Sunday, February 28, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: Snow White


Now that Snow White 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?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Announcing the scripts for Young Playwrights Project


Four scripts have been selected to be fully produced in Young Playwrights Project, the final production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. All scripts were written by youth age 18 or under.

The scripts and playwrights are:
  • * Come Back to Me by Emily Davis
  • * Dare I Say by Margaret Duvall and Shalu Mittal
  • * Romeo & Juliet … and Gretchen by Maggie Furtner
  • * Violins by Malena de la Fuente

Audition dates have not yet been decided.

Young Playwrights Project will open Friday, April 16 and run through Sunday, April 18.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Preview of Snow White on www.jconline.com


A preview of Snow White appears online at http://www.jconline.com/, the Web site for the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Snow White


The following preview video of Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season, has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steve Scherer for creating this video.



Snow White opens Friday, February 26 and runs through Sunday, February 28. For more information about the show, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Announcing the cast of Cabaret


Director Kate Walker has announced the cast for Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The musical is by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb.

The cast includes:
  • * Master of Ceremonies – Jaymes Osborne
  • * Sally Bowles – Julia Colby
  • * Cliff Bradshaw – Jeff Spanke
  • * Herr Schultz – Dan Miller
  • * Fraulein Kost – Kate Martin
  • * Fraulein Schneider – Kathy Bruni
  • * Ernst Ludwig – David Dietz
  • * Max – Bill Knapp
  • * Kit Kat Girls
    Fritzie/Lady #1 – Lisa Stanforth
    Rosie/Lady #2 – Stephanie Patterson
    Lulu – Justice Fuller
    Texas/Gorilla – Cheryl Drake-Smith
    Frenchie – Kristen Lesniak
    Helga – Edith Catinchi
  • * Kit Kat Boys
    Hans – Tyler Stephenson
    Axel/Customs Officer – Alex Reyes
    Bobby – Christian Davis
    Victor – Terrance Youngblood
    Karl – Thua Ly-Pham
  • * Chorus – Joyce Gordon, Denise Laussade, Ivy Mills, Morgan Ulyat

Cabaret will open Friday, May 7 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance will begin Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m.


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

Sunday, February 21, 2010

2010 Young At Arts Civic Youth Theatre Intensive Summer Camp: Annie Jr.


Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan is registering students for the 2010 Young at Arts Civic Youth Theatre Summer Camps. One of the camps being offered is a 4-week intensive summer camp to create a full-scale production of Annie Jr. with lights, sound and costumes.

This is the third year Civic Youth Theatre has offered an intensive summer camp experience. Days will consist of classes in voice, movement and acting, and rehearsing Annie Jr. All camp participants will be cast in the show. Like last year, Fridays will be reward day. There will be different activities such as a talent show or watching a movie as a reward for working hard during the week. This camp is for students between the ages of 9 and 18. It runs June 28 through July 23, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The conclusion of camp will be evening performances on July 23 and July 24, along with matinee performances on July 24 and July 25. After the show on Sunday, July 25, all cast and crew members will strike the set, and a strike party / going away party will follow. The cost of the camp is $400.

Registration forms for the 4-week intensive summer camp of Annie Jr. will be accepted starting March 1. All spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students who are interested in being on the tech crew for Annie Jr. but cannot attend the 4-week camp can contact Melanie at 765-423-7529 to learn about possible open crew positions. Positions include backstage crew, light board and sound board operators, and set construction. Crew must be between ages 10 and 18 and attend all shows as well as rehearsals from 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. from July 19-25.

A brochure about the 2010 Young At Arts Civic Youth Theatre Summer Camps is now available at Civic Theatre's office at 313 N. 5th Street and online at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/. The brochure includes the registration form.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a limited number of scholarships available for the 2010 Young At Arts Civic Youth Theatre Summer Camps. Call 765-423-7529 for more information.

2010 Young At Arts Civic Youth Theatre Summer Camps: Improv R Us, Theatre Exploration and Musical Theatre & Drama


Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan is registering students for the 2010 Young at Arts Civic Youth Theatre Summer Camps. There are three camps for students of all ages, including:

Improv R Us. Campers will learn basic techniques of improvisation for the theatre. They will learn the importance of improv as an acting technique, as well as performing in comedic shows. The week will culminate with an improvisational performance showcasing the actors' ability to think quickly on their feet. This camp is for students entering Grade 5 and above. It runs June 14-18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost of the camp is $130.

Theatre Exploration Camp. This camp will take campers on a journey through the magical world of the theatre. Students will use music, movement and arts & crafts to create a world within the theatre. This camp is for students entering Kindergarten or Grade 1. It runs June 21-25 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The cost of the camp is $70.

Musical Theatre & Drama Camp. Campers will learn the basics of acting through drama and musical theatre. Using scenes and songs from a variety of musicals, the campers will be ready to perform. This camp is for students entering Grades 2, 3 or 4. It runs July 26-30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost of the camp is $130.

A brochure about the 2010 Young At Arts Civic Youth Theatre Summer Camps is now available at Civic Theatre's office at 313 N. 5th Street and online at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/. The brochure includes the registration form.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a limited number of scholarships available for the 2010 Young At Arts Civic Youth Theatre Summer Camps. Call 765-423-7529 for more information.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

In the Wings: Snow White. Meet Kiara Light.


Kiara Light plays Snow White in Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by J. Michael Straczynski.

Kiara makes her Civic Theatre debut with this production.

"I thought it would be cool to do the show. I know Missy Freels, the director, so I thought that would make me more comfortable auditioning," she said.

Kiara described Snow White and her dreams.

"Snow White wants something to happen but she doesn't know what that is," she said. "Snow White loves nature, and she's clueless and totally happy all the time."

Kiara concluded by explaining what an audience will remember most about this production.

"The audience will remember how quirky it is and that it's different than the Disney version," she said.

Snow White runs from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the show on Sunday afternoon 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/.

Friday, February 19, 2010

In the Wings: Snow White. Meet Kayla Davenport.


Kayla Davenport plays the Queen in Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by J. Michael Straczynski.

Kayla makes her debut with this production.

"I've always wanted to be an actress and I love Disney, especially the princess movies. So when I saw that Civic Youth Theatre was doing Snow White, I really wanted to try out for it," she said.

Kayla described the Queen as evil, sinister and deadly.

"She tries to kill Snow White four times," she said. "The Queen wants to do away with Snow White because Snow White is more beautiful than she is."

Kayla concluded by describing what audiences will remember about the production.

"The audience will remember the show's quirkiness and how funny it is," she said.

Snow White runs from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the show on Sunday afternoon 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/.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

In the Wings: Snow White. Meet Catalina Cruz.


Catalina Cruz plays the Old Woman in Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by J. Michael Straczynski.

Catalina is making her Civic Theatre debut with this production. She explained why she auditioned for the show.

"The show sounded fun and I want to be an actress on Broadway someday," she said.

Catalina explained that the Old Woman is one of the Queen's alter egos.

"The Old Woman wants to kill Snow White," she said. "She tries to hypnotize Snow White using a diamond."

Catalina said the audience will enjoy how funny the show is.

"The characters are goofier than in the Walt Disney movie," she said. "The play is more comic than serious."

Snow White runs from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the show on Sunday afternoon 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, February 17, 2010

In the Wings: Snow White. Meet Summer Adams.


Summer Adams plays the Princess in Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by J. Michael Straczynski.

Summer said she enjoys acting and takes every opportunity she can to audition.

"I thought it was very cool that Snow White was being produced at Civic," she said. "I have seen other versions besides the Walt Disney version but I had never seen this version before."

Summer said the Princess is one of the Queen's alter egos.

"The Princess is evil, outgoing and snobbish," she said. "When the audience first sees her, the Princess just wants Snow White dead."

Summer said audiences will notice that the play is very different from the Disney version.

"There are a lot of great actors in the show and a lot of people stick out," she said.

Snow White runs from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the show on Sunday afternoon 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/.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

In the Wings: Snow White. Meet Ariel Laukins.


Ariel Laukins plays Dopey in Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by J. Michael Straczynski.

Ariel is making her acting debut with Civic Theatre in this production, although she has been involved with other shows.

"I always have been interested in acting but have only been on technical crews so far," she said. "I just felt confident that I could be an actor in a show this time."

Ariel said Dopey is different in this version than in the Walt Disney movie.

"Dopey speaks in this version and he gets to talk to the audience sometimes," she said. "Dopey is very stupid and he doesn't understand what people around him are talking about, but he understands other things. He also becomes sad when Snow White dies."

Ariel suggested two parts of the play that the audience will enjoy.

"The audience will remember the scene with the cherries," she said. "And when Snow White comes back to life, it's very dramatic. The audience will remember that."

Snow White runs from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the show on Sunday afternoon 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/.

Monday, February 15, 2010

In the Wings: Snow White. Meet Grace Eckhardt.


Grace Eckhardt plays Sleepy in Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by J. Michael Straczynski.

Grace makes her Civic Theatre acting debut with this production.

"My friend Abby has done several Civic shows and I thought it would be fun to do one too," she said.

Grace said Sleepy is always very sleepy in the show, but he also is a hero.

"Sleepy saves everyone's life one of the times Snow White is threatened," she said.

Grace concluded by suggesting what the audience will enjoy about the show.

"People will love the trees. They're very cute," she said. "All the trees are played by six-year-old kids."

Snow White runs from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the show on Sunday afternoon 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/.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: A Raisin in the Sun


Now that A Raisin in the Sun 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?

In the Wings: Snow White. Meet Missy Freels, the director.


Missy Freels directs Snow White, the third production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by J. Michael Straczynski.

Missy makes her directing debut with this production.

"I wanted to direct something I knew and loved, and it had to be fun," she said. "Directing Snow White has been a tremendous experience so far. It has been great working with these 17 kids in the cast."

Missy said the plot of Straczynski's script differs from the Walt Disney movie version in a number of ways.

"Snow White, the Prince, the seven dwarfs and the Queen are still in the script," she said. "In this version, however, there are four attempts on Snow White's life. The Queen sends the Prince to kill her. She also turns herself into the Princess, the Old Woman and the Witch to kill Snow White."

Missy concluded by suggesting what an audience will most remember about the production.

"The script isn't as dark and scary as the movie; this version is fun. There are a lot of times the audience is going to giggle," she said. "The audience will walk away thinking, 'That really made me laugh.'"

Snow White runs from Friday, February 26 to Sunday, February 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m., and the show on Sunday afternoon 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/.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Announcing auditions: Cabaret


Audition dates have been announced for Cabaret, the final production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 MainStage season. Auditions will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, February 21 and Monday, February 22 on the second floor above Adelino's Old World Kitchen, 112 N. 3rd Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Kate Walker asks that all auditioning prepare a Broadway-style song. Accompaniment will be provided. All auditioners must call Civic Theatre's box office at 765-423-7529 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and will be worked into the audition schedule. Individual auditions will be held every 5 minutes, and the last 20 minutes of each hour will be a dance audition; everyone must stay. Please dress for movement. Everyone auditioning must be 18 years old or older.

The scene is a night club in Berlin as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. On the train to Berlin we find Cliff, a young American writer, and Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff's luggage at the German border. History is in the process of being made. Musical numbers include "It Couldn't Please Me More," "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies." We find Cliff on the train again, now leaving Berlin alone. He writes about Sally and the people of Berlin leading up to the Third Reich. It has been a tumultuous and heartbreaking era.

Cabaret will open Friday, May 7 and run through Sunday, May 23.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Announcing the cast of Coming Out Party

Director Julia Colby has announced the cast for Coming Out Party, the fourth staged reading of the 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell. The reading will mark its world premiere.

The cast includes:
  • * Michael – Doug Pruim
  • * Terrance – Brent Wick
  • * Elaine – Lisa Stanforth
  • * Buck – Neil Radtke
  • * Jack – Steve Scherer
  • * Rita – MaryBeth Weckerlin
  • * Grandma – Marilyn Howland Ross
  • * Sam – Nathan Keiller

The staged reading of Coming Out Party will be held Tuesday, March 16 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/.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February 13: Who Are You - Character Development


On Saturday, February 13, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will offer a class titled "Who Are You – Character Development." It will be held 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Although playwrights and directors help shape a play and its characters, actors know the characters they play better than anyone, not only physically but emotionally. Participants will learn techniques to develop fully formed characters that will grab an audience's attention. The instructors are Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan and Civic veteran Julia Colby. 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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: The Haraka Writers

The Haraka Writers performed as part of the Staged Reading Series tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 20 people in attendance. As with other events in the series, the performance was followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience and the performers.

Did you attend the performance? What were some of the high points? What will you remember most about this event?

The Review Is In: A Raisin in the Sun


The review of A Raisin in the Sun 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.

A Raisin in the Sun 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 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The show closes Sunday, February 14. All performances take place at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

To inquire about tickets, please call the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette box office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's Web site at http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

Announcing auditions: Coming Out Party

Auditions have been announced for Coming Out Party, an original script by Laurie Russell. It is the fourth script in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 staged reading season. Auditions will take place Monday, February 8 from 7-9 p.m. in the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Julia Colby is asking auditioners to read from the script. Excerpts are available at the Civic Theatre office. All auditioners are asked to stay for the entire audition time. She is looking for the following:

  • * 1 boy, 10-12 years old
  • * 3 men, mid- to late-20s or possibly early 30s
  • * 1 woman, mid- to late-20s
  • * 1 man, 50s
  • * 1 woman, 50s
  • * 1 woman to play a "spry-but-eccentric grandmother"

The reading will take place Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. It is a Pay What You Can event.

More Raisin in the Sun interviews


Ebony Kennedy (Ruth Younger) and Steven Koehler (Director) were interviewed by Ariel Van Cleave for WBAA last week. The full interview can be heard here.

A Raisin in the Sun continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30 through February 14. Tickets are available at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or here.