Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Top 11 moments from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette shows in 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, I'd like to share what I thought were memorable moments from shows produced by Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette during the calendar year.

My Top 11 moments are listed in alphabetical order by show name. Every MainStage, Civic Youth Theatre and Civic Under the Stars show that appeared in the Monon Depot Theatre or Tippecanoe County Amphitheater in the 2009 calendar year is included.
  • * Children of Eden - The entrance of the animals from throughout the theatre and into Noah's ark.
  • * A Christmas Story - The fantasy sequence in which Ralphie saves his friends in the jungle. He fires his trusty gun and a snake falls from the sky.
  • * Guys and Dolls, Jr. - Nicely-Nicely Johnson leads the cast in raising the roof of the Save-a-Soul Mission in "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."
  • * The Importance of Being Earnest - The final line of the play brings together a pun on all the proceedings that came before and the play's title.
  • * The King and I - The "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet at the beginning of Act II.
  • * The Man Who Came to Dinner - Nurse Preen, after being insulted and tormented by Sheridan Whiteside throughout the play, fires back at him in a caustic monologue and leaves.
  • * The Mousetrap - The song and lyrics of "Three Blind Mice" are eerily sung or played on piano, creating tension in the boarding house.
  • * Our Town - Emily says goodbye to all of the things in the world that she will miss before returning to the cemetery and rejoining the dead.
  • * Private Lives - The maid enters to a messy apartment, cleans it, shows her utter disdain for the people there and their messy lives (through the use of some well-chosen French phrases and withering looks) and leaves in a flurry of action.
  • * The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales - Foxy Loxy and the Stinky Cheese Man's trip across the river is performed using puppets.
  • * You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Charlie Brown sing about their book reports on Peter Rabbit in "The Book Report."
What were the moments you'll most remember from the 2009 calendar year at Civic Theatre?

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