Friday, March 26, 2010

Announcing the 2010-2011 Season


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has announced its 2010-2011 season, which includes 16 shows in three separate series and two special productions.

"The 2010-2011 season includes well-known musicals, theatre classics and contemporary hits," said Steven Koehler, managing director of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. "This diverse season will appeal to our audiences and volunteers alike."

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 season is divided into three series: MainStage, Civic Youth Theatre and Staged Readings.

"The MainStage series is our signature series with five diverse selections, including musicals, dramas, comedies and classics performed at Civic Theatre's historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette," Koehler said. "Civic Youth Theatre productions engage young people age 18 and younger both in acting roles and backstage positions. The Staged Readings are entering their fourth season and focus on plays with great dialogue and themes."

The MainStage season opens September as the musical The Taffetas takes an affectionate look at 1950s all-girl singing groups. Tuesdays with Morrie, based on Mitch Albom's runaway best-selling book, follows in November. The third MainStage show is Arthur Miller's classic post-war drama All My Sons in January, followed by the British sex farce about politicians, Out of Order, in March. The final show in the MainStage season will be the horror-comedy musical Little Shop of Horrors in May.

Civic Youth Theatre begins with the 24-Hour Theatre Project, an event during which all participants will create a show from scratch within 24 hours of their first meeting. The one-time performance will be October 9. Three classic stories follow, starting with Once Upon a Mattress, a musical based on "The Princess and the Pea," in February. William Shakespeare's Macbeth, a tragedy about the abuse of power and the madness it causes, will be performed in April. The warm-hearted children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit, about the unconditional love a boy has for his toy rabbit, concludes the season.

The five staged readings held during the year will take place the Tuesday following the opening weekends of the MainStage shows. The first is The Diaries of Adam and Eve, based on two short stories by Mark Twain. The second script is Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive in which a young woman's life is irrevocably changed as she takes driving lessons from her uncle. As Bees in Honey Drown, a satiric comedy about fame and celebrity follows. For the fourth year, the Staged Reading series will include at least one world premiere of an original script. The title for the 2010-2011 has not yet been determined; information about submission guidelines and deadlines will follow soon. The final staged reading will be the Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women, written by one of America's greatest living playwrights, Edward Albee.

"All of the plays in these series offer strong points of view about the world and the relationships we develop with others," Koehler said. "Audiences will be moved by the stories – both comic and tragic – they see on stage during the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette."

For the first time, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will offer two short-run special productions. The first is the world premiere of Enter Love, a musical written by local artists Lynn Lupold and Don Seybold. Enter Love will take place in August. The second is the classic Christmas story The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, which will run in December. Both productions take place at the historic Monon Depot Theatre.

"These short-run productions are fully produced shows," Koehler said. "At these times when the Monon Depot Theatre traditionally sits empty, we look forward to bringing stories about the nature of love and the joy of Christmas to our audiences."

The full calendar of the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is:
  • * Enter Love (Short-Run Production), August 13-15, 2010
  • * The Taffetas (MainStage), September 10-26, 2010
  • * The Diaries of Adam and Eve (Staged Reading), September 14, 2010
  • * 24-Hour Theatre Project (Civic Youth Theatre), October 9, 2010
  • * Tuesdays with Morrie (MainStage), November 5-21, 2010
  • * How I Learned to Drive (Staged Reading), November 9, 2010
  • * The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Short-Run Production), December 3-12, 2010
  • * All My Sons (MainStage), January 28-February 13, 2011
  • * As Bees in Honey Drown (Staged Reading), February 1, 2011
  • * Once Upon a Mattress (Civic Youth Theatre), February 25-27, 2011
  • * Out of Order (MainStage), March 11-27, 2011
  • * World Premiere of Original Scripts, T.B.D. (Staged Reading), March 15, 2011
  • * Macbeth (Civic Youth Theatre), April 8-10, 2011
  • * The Velveteen Rabbit (Civic Youth Theatre), April 22-24, 2011
  • * Little Shop of Horrors (MainStage), May 13-29, 2011
  • * Three Tall Women (Staged Reading), May 17, 2011

Tickets for MainStage shows and special productions will cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under. Tickets for Civic Youth Theatre productions will cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under. The Staged Readings are Pay What You Can events. Season tickets can be purchased either by visiting http://www.lafayettecivic.org/ or by calling 765-423-7529. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon matinee performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

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