Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Announcing the New Volunteer Orientation: Tuesday, July 13

It's time once again to catch the Civic Theatre bug!

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will hold a free New Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, July 13 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. to introduce the organization to people who have an interest in being involved on stage, behind the scenes and everywhere in between.

The orientation will bring together almost a dozen established Civic volunteers to discuss their involvement with the theatre as actors, directors, producers and designers, and to answer questions from prospective volunteers.

The orientation is free and open to the public. Civic Theatre will provide light snacks and drinks to all attendees. It will be held at Civic Theatre's Historic Monon Depot Theatre, located on the corner of 5th and North Streets.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Announcing the Volunteer Appreciation & Award Dinner: Sunday, July 11

It's time to gather, celebrate the season that just concluded and look forward to the next.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will hold its 2009-2010 Volunteer Appreciation and Award Dinner on Sunday, July 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This year's dinner will be a picnic at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater.
  • The main dish will be provided by Adelino's Old World Kitchen.
  • Civic Theatre will provide drinks, cups, plates, plasticware and napkins.
  • Volunteers are asked to bring either a side dish or a dessert.
In addition to great food, we also will announce the winners of our annual volunteer awards including Rising Stars, Shining Stars and the Justin M. Newell Scholarship.

The dinner always is a great opportunity to get together and look back, see old friends and get aquainted new ones. We hope that you will join us.

We ask that you RSVP by Tuesday, July 6 either by calling 765-423-7529 or sending an e-mail to

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You can help Civic Theatre win an award from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is doing it again - positively affecting numerous charitable organizations through a social media competition.

The consumer and commercial banking giant will be giving away $5 million during the Chase Community Giving Summer 2010 Program, and the general public will decide which organizations will receive part of that money.

During the last Chase Community Giving event, 100 charitable organizations received $25,000 apiece. Those 100 organizations received the most votes through a Facebook application. Of those, five were theatre companies.

For the Summer 2010 Program, Chase will donate money to 200 organizations, and only those with an annual budget of less than $1 million are eligible. This means that a smaller number of groups - including Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette - are more likely to be recognized.

If you wish to support Civic Theatre in this program, rest assured it is a quick and easy process that requires only a few clicks of your computer mouse. Do the following:
  1. Visit this link.
  2. Click the button that says "Vote."
  3. If you wish, tell your friends, family and other Civic supporters about the program.
And that's it. Voting will continue through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 12, with winners being determined on or around July 13.

As always, your continued support and patronage of Civic Theatre is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Announcing the cast of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times

Director Kenny Shepard has announced the cast for the world premiere of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. The musical is by Lynn Lupold and Don Seybold.

The cast includes:
  • * Carrie Francis
  • * Jennifer Montgomery
  • * Amanda Dunkle
  • * Debbie Fights
  • * Kathleen Carter
  • * Jenny Fights
  • * Jessa Dodds
  • * Clay Mabbitt
  • * Barry Knechtel
  • * Eric Francis
  • * Aaron Strand
  • * Jaymes Osborne
  • * Barry Kemble
  • * Peg Black - artistic consultant

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times will open Friday, August 13 and run through Sunday, August 15 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Please note that all Friday and Saturday performances throughout the season will now begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday afternoon performances will continue to begin at 2:30 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 website.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"A Living Graphic Novel" workshop in The Exponent

The Exponent, Purdue University's independent daily student newspaper, has published an article about "A Living Graphic Novel" - a workshop led by Steve Koehler of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Craig Martin of Purdue University Galleries and Morgan Reitmeyer of Words on the Go. The workshop will be held in July and August.

The article describes the first Living Graphic Novel, called "Art Girl," and the project at Tipton Commmunity Schools, called "The Mysterious Murky Water and The Poacher Problem." The article includes quotes from all three of the leaders, and suggests where the summer workshop may go, thematically.

You can read the full article at The Exponent's website, here.

Steve Koehler and Craig Martin speak about "A Living Graphic Novel" workshop on WLFI-TV 18

Steve Koehler of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and Craig Martin of Purdue University Galleries appeared on WLFI-TV 18 to speak about a summer workshop called "A Living Graphic Novel." WLFI's Aaron Leedy asked about the process to create the final product, the workshop held at Tipton Elementary School and what workshop attendees might expect.

The "A Living Graphic Novel" workshop will be held Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. between July 7 and August 11. People interested in attending should sign up through Morton Community Center.

You can watch the entire interview here.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Civic Theatre conducts scholarship drive for summer camps and classes

It is that time of year again. We have received a number of scholarship applications to our sold-out summer camps and we want to keep our tradition alive of never turning anyone away.

Campers in the four-week intensive camp will receive vocal, movement, dance and acting training from Melanie R. Buchanan and Cecil Shoemaker five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will use these skills to mount a full production of Annie Jr. in late July on Civic Theatre's Historic Monon Depot Theatre stage.

Other one-week camps are being held this summer for children ages 6-18. Improv camps, musical theatre camps and general theatre skills camps help give someone a step into the magical world of theatre.

We are trying to raise $2,000 to support the scholarship fund this year. Your gift will join $500 already raised toward this great cause, including a lead gift by the Lafayette Kiwanis Foundation.

Help us make a young camper's theatrical dreams come true.

To donate through our Facebook Causes Application, visit

You also can donate by sending checks directly to the office. Make checks out to Civic Theatre and put "Scholarships" in the memo line.

You can mail donations to:
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
313 North 5th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Thank you for your support as Civic Theatre continues to provide artistic and educational opportunities to the Greater Lafayette area with these summer camps and classes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Arts organizations complete collaborative projects.

The link below will take you to our friends at Purdue Galleries. From there you can see an item about a wonderful collaboration recently completed at Tipton Elementary. Three area organizations worked with a third grade class to produce a Living Graphic Novel.
Purdue Galleries, Words on the Go and Civic Theatre all worked together on this fun project. For more information on Living Graphic Novel, you can visit the page on Facebook. While there you can also follow Civic Theatre and Purdue Galleries.

Civic Theatre is accepting applications for art exhibits in The Grant Fredericks Gallery

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is accepting applications for 2-dimensional hanging art exhibits in The Grant Fredericks Gallery at the historic Monon Depot Theatre. There are calendar dates to accommodate five to six exhibits in the 2010-2011 season.

The purpose of The Grant Fredericks Gallery is to provide space for works of art that are of community interest, are appropriate for the diverse range of Civic patrons and participants, and will enhance the theatre's environment. The quality of work and appropriateness of the exhibit for the multi-use space and the audience will be considered before any exhibit is accepted.

The gallery houses a variety of activities, and is not used exclusively as visual art exhibition space. Unfortunately, the gallery cannot accommodate 3-dimensional work.

To apply for an exhibit in The Grant Fredericks Gallery, artists are asked to mail the following to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette; ATTN: Gallery Director; 313 N. 5th Street; Lafayette, IN 47901:

  • 1. A typed (maximum two pages) description of the exhibition and any restrictions or preferences as to the calendar dates.
  • 2. Between five and ten examples of the art to be included in the exhibit, submitted either as photographs or on a CD.
  • 3. A résumé of the artist or exhibition coordinator.
  • 4. A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the slides or photos, and for exhibition notification.

Submitting an application does not guarantee an exhibition in The Grant Fredericks Gallery.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette does not charge artists a gallery fee and provides insurance coverage.

Artists may have a reception in The Grant Fredericks Gallery to publicize the exhibit, although the date and time must be coordinated with the Civic Theatre office through Gallery Director Alice Schwind. The artists will be responsible for invitations, set-up, refreshments and clean-up afterward. Artists will be accountable for additional cleaning or repair needed after the reception.

Sales of the artwork will be encouraged, with checks made payable to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. All sales will be subject to a 20 percent commission, with all artwork remaining in the exhibition until the closing date, unless there are unusual circumstances.

For more information about the guidelines and possibilities of mounting an exhibit in The Grant Fredericks Gallery, call 765-423-7529 or e-mail or