Saturday, August 29, 2009

Call-out for Tour of Terror guides on September 5


For the seventh year in a row, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will present the Tour of Terror. The Tour of Terror includes expertly spun, historically researched, theatrically told stories about some truly macabre, spooky, violent and just plain odd events in Lafayette history.

Volunteers interested in being guides for the 2009 Tour of Terror are invited to a call-out and readthrough on Saturday, September 5. The call-out will be held at 11 a.m. in the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

The emphasis on the Tour of Terror is good storytelling, not memorization. The 2009 Tour of Terror will include two brand new stories for both the walking tour and the bus tour, which will travel outside the downtown area this year.

For those volunteers who are interested in being a tour guide but cannot attend the meeting, or to learn more information about the 2009 Tour of Terror, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 765-423-7529 or e-mail Managing Director Steve Koehler at steve@lafayettecivic.org.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Steve Koehler speaks about Civic Theatre workshop classes on WLFI-TV 18.

Steve Koehler of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette appeared on WLFI-TV 18 today to speak about workshop classes being held throughout the 2009-2010 season. Sue Scott asked about the variety of classes, including the audition workshop, how classes are scheduled, who is teaching and how people can register.

You can watch the entire interview here.

The first three classes are the Audition Workshop, Visual Composition Workshop and Write a Play - Part 1 on Sept. 5, 12 and 19. To learn more about the classes, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org. Follow the link "Adult Classes Brochure."

Photos from rehearsals of The Mousetrap





Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The photos were taken in late August.

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Photos of the set.


The following photos show the set for The Mousetrap, the first production of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 MainStage Season. These photos of the not-then-completed set were taken in late August.

Set Design: John David Collier
Set Decor: Heather Owen and Alice Schwind
Master Carpenter: Dan Becker











Thursday, August 27, 2009

Announcing the cast of Our Town


Director Larry Sommers has announced the cast for Our Town, the first production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Thornton Wilder.

The cast includes:
  • Stage Manager - Margaret Duvall

  • Dr. Gibbs - Isaiah Hale

  • Joe Crowell/Baseball Player #2 - Patrick Hallett

  • Howie Newsome/Baseball Player #1 - Tyler Reynolds

  • Mrs. Gibbs - Taylor Bundy

  • Mrs. Webb - Maria Guido

  • George Gibbs - Nathan Keiller

  • Rebecca Gibbs - JoEllen Doyle

  • Wally Webb - Ben Carter

  • Emily Webb - Sydney Cason

  • Professor Willard - Sarah Buckser

  • Mr. Webb - Cody Walker

  • Woman in the Balcony/Box - Elizabeth French

  • Woman in the Auditorium - Keanna Patterson

  • Simon Stimson - Bryce Robinson

  • Mrs. Soames - Gaia Attardo

  • Constable Warren - Max Curtis

  • Si Crowell/Joe Stoddard - Daniel Hallett

  • Samantha Craig - Claudia Mirkowski

  • First Dead Man - Sarah Haueisen

  • First Dead Woman - Jackie Schmidt

First produced in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners is one of the most frequently produced plays today. Using a heightened theatricality to strip away the "artifice of theatre," Thornton Wilder presents the lives and deaths of the inhabitants of a small New England town at the turn of the century.

Our Town opens Friday, October 2 and runs through Sunday, October 4. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performance begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Meet Kate Martin.


Kate Martin plays Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Agatha Christie.

Kate explained why she chose to audition for the show.

"I've done quite a few plays in college, but never a murder mystery," she said. "I love Agatha Christie's stories, so I thought being in this show would be fun."

Mollie and Giles, her husband, have opened a guest house, and at the beginning of the play all the guests arrive.

"Mollie is having the worst day of her life," Kate said. "She is running out of food, her guests are odd, there's a snowstorm going on, she finds a murder victim and then a police investigator arrives on the scene. It's a very difficult day for her."

Kate said that audiences for The Mousetrap will remember the unique characters.

"They are all so different from one another," she said. "Throughout the course of the play, the audience can believe that any of the characters is the murderer. When the murderer is revealed at the end, the shock also will be something the audience remembers."

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Meet Dean Murray Hunter.


Dean Murray Hunter plays Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Agatha Christie.

Dean auditioned for the show for several reasons.

"There are so many plot twists and complex characters," he said. "As you read a line, you realize it means something else and relates to another character. Also, I have worked with Susan Kisinger in the past and loved it."

Dean also shared information about Major Metcalf.

"Metcalf arrives at Monkswell Manor as a lodger in this newly opened guest house," Dean said. "He is retired, but not much else is explained about him in the script. I envision him as a widower who seeks solace in the country and goes through the grieving process after his wife died."

Dean concluded by describing what it is like to work in a small cast.

"There is a chance to be more aware of people's lives outside the show," he said. "I've learned about the other actors including David Dietz, who plays Giles Ralston, and Allen Banning, who plays Paravicini. There's an intimacy that comes with being in a small cast, and that can be transferred onto the stage."

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Meet Michael Greenan.


Michael Greenan plays Detective Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Agatha Christie.

Trotter travels to Mollie and Giles Ralston's guest house after a murder has been committed in the area.

"A clue was found on the dead woman's body that linked Monkswell Manor to her murder," Michael said. "Trotter arrives on the scene to get to the bottom of things and discover the culprit."

Michael explained what audiences will most remember after seeing a performance of the show.

"There are several intriguing characters in the show: Paravicini, who is kind of sketchy; Giles and Mollie Ralston, the struggling newlyweds; Major Metcalf, too," he said. "They also will remember the suspenseful plot and the clever twists and turns."

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Monday, August 24, 2009

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Meet David Dietz.


David Dietz plays Giles Ralston in The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Agatha Christie.

David is very familiar with the play, having directed it with a theatre group in northwest Ohio. He also has seen different productions in London and Toronto.

"My wife and I were very involved with theatre in Ohio, then we moved to Kansas and didn't have an opportunity to do much theatre there as we started our family," David said. "We moved to Lafayette a few years ago, and we're getting involved with theatre again."

David explained that Giles and Mollie own Monkswell Manor, which she inherited from her aunt. They turned into a guest house.

"Giles spends most of Act I running up and down the stairs with luggage," he said. "He runs in and out, shovels coal, prepares the house for guests and keeps Mollie calm."

David concluded by suggesting what an audience may most remember from the production.

"The audience will definitely remember the twists and turns in the script. The fun part of watching this play or reading a book by Agatha Christie is trying to figure out 'who done it,'" he said. "The first time I saw this play in London, my mother asked me at intermission, 'Who do you think did it?' And I had no idea. The majority of clues come in Act II. One of my favorite parts of this show is hearing the audience's reaction when the murderer is revealed."

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Meet Susan Kisinger, the director.


Susan Kisinger directs The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Agatha Christie.

Susan grew fonder of the script the more she read it.

"It's a wonderful piece of theatre," she said. "There is so much subtext in the script and the characters are wonderful."

The production is set in 1952, when the play was written. The location is Monkswell Manor, an English estate that has been converted into a guest house by Mollie and Giles Ralston.

"Five guests arrive during the first scene, which is set in the middle of a snowstorm: Christopher Wren, Mr. Paravicini, Miss Casewell, Mrs. Boyle and Major Metcalf. Detective Sergeant Trotter arrives in the second scene to investigate a murder," Susan said.

"It's an ensemble cast. Everyone has an equal role, aside from the murder victim. Four actors are making their Civic MainStage debut: David Dietz, Michael Greenan, Whitney Hinds and Kate Martin. Along with Civic veterans Allen Banning, Dean Murray Hunter, Trish Peterson and Matthew Turczi, they're all terrific."

Susan concluded by explaining what audiences will take away from a performance of The Mousetrap.

"Traditionally the audience is asked not to tell anyone the ending of the show because there is a twist that usually shocks people. So the plot is exciting," Susan said. "And being set in 1952, there are a lot of wonderful, charming actions that take place that just don't happen in plays anymore: shows on the radio, stoking the aga, fixing a banging radiator. There are a lot of charming things about this show."

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Announcing the cast of Dead Man's Cell Phone

Director Tracie Ewing has announced the cast for Dead Man’s Cell Phone, the first staged reading of the 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Sarah Ruhl.

The cast includes:
  • Jean – Melanie R. Buchanan
  • Hermia – Heather Owen
  • Other Woman – Shelby Mayfield
  • Mrs. Gottlieb – Jane Hampton
  • Gordon – Timothy Shrimplin
  • Dwight – Dustin Hillman
The staged reading of Dead Man’s Cell Phone will be held Tuesday, September 8 at 7 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can Event.

For more information about the staged reading, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org.

Fall 2009 Classes from Civic Youth Theatre: Molding the Older Actor


Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan will be teaching three classes in fall 2009: Playground to the Theatre, Intro to Musical Theatre and Molding the Older Actor.

Molding the Older Actor is for students in Grade 7 and above. Classes begin September 24 and run eight weeks through November 12, with classes from 4:30-5:45 p.m. every Thursday.

Students will learn techniques for becoming a great actor. Students will start with the audition process, preparing monologues and practicing cold readings. The focus then will shift to script analysis and developing ways to break down scripts for things such as operative words, mood and theme.

The cost of this class is $80 for a Civic Friend, $85 for a Non-Member. Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a limited number of scholarships available.

For more information about this class, e-mail Melanie at cyt@lafayettecivic.org, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayetteicivic.org/.

Melanie comes to us from Chicago, where she studied graduate acting at DePaul University. She has a theatre degree from Creighton University and has worked in Los Angeles. She was employed for three years as lead instructor at Limelight Productions Summer Camps in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Melanie toured with Limelight Productions as a young girl throughout the southern United States. She has lived all over the world with her family, and has a wealth of experience in musical theatre, improv and acting.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fall 2009 Classes from Civic Youth Theatre: Intro to Musical Theatre


Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan will be teaching three classes in fall 2009: Playground to the Theatre, Intro to Musical Theatre and Molding the Older Actor.

Intro to Musical Theatre is for students in Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6. Classes begin September 23 and run eight weeks through November 11, with classes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

Using scenes and songs from a variety of musicals, students will discover the world of musical theatre. They will learn choreography, breathing techniques and basic acting skills to putting on a musical. The last day of class will be followed by a small performance for family and friends.

The cost of this class is $80 for a Civic Friend, $85 for a Non-Member. Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a limited number of scholarships available.

For more information about this class, e-mail Melanie at cyt@lafayettecivic.org, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayetteicivic.org/.

Melanie comes to us from Chicago, where she studied graduate acting at DePaul University. She has a theatre degree from Creighton University and has worked in Los Angeles. She was employed for three years as lead instructor at Limelight Productions Summer Camps in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Melanie toured with Limelight Productions as a young girl throughout the southern United States. She has lived all over the world with her family, and has a wealth of experience in musical theatre, improv and acting.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Steve Koehler and Craig Martin speak about "A Living Graphic Novel" on WLFI-TV 18.

Steve Koehler of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and Craig Martin of Purdue University Galleries appeared on WLFI-TV 18 to speak about "A Living Graphic Novel," a project conceived as part of the One Great Read program. Sue Scott asked about the origin of the project, the volunteers and materials, and more.

You can watch the entire interview here.

A Living Graphic Novel took place Saturday, August 15 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Imagination Station in Lafayette.

Fall 2009 Classes from Civic Youth Theatre: Playground to the Theatre


Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan will be teaching three classes in fall 2009: Playground to the Theatre, Intro to Musical Theatre and Molding the Older Actor.

Playground to the Theatre is for students in Grade 1, Grade 2 or Grade 3. Classes begin September 22 and run eight weeks through November 10, with classes from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

Students will learn to take the imagination from the playground and use it in the theatre. They will learn basic acting techniques and characterizations, using skits and games. After the last class, there will be a small showcase for family and friends.

The cost of this class is $80 for a Civic Friend, $85 for a Non-Member. Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a limited number of scholarships available.

For more information about this class, e-mail Melanie at cyt@lafayettecivic.org, call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayetteicivic.org/.

Melanie comes to us from Chicago, where she studied graduate acting at DePaul University. She has a theatre degree from Creighton University and has worked in Los Angeles. She was employed for three years as lead instructor at Limelight Productions Summer Camps in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Melanie toured with Limelight Productions as a young girl throughout the southern United States. She has lived all over the world with her family, and has a wealth of experience in musical theatre, improv and acting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Civic Theatre Board of Directors officers for the 2009-2010 season

The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Board of Directors has voted on and approved the following slate of officers for the 2009-2010 season.

President - Sue Lakin
1st Vice President - Larry Sommers
2nd Vice President - Julia Colby
Treasurer - Denise Laussade
Secretary- Steve Martin

Monday, August 17, 2009

Volunteer opportunities: Painters needed for the set of The Mousetrap


The set for The Mousetrap is complete and it's time to paint.

Sally Carter, the show's producer, needs a paint crew for Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please let Sally know when you can arrive and how long you can stay so she can schedule volunteers. There can be only about 4-6 painters working at a time.

This is mostly "gross" painting or flat painting, with very little detail work, although there might be some ladder work required. Most, but not all, of the taping is done. Once the painting is done, and the set builders complete the final details, some minor night work might be needed the week of the 23rd.
Sally can be contacted at sjcat7@verizon.net.

Behind the scenes of the "A Living Graphic Novel" workshop

About a dozen volunteers came together Saturday afternoon at Imagination Station on 600 N. 4th Street in Lafayette to participate in "A Living Graphic Novel," an event created by Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and Purdue University Galleries. It was part of a series of events for the 2009 One Great Read program, in which people read Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, a graphic novel about a young girl's life in Iran.

Below are some photographs of the volunteers in action at A Living Graphic Novel, creating a story, building and painting backdrops, putting on costumes and posing for photographs.












Sunday, August 16, 2009

Announcing auditions: Our Town


Audition dates have been announced for Our Town by Thornton Wilder, the first production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season. They will take place Sunday, August 23 and Monday, August 24 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Shook Room of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. The museum is located at 101 South 9th St. in downtown Lafayette.

Director Larry Sommers seeks at least 17 boys and 7 girls for the production. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script.

First produced in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners is one of the most frequently produced plays today. Using a heightened theatricality to strip away the "artifice of theatre," Thornton Wilder presents the lives and deaths of the inhabitants of a small New England town at the turn of the century.

Our Town will open Friday, October 2 and run through Sunday, October 4.

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Why wasn't I cast?!": 10 possible reasons from communitytheater.org

As the 2009-2010 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette picks up steam and 15 separate theatrical productions are mounted, a large number of actors will audition for shows. Unfortunately not all of them will be cast.

In the communitytheater.org article "The Top 10 Reasons You Didn't Get Cast," Chris Polo offers reasonable explanations why a director may choose not to cast an actor in a show. Included among them are:

  • Another actor interpreted the role better
  • Another actor was better prepared to audition
  • Another actor was better suited for a role
Perhaps more importantly than suggesting reasons why actors aren't cast in shows, Polo offers ideas in the article about how actors can counteract them.

You can read the full article here.

People who are interested in learning further audition tips may want to attend the September 5 audition workshop led by Melanie R. Buchanan, Laurie Russell and Kate Walker. All three have extensive experience as directors who have held numerous auditions at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The two-hour workshop covers basic topics, such as what an actor should wear to auditions, as well as advanced topics, such choosing appropriate monologues and songs, and doing a cold reading. The cost is $20.00, and space is limited. Call 765-423-7529 to register.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Catching the theatre "bug"

"Theatre is like a virus: once you get it you can't get rid of it." -- Robin Boisseau

When did you realize you enjoy theatre, whether as a member of a production or as an audience member? Was there a particular moment when something clicked? Was it over a long period of time? Share your own story about how you caught "the theatre bug."

Monday, August 10, 2009

Announcing auditions: Dead Man's Cell Phone

Audition dates have been announced for Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, the first script in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 staged reading season. They will take place Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Tracie Ewing is looking to cast 4 women and 2 men. One of the women's characters is in her 50s-60s, the other characters are between their late 20s and early 40s. Auditioners will be asked to read from the script.

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafĂ©. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice. A work about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

  • "Satire is her oxygen. . . . In her new oddball comedy, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl is forever vital in her lyrical and biting takes on how we behave." - The Washington Post

  • "Ruhl's zany probe of the razor-thin line between life and death delivers a fresh and humorous look at the times we live in." - Variety

  • "[Ruhl] tackles big ideas with a voice that entertains" – NPR

  • “…beguiling new comedy…Ms. Ruhl’s work blends the mundane and the metaphysical, the blunt and the obscure, the patently bizarre and the bizarrely moving.” – The New York Times

The reading will take place Tuesday, September 8 at 7 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. It is a Pay What You Can Event.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Civic Theatre and Purdue University Galleries want your involvement to create "A Living Graphic Novel."

On Saturday, August 15, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and Purdue University Galleries ArtCart will collaborate to present "A Living Graphic Novel" as part of the One Great Read Project. The event will take place at Imagination Station, located at 600 N. 4th Street in Lafayette.

One Great Read is a two-county, two-month series of activities. The selection and organizing committee includes representatives from the Tippecanoe County Public Library system, West Lafayette Public Library, Monticello-Union Township Library, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Barnes and Noble Booksellers and local residents. The 2009 One Great Read title is Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi. It tells the story of a young girl's journey through revolution and war in Iran.

In "A Living Graphic Novel," participants will create the story and build it to a complete, live visualization by designing, painting and presenting a graphic novel with several comic frames, live actors, backdrops, props and costumes, all of which will be accomplished on the day of the event.

The workshop is open to the public, both to participate and to watch the creative process. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, contact Steven Koehler of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or steve@lafayettecivic.org.
  • What: "A Living Graphic Novel" collaboration between Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and Purdue University Galleries ArtCart

  • Where: Imagination Station, 600 N. 4th Street, Lafayette, IN

  • When: Saturday, August 15 from 12 noon - 2 p.m.

  • Who: The public is invited to participate and to watch.

  • How much: The event is free.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Professional actor Danny Johnson, former Civic Theatre actor, profiled in today's TGIF

Danny Johnson, a professional actor who performed in shows at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, is featured in today's issue of TGIF, the Friday entertainment magazine for the Journal & Courier.

In the feature "Take 5 with Tim," Danny describes his guest-starring appearance in NBC's "The Philanthropist," being on set in South Africa and how he started working on television shows.

Reporter Tim Brouk's final question to Danny is, "Did you perform much when you grew up in West Lafayette?"

Danny's response: "I was in basically every high school play I could get my hands on in the West Side and did shows at Civic Theatre (of Greater Lafayette) in the summer."

You can read the entire feature here.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Original script submission deadline extended to August 28.

The committee that is planning the 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series has extended the deadline for local playwrights to submit their original scripts. The new deadline is Friday, August 28.

At least one new script will be included in the series over the course of the full season. For the full guidelines to submitting an original script, please visit this earlier blog post.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Civic experience leads to co-hosting with Kelly Ripa

Okay the title is a bit of a stretch...

West Lafayette High School graduate Chris Parente appeared as a guest host this morning on Live with Regis and Kelly. This has been fairly well covered by local media, but what many failed to mention is that Chris also appeared in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of The Petrified Forest, by Robert Emmet Sherwood, directed by Arliss Jeffries.

Sadly we have no photo's of The Petrified Forest in our archives, and it was the only show Chris did with us so there are no pictures to share. However, I will share this link, here
the link will bring you to kdvr in Denver, where Chris now works.

We wish Chris well in all of his future pursuits.

Civic Volunteer Album: Meet Cody Mullen.


Cody Mullen has been involved with Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette since a summer production of Carousel at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater as part of the 2004-2005 Civic Under the Stars season.

Cody explained how he began to volunteer with Civic.

"I became involved after working the Tippecanoe School Corporation show that year and falling in love with the county amphitheater and atmosphere," he said. "I enjoyed working on shows there and wanted to spend more time out there than just the month of the TSC show."

After contacting the Civic Theatre office, Cody served as a sound assistant to the engineer hired to run Carousel.

He has been involved in more than 20 Mainstage and Civic Youth Theatre shows since then, holding the title of sound designer for all these shows. He also doubled as the sound board operator for half of them. His experiences with Civic haven't been limited only to sound, however.

"For the Civic Youth Theatre production of Schoolhouse Rock Junior I was the technical director. I ensured all technical positions were filled and the set was built," he said. "After Civic purchased its new computerized ticket system, I also have volunteered to work in the box office during shows."

Cody recalled working on his favorite Civic Theatre production, The Diary of Anne Frank directed by Susan Kisinger.

"It was my first Mainstage show and the most difficult theatrical show I have designed," he said. "Finding all of the sound effects that were era correct was quite difficult. I also had to track 20 voiceovers of Anne narrating her journal. I had a great sense of accomplishment once the design for that show was completed.

"The cast and crew of that show formed a very strong bond. We not only did the normal nine-show run, but extra shows were added into the run and then an outreach performance at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. This show was fun to be part of, and I also really enjoyed the show itself. I’m a huge history buff and really enjoyed the history surrounded with the story."

Cody explained that his favorite moment in the production process is opening night, feeling satisfied that all the work put into the show has been worthwhile because the audience enjoys the result.

"You also do not have to feel stress anymore about getting everything programmed into the sound board. You get to enjoy the show and the artistic power that comes when controlling the system and the fading of the volume and running between the cues," he said.

Cody concluded by encouraging people to become a volunteer with Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"Get involved in a show and see what happens. Once you do one show, you will be counting down the days until the next," he said. "Try a small role at first. If you enjoy the tech side, try being a board operator for sounds or lights or assist backstage. If you want to act, try a role that is considered an extra and does not have that many lines. After that you can find where your true passion is and try a more difficult role."

Monday, August 3, 2009

Budget cuts force the Indiana Arts Commission to eliminate programs.

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced last week that two grant programs will be eliminated and additional programs scaled back to help address State budget reductions in excess of 20 percent for the current fiscal year.

The announcement came as the result of an emergency session of the Commission on July 20th to review budget options resulting from the two-year State budget approved last month by the Indiana General Assembly which calls for a 20 percent reduction in the appropriation for the IAC. In addition, the State Budget Agency has mandated an additional 5 percent holdback to be added to State reserves for all state agencies.

"During the regular session of the legislature it appeared we, along with most other state agencies, would receive a budget reduction of about eight percent," explained IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. "When the Commission met in June they reviewed a number of budget scenarios ranging from 10 to 15 percent reductions, which at that time we felt would be realistic expectations. The additional reduction made it necessary to call a special Commission meeting earlier this month to finalize our FY2010 budget."

As a result of the reduction, the Commission considered three new budget plans for the current fiscal year. Each would impact internal as well as external grant programs and services. Two IAC grant programs, the Presenter Touring Program and the American Masterpieces Program will be eliminated for the current fiscal year. The IAC’s Arts in Education Program will be cut by 50 percent, and the Individual Artist Program will be reduced by 20 percent.

Grants to Major Arts Organizations (those with statewide or multi-region programming) will be scaled back by 23 percent, and block grants to the IAC’s Regional Arts Partnership will be reduced by 21 percent.

"Of the three budget scenarios the Commission considered, the one they approved will have the smallest fiscal impact to all grantees and sub-grantees in our state while keeping intact our highly-effective decentralized, regional service system," Ricci said. "We are also taking a number of steps internally including staffing, travel, and office relocation to further reduce agency expenditures."

Several grant awards approved by the Commission at its June meeting had been placed on hold pending the outcome of the Special Session of the General Assembly. With the Commission's approval of this new FY2010 agency budget, grant recipients should begin receiving notification about their pending grant awards within the next several weeks.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.