Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2010 Tour of Terror tickets are on sale


Tickets are now available for the 2010 Tour of Terror. They can be purchased either by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visiting the theatre's website. Tickets are $13 for all tours except the midnight tours. Tickets for midnight tours cost $15.

The 8th Annual Tour of Terror will cover stories in West Lafayette. These creepy, chilling, historically accurate walking tours will begin at University Church, 320 North Street on Purdue's campus (corner of Grant and North). Tours will visit the sites of horrible accidents, mayhem and murder. The stories are historically researched and told in a theatrical way for the entertainment and education of those on the tour.

The Tour of Terror will be held October 22-23 and 29-31. Tours will begin at 7:00 p.m. and continue every 30 minutes until 11:00 p.m. Each night will conclude with a midnight tour.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Civic Theatre Comedy Readers to hold a Read-Out on Oct. 5


Do you have a sense of humor? Do you have an hour or so to let it come out and play? The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Comedy Readers are having a get-together for people who are interested in developing their comedy reading skills. It will take place Tuesday, October 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. No memorization. No costumes. No theatre experience is necessary!

This is not an audition. It’s a fun get-together for people interested in spending an evening reading funny jokes and scripts. Many of the organizations that book the Comedy Readers want entertainment during the day, so being retired can be an asset.

Participants will meet in small groups to read scripts and exchange ideas with other members of the Comedy Readers on how to introduce a piece of humor, how to develop a character, and how to handle punch lines.

There is a Comedy Reading performance scheduled at Rosewalk Commons on Thursday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. If you would be available to read at that time, please let Sara Jane Coffman, coordinator of the Comedy Readers, know at the “Read-Out” on October 5.

Call the Civic office at 423-7529 to reserve a spot. Space is limited to 20 people.

Can’t make it? Join the Comedy Readers for lunch at MCL cafeteria at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 18.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: The Taffetas


Now that The Taffetas 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, September 25, 2010

In the Wings: 24-Hour Theatre Project. Join the Poster Posse!


Each season, full-size posters are designed and produced to promote MainStage and Civic Youth Theatre productions. To ensure the word gets out about the shows, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is organizing a Poster Posse made up entirely of volunteers to fan out through the community and ask businesses and civic organizations to display posters.

Volunteers are asked to share one hour of their time on Saturday, October 2 to distribute posters for 24-Hour Theatre Project. Posters will be distributed at the Civic Theatre lobby at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Poster Posse volunteers should have their own means of transportation to travel to and from Civic Theatre and around the community or beyond. Volunteers who live outside of Lafayette and West Lafayette are welcome, too!

The Poster Posse's goal for 24-Hour Theatre Project is to display 20 posters in businesses and organizations.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Announcing the cast of Tuesdays with Morrie


Director Thea Strand has announced the cast of Tuesdays with Morrie, the second production in the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on Albom's book of the same name.

The cast includes:

* Mitch - Mark Allen Carter
* Morrie - Sidney Pellissier

Tuesdays with Morrie will open Friday, November 5 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, November 21 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.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Original script submission deadline is approaching: Oct. 1


Local playwrights have less than two weeks to submit an original script - or query/synopsis - for consideration in the 2010-2011 Staged Reading series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Script submissions must be received by the end of the business day on Friday, October 1.

Here are the original script submission guidelines:

  • * Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette prefers a full script submission.
  • * Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will accept a query/synopsis along with a 5-page dialogue sample.
  • * Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette prefers electronic submissions, which may be sent to steve@lafayettecivic.org
  • * Mailed submissions must be sent to:
    Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
    Attn: Staged Reading Committee
    313 N. 5th Street
    Lafayette, IN 47901
  • * Submissions sent via mail must include a self-addressed stamped envelope or self-addressed stamped postcard.
  • * There is no cost to submit an original script. Playwrights are limited to submitting no more than 3 scripts.
  • * Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2010
  • * Response date: No later than November 1, 2010
  • * Probability of being selected: At least one original script per year is included in the Staged Reading series out of the entire pool of submissions.
  • * Contract: There are no royalties paid at this time.
  • * Cast size: Ten or fewer actors are preferred.
  • * Length: Scripts may be either one act or full length.
  • * Geographic requirements: Playwrights must have their primary residency in the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation – Benton County, Carroll County, Cass County, Clinton County, Fountain County, Howard County, Jasper County, Montgomery County, Newton County, Pulaski County, Tippecanoe County, Tipton County, Warren County and White County.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is a community theatre located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Its home is the historic Monon Depot Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 155.

For more information about the Staged Reading series, please call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tour of Terror volunteers needed.


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's annual Tour of Terror returns with a twist. This year's tour will cover stories on the west side of the river, including many from Purdue University's campus.

One thing that has not changed, though, is the large group of volunteers needed to pull off this large event. Every year close to 100 volunteers are needed to make the Tour magic happen.

We are seeking:
  • * Tour Followers - You literally will follow the tour to keep the group together, assist the Tour Guide and provide much needed light and occasional pictorial references.
  • * Box Office Workers - There will be a total of 10 three-hour shifts in the box office, and two people are needed during each shift.
  • * Concessions Workers - Civic Theatre provides cookies, hot apple cider and other refreshments for people taking the tour. Like the box office, we are in need of people to cover a total of 10 three-hour shifts. Pouring the cider and restocking the treats are all that is needed.
  • * Treat Makers - Everyone loves that homemade touch. Although the majority of treats we provide are store bought each year, it is always appreciated to have some homemade treats in the mix.

This year's Tour of Terror runs October 22-23 and 29-31.

To volunteer for any of these positions, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 to speak with Managing Director Steve Koehler or send him an e-mail at steve@lafayettecivic.org.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Review Is In: The Taffetas


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

The Taffetas begins the second weekend of its three-weekend run this Friday at 7:30 p.m. and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. All performances take place at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The show closes September 26.

To inquire about tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette Web site.

Announcing the participants of the 24-Hour Theatre Project


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

The participants include:
  • * Summer Adams
  • * Connor Beaver
  • * Becky Bruni
  • * Sarah Buckser
  • * Taylor Bundy
  • * Sydney Cason
  • * Kayla Davenport
  • * Elena Escudero
  • * Michael Freels
  • * Jenny Furtner
  • * Maggie Furtner
  • * Erica Gibson
  • * Trevin Gibson
  • * Maria Guido
  • * Nathan Keiller
  • * Ariel Laukins
  • * Katie Martin
  • * Beatrice Masters
  • * Meagen Mullen
  • * Yuliya Puptseva
  • * Nate Shumate
  • * Cody Walker

The 24-Hour Theatre Project will culminate in a one-night-only performance on Saturday, October 9 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: The Diaries of Adam and Eve


The staged reading of The Diaries of Adam and Eve took place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 63 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, David Dietz.

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?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Create one-of-a-kind Halloween costumes with Civic Theatre


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a large collection of period and contemporary clothing, hats and wigs that can be mixed and matched to create one-of-a-kind costumes for Halloween and other occasions.

Office Manager Bob Sauers asks that people who are interested in renting a costume from Civic Theatre call 765-423-7529 to make an appointment to look through the costume shop. Regardless of the day, appointments must be made for 4:00 p.m.



Friday, September 10, 2010

Preview of The Taffetas on www.jconline.com


A preview of The Taffetas 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 Taffetas opens Friday, September 10 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Civic Theatre on YouTube: The Taffetas


The following preview of The Taffetas, the first production of the 2010-2011 MainStage season, has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steve Scherer for creating this video.



The Taffetas opens Friday, September 10 and runs through Sunday, September 26. For more information about the show, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In the Wings: The Taffetas. Photos from rehearsal.

Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of The Taffetas, the first production of the 2010-2011 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.





The Taffetas runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 26 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a show Thursday, September 23 beginning at 7:30 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, September 7, 2010

The Staged Reading Series: The Diaries of Adam and Eve on September 14





Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series begins with The Diaries of Adam and Eve by David Birney, adapted from short stories by Mark Twain.

David Dietz directs the cast, which includes Kathy Bruni and Steve Martin.

It will be performed at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:30 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 The Diaries of Adam and Eve or the Staged Reading Series, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Monday, September 6, 2010

In the Wings: The Taffetas. Photos of the set.


The following photos show the set for The Taffetas, the first production of the 2010-2011 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. These photos of the not-then-completed set were taken in early September.
  • * Set Design: Laurie Russell
  • * Master Carpenter: Rick Walker





Sunday, September 5, 2010

Announcing auditions: Tuesdays with Morrie


Audition dates have been set for Tuesdays with Morrie, the second production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 MainStage season. Auditions will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 and Monday, September 20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Thea Strand asks everyone who plans to audition to sign up for a 15-minute time slot by calling 765-423-7529. Scripts can be signed out from Civic Theatre's office at 313 N. 5th Street.

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. He rediscovers Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie will open Friday, November 5 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, November 21.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

In the Wings: The Taffetas. Meet Sydney Cason.


Sydney Cason plays Kaye in The Taffetas, the first production in the 2010-2011 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The musical was conceived by Rick Lewis, with additional material by Arthur Whitelaw. Melanie R. Buchanan is the director and Shellie Johnson is the musical director.

Question: What sets Kaye apart from her three sisters?
Sydney Cason: Kaye is the oldest sister and she is rather bossy. She takes charge when the others are being silly. She talks a lot more than the others because she is very bossy in general.

Q: Why did you audition for The Taffetas?
S.C.: I love harmony and hearing the different parts together. 1950s barbership has the best harmonies there are. I wanted to be part of that.

Q: How much did you know about 1950s girls groups before you auditioned?
S.C.: I knew some songs from that time, but I've learned a lot of new songs during rehearsals. I only knew about a quarter of the songs before.

Q: What has been the most enjoyable part about rehearsal?
S.C.: Since there are only four of us acting and singing, it's been fun to bond with the other girls. We get along really well and we're building a sisterhood ourselves.

Q: What is your favorite song in the show?
S.C.: My favorite song is "Shaboom." It opens the show and it's my solo, but we all dance together and sing together. It's really fun.

Q: Have you ever worn taffeta?
S.C.: I have not worn taffeta before. I'm a little nervous about the plastic material under the stage lights.

The Taffetas opens Friday, September 10 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 26 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a show Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

In the Wings: The Taffetas. Meet Ivy Mills.


Ivy Mills plays Cheryl in The Taffetas, the first production in the 2010-2011 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The musical was conceived by Rick Lewis, with additional material by Arthur Whitelaw. Melanie R. Buchanan is the director and Shellie Johnson is the musical director.

Question: What sets Cheryl apart from her three sisters?
Ivy Mills: She's the normal one.

Q: Why did you audition for The Taffetas?
I.M.: I like singing and dancing, and putting them together is great.

Q: Did you know much about 1950s girls groups before you auditioned?
I.M.: Yes, I listen to a lot of oldies. I also sing in a group called Almost Accidental that does a lot of jazz stuff and 1940s songs.

Q: What has been the most enjoyable part about rehearsal?
I.M.: Singing every day in a group and hearing when we hit the right notes and sound really good together.

Q: What is your favorite song in the show?
I.M.: "Shaboom," which is the opening number, and "Old Cape Cod," which is my solo.

Q: Have you ever worn taffeta?
I.M.: Yes, when I played dress up growing up.

The Taffetas opens Friday, September 10 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 26 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a show Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

In the Wings: The Taffetas. Join the Poster Posse!


Each season, full-size posters are designed and produced to promote MainStage and Civic Youth Theatre productions. To ensure the word gets out about the shows, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is organizing a Poster Posse made up entirely of volunteers to fan out through the community and ask businesses and civic organizations to display posters.

Volunteers are asked to share one hour of their time on Saturday, September 4 to distribute posters for The Taffetas throughout West Lafayette and beyond the downtown area in Lafayette. Posters will be distributed at the Civic Theatre lobby at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Poster Posse volunteers should have their own means of transportation to travel to and from Civic Theatre and around the community or beyond. Volunteers who live outside of Lafayette and West Lafayette are welcome, too!

The Poster Posse's goal for The Taffetas is to display 20 posters in businesses and organizations.

WLFI commercial for The Taffetas

WLFI has produced a commercial for The Taffetas, the first production in the 2010-2011 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. WLFI is the season Media Sponsor.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.