Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Photos from rehearsal.

Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.











The Best Christmas Pageant Ever runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 19 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.

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, November 29, 2010

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Preview in TGIF


The Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper, included a synopsis of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in an article about events for the upcoming holiday season in the November 26 issue of TGIF.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

You can read the synopsis here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Announcing auditions: As Bees in Honey Drown


Audition dates have been set for As Bees in Honey Drown, the third staged reading in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 season. Auditions will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 and Monday, December 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Director Kristen Lesniak says those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Copies are available for check-out at the Civic Theatre office.

Evan Wyler has just finished a photo session with his shirt off. No, he's not a supermodel; he's a twenty-something New York writer savoring the success of his debut novel. Defined by the media as the "hot-young" thing-of-the-moment, Evan captures the attention of Alexa Vere de Vere, a black-clad woman of mystery who's made the world of celebrity her home. In fact, it's her religion. Maybe she's a record producer, maybe she's a film agent; what is clear is that she wants Evan to write the screenplay of her life story. Just spend time with me, she says, and you'll learn all you need to know. To Evan, who is gay, it's like an invitation into the world of Auntie Mame, Sally Bowles and Holly Golightly all rolled into one. But once Evan fools himself into believing he loves Alexa, she vanishes, leaving him to foot the bill for all the dinners and Armani suits they've gone through. Trying to find Alexa, Evan discovers a chain of people who have fallen under her spell and acted as her meal ticket. For Alexa has no money, no job, no life of her own-only the one she's created for herself. As Alexa puts it: "You're not the person you were born-who wonderful is?"

The staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown will be held Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. This is a Pay What You Can event.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet Amy Long.


Amy Long plays Mother in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Barbara Robinson. Steve Koehler is the director.

Question: Why did you want to audition for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
Amy Long: I have been going to Civic Theatre shows for years and have always wanted to be part of that excitement and energy. My kids wanted to try out for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and that afternoon I thought, "I'm going to go for it too."

Q: How would you describe Mother, a.k.a. Mrs. Bradley?
A.L.: She is a person who wants to do the right thing. She's a church member, a community member. She's a nice neighbor who does the right thing. She ends up in the director's position for the pageant.

Q: What is it like being in a cast this large?
A.L.: It's a lot of fun. I love the kids. I love their energy and excitement. They are so experienced, they are pros in Civic Theatre. I'm very impressed with their abilities.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember after seeing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
A.L.: An audience will be awed by the Christmas spirit that will come across in this play, by the true meaning of Christmas. People will go home carrying that with them in their hearts, remembering what it's all about.

Q: Have you ever been in a Christmas pageant?
A.L.: Absolutely. I got to be Mary one year at church and I was so excited.

Q: What is the silliest Christmas memory you have?
A.L.: Santa came to visit my husband's family at their house, but he went to the wrong house. He had presents for everyone, but not for anyone at that house. So he had to ad lib. That story has become family folklore.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 19 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. There also will be a performance Thursday, December 9.

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, November 24, 2010

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet Maggie Furtner.


Maggie Furtner plays Imogene Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Barbara Robinson. Steve Koehler is the director.

Question: Why did you want to be part of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
Maggie Furtner: I'd never read the script but I had heard a lot of good stuff about it. A lot of people told me it was very funny. I'd never acted in a Christmas show, so I wanted to try that.

Q: What is Imogene Herdman like?
M.F.: Imogene is part of a family of kids who are really, really bad. They smoke cigars, they swear, they do improper things at church and they steal. Imogene wants to play Mary, the lead role in the Christmas pageant. She gets what she wants because no one wants to oppose her or they'll probably be beaten up.

Q: What is it like to work with such a large cast?
M.F.: It's pretty crazy. I'm one of the oldest kids in the cast so from that perspective, there are a lot of little kids. The kids are good in their parts.

Q: What will an audience most remember about The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
M.F.: Probably the energy. There is a lot going on during the scenes, like when pageant rehearsals turn into mass chaos and one thing leads to another.

Q: Have you ever been in a Christmas pageant?
M.F.: No, I have not.

Q: What is the craziest Christmas memory that you have?
M.F.: We have a Christmas party at my grandma's house every year with around 30 cousins. Every year Santa comes and rings the doorbell. Everyone gets excited, especially the younger ones. But last year when we opened the door it wasn't Santa Claus, it was Theodore the Cockroach because one of my cousins found a cockroach costume. But Santa came eventually.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 19 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. There also will be a performance Thursday, December 9.

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, November 23, 2010

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet Tori Rosa.


Tori Rosa plays Beth Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Barbara Robinson. Steve Koehler is the director.

Question: Why did you want to be part of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
Tori Rosa: When I read the book, I thought it was really fun. It seemed like the show would be a lot of fun. My sister, Bailey, told me that Steve is a great director.

Q: Tell me about Beth Bradley. How would you describe her?
T.R.: Beth is the narrator. Her mom ends up directing the Christmas pageant. She's a good kid, mostly.

Q: What do you think the audience will most remember after seeing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
T.R.: They'll like the Herdmans. They're pretty funny. They say a lot of funny things.

Q: What is it like working in a large cast like this?
T.R.: It's lots of fun. I haven't gotten to know everyone yet, but once I do it'll be even more fun than it is now. It's kind of crazy because there are so many people rehearsing.

Q: Have you ever been in a Christmas pageant?
T.R.: I have been in a few at church. I played Mary once.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 19 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. There also will be a performance Thursday, December 9.

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, November 22, 2010

Rent to be Civic's return to the Amphitheatre


Civic Theatre is pleased to announce a return to summer theatre at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheatre.  After a one year hiatus Civic Theatre will make a return to the Tippecanoe County Amphitheatre with the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical Rent.

Mark, Roger, Mimi, Tom Collins, Angel, Maureen, Joanne and Benny are coming to Tippecanoe County in Summer 2011.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will open its 2011-2012 season with a production of Rent, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical drama by Jonathan Larson. Julia Colby will direct the production, Twana Harris will act as music director. The productions will run July 14-16, 2011 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater.

Based loosely on Puccini’s La bohème, it tells the story of young artists on the Lower East Side of New York struggling to keep their Bohemian lifestyle strong amid betrayals by friends, illnesses, contentious relationships and artistic integrity.

Rent achieved much critical acclaim when it opened in the mid-1990s, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Musical , the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
Show Schedule
Day                 Date                Time
Thursday       7/14/2011      8:30 PM         OPENING NIGHT
Friday             7/15/2011      8:30 PM        
Saturday        7/16/2011      8:30 PM
Sunday          7/17/2011      8:30 PM         RAIN PERFORMANCE ONLY

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet Sam Gascho.


Sam Gascho plays Charlie Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Barbara Robinson. Steve Koehler is the director.

Q: What does Charlie do in the show?
S.G.: He is a shepherd. He says he doesn't want to be in the pageant that much.

Q: Why did you audition for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
S.G.: Because my sister is doing props for this show.

Q: Have you acted before?
S.G.: Yes. I was in a school pageant.

Q: What is the best part about being in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
S.G.: That I get to memorize.

Q: What is the best memory you have of Christmas?
S.G.: All my presents.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 19 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. There also will be a performance Thursday, December 9.

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, November 21, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: Tuesdays with Morrie


Now that Tuesdays with Morrie 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?

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet Steve Koehler.


Steve Koehler directs The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Barbara Robinson.

Question: Why did you want to direct The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
Steve Koehler: I love this show. I've done this show several times in different roles, mostly as a sound designer. I'm very close to it: it's a very warm story. In a lot of ways, it exemplifies what the holidays mean to me.

Q: What are the circumstances when the story begins?
S.K.: The story begins mid-November. We meet Beth Bradley, played by Tori Rosa, who narrates the story of what happens when the Herdmans, who are the town bullies, take over the parts of the Christmas pageant.

Q: What will an audience take away from seeing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
S.K.: They'll have a good time, but there also are lots of warm feelings. You get a feeling of what I think the holidays are supposed to mean: caring about others and not judging a book by its cover.

Q: Were you ever in a Christmas pageant?
S.K.: Yes, I was. I was a reindeer in one and I played a narrator in another.

Q: What is the silliest Christmas memory you have?
S.K.: When my James, my son, was two years old, we had the Christmas tree up and decorated in early December. His grandmother was visiting and James was looking at the presents. He was about to rip into one and she said, "James, you have to wait. It's not Christmas yet." He sat on the floor and put his arms in his lap and just waited. And Christmas was still two weeks away, but he was going ot wait.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 19 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. There also will be a performance Thursday, December 9.

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, November 20, 2010

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 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, November 27 to distribute posters for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 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 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is to display 30 posters in businesses and organizations.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Review Is In: Tuesdays with Morrie


The review of Tuesdays with Morrie was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Amy Long. You can read it here.

Tuesdays with Morrie begins the second weekend of its three-weekend run 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 in downtown Lafayette. The show closes November 21.

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Share Your Thoughts: How I Learned to Drive


The staged reading of How I Learned to Drive took place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 46 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, Jeff Spanke.

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, November 7, 2010

Announcing auditions: All My Sons


Audition dates have been set for All My Sons, the third production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 MainStage Season. Auditions will be held 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 14 and Monday, November 15 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Rachel Lambert seeks 5 men, 4 women and 1 child:
  • * Joe - 50s-60s
  • * Chris - 20s-30s
  • * George - 20s-30s
  • * Frank - 20s-30s
  • * Jim - 30s-40s
  • * Kate - 50s-60s
  • * Ann - 20s-30s
  • * Lydia - 20s-30s
  • * Sue - 30s-40s
  • * Male child - 8-12 years old

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Copies are available in the Civic Theatre office. Please arrive early; you may stay as long as you can for more chances to read.

During the war Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop that made airplane parts. When several servicemen die as a result of defective parts, Deever is sent to prison. Keller goes free and makes a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the one of the young Keller sons was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The tensions lead to a dramatic conclusion that changed the face of American Theatre forever.

All My Sons will opens Friday, January 28 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, February 13.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Opening Night for Tuesdays with Morrie: production photos









Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Tuesdays with Morrie opens tonight, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The show will run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, November 21. To order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Preview of Tuesdays with Morrie on jconline.com


A preview of Tuesdays with Morrie 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.

Tuesdays with Morrie opens Friday, November 5 and runs 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 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.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Tuesdays with Morrie.


The following preview of Tuesdays with Morrie, the second 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.



Tuesdays with Morrie opens Friday, November 5 and runs through Sunday, November 21. For more information about the show, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

In the Wings: Tuesdays with Morrie. Photos of volunteers building the set.


Thanks to all the volunteers who came together to build the set for Tuesdays with Morrie, the second production of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 MainStage season. The photos below show the turntable being placed on casters in the historic Monon Depot Theatre.






Tuesdays with Morrie opens Friday, November 5 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees 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 at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

In the Wings: Tuesdays with Morrie. Photos from rehearsal.

Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of Tuesdays with Morrie, the second production of the 2010-2011 MainStage Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.





Tuesdays with Morrie runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 21 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.

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.