Saturday, October 30, 2010

Purdue's Tomahawk Service and Leadership Society helps out at Civic Theatre!


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's atrium, parking lot and scene shop look better this afternoon thanks to seven volunteers from Purdue University's Tomahawk and Service and Leadership Society.

The Tomahawk Service and Leadership Society is a coed service and leadership honorary at the University. As an honor society, Tomahawk selects outstanding independent students of freshman level or above who have shown leadership in campus activities. The organization performs more than 30 service projects per year at Purdue and in the surrounding community.

Today, members of Tomahawk pulled weeds from the atrium, piled and bagged fallen leaves in the parking lot, moved an abandoned couch from North Street to the dumpster and helped organize the scene shop. They were joined by Dave Lahr, a longtime Civic Theatre volunteer and honorary member of Tomahawk. Dave become involved with the organization through his grandson Anthony, who had served as Tomahawk's president in the past. Bob Zink, another longtime Civic Theatre volunteer, serves as the organization's adviser.

The seven Tomahawk members who volunteered at Civic Theatre were:
  • * Tyler Diercks
  • * Nicole Hinde
  • * James Ma
  • * Tillie Nordloh
  • * Sarah Rife
  • * Megan Swanson
  • * Frannie Zilinskas

Thanks to these volunteers for spending an afternoon at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and keeping it looking beautiful.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Announcing the cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Director Steve Koehler has announced the cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday production during the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Barbara Robinson.

The cast includes:
  • * Father - Brian Fultz
  • * Mother - Amy Long
  • * Beth Bradley - Tori Rosa
  • * Charlie Bradley - Sam Gascho
  • * Ralph Herdman - Cody Walker
  • * Imogene Herdman - Maggie Furtner
  • * Leroy Herdman - Daniel Ricksy
  • * Claude Herdman - Joe Ricksy
  • * Ollie Herdman - Cameron Avery
  • * Gladys Herdman - Ashlyn Short
  • * Alice Wendleken - Ariel Laukins
  • * Mrs. Armstrong - E. Linda Jeffries
  • * Mrs. Slocum - Valerie Baynard
  • * Mrs. Clark - Sharon Morphew
  • * Mrs. McCarthy - Ce-Ce Furtner
  • * Maxine - Sarah Scally
  • * Elmer Hopkins - Jacob Holley
  • * Hobie - James Koehler
  • * David - Charlie Long
  • * Beverly - Emma Scofield
  • * Shirley - Mollie Koehler
  • * Juanita - Alanna Short
  • * Doris - Grace Eckhardt
  • * Rev. Hopkins - Jane E. Hoaks
  • * Pianist - Heather Owen
  • * Angel Choir - Katy Plake, Katie Fultz, Annie Furtner, Natalie Long, Anna Plake

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run through Sunday, December 12 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, October 23, 2010

In the Wings: Tuesdays with Morrie. 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 30 to distribute posters for Tuesdays with Morrie. Posters will be distributed at the Civic Theatre lobby at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette from 11 a.m. to 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 Tuesdays with Morrie is to display 20 posters in businesses and organizations.

Paul Addison speaks again about the 2010 Tour of Terror on WLFI

Paul Addison, director of the 2010 Tour of Terror, appeared on WLFI to speak with Aaron Leedy about the annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. This year's tours focus on West Lafayette and Purdue campus stories. The tours begin at University Church at 320 North Street, at the corner of Grant Street and North Street.

The Tour of Terror opened yesterday (Friday, October 22) and runs tonight, and next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and run every half hour until 11:00 p.m. There also are special midnight tours each night. All tours except the midnight tours cost $13; midnight tours are $15. Tickets are available by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.

Paul Addison speaks about the 2010 Tour of Terror on WLFI TV 18 news

Paul Addison, director of the 2010 Tour of Terror, appeared on WLFI to speak with Laura Kirtley about the annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. You can watch the interview below.

This year's tours focus on West Lafayette and Purdue campus stories. The tours begin at University Church at 320 North Street, on the corner of Grant Street and North Street.

The Tour of Terror opened yesterday (Friday, October 22) and runs tonight, and next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and run every half hour until 11:00 p.m. There also are special midnight tours each night. All tours except the midnight tours cost $13; midnight tours are $15. Tickets are available by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529. Tickets also can be purchased at University Church immediately before the tours.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Preview of the 2010 Tour of Terror in the Journal & Courier


A preview of the 2010 Tour of Terror 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 Tour of Terror opens tonight (Friday, October 22) and runs through Sunday, October 31. The tour begins at the University Church on the campus of Purdue University at 320 N. Grant Street (the corner of Grant and North Streets).

Tours begin at 7 p.m. and leave every 30 minutes through 11 p.m. There also are special midnight tours. All tours except the midnight tour cost $13; the midnight tours are $15.

For more information about the 2010 Tour of Terror, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Announcing the cast of How I Learned to Drive


Director Jeff Spanke has announced the cast for How I Learned to Drive, the second staged reading of the 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Paula Vogel.

The cast includes:
  • * Li'l Bit - Stefanie Patterson
  • * Peck - Neil Radtke
  • * Male Greek Chorus - Steve Martin
  • * Female Greek Chorus - Heather Owen
  • * Teenage Greek Chorus - Linda Jeffries
  • * Voice - Marylin Howland

The staged reading of How I Learned to Drive will be held Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can Event.

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

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette honors Civic Theatre!






During a special event at the Lafayette Country Club, The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette recognized Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette for its contributions to the community and the strength of its endowment. Civic Theatre’s endowment was formed in 1999 thanks to generous bequests of longtime Civic Theatre friends.

Greg Kapp, Executive Director of the Community Foundation, opened the evening speaking about The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and its service to area organizations. Civic Theatre Managing Director Steve Koehler followed by sharing a brief outline of the theatre's history and its goals and mission. The evening also included a performance by the cast of The Taffetas, the first MainStage production of the 2010-2011 season.

A mix of more than 80 supporters of both Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette were in attendance.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Longtime Civic Theatre volunteer Dave Lahr is recognized at the Bravo Brunch for the Arts!


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette congratulates Dave Lahr for being honored at the annual Bravo Brunch for the Arts, organized by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

Dave was named the winner of the 2010 John Corey Arts Leadership Award, which is presented to a person who exhibits and embodies leadership in the arts. John Corey Arts Leadership Award recipients regularly demonstrate their commitment to the arts and advance the role of the arts.

Past recipients of the award include:
  • 2009 - Virgil St. John
  • 2008 - Kathryn and Howie Clark
  • 2007 - Todd Wetzel
  • 2006 - Charlie Shook
  • 2005 - Sheila Klinker
  • 2004 - Sonya Margerum
  • 2003 - Suzie Coles
  • 2002 - Jim Bodenmiller
  • 2001 - John Corey

Here are some items about Dave that were included in his nomination for the John Corey Arts Leadership Award:

  • Member of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Board of Directors
  • One-term President of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Board of Directors
  • Production volunteer, including leadership roles on Jesus Christ Superstar, Crowns, High School Musical and many, many more.

Please join us in congratulating and honoring Dave Lahr by sharing some of your fondest memories of him.

To learn a little more about Dave, visit http://lafayettecivic.blogspot.com/2009/03/civic-volunteer-album-meet-dave-lahr.html

In the Wings: One Size Fits All Improv presents the "3-for-1" show




It's thrice for the price!

On Saturday, October 16, One Size Fits All Improv welcomes two Purdue improv comedy groups -- The Crazy Monkeys and Ship of Fools -- to share the stage of the historic Monon Depot Theatre, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4.00 per person and can be reserved by calling 765-423-7529 or purchased at the door the night of the show. All proceeds go to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show is fun for the entire family.

The Crazy Monkeys will begin the madness at 7:30 p.m. Ship of Fools follow at 8:00 p.m. And after a brief 10-minute intermission, One Size Fits All takes the stage at 8:40 p.m. And as the pièce de résistance, all players from all the groups will perform a final freeze game together.

$4.00 admission, 3 improv comedy groups, 2 cities, 1 great night of comedy. Check it out Saturday, October 16 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: 24-Hour Theatre Project


Now that the 24-Hour Theatre Project 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?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Let’s all VOTE!


Wouldn't it be great to see "Readers' Choice Award" displayed at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette?

You can help -- vote now in the annual Readers' Choice Awards on the Journal & Courier website. Civic Theatre has been nominated in the Best Live Theater Venue category.

Voting is easy. Go to http://php.jconline.com/readerschoice/voting.php. Click on Entertainment and Leisure and then Best Live Theater Venue.

While you're voting, explore the other categories and vote for some of our loyal Civic Theatre sponsors, too. Tell your friends and family to vote! Voting continues through Monday, October 11.

Everyone at Civic Theatre thanks you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Announcing auditions: How I Learned to Drive


Audition dates have been set for How I Learned to Drive, the second staged reading in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 season. Auditions will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 10 and Monday, October 11 at the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Jeffrey Spanke seeks:
  • * 3 men, ages 20-50
  • * 2 women, ages 20-50
Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Copies are available for check-out at the Civic Theatre office.

A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. How I Learned to Drive is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.

The staged reading of How I Learned to Drive will be held Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at the corner of 5th Street and North Street. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. This is a Pay What You Can event.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Annoucing auditions: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Audition dates have been set for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a subscriber-option show at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Auditions will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 and Monday, October 18 at the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Steven Koehler seeks:
  • * Four men, ages 20-50
  • * Six women, ages 30-60
  • * Several (up to 20) youth, ages 4-16

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Copies are available for check-out at the Civic Theatre office. Youth auditioners will be asked to sing one verse of a Christmas carol.

Callbacks may be held Wednesday, October 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When the Herdman children - "the worst kids in the history of the world" - are all cast in the annual Christmas pageant, Mrs. Bradley has her hands full. Stolen communion wine (well, really grape juice), wise men with machine guns and a fire in the middle of the final rehearsal leave everyone anticipating the worst Christmas Pageant Ever. But this warm and funny show will leave audiences with the true spirit of the season.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run two consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 12, with a possible extension through December 19.