Monday, November 30, 2009

Building the Show cancelled


Due to low enrollment, the Building the show class scheduled for this Saturday December 4, has been canceled.
Up next is the December 12 "Breaking down the script" class. There are slots still available.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

December 5: Building the Show


On Saturday, December 5, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will offer a class titled "Building the Show." It will be held 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

This class covers the basics of building a show, brought to you by "The Boys," who have built several sets for Civic Theatre. Participants will tour the construction shop, learn basic techniques and acquire hands-on experience in building a set from the Civic masters. The instructors are Civic veterans Dan Becker, Dave Lahr and Tom Moran. The two-hour class costs $20.

To register for the class, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 765-423-7529. Space is limited.

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Photos of the set.


The following photos show the set for A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. These photos of the not-then-completed set were taken in late November.

Set Design: John David Collier
Set Decor: Anita Weston
Master Carpenters: Dave Lahr, Tom Moran




Saturday, November 28, 2009

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Photos from rehearsals.








Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

A Christmas Story runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There also are performances on Thursday, December 10 and December 17. Shows on Thursday, 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/.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Preview of A Christmas Story on www.jconline.com


A preview of A Christmas Story appears online on www.jconline.com, the Web site of the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. The preview also can be read in the Journal and Courier's Friday entertainment magazine TGIF. A photograph of Layton Laukins, who plays Ralphie, is on the cover of the print edition.

You can read the preview here.

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Meet Layton Laukins.


Layton Laukins plays Ralphie in A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show is based on the movie of the same name.

The show marks Layton’s acting debut with Civic Theatre.

“I’m having a fun time so far,” he said.

Layton said that Ralphie is a regular kid who wants a BB gun for Christmas.

“The problem is that his mother and everyone else tell him, ‘You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!’” he said.

A Christmas Story runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There also are performances on Thursday, December 10 and December 17. Shows on Thursday, 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/.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette

Best wishes to you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving day from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Meet Kit Klutzke.


Kit Klutzke plays The Old Man in A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show is based on the movie of the same name.

Kit called The Old Man, Ralphie’s father, a very colorful character.

“He loves his Christmas turkey. He uses interesting words that little kids should not hear. He is always trying to win contests and in the show he wins a Major Award which he is very proud of,” he said.

Kit explained why he wanted to be part of the show.

“It’s a Christmas classic,” he said. “The season is not complete unless you’ve watched it at least once. Audiences can enjoy it in a different way by coming to Civic Theatre to watch it live.”

A Christmas Story runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There also are performances on Thursday, December 10 and December 17. Shows on Thursday, 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, November 25, 2009

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Meet Heather Owen.


Heather Owen plays Ralphie’s Mother in A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show is based on the movie of the same name.

Heather said that while Mother may be flaky, she also is believable and other mothers can relate to her.

“We all go slightly mad between Thanksgiving and Christmas because we have to deal with all the preparations. There’s also friction between children and parents about what they want for presents and whether parents will or can get it for them,” she said. “Even though it’s a nostalgic story, I think it’s very applicable today. The things my children want for Christmas either are not available or are dangerous. My son wants a longboard and I found myself saying Mother’s line, but rather than ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,’ I said, ‘You’ll fall and break your head.’ I totally understood Mother in the show when that moment happened.”

Heather has not been on stage for more than 20 years. She explained what led her to audition for A Christmas Story.

“Since last January when I attended a volunteer orientation, I’ve tried to build up my involvement at Civic. I decided my capstone project would be to be cast in a MainStage show,” she said. “I also really wanted to work with John David Collier."

A Christmas Story runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There also are performances on Thursday, December 10 and December 17. Shows on Thursday, 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, November 24, 2009

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Meet Ross Klink.


Ross Klink plays Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show is based on the movie of the same name.

Ross said Scut is very different from him.

“Scut is kind of a mean kid. He’s the bully in the play,” Ross said. “Scut likes to hurt the other kid characters.”

Ross knew the movie before he auditioned, which is why he wanted to be part of the show.

“It’s very funny,” he said. “I like being funny and making people laugh.”

Ross finished by explaining what audiences will most remember about the play.

“They’ll remember how funny it is and how desperate Ralphie is for his gun," he said.

A Christmas Story runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There also are performances on Thursday, December 10 and December 17. Shows on Thursday, 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, November 23, 2009

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Meet Michael Greenan.


Michael Greenan plays Ralph in A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show is based on the movie of the same name.

Ralph is the adult version of Ralphie, played by Layton Laukins. In the movie the character is only a voiceover performed by author Jean Shepherd, upon whose books the movie is based. Michael explained the challenges of creating the character.

“I have to feel the emotional moments and become used to the rhythms of the language,” he said. “The script is written in a very specific style.”

Michael said the story is joyful and the young characters are adorable. He also said the stage version includes some things not included in the movie.

“There’s some romance between Ralphie and Esther Jane, and there’s more descriptive language too,” Michael said.

A Christmas Story runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There also are performances on Thursday, December 10 and December 17. Shows on Thursday, 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, November 22, 2009

In the Wings: A Christmas Story. Meet John David Collier, the director.


John David Collier directs A Christmas Story, the second production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show is based on the movie of the same name.

John was interested in directing the show because he knows the movie and the story.

“The show is set in the late 1940s in Hohman, Indiana – which is based on Hammond," he said. "The Parkers are a working-class family with two kids. The play is all about Ralphie and his dream Christmas present: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.”

John said the play is slightly different than the movie, but that audiences still will see most of the movie scenes on stage.

"They audience will think, ‘Gosh, they got all the important things in that set on that stage with these local actors, and they did a great job,” he said.

A Christmas Story runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There also are performances on Thursday, December 10 and December 17. Shows on Thursday, 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/.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Civic Theatre adds 11th performance to the run of A Christmas Story


Due to outstanding ticket presales for A Christmas Story, which will run three consecutive weekends from December 4 through December 20, Civic Theatre has added another performance on Thursday, December 10.

The updated performance schedule is:
  • * Friday, December 4
  • * Saturday, December 5
  • * Sunday, December 6
  • * Thursday, December 10
  • * Friday, December 11
  • * Saturday, December 12
  • * Sunday, December 13
  • * Thursday, December 17
  • * Friday, December 18
  • * Saturday, December 19
  • * Sunday, December 20

The Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m.
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Tickets can be pre-ordered by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529, visiting the office at 313 N. 5th Street or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=1969.

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in Indiana in the 1940s follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker (Layton Laukins) in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother (Heather Owen), his teacher (Jane Hampton) and even Santa Claus (Arliss Jeffries) himself, at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out."

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace, Scut Farkas (Ross Klink), the school bully, the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, Ralphie's father (Kit Klutzke) winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking, Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vote for Civic Theatre to receive $25,000



Chase Community Giving is giving away a total of $5,000,000 to local charities. This in itself is not huge news, Chase Bank has a long history of generosity. What is different this time is that they are letting us decide who gets the money. Clicking on the above box will bring you to a website (Within FaceBook) that will allow you to vote for Civic Theatre to be one of the recipients of this money.

As far as I can tell nothing quite like this has happened before. Allowing individuals to help direct giving of a major national corporation instead of a select group of Board Members.

The entire process is a little daunting, more than 500,000 non profits are involved and only a small handful will receive any money. It becomes a little more attainable when one considers that only groups with less than $10 million in annual income are eligible.

Help keep us in the running, voting is painless and quick. After helping Civic Theatre you have an additional 19 votes that you can use to help other non-profit groups.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dinner and Theatre package now Available


Adelino’s Old World Kitchen and Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be teaming up to offer patrons a Show Night Dinner Package. For $15 patrons will choose a dinner off of a select menu on the night of Civic Theatre MainStage shows. Patrons will also be guaranteed a seating early enough that will guarantee they completion of dinner in time to get to the theatre. “We are working toward improving the overall quality of the theatre going experience for our loyal patrons.” States Civic Managing Director Steven Koehler. “The added convenience of being able to make reservations, and pay for dinner at the same time as securing your theatre tickets should help alleviate some time in all of our busy lives.”

Patrons can make their dinner reservations, which can be anytime between 5pm and 6:30pm to guarantee being finished in time for curtain, when they purchase their theatre tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Theatre office located at 313 North 5th Street, by phone at 765-423-7529, or online at lafayettecivic.org.


The Menu:

Choose 1 From:

Marinated Olives

Hummus and Pita Chips

Goat Cheese in Marinara

Choose 1 From:

Roasted Potatoes

Cous Cous

Adelino’s Pasta

Wild Rice & Mushrooms

Choose 1 From:

Honey Asparagus

Broccoli Roman

Sherry Mushrooms

Bavarian Carrots

Choose 1 From

Mahi Mahi Pompeii

Almond Crusted Tuna

Sausage Brochette

Pork Brochette

Chicken Brochette

*Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Announcing auditions: A Raisin in the Sun

Audition dates have been announced for A Raisin in the Sun, the third production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 MainStage Season. They will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, November 29 and Monday, November 30 in the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette office at 313 N. 5th Street.

Director Steven Koehler is looking to cast the following:

  • * 3 African American females between ages 20-60
  • * 4 African American males between ages 20-50
  • * 1 African American male youth between ages 9-12
  • * 1 white male between ages 30-60
All auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Copies can be checked out from Civic Theatre's office.

Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: to buy a liquor store and be his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. This play about sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

A Raisin in the Sun will open Friday, January 29 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, February 14.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dream Deferred at Purdue Galleries


Please take a moment to check out the blog for Purdue Galleries here announcing their January exhibit "A Dream Deferred." The show features the art work of Patrick Earl Hammie (Champaign, Illinois). The name of the exhibit comes from Langston Hughes' famous poem"Harlem" which also lends the title to Civic Theatre's January/February show A Raisin in the Sun.

The Purdue Galleries post gives some details about the upcoming exhibit and how we are tying it in with our production. There will be more information shortly about panel discussions, lectures and other programs surrounding this Loraine Hansberry classic.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Share Your Thoughts: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown


Now that You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

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?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Photos from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown rehearsals






Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the second production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens Friday, November 6 and runs through Sunday, November 8 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evening begin at 7:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon show begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $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/

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Civic Volunteer Album. Meet Bailey Rosa.


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.

Bailey Rosa has been involved in more than 40 shows at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, including productions in the Civic MainStage, Civic Youth Theatre and Civic under the Stars seasons. Although she has served in several functions, Bailey most often serves either as a show's lighting designer or stage manager.

Bailey began volunteering with the Civic Youth Theatre production of Number the Stars in the 2004-2005 season.

"I was the sound designer and sound board operator," Bailey said. "I became involved with the show because a few friends of mine were acting in it. They told me I should help."

One of Bailey's favorite Civic productions was The Diary of Anne Frank, produced in the 2005-2006 MainStage season. She was the stage manager.

"The show was such an amazing experience," she said. "Not only did I learn many things about history and theatre, but I met some really amazing people during the production that I now consider my family. Not only was it awesome to be a part of a show that never seemed to end because we kept adding performances, but it was just wonderful to be around Susan Kisinger, the director; Steve Martin, the assistant director; and the whole cast for a large portion of my 8th grade year."

Bailey also recalled two special moments from other productions she worked on.

"On the set of Forever Plaid, Julia Colby and I worked for hours to put together and hang Christmas net lights all over the ceiling. When the lights turned on for two minutes at the end of the show, it was the most amazing sight ever!" she said. "Another special moment was at the end of Jesus Christ Superstar. I was under the stage setting off the fog that covered the stage, and I looked up and saw a dove sitting on top of the cross. It was the perfect ending to a show. I remember everyone crying at the end because it was just amazing!"

Bailey concluded by explaining what being involved with Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has meant to her.

"Civic has been my home away from home for the last eight years; I would not be the person I am today if it hadn’t been for Civic," she said. "There are so many great people that are accepting of everyone, who help you grow in your knowledge of the theatre and just have an amazing time while putting on a wonderful show. Getting involved in Civic was the best decision I have ever made."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Meet and Greet.

Flu season us once again upon us. In the interest of keeping our cast healthy and ready to perform for you, Civic Theatre will be suspending the tradition of Meet and Greet.

Meet and Greet is a tradition at many community theatre, Civic Theatre included. The cast comes into the lobby immediately following curtain call to shake hands with the audience. It gives a chance to keep that community connection strong and another opportunity for the audience to thank the actors for their hard work.

There will also be hand sanitizer at the box office, and anti-bacterial soap added to the bathroom. We have some wonderful shows this winter and I would hate to have the flu or other seasonal ailments keep you from seeing them.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Soliciting script submissions for Civic Youth Theatre's Young Playwrights Project


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and Civic Youth Theatre are seeking original, previously unproduced and unpublished scripts written by youth (ages 18 and younger) for consideration for the 2010 Young Playwrights Project.

Two to four scripts will be chosen for fully realized productions on the stage of the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. The authors will have the opportunity to work with a published playwright to hone their scripts.

Scripts that follow the submission guidelines will be accepted through 4:00 PM on January 29, 2010. Scripts that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Length: Playing time 15 – 30 minutes.
  • Setting: Minimal set requirements, single location preferred.
  • Cast Size: 2 – 10 actors.
  • Subject: Anything. A word on language - Although we do not wish to limit creativity, the author should make every effort to keep the show family friendly. Scripts with mature themes and language will not be considered.
  • Script Requirements: Typed in script format. Author's name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, age, school name and grade should be written on a 3" x 5" index card and paper-clipped to the script. The author's name should not appear anywhere else.

Submissions should be mailed or hand delivered to:
Young Playwrights Project
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
313 North 5th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Scripts will not be returned, but an evaluation will be sent to each playwright upon request with the inclusion of a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Selected scripts will be announced on February 12.

Call Melanie R. Buchanan at 765-423-7529 or e-mail cyt@lafayettecivic.org with questions.

Performances will be April 16 – 18, 2010 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Share Your Thoughts: Tour of Terror

The 2009 Tour of Terror has concluded, delivering eerie and spooky true tales of downtown Lafayette. Stories of murders, beheadings, accidents and more were told each Friday and Saturday night between Oct. 16-31 by a group of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette volunteers.

What did you think of this year's Tour of Terror? What were some of the highlights?