Friday, May 29, 2009

In the Wings: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales. Meet Taylor Bundy.


Taylor Bundy plays The Stinky Cheese Man in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales, a musical based on the book of the same name by Jon Scieszka. It is the final production of the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Taylor described the show's content and style.

"The show is filled with silly humor. It's something the whole family can enjoy," she said.

Taylor knew about Scieszka's book before auditions, calling it "hilarious." She then described the story about the Stinky Cheese Man.

"First, he is baked in an oven by his mother, the Little Old Woman" Taylor said. "He then runs away, and he wants people to play with him but no one does because he smells bad."

Taylor said rehearsals are fun because directors Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell work hard to make the show look amazing.

"They make everything look good," she said. "If it doesn't, they have the actors rehearse it again."

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales opens Friday, June 5 and runs through June 7. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon show begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth.

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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

In the Wings: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales. Meet Abby Hummels.


Abby Hummels plays The Frog, Kid #2 and sings in the chorus of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales, a musical based on the book of the same name by Jon Scieszka. It is the final production of the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Abby wanted to audition for the show because she had a good experience last spring while performing in How to Eat Like a Child -- also directed by Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell -- and wanted to be in another show.

Abby described what it's like to become several different characters over the course of a show.

"It's a challenge to take on this many characters but it's still a lot of fun," she said.

Abby concluded by explaining that audiences "will definitely enjoy the show."

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales opens Friday, June 5 and runs through June 7. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon show begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth.

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Civic Theatre Volunteer Call-out


Pleas join us and bring a friend for a brief but informative volunteer orientation.
June 9, 2009
5:30 - 7:00 PM
At the Historic Monon Depot Theatre

In the Wings: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales. Meet Sally Hale.


Sally Hale plays Cinderella and The Ugly Duckling in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales, a musical based on the book of the same name by Jon Scieszka. It is the final production of the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Sally said she read Scieszka's book before auditions.

"I love fractured fairy tales," she said. "I love comedy; it's the type of acting I'm attracted to."

Sally explained how working on a musical is different from working on a show without music.

"We warm-up by stretching and singing scales, and that gets us excited to rehearse," she said. "We then go through each song separately; if there's a chorus, there's harmony that the entire cast has rehearsed together. It sounds terrific when it is done on stage."

Sally concluded by describing the characters she plays.

"Cinderella is a clean freak," she said. "It's terrific fun because she gets to use all sorts of brooms and buckets. She likes everything exactly right and she doesn't settle for anything other than that. The Ugly Duckling is very shy and wants people to be friends with her, but no one will. She feels kind of let out, but she never gives up. She tries to make friends with everyone."

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales opens Friday, June 5 and runs through June 7. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon show begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth.

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

In the Wings: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales. Meet Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell, the directors.



Melanie R. Buchanan (top) and Laurie Russell direct The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales, a musical based on the book of the same name by Jon Scieszka. It is the final production of the 2008-2009 Civic Youth Theatre Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

They began by describing the tone of the show.

"The show is really funny. There's a lot of schtick and silliness," Laurie said. "Although it's a musical, the show is more about storytelling through dialogue while the music connects scenes together."

"The show is bizarre, funny and light," Melanie said.

They concluded by describing what audiences will take away with them after a performance.

"The audience will have a good laugh during the show," Laurie said. "This is a show for the entire family, including younger children."

Melanie added, "The audience will walk away laughing. That's what we're focusing on."

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y Stoopid Tales opens Friday, June 5 and runs through June 7. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon show begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth.

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

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Share Your Thoughts: Private Lives

Now that Private Lives has closed, share your thoughts about the production on this blog.

What will you most remember about the show? What were your thoughts about the performances? The design? The story and theme? What were the standout moments?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Save The Date: End-Of-Year Party on June 26

It's time to honor all the people involved in the 2008-2009 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, as well as look forward to the 2009-2010 season.

Civic Theatre's End-Of-Year Party will be held June 26, 2009, beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend: volunteers, patrons, audience members, friends and families.

As in the past, we'll be recognizing volunteers from all of the 2008-2009 season shows, including:

  • Disney's High School Musical
  • Honky Tonk Angels
  • Proof
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Private Lives
  • The Pirates of Penzance, Jr.
  • Rudyard Kipling's Just-So Stories
  • The Giver
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales
  • The Time Machine
  • Nickel and Dimed
  • Spoon River Anthology
  • Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
  • In the Weeds
  • The Heidi Chronicles
  • One Size Fits All Improv

We'll also be presenting individual merit awards including Rising Stars (for volunteers involved two seasons or fewer with Civic), Shining Stars (for volunteers involved more than two seaons), the Justin M. Newell Scholarship (to a graduating high school student) and more.

Food will be provided by Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and the Civic Theatre Board of Directors. All you'll need to bring is yourself.

What: Civic Theatre End-Of-Year Party
When: June 26, 2009 beginning at 6 p.m.
Where: Duncan Hall, 619 Ferry Street, Lafayette
Please R.S.V.P. by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529) by June 22, 2009.

Keep your eye on this site as more information will be shared about the event.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Help send a youngster to Civic Youth Theatre summer camp

Every year more than 100 area youth participate in Civic Youth Theatre summer camps. There are camps available to youth ages 6-18. Campers will receive theatre training appropriate for their age level, spend hours on stage, meet new friends and have a good time.

Last year we added a four-week intensive camp. Campers at this four-week camp receive specialized training in voice, movement and acting. The camp culminates in a full production, open to the public. This year's production is Guys and Dolls, Jr.

Civic Theatre has always been dedicated to keeping the price of the camps low, and also to offer scholarships to those who cannot afford the cost. With the troubled economy and several recent area layoffs, we have received twice as many scholarship applications as usual. We would love to say yes to every scholarship application, but will not be able to this year without help. To that end, we have started a fund drive through Facebook, our first ever of this kind. The goal of this portion of the fund raising is $1,600. You can donate online by clicking on the following link:
https://www.causes.com/fb/donations/new?cause_id=115173&fundraiser_id=18034181&m=a0036bf0

If you would like to donate, but feel uncomfortable sending the money online, please call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-7529, or send payment to 313 North 5th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.

Thank you for your continued support of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and our area youth.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Announcing the 2009-2010 Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Staged Reading Series

The 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is listed below. There will be one performance of each at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening weekend of every MainStage Season production. Each begins at 7:00 p.m. Each is a Pay What You Can Event for the audience.

The story: Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. In this ninety-minute intermissionless play, we meet Kerry, a sensitive Texan brutalized on death row for twenty-two years before being exonerated by DNA evidence; we meet Gary, a Midwestern organic farmer condemned for the murder of his own parents and later exonerated when two motorcycle-gang members confess. We meet Robert, an African-American horse groomer who spent seven years on death row for the murder of a white woman before evidence emerges that the victim was found clutching hair from a Caucasian attacker. We hear from David, a shy man with aspirations to the ministry, bullied into confessing at eighteen to a robbery/murder he had nothing to do with, scarred from a youth spent in prison and struggling to regain his faith; and from Sunny, a bright-spirited hippie who, along with her husband, spent seventeen years in prison for the murder of two police officers—while another man confessed and was ignored by the courts. And we meet Delbert, a poet who serves as the play's center, convicted of a rape/murder in the Deep South of the 1970s and later freed when evidence surfaced showing that he was not even in the town when the crime occurred. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

  • World Premieres of Original Script(s) (TBD)
    March 16, 2010

  • Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy
    May 11, 2010
The story: In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. With boundless humor, Parallel Lives reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods—or in this case, goddesses.

For more information about the 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series, please call the Civic office at 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Review Is In: Private Lives

The review of Private Lives was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Dick Jaeger. You can read the full review here.

Private Lives begins the second weekend of its three-weekend run this Friday at 8:00 p.m. and continues with shows at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The show closes Sunday, May 24. All performances take place in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

To inquire about tickets, please call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Share Your Thoughts: The Heidi Chronicles

The staged reading of The Heidi Chronicles took place tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with almost 40 people in attendance. As with other staged readings in the series, it was followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director, Alice Schwind.

Did you attend the staged reading? What did you think about the characters, the plot and other elements of the script? What were some of the high points? What will you remember most about this staged reading?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Announcing the cast of The King and I

Director Rob Spaulding has announced the cast for The King and I, the Civic Under the Stars production in the 2009-2010 Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette season. It is based on Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam. The music is by Richard Rodgers, the lyrics and book are by Oscar Hammerstein II.

The cast includes:

Anna - Jodie Schlatter
The King - Rob Spaulding
Tuptim - Rashmi Joglekar
Lun Tha - Jeffery Baumgarn
Lady Thiang - Shellie Johnson
The Kralahome - Rod Dimmick
Phra Alack - Harry Brown
Interpreter - Andrew Meyer
Prince Chululongkorn - Andrew Ewell Lindley
Captain Orton - Dan Becker
Sir Edward Ramsey - John Mills
Princess Ying Yaowlak - Emma Kaufman
Louis - Sean Allison

Amazon Slaves - Peg Black, Heather Davis, Joyce Gordon, Jane Hampton, Theresa Replogle

Blue Slaves – Harry Brown, Kit Klutzke, Chase Geswein, Andrew Meyer

Wives - Mayfanny Bergmann, Malika Datta, Sara Foster, Stephanie Dana, Jessa Dodds, Melissa Chinworth, Sandy Kaufman, Zuba Mills, Magan Mohler, Heather Mocny, Annie Brzeinski, Caroline Warren, Kim Ewell Lindley, Ivy Mills, Morgan Ward, Shannon Stull

Children - Samantha Citro, Amber Ewell Lindley, Dorinda Ewell Lindley, Ruben Ewell Lindley, Sean Allison, Madison Mathias, Mollie Koehler, Elisa Germond, Susannah Germond, Allison Devlin, James Koehler, Chloe Foster, Georgia Urschel, Arthi Puri

Ballet:

Little Eva - Doron Kantor
Little Topsy - Lindsey Keiser
Uncle Thomas - Alex Kingma
Angel - Jennifer Hintz
Eliza - Lara Schiller, Laura Becker
Simon Legree - Leigh Schanfein
Corps de Ballet - Cassandra Howard, Hannah Lazarz, Kelli Diebold, Barbara Harris, Ashley Brooks, Kristen Moore, Jenna Fenoglio, Nicki Eberle
Slaves/Dogs - Nicki Eberle, Alex Kingma, Grace Lazarz
Props Dancers - Kit Klutzke, Chase Geswein, Kim Ewell Lindley, Teresa Replogle
Alternates - Ivy Mills, Alaina Smith, Morgan Ward

The production of The King and I will be performed at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheatre on July 10, 11, 17 and 18. For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The 2009 Tony Award nominees

Movies have the Oscars, television has the Emmys, and Broadway theatre has the Tonys.

A full list of the nominees for the 2009 Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre (Tonys), annually given by the American Theatre Wing to the artists involved with the best new productions on Broadway, appears on Playbill.com. You can read the list, including the non-competitive categories, here.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

WLFI spot for Private Lives

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Preview of Private Lives on www.jconline.com

A preview of Private Lives appears online on www.jconline.com, the Web site for the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

Civic Volunteer Album: Meet Greg Terry.

The "In the Wings" series of blog posts highlight the directors and actors of each Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette production. And while it makes sense to promote them on the blog for their hard work -- actors are the face of a production, and directors are the brains -- there are whole groups of volunteers who go unrecognized, not only on this blog but also perhaps by the playgoing public.

The "Civic Volunteer Album" will highlight various Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette volunteers who more often than not volunteer behind the scenes of productions as stage managers, designers, backstage crew and much more. They are the backbone of each production, working hard to support what everyone else can see and hear on stage.

Greg Terry from nearby Delphi had been active in theater while in junior high and high school. He hadn't been involved with it again, though, until he served as an usher for Cheaper by the Dozen, which was part of the 2003-2004 Mainstage season.

"I became involved with Civic because one of my friends was involved and asked if I would be interested in helping," Greg explained. "Ushering is something anyone can do; it does not take a lot of training. From there I worked the concession stand a few times at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheatre making popcorn, which can be a very hot job. From there I went on to help build sets."

Among Greg's set building credits is the production of Suds, which he said is his favorite production at Civic.

"I found the scene in which the character played by Samantha Hoover was trying to drown herself in a washing machine – with her feet sticking straight up in the air flailing around –incredibly funny," he said.

Additionally, Greg has worked on the backstage crew for The Crucible and made his acting debut in this season's production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. His favorite moment at Civic Theatre, though, was completing the set for this season's production of Disney's High School Musical, considered by many to be the largest set ever constructed for a Civic show.

"Building the set was a tremendous undertaking," Greg said. "I was impressed that the building process went as smoothly as it did."

Greg concluded by explaining why a person may want to volunteer with Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"There is something for everyone to do no matter what a person's talent or skill level is," he said. "By volunteering you have the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people, while at the same time giving yourself an opportunity to develop talents you may not realize that you had. If you get involved in set building or working backstage and have spent a lot of time with the cast and crew, you realize you have developed a lot of new and wonderful friendships, and no one can ever have too many friends."

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Staged Reading Series: The Heidi Chronicles on May 12










Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2008-2009 Staged Reading Series concludes with The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein.

Alice Schwind directs the cast, which includes Cindy Modlin Adams, Sally Coffman, John David Collier, Steve Martin, Heather Owen, Laurie Russell, Larry Sommers and Karen Tislow.

It will be performed at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately following the reading.

Audience members are encouraged to pay what they can for admission.

To learn more about The Heidi Chronicles, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

In the Wings: Private Lives. Photos of the set.

The following photos show the set for Private Lives, the final production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2008-2009 Mainstage Season. These photos of the not-then-completed set were taken in late April.






Friday, May 1, 2009

In the Wings: Private Lives. Meet Alan Hertz.



Alan Hertz plays Elyot in Private Lives by Noël Coward, the final production of the 2008-2009 Mainstage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Alan had seen Private Lives years ago, which led him to audition for the Civic Theatre production.

"I thought it would be fun to be involved with high-end British humor," he said.

Alan also said that Elyot is a very passionate man who lives for the moment.

"What Elyot wants at any particular point in time is what he's most passionate about," Alan said. "If he doesn't get his way, he easily becomes frustrated. It usually comes out in fits of anger. There also are points where's he completely selfish, asking 'What about me? I'm suffering here!'"

At the beginning of the play, Elyot and his newly wed wife, Sibyl, are on their honeymoon.

"It's his second marriage," Alan said. "He's older than her and feeling blasé about the situation. His ex-wife Amanda also is there, also on her honeymoon, and the fireworks begin. Passion rules Elyot and Amanda, and they enjoyed it and lived for it when they were married."

Alan concluded by suggesting that the interactions between the characters are what audiences will most enjoy about the production.

"Their passion, love, anger and lifestyle are so different from today's," he said. "Audiences will laugh at some things and question other things in their mind because the actions are so distant from contemporary life. They'll also get a strong sense of the theme of the story – if you let passion rule your life, your life may spin out of control."

Private Lives opens Friday, May 8, and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May 24. The Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

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