describe the show to a friend?
Share thoughts or read other people's comments with the click of a mouse!

Discuss all the productions in this year's Mainstage, CYT and Staged Reading Series productions on this blog. There will be a post immediately after a show's run has concluded to solicit your thoughts.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's committees, Part IV.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has several long-standing committees comprised of staff members, the Board of Directors and volunteers from the area that keep the organization running smoothly. Here are a few that may be of interest to volunteers looking to participate in Civic Theatre other than on productions.


Strategic Planning. The Strategic Planning Committee is a new committee for the 2008-2009 season. The Chairperson is appointed by the President of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the theatre staff's representative on the committee.

The committee is responsible for developing long-term strategic planning. Its duties include developing long-term planning with benchmarks and goals; conducting an annual review to measure goals and achievements; and assisting in the implementation of the planning.


Technology. The Chairperson of the Technology Committee is appointed by the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The Office Manager is the theatre staff representative on the committee.


Tour of Terror. The Chairperson of the Tour of Terror Committee is appointed by the 2nd Vice President of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the theatre staff representative on the committee.

The committee plans and implements support of the annual Tour of Terror fundraising event. The committee's responsibilities include marketing the Tour of Terror; planning and scheduling the Tour of Terror in conjunction with the Tour of Terror director; planning social events in conjunction with the Tour of Terror; and recruiting and training volunteers for the Tour of Terror.


Volunteer Development. The Chairperson of the Volunteer Development Committee is appointed by the 1st Vice President of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the theatre staff representative on the committee.

The committee is responsible for recruiting and training volunteers. Its duties include planning and presenting training programs and workshops for volunteers; and establishing a regular and ongoing volunteer recognition program.

For more information about these committees and to inquire about becoming a committee member, please call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's committees, Part III.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has several long-standing committees comprised of staff members, the Board of Directors and volunteers from the area that keep the organization running smoothly. Here are a few that may be of interest to volunteers looking to participate in Civic Theatre other than on productions.

Nominating: The Chairperson of the Board Nominating Committee is appointed by the President of the Board of Directors. This committee reports to the membership of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and the Board of Directors.

The committee selects nominees to fill the vacancies on the Board of Directors as specified in the bylaws. It selects candidates to fill the needs of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette; publishes, in a timely fashion, the statement regarding nominations from the membership at large from Article VI, Section 3a of the bylaws; presents the slate of nominees to the membership at the annual meeting; and recommends candidates to the Board of Directors to fill unexpired terms.


Re-Branding: This committee is new for the 2008-2009 season. The Chairperson of the Re-Branding Committee is appointed by the 1st Vice President of the Board of Directors. The Managing Editor is the theatre staff's representative on the committee.

This committee is responsible for overseeing and developing the re-branding strategy for Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Duties include reviewing bids from marketing companies to develop the re-branding plan; and working with the Managing Director and re-branding personnel to develop and implement the plan.


Season Planning: The Chairperson of the Season Planning Committee is appointed by the President of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the theatre staff's representative on the committee.

The committee is responsible for reading and recommending the MainStage and Civic Under the Stars season plays, and a holiday play when appropriate, for production during the next regular season. The committee also secures a director for each recommended production and presents the proposed season to the Board of Directors.

Volunteers who are interested in learning about becoming members of these committees should call 765-423-PLAY (7529) for more information.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's committees, Part II.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has several long-standing committees comprised of staff members, the Board of Directors and volunteers from the area that keep the organization running smoothly. Here are a few that may be of interest to volunteers looking to participate in Civic Theatre other than on productions.

Finance: The Chairperson of the Finance Committee is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the theatre staff's representative on the committee.

The committee reviews the annual budget for the next fiscal year to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval prior to the end of the current fiscal year; reviews monthly financial statements for presentation to the Board of Directors at board meetings; participates in the annual audit process through interaction with auditors, review of the annual report of the auditor, and present recommendations to the Board of Directors; and works in conjunction with committees to coordinate fiscal needs with fund development.


Fund Development: The Chairperson of the Fund Development Committee is appointed by the 2nd Vice President of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the staff's represnetative on the committee.

The committee develops sources of non-programmatic revenue. The committee's responsibilities include, but are not limited to: membership, development of Business and Professional Partners Program, fundraising and membership development. The committee also submits major fundraising activities for the Board of Directors' approval.

House & Social: The Chairperson of the House & Social Committee is appointed by the 2nd Vice President of the Board of Directors.

The committee is responsible for the opening and the preparation of the house before each performance and the closing and securing of the facility after each performance of regular season productions, including previews, and special productions. It is also responsible for the safety and comfort of patrons attending these events.

The committee provides a complete staff for each performance; provides the supplies necessary for the soft drink concession and serves drinks during intermission; trains volunteers recruited to be house managers, ushers, and box office workers; and provides volunteer names to the Managing Director in a timely fashion.

The committee is also responsible for the social functions sponsored by Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It promotes and provides social activities; provides refreshments for the opening night receptions of Mainstage Productions; plans, prepares, and oversees the strike parties; and plans and provides refreshments and entertainment for the Annual Meeting.

Volunteers who want to learn more about these committees or to inquire about becoming members of these committees should call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's committees, Part I.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has several long-standing committees comprised of staff members, the Board of Directors and volunteers from the area that keep the organization running smoothly. Here are a few that may be of interest to volunteers looking to participate in Civic Theatre other than on productions.

Bylaws: The Bylaws Committee is new for the 2008-2009 season. The Chairperson is appointed by the President of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the theatre's staff representative on the committee.

The committee is responsible for reviewing Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's bylaws and suggesting any revisions as necessary.


Civic Youth Theatre Advisory: The Chairperson of the CYT Advisory Committee is appointed by the 1st Vice President of the Board of Directors. The Civic Youth Director is the theatre's staff representative on the committee.

The committee reads and recommends plays, including the holiday play when appropriate, that will be produced during the next regular Civic Youth Theatre season. The committee also recommends scripts to the Managing Director and Civic Youth Director when the Young Playwrights Project is part of the season.


Facilities: The Chairperson of the Facilities Committee is appointed by the Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The Managing Director is the theatre staff's representative on the committee.

The committee recommends the annual expense budget to the Managing Director for approval by the Finance Committee for the next fiscal year; plans and executes routine maintenance of the buildings and grounds; facilitates emergency repairs; makes an annual inspection of the real property, develops the long-range capital and maintenance plans, and reports the finding to the Board annually; keeps equipment in safe working condition; and recommends to the Technical Director the purchase of new equipment or the replacement of existing equipment for approval by the Finance Committee.

Volunteers are welcome to inquire about serving on the committees. To learn more information about the committees or to inquire about becoming members of these committees, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Auditions for Spoon River Anthology

Auditions for Spoon River Anthology, the third staged reading of the 2008-2009 season, have been announced.

  • Where: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office -- 313 N. 5th Street, Lafayette
  • When: Sunday, October 12, and Monday, October 13, from 7-9 p.m.
Audtioners will be asked to read from the script, which is based on the book by Edgar Lee Masters. Copies of the script can be checked out from the Civic Theatre office.

The staged reading is being directed by Robert Spaulding. The performance will be Tuesday, November 11, at 7 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

To learn more about the staged reading series, please call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

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

Maggie Furtner

There are several actors and actresses performing in Civic Youth Theatre's production of Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories. Among them is Maggie Furtner, who plays Faith. Maggie says that Faith is a "smart-alecky" character.

"I'm interested in all Civic shows, but this show is different from others. It's about getting through hardships in a unique way. The action at the beginning of the show is fun, but there are more serious emotions later," she said.

"Rehearsals are fun and the cast is great; I'm making a lot of friends. 'Panda' Stedman is an amazing director," she said.


Maria Guido

Another cast member is Maria Guido, who plays Agnes.

"She gets hot-headed sometimes, especially at one of the other characters. But she really is sweet most of the time, and sometimes she's an airhead," Maria said. "She's funny."

Maria auditioned for the show because she wanted the chance to work with director Brent "Panda" Stedman and she liked the script.

"I liked the script because Elsie deals with her problems instead of just crying about them all the time," Maria explained.

Nathan Keiller

Nathan Keiller plays Bert in the production.

"Bert gets excited a lot at first. But like the other characters, he's trying to help Elsie get through some tough times," Nathan said. "Elsie gets through these times in a unique way. It's not all comic; there are serious emotions as well.

The entire cast of Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories


The entire cast of Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories strikes a theatrical pose.

Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories opens Friday, October 10, and runs through Sunday, October 12, at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. 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 are $10 for adults, $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.