Saturday, July 31, 2010

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Eric Francis.


Eric Francis plays Guy in Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold and book by Don Seybold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Eric said Guy always is on the road due to business and often is in the airport where the show is set.

"Guy kind of has a thing for Alex, one of the bartenders in the airport," he said. Alex is played by Eric's wife, Carrie Francis.

Eric said every element of the show is high quality.

"From the music to the arrangements to the book and to my fellow performers, everything is above top notch. It's a treat to work with this level of talent," he said.

Eric concluded by suggesting what audiences will take away after a performance of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times.

"The show contains so many parts of the spectrum of relationships," he said. "There will be something for everyone to hook onto, to catch onto. They'll say, 'That's me.'"

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

Friday, July 30, 2010

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Deborah Fights.


Deborah Fights plays Amy in Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold and book by Don Seybold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Deborah decided to audition for the show after seeing a notice on a website because she had worked with or knew several members of the creative team including Lynn Lupold, Eric VanCleave and director Kenny Shepard.

"I auditioned for the show, having known these people, because I thought it would be a lot of fun," she said.

Deborah described Amy as a young, flirtatious and single flight attendant.

"Amy started off as a flight attendant because she saw it as being romantic and adventurous. Now that she's done it for 10 years, she is a little wary of it," Deborah said. "She still likes it because she has great benefits and she gets to travel internationally, but it's starting to wear on her and her relationships. She would like to find that perfect relationship for herself."

Deborah explained how rehearsing a musical that has never been produced before can be both challenging and exciting.

"Things change every day. Every time you come into rehearsal there has been something added or taken out to make the story more fluid," she said. "But that's also a perk because you don't usually get to see the development process when you're rehearsing a musical."

Deborah concluded by suggesting what an audience will most remember after seeing a performance of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times.

"They will take away how realistic a lot of the show is," she said. "Relationships aren't just 'Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy and they get married to live happily every after.' The show is realistic and shows that there isn't always a happy ending, that people get confused and things are complicated."

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Announcing open registration for the 24-Hour Theatre Project


Director Melanie R. Buchanan has announced that registration now is open for the 24-Hour Theatre Project, the first production in the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Registration is limited to 20 youth age 14-18 or at least entering their freshman year in high school. The 24-Hour Theatre Project will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 8.

24-Hour Theatre Project is a chance for the area youth to write, direct, costume and tech a show in a 24-hour time period.
  • Persons will remain locked in the theatre for the duration.
  • Food will be provided.
  • Bring any necessary items such as toothbrushes, combs, pajamas, sleeping bags and pillows.
  • No outside contact will be allowed, including cell phones, pagers or iPods.

On Saturday, October 9, after the 24-hour time period has passed, the theatre will be open to a paying audience to see what has been created.

Space is limited to 20 people. Register with Melanie by e-mail: cyt@lafayettecivic.org.

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Jaymes Osborne.


Jaymes Osborne plays Chip, Leroy, Seth and Tim in Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold and book by Don Seybold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Jaymes said Chip may be the character that the audience will remember the most.

"Chip is a flight attendant," he said. "He provides comic relief during the show. He is a lot of fun to play, and it's exciting to have lots of fun lines."

Jaymes said audience members who reflect on the show after a performance of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times will most remember the songs.

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Get 2 free tickets to Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times and a Borders gift card


Through this Thursday, you have a chance to win two tickets to Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times for the Friday, August 20 performance. You have two ways to enter:
  • 1. Leave a comment at the end of this blog post on enterlovemusical.com. Your e-mail address won’t be posted on the site, but contest organizers will use it to contact you if you win.
  • 2. Tweet the following message over Twitter: Hey @enterlove! I want free tickets to see the musical #enterlove and free Borders. (Retweet by 7/29 to enter.)

What happens if you enter with both a blog comment and over Twitter? You’ll have two chances to win. The winner also will receive a $25 gift card to Borders.

A winner will be selected at random from all entries posted between 7/26 and 7/29.

Terms and Conditions

We’re a simple, homegrown show doing some grassroots marketing, so we’re keeping the legal verbage as straightforward as possible:
  • 1. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash.
  • 2. Cast and crew of the show aren’t eligible to win, but friends and family members are eligible.
  • 3. Although we’d love to have some folks in the audience from abroad, for legal reasons only residents of the U.S. are eligible to enter.

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Peg Black.


Peg Black plays Velma in Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold and book by Don Seybold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Peg said she always enjoys the process of auditioning because it allows her to pretend to be anyone she wants to be. When she auditioned for Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, Peg was unsure if she would be cast because almost everyone else who attended auditions was in their 30s or younger.

"But I received a call and was told they created a character for me: Velma," she said.

Peg explained that Velma is a cleaning woman who is a very colorful character and sometimes angry.

"Velma is an example in the show of an older love. She shows that just because a person is older, it doesn't mean she is invisible or that love disappears," she said.

Peg concluded by suggesting what the audience will remember about Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times.

"The audience will remember the great music and several fun lines. There are tunes that I can imagine the audience going out of the theater and singing," she said. "And it may make audiences think about love because all different kinds exist in this show."

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Announcing the Civic Theatre Board of Directors' 2010-2011 Executive Committee


The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Board of Directors has elected officers for the 2010-2011 season. The officers comprise the organization's Executive Committee.
  • * President - Sue Lakin
  • * 1st Vice President - Larry Sommers
  • * 2nd Vice President - Julia Colby
  • * Treasurer - Denise Laussade
  • * Secretary - Steve Martin

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Don Seybold, the book writer.


Don Seybold wrote the book for Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Usually the book of a musical - which includes the plot, the story and the characters - is written in advance of the music. In the case of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, Lynn's songs already were written and had been performed in cabaret form at the Connoisseur Room in Indianapolis. Don said there were some challenges to writing the book, but he had no qualms about the work.

"When I heard this music as a cabaret, I was very impressed with Lynn's work and I had a concept of the book from watching it that night," he said. "I devised a setting. Then I thought about where the music would be placed and if I could intuit a story that would come from the music and its order. I started writing, and Lynn and I would talk. There were a lot of times I would revise the story to fit the lyrics and sometimes Lynn would make adjustments.

"When she and Eric Van Cleave looked at how the songs had been ordered, they looked at it strictly from a musical standpoint: perhaps there were too many ballads in one place but not enough in another. So they began to rearrange the songs, which affected the story and the narrative. It was complex and interesting and challenging. If one thing was moved, we had to figure out how to move something else."

Don has enjoyed working on Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times with the Lynn, Eric, director Kenny Shepard and the cast.

"I've collaborated on a lot of things but never with someone where we have been on the same page like Lynn and me. When we had disagreements, we would look at them and work them out. It was never an issue of egos clashing or us having any difficulties," he said. "It's all about the people you work with. The more you do different things in your life with more than one person involved, the more you realize how it important it is to be with the right people. I have tremendous respect and admiration for everyone involved, and I like them as well. It's been wonderful."

Don concluded by talking about the show's subtitle.

"It directs the idea that this is love and romance in the 21st century," he said. "The relationships between men and women are extraordinarily difficult. They're frequently transient. They're always in the process of becoming or unbecoming coupling.

"Traditional musicals are about love and romance and the wonderful way it can be in the end. This takes a slightly more cynical view. People honestly believe that love and romance is possible but they also know that it's damnably difficult, it may never happen, it may happen more than once and it may never be permanent. It is a musical for our times. It's an attempt to convey that."

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

Monday, July 26, 2010

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Lynn Lupold, the composer.


Lynn Lupold is the composer for Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical that also includes a book by Don Seybold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Lynn said several of her songs were made into a cabaret show with five performers - including current cast member Kathleen Carter - in the Connoisseur Room in Indianapolis. Don contacted Lynn, explaining that he heard she wanted someone to write a script and asked to create one.

"By the end of December 2009 and the first part of January, Don came up with a draft of what the script could look like. From that point through March and early April, we were continuing to cut and rewrite and do different things," Lynn said. "I approached Steve Koehler of Civic Theatre about taking a chance to produce the show, and he agreed. And I contacted Kenny Shepard to ask if he would be involved.

"As we've been working, we have moved and changed some things. We've done some rewrites as Eric Van Cleave added the orchestrations because we reached a level where we had to ask, 'What will this look like and sound like?' Don's idea of making the script a series of examples of relationships caused us to look at what kinds of characters we would put in those places. There were some songs that began as solos but now are duets. There originally was one song written for a man and woman that now is being sung between two women. We want the characters to be a little different and because of that the songs had to change slightly."

Lynn said staging a world premiere of an original musical sometimes can be a challenge, but it also allows for a lot of freedom.

"I've done musicals for years so I have a sense of what it is like to put a show together, but there always has been a blueprint. There was something to work off of. As we've moved through the process with Enter Love, things have become more exciting - you can create whomever you want and how they look," she said. "Our intent is to put everything into a package to see if the show can be produced someplace else and we can provide the next cast and next director a sense of what it should look like."

Lynn explained the importance of the subtitle.

"One of the things we're trying to do is highlight relationships. There are all sorts of different relationships represented. In this setting, it is trying to show that if you walk into an airport, these are the kinds of people you will see walking around," she said. "And I also think coming and going, relationships, lives and loves, marriage, all these things are what's happening in the moment. 'For Our Times' means we're very transient, very mobile and we don't sit around very long and that includes having a relationship with people."

She also gave a lot of credit to the people working on the production.

"I'm thrilled with the people in the cast, and I'm thrilled that Kenny took a chance because he's a very talented guy who has done musical theater at a high level. And I'm always thrilled to have Eric involved. He was a student of mine in high school, so I've watched him grow up. To have a project with him is really exciting. I think they're all wonderful," she said.

Lynn, who says David Shire and Stephen Sondheim are her favorite composers, described what an audience will take away from a performance of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times.

"Hopefully they'll have at least one song in their head," she said. "I also hope they appreciate that this is a special moment because no one has ever seen or heard what this show is like. If it goes on to another venue, the audiences at the Civic Theatre production can say, 'I was at the world premiere in 2010.'"

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: Annie Jr.


Now that Annie Jr. has closed, share your thoughts about this 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?

In the Wings: Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Meet Kenny Shepard, the director.


Kenny Shepard directs Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times, an original musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Lupold and book by Don Seybold. It will make its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Kenny grew up in Indianapolis and currently teaches theatre dance at Butler University part-time, along with owning a production company called Blue-Eyed Events. He and his business partner direct and choreograph shows around the United States.

Kenny first came to know the content of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times when he heard the songs in cabaret form at the Connoisseur Room in Indianapolis. Lynn told him it was going to be expanded into a book musical and asked if he would choreograph the show.

"I loved the music so much that I thought it would be a blast to work on it," Kenny said. "And when I read Don's book I loved it even more. One of my friends was going to direct it, but there were some logistical problems so Lynn and I talked about me taking on dual roles.

"When I saw it as a cabaret, I was curious how Lynn and Don would fit together the songs to make one cohesive piece. It was fascinating to me, seeing how they arranged things. Some things came and went, and a few verses were cut, but the way the characters were written by Don is how the show came together."

Kenny explained how it can be energizing to direct a world premiere of an original show.

"It's exciting that there's nothing to compare this production to," he said. "There's nothing that says, 'This has to be this way.' All of us - the cast members, Lynn, Don and Eric Van Cleave - can say, 'This is how it can be. This is how it feels.' I'm sure we'll be changing things up until the week of the show. That's what I want to happen so the characters get stronger and keep growing."

He said everyone who was needed to fill out the cast was at auditions.

"It was almost divine intervention because we'd say, 'Well, we still need So-and-So and then that person walked into the room," he said. "We were able to take the actors' strengths, put them in their roles and customize the roles around them."

He described what the audience will see and hear when they enter the historic Monon Depot Theatre to see the show.

"We will take them to an airport and make them feel that they actually are there," he said. "We might have some audience interaction with two of our actors who play flight attendants and gate agents. We have a house announcement and then the show starts quietly for about 15 seconds. And then all the hustle and bustle of the airport comes up."

Kenny described what the show's subtitle means.

"You see the hustle and bustle of modern life, everything is so fast today. You're texting, you're tweeting, you're Facebooking and there's not a lot of social grace anymore. In airports, there is another layer away from social graces and manners and being able to connect with someone," he said. "It shows that though you're surrounded by people you may not be interacting with, we're all in the same boat and we're all looking for the same thing."

Kenny concluded by describing what he thinks the audience will most remember about the show.

"It's the music. We have a joke that after I've staged a number I always say, 'Oh, that's my favorite song.' And then I'll stage something else and say, 'Oh, that's my favorite song.' And I really am humming them and I started doing that after hearing them at the Connoisseur Room," he said. "Even though they're not the melodies people have heard before, there will be three or four songs that they will be humming when they leave. And that is tough to do."

Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times opens Friday, August 13 and runs through Saturday, August 21 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances 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 or the show's website.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Announcing the cast of The Taffetas


Director Melanie R. Buchanan has announced the cast of The Taffetas, the first production in the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show was conceived by Rick Lewis, with additional material by Arthur Whitelaw.

The cast includes:
  • * Sydney Cason
  • * Grace Lazarz
  • * Ivy Mills
  • * Amanda Walker

The Taffetas will open Friday, September 10 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 26 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

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.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Preview of Annie Jr. on www.jconline.com


A preview of Annie Jr. appears online at http://www.jconline.com, the website for the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette production of Annie Jr. opens tonight and runs through Sunday at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 for show and ticket information.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Civic Theatre Volunteers in the News: Chris Allen


People from a wide range of careers and backgrounds volunteer at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. We want to share their stories with you, through information published and broadcast in other media.

Chris Allen has been a camp counselor during Civic Youth Theatre's Intensive 4-Week Summer Camp for two years in a row: first with Guys and Dolls Jr., and now with Annie Jr. An article written by Tim Brouk about Chris and his friend Julie Rife auditioning for the TV show "American Idol" in Milwaukee appeared in the Sunday, July 18 issue of the Journal and Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Two hopefuls head to Milwaukee for 'American Idol' audition

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Civic Theatre Volunteers In The News: Steve Scherer


People from a wide range of careers and backgrounds volunteer at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. We want to share their stories with you, through information published and broadcast in other media.

Steve Scherer is a longtime Civic Theatre volunteer who has performed, directed and helped construct sets on several productions. He was recognized at the 2010 Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner with the Shining Star Award. An article about Steve written by Alissa Berger appeared on the cover of the July 19, 2010 issue of The Exponent, Purdue University's independent daily student newspaper. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Instructor 'moonlights' as weatherman

Monday, July 19, 2010

Planning the 2011-2012 season: What are your suggestions?


It's never too early to start planning!

Season planning for the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is beginning. Please share a wish list of shows you would love to be a part of or see at Civic. Dramas, comedies, musicals, classics ... share your thoughts!

Friday, July 16, 2010

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Elaine Rand.


Elaine Rand plays Annie in Annie Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp led by Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan.

Elaine said Annie is one of her favorite shows, which was one reason she wanted to attend this year's camp. She also enjoyed last year's four-week camp for Guys and Dolls Jr.

"I really enjoyed the camp last summer. We learned a lot about singing, acting and dancing. We weren't too busy, we still had time to hang out with our friends. You learn lots of tricks for dancing and how to support your voice. You also can learn how to memorize better because you have to memorize your lines. You also get to play a lot of fun theatre games. Altogether it's a really great combination," Elaine said. "I'm making a lot of friends - some are from last year's camp and there are a lot of new kids too. I get to hang out with them and we get to know each other."

Elaine said Annie is spunky, innocent and tough. She said Annie shows her toughness when she is at the orphanage.

"The orphans tease her because she was left at the orphanage with a note saying that her parents loved her and were coming back for her. The orphans mock that," she said. "But Annie threatens them and sometimes she actually beats them up for laughing at her."

Elaine said audiences will remember "It's a Hard Knock Life," one of the songs set in the orphanage.

"There are a lot of funny components and tricks, like me being wound up in a sheet," she said. "And the performers on the balcony throw towels on top of people on the stage. It's funny and it's really expressive."

Annie Jr. opens Friday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be two performances on Saturday, July 24. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances 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, July 15, 2010

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Ellie Parker.


Ellie Parker plays Miss Hannigan in Annie Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp led by Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan.

Ellie and her cousin Lilly Parker, who plays Lily St. Regis in Annie Jr., participated in last summer's Guys and Dolls Jr. summer camp.

"I had so much fun last year that I wanted to do the camp again," Ellie said. "You get to meet new friends and you get to do what you love – singing, acting and dancing. It's a lot of fun."

Ellie said that Miss Hannigan is an evil character, but also is fun to play.

"She is really laidback and mean, which is fun to act out," she said. "When Annie tries to escape from the orphanage, Miss Hannigan walks in, throws her on the ground, yells and tosses her around."

Annie Jr. opens Friday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be two performances on Saturday, July 24. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances 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.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Announcing auditions: The Taffetas


Audition dates have been set for The Taffetas, the first production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 MainStage season. Auditions will be held 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 and Monday, July 19 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Melanie R. Buchanan seeks to cast four young women. Everyone auditioning is asked to prepare a 1950s-style song, both verse and chorus. No appointments are necessary.

It's 1950-something, and Kaye, Peggy, Cheryl and Donna - four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana - are making their national television singing debut. "Spotlight on Music," a fictitious weekly 1950s television show on the real-life Dumont Television Network, sets the framework for an evening of some of the greatest hits of the 1950s. A tribute to the girl groups of the 1950s, the show pays tribute to the sounds of The McGuire Sisters, The Fontane Sisters and The Chordettes. Opening Off-Broadway, The Taffetas made nostalgia what it is today! Spend an hour and a half with these talented sisters and their three-piece band and remember what Sunday night television was like on your 12-inch black-and-white screen!

The Taffetas will open Friday, September 10 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 26.

Photos from the New Volunteer Orientation

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's New Volunteer Orientation took place Tuesday, July 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Twenty-three attendees learned from established Civic volunteers about several facets of the theatre, all of which are done by volunteers at Civic. The posts that follow show the Civic volunteers who shared information.

Thanks to everyone who attended, whether you are new to Civic or if you have volunteered for a while and shared your experiences.






Photos from the New Volunteer Orientation: Tour of Terror, ushering and strike dinners

Sally Carter, Sherri Guido and Steve Koehler spoke with attendees in the Monon Depot Theatre's lobby about participating in the annual Tour of Terror fundraiser, ushering for shows and preparing strike dinners for MainStage productions.


Photos from the New Volunteer Orientation: lighting, sound and stage managing

Kris Kazmierczak and Bailey Rosa spoke with attendees in the Monon Depot Theatre's light booth about running the light board, running the sound board and serving as a production's stage manager.


Photos from the New Volunteer Orientation: acting and directing

Melanie R. Buchanan, Mark Allen Carter, Dick Jaeger and Cody Walker spoke with attendees on the Monon Depot Theatre's stage about acting in and directing a production at Civic Theatre.




Photos from the New Volunteer Orientation: construcuting sets

Dave Lahr and Tom Moran spoke with attendees in the scene shop about constructing sets for theatrical productions.

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Jackson Olvera-Rowland.


Jackson Olvera-Rowland plays Oliver Warbucks in Annie Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp led by Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan.

Jackson signed up for the camp because many of his friends had been involved with the previous camps and said they were a great experience.

"The camp is a great first step if a person wants to feel what it is like to be an actor," he said. "I have grasped what it is like to perform in a theatre. It's a great learning experience and I'm also having a lot of fun."

Jackson said Warbucks is a hard worker, but needs all of his servants to help take care of himself. He also said Warbucks is very impatient and never truly satisfied despite being very wealthy.

"Warbucks says in the show, 'Without someone to share life with, a person might as well be broke,'" Jackson said. "When Annie comes into his life, he has someone to share it with. He has someone to love and take care of. And that helps him change a little."

Jackson concluded by suggesting what audiences will remember after a performance of Annie Jr.

"The audience will remember that this is a great play," he said. "There is a lot of comedy and there are a lot of heartwarming scenes that will get to them."

Annie Jr. opens Friday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be two performances on Saturday, July 24. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances 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.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Sarah Weaver.


Sarah Weaver plays Grace in Annie Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp led by Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan.

Sarah said that Grace is a very caring, mothering character.

"Grace takes care of Warbucks all the time," she said. "And when she is with Annie, especially in 'I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here,' Grace plays with Annie because Annie has never had friends or toys to play with. Grace takes her by the hand and they do this lighthearted number."

Sarah participated in the first two intensive summer camps Civic Theatre offered: Pirates of Penzance Jr. and Guys and Dolls Jr. She explained that they helped her become involved with Civic and learn how to be part of a show.

"There are so many people who want to be part of Civic and get into shows, but they don't know how. That's where I was before I started. I was auditioning for things, but didn't understand how to put my foot in the door and push my way through," she said. "With camps, you sign up and you're automatically involved. There's someone taking you by the hand saying, 'Here is how you audition. Here is how you do Tech Week. Here is how you rehearse. Write down your blocking, remember it.' You learn this during the camps. And after Pirates of Penzance Jr., I jumped into the regular season. The camp was a great way to begin.

"If you want to be in Civic and act, the summer camp is one of the best ways to do it. If a person doesn't like it, it's O.K. But the camp is a great way to transition from wanting but not being involved, to getting involved."

Annie Jr. opens Friday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be two performances on Saturday, July 24. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances 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.


Monday, July 12, 2010

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Lilly Parker.


Lilly Parker plays Lily St. Regis in Annie Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp led by Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan.

Lilly has been interested in acting since performing in a play with her fourth grade class. When she was in fifth grade, she took at class at Civic Theatre.

"Last summer, my mom said, 'You want to be in Guys and Dolls, right?'" Lilly said. "She told me about last year's summer camp and I enjoyed it. So I wanted to sign up for this year's camp too."

Lilly said that Lily is dumb, spends too much time around Rooster and likes attention.

"During the choreography for 'Easy Street,' Lily always is pushing her way past Rooster and Miss Hannigan so she can get more attention," Lilly said.

Lilly said the most fun part about the Annie Jr. camp is rehearsing the acting, although she really likes the singing and dancing too.

"The audience will remember Annie Jr. because it's a good show," she said.

Annie Jr. opens Friday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be two performances on Saturday, July 24. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances 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.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

News and photos from the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic


More than 100 people attended Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Sunday, July 11, 2010. Held at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, this year's recognition dinner was a potluck picnic, with the main course prepared by Tracy Rosa of Adelino's Old World Kitchen. Volunteers provided side dishes and desserts that filled more than two large tables.

After everyone had eaten and had the opportunity to visit, Civic Theatre Managing Director Steve Koehler invited everyone inside the Amphitheater for the recognition program. First, he introduced Melanie R. Buchanan and Bob Sauers, the Civic Youth Theatre director and the box office manager / costume shop manager. Next, Steve recognized all volunteers who gave their time and energy this year on productions, in special events, as office volunteers and Board members, and more by asking them to stand.

Finally, awards were announced to recognize volunteers whose contributions were especially noteworthy during the 2009-2010 season.

Rising Stars, awarded to volunteers with two years or fewer experience with Civic:
  • * Blaine Drayer
  • * Michael Greenan
  • * Layton Laukins
  • * Kristen Lesniak
  • * Lisa Stanforth

Shining Stars, awarded to volunteers with two years or more experience with Civic:

  • * Renee Cason
  • * Irene and John Kopka
  • * Ariel Laukins
  • * Ken Maniak
  • * Cindy Modlin Adams
  • * Steve Scherer
  • * Kate Walker
Steve then awarded the Justin M. Newell Scholarship to Bailey Rosa. The Newell family awards a scholarship to a deserving Civic Theatre volunteer who has recently graduated high school in honor of their son. After volunteering on more than 50 MainStage and CYT shows, mostly as a stage manager or lighting designer, Bailey will be studying lighting design next semester at DePaul University.

Sue Lakin, president of Civic Theatre's Board of Directors, recognized Steve Martin with the President's Award. She noted that Board members support Civic Theatre in areas including fundraising, facility maintenance and improvement, education programming, season selection, marketing and finance.

Finally, Steve presented the Community Collaboration Award to Tracy Rosa and Adelino's Old World Kitchen. Tracy was the official caterer of the opening night party for all five MainStage productions in 2009-2010, was the catalyst for creating the "Wine, Women and Song" fundraiser, and provided rehearsal space to Snow White, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Cabaret.

Thanks to everyone for looking back on a terrific 2009-2010 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Onward to a tremendous 2010-2011 season!