Sunday, May 30, 2010

Announcing audtions: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times


Audition dates have been set for Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, a short-run production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 season. Auditions will be held 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Callback auditions will be held the same day from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the same location.

Director Kenny Shepard is looking for 10-12 women and men for the show. Those who are auditioning must be over age 18. They are asked to prepare 16 bars of two songs with contrasting styles, preferably show tunes, and to arrive prepared to dance. Auditioners who have headshots and résumés should bring them to the audition.

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times is a world premiere about the nature of love and relationships in the first decade of the 21st century. With music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold, with additional arrangement by Eric Van Cleave and book by Don Seybold, Civic Theatre is thrilled to present this locally grown show in its first full theatrical realization.

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times will open Friday, August 13 and run through Sunday, August 15. It may be extended from Thursday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Civic Theatre on YouTube: The One Size Fits All show on May 29

The following preview of the One Size Fits All show on Saturday, May 29 has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steven Koehler for creating this video.



One Size Fits All performs Saturday, May 29 at 8 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre. The show is fun for audiences of all ages; tickets cost $4 in advance by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or at the box office the night of the show.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Announcing the Board of Directors for Civic Theatre's 2010-2011 season

The following individuals will be serving on Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 season:

  • * Sonya Basaran
  • * Dan Becker
  • * Cadi Bien
  • * Harry Brown
  • * Sherri Bundy
  • * Julia Colby
  • * Ned Derhammer
  • * Gerriann Fish
  • * Sherri Guido
  • * Ted Hingst
  • * Kris Kazmierczak
  • * Sue Lakin
  • * Denise Laussade
  • * Steve Martin
  • * Rod Ray
  • * Laurie Russell
  • * Larry Sommers

Individuals on the Board are involved with areas as far reaching as developing the schedule of productions and educational opportunities, maintaining the physical facilities, raising funds and much more.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: Cabaret


Now that Cabaret has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about the show? What were your thoughts about the performances? The design? The story and theme? What were the standout moments?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

One Size Fits All Improv to perform Friday, May 29 at Civic Theatre

How do you top three consecutive weekends of scantily clad women, fruit sellers, and German accents?

You tell us.

One Size Fits All returns to the Monon Depot Theatre, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, next Saturday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. after a record-setting run of Cabaret the three previous weekends.

As always, the players perform scenes and songs based on suggestions from the audience: Everything from a romantic scene centered around a typewriter to a dancing with a gorilla wearing a tutu to wooing an elderly woman with a pineapple. And more. It all depends on you.

An M.C. runs the show, scores are kept and a winner crowned at the end of the night and you may end up on stage playing in a scene!

  • * Who: One Size Fits All Improv
  • * What: An improv comedy show
  • * When: Saturday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m.
  • * Where: The historic Monon Depot Theatre, 315 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette
  • * Why: Why not?
  • * How (much): $4, either in advance by calling 765-423-7529 or at the box office the night of the show. All proceeds go to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show is fun for the entire family and appropriate for all ages.

See you at the theater!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The 2010-2011 season: One Size Fits All

One Size Fits All will perform their improvisational comedy shows at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette on the following dates of the 2010-2011 season:
  • * July 31
  • * August 28
  • * October 16
  • * January 15
  • * April 2
  • * June 4

All shows are Saturday night and tickets cost $4 per person. These shows are fun for the entire family.

The August 28 show will be the graduation performance for people taking One Size Fits All's summer Comedy Improvisational Technique & Performance Workshops, led by Matt Kerkhoff. Learn more about these summer workshops by visiting One Size Fits All's website, http://www.onesizefitsallimprov.com.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Annual membership meeting on Tuesday, May 25


The membership of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is invited to attend the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 25. Mingling and light refreshments will precede and follow the 5:30 p.m. meeting. The meeting will be brief; the only agenda item is to elect a slate for the Board of Directors for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

The chair of the Board Governance Committee (formerly known as the Nominating Committee) is Rod Ray. He and his committee have identified an excellent slate for the Board of Directors.

All are welcome, but only members can vote. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact the office by calling 765-423-7529 or e-mail info@lafayettecivic.org.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: Parallel Lives

The staged reading of Parallel Lives took place tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 58 people in attendance. As with other staged readings in the series, it was followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director, Allen Banning.

Did you attend the staged reading? What did you think about the characters, the plot and other elements of the script? What were some of the high points? What will you remember most about this staged reading?

The Review Is In: Cabaret


The review of Cabaret was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Dick Jaeger. You can read it here.

Cabaret 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. All performances take place at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. The show closes May 23.

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

Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 15: A Career on the Stage, with special guest Ward Billeisen


On Saturday, May 15, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette welcomes veteran Broadway actor Ward Billeisen to speak at a class titled "A Career on the Stage." It will be held 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Ward Billeisen has been performing extensively in New York City on Broadway and all over the United States for over a decade, performing on stage with David Hyde Pierce, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Ana Gasteyer, Mandy Patinkin, Harvey Fierstein, Gary Beach and Victoria Clark to name just a few. His talents and experience cover a wide spectrum, from performing on TV at The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), honoring Andrew Lloyd Webber, to choreographing and assistant directing benefit concerts to raise money for a multitude of charities, national tours and regional productions all over the East Coast.

Ward appeared in the Broadway companies of the beloved Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka) in 2004 and most recently Curtains (Brick Hawvermale), starring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk, in 2007. Having toured the US in three national tours of Hello, Dolly!, Chicago and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, he has performed in 49 of the 50 states and in Canada. He just filmed Stephen Sondheim's 80th Birthday Gala for PBS that airs in November of this year. Favorite experiences on stage include singing in concert with the Three Irish Tenors and playing the roles of Tony in West Side Story and Rolf in Sound of Music.

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

Friday, May 7, 2010

Opening Night for Cabaret: production photos












Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Cabaret opens tonight, May 7, at 8 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. The show will run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, May 23. There also will be a performance Thursday, May 20. To order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Cabaret


The following preview of Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season, has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steve Scherer for creating this video.



Cabaret opens Friday, May 7 and runs through Sunday, May 23. For more information about the show, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Preview of Cabaret on www.jconline.com


A preview of Cabaret 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.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Photos of the set.


The following photos show the set for Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. These photos of the not-then-completed set were taken in early May.
  • * Set Design: John David Collier
  • * Master Carpenter: Rick Walker





Tuesday, May 4, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Photos from rehearsal.

Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.















Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a show Thursday, May 20 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

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

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Staged Reading Series: Parallel Lives on May 11.








Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2009-2010 Staged Reading Series concludes with Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy.

Allen Banning directs the cast, which includes Margaret Duvall, Gerriann Fish, Whitney Hinds, Linda Jeffries, Kris Kazmierczak, Janet Mauck, Laurie Russell and Kate Spanke.

It will be performed at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately following the reading. Audience members are encouraged to pay what they can for admission.

To learn more about Parallel Lives or the third annual Staged Reading Series, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 8: Writing a Play – Part 5, with special guest Charles Edward Pogue


On Saturday, May 8, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette welcomes Charles Edward Pogue to speak at a class titled "Writing a Play – Part 5." It will be held 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue began his career with a pair of scary classics, PSYCHO III and THE FLY. In addition to its blockbuster box office, THE FLY won overwhelming critical praise. Hailed as a "masterpiece of horror," it made every major critics' best of the year list including the National Board of Review. It garnered an Academy Award for Best Make-up and also the Best Picture and Best Actor Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Between them, THE FLY and PSYCHO III were nominated for eight Saturn awards.

Shifting from horror to fantasy, Mr. Pogue's swashbuckling epic, DRAGONHEART boasted an international cast ... Dennis Quaid, Pete Postlethwaite, David Thewlis, Julie Christie, and Sean Connery as the voice of DRACO, the computer-animated Dragon. Mr. Pogue's novel of DRAGONHEART has been published worldwide in several different languages and is in its fifth edition in America.

His film noir mystery, DOA, also starred Dennis Quaid as well as Meg Ryan. In addition to this dark thriller, Mr. Pogue has written three Sherlock Holmes mysteries. THE SIGN OF FOUR and THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES featured Ian Richardson as the master sleuth and garnered world-wide praise. SIGN took first prize at the Cattolica Mystery Film Festival and HOUND was hailed at the Moscow Film Festival as the "definitive Sherlock Holmes". Leonard Maltin called it the "best version of the Doyle classic to date," a sentiment echoed by many Holmesian scholars and enthusiasts.

The third Holmes movie, HANDS OF A MURDERER, starring Edward Woodward, aired on CBS, and was acclaimed for its "snap, crackle-and-pop script."

Mr. Pogue has also adapted Sherlock Holmes to the stage with his play, THE EBONY APE, touted as a "stylish adaptation ...done with panache." And his prize-winning mystery-comedy, WHODUNNIT, DARLING?, written with actor Larry Drake ("Benny" of LA LAW), has been celebrated in theatres across the country as "bright, fast-paced, and entertaining." "A Hit Mystery!"

Mr. Pogue spent many years as a stage actor before turning to writing, performing lead roles in such plays as CYRANO DE BERGERAC, DUCHESS OF MALFI, THE RAINMAKER, HAY FEVER, ANGEL STREET, and FLEA IN HER EAR. He has also performed in, oddly enough, a Sherlock Holmes play, THE CRUCIFER OF BLOOD, which starred Charlton Heston and the late Jeremy Brett as Holmes and Watson respectively.

Mr. Pogue has been featured in PEOPLE, PREMIERE, STAR-LOG, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, CINEFANTASTIQUE, SCRIPT, on the BBC and countless radio shows and websites. He is a recipient of a "Best of Cincinnati" Award and the "Realm of the Imagination Award" for THE FLY from the Psychotherapy Screening Guild. In l996, he received the first-ever "Distinguished Alumni Award" from the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts.

He is a member of WGA, SAG, AFTRA, Actor's Equity and The Dramatists Guild. A popular guest speaker, he has lectured on film and screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and Universities across the country as well as for the Writers' Guild at film festivals in Cannes, Beaune, Brazil, and Seattle. He has written articles for PREMIERE MAGAZINE and the LA TIMES. His fierce advocacy for writers' creative rights elected him to two terms on the WGA Board of Directors.

His mini-series, HERCULES, for Hallmark, aired on NBC in May 2005. His latest work is a screenplay adaptation of Rider Haggard’s immortal classic SHE, as well as currently writing a personal film project, a play, and another novel. His latest work was a translation/adaptation of TARTUFFE for Actors Guild of Lexington in which he also performed the role of Orgon. TARTUFFE also received critical plaudits with a production in San Francisco at The African-American Shakespeare Company. With TARTUFFE, Mr. Pogue has also resumed his acting career, performing in THE UNDERPANTS, MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS, and as Claudius in HAMLET, an Actors Guild production recently featured in AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.

Mr. Pogue lives in Georgetown, Kentucky with his wife, Julieanne, a psychotherapist, actress, director, and narrator of books on tape.

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