Sunday, January 30, 2011

Announcing auditions: Macbeth


Audition dates have been set for Macbeth, the third production in the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 6 and Monday, February 7 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Melanie R. Buchanan asks that everyone auditioning prepare a memorized Shakespearean or classic monologue, preferably from a tragedy or history. Everyone is asked to call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 for an audition appointment. There will be Saturday rehearsals for this production.

From the world's greatest dramatist comes the dark tale of greed, revenge and murder. "The Scottish Play" is the story of one couple's political aspirations and the depths of depravity that they will stoop to achieve them.

Macbeth will open Friday, April 8 and run through Sunday, April 10.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Announcing the New Volunteer Orientation: Saturday, February 12


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will again host a free New Volunteer Orientation for people of all ages, skill sets, and walks of life. It will be held Saturday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the historic Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

The orientation will introduce the organization to people who have an interest in being involved on stage, behind the scenes, in the office and everywhere in between.

It will bring together almost a dozen veteran Civic Theatre volunteers to discuss their involvement as actors, directors, producers, designers, box office personnel and more. They will be able to answer questions and offer insights on how to get involved with the organization.

The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Preview of the staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown on jconline.com


A preview of the staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown and a profile of director Kristen Lesniak 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 staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown will be held Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Audiences are encouraged to pay what they can for admission.

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

Opening Night for All My Sons: production photos














Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

All My Sons opens tonight, January 28, 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, February 13.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Preview of All My Sons on jconline.com


A preview of All My Sons 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.

All My Sons opens Friday, January 28 and runs through Sunday, February 13 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.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Staged Reading Series: As Bees in Honey Drown on February 1









The 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette continues with As Bees in Honey Drown. The play was written by Douglas Carter Beane.

Kristen Lesniak directs the cast, which includes Nathan Caldwell, Cheryl Drake Smith, Steve Martin, Heather Owen, Stefanie Patterson and Zach Prugar.

The staged reading will be held at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday, February 1 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 As Bees in Honey Drown or the Staged Reading Series, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Help Wanted!

As many of you know, our long time Civic Youth Theatre Director, Melanie R. Buchanan, is in her last season. There will be much more to say about that in the future.  We are opening a job search as of today to fill the new position of Director of Education and Outreach.  The job will entail many of the same duties Melanie now carries, but will have more emphasis on education, teaching classes, working with the new Oakland High School, and in general building on the great work that Melanie has done over the years.  The official listing is below, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve.  email or by phone at 765.423.7529.


Search closing – March 18, 2011
Start Date –Negotiable after May 1, 2011
Type of position – Full-time
Salary – Commensurate with Experience
Education required – Bachelors Degree
Experience required – 3-5 years

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, an 80-year-old community theatre, seeks a full-time Director of Education and Outreach to oversee expanding education and youth programming.  Candidate will have experience in curriculum creation, performance instruction, directing and working with young people.  In addition to established classes and camps, Civic will begin teaching twice weekly high school level classes in fall 2011.  Candidate will be responsible for development of lesson plans to include all aspects of state curriculum, including acting but also theatre history, literature and production.  Candidate will also assist in overseeing a well established youth theatre program, including a traveling acting troupe and four productions every year.  Candidate will be experienced, energetic, versatile, organized and value the power of theatre to transform young people’s lives. 
Please send letter, resume and references to: Steven Koehler, Managing Director, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 313 North 5th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901, or to steve@lafayettecivic.org

In the Wings: All My Sons. Photos from rehearsal.

Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsals of All My Sons, the third production in the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.






All My Sons runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, January 28 through Sunday, February 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theater 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.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Announcing auditions: Out of Order


Audition dates have been set for Out of Order, the fourth production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 MainStage season.

Auditions will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30 and Monday, January 31 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Kate Walker asks that everyone auditioning arrive by 7:00 p.m. and be prepared to read from the script. Copies are available in Civic Theatre's office. Call 765-423-7529 to check out one for perusal. She is looking to cast the following roles:
  • Richard Willey - A suave and successful man; a Junior Minister in the government.
  • The Manager - A severe man.
  • The Waiter - A nimble and wily old servant.
  • The Maid - A plump Italian woman in her fifties.
  • Jane Worthington - An attractive but dizzy young lady.
  • The Body - A nondescript middle-aged man.
  • George Pigden - An upright, pleasant man of nervous disposition.
  • Ronnie - An angry young man.
  • Pamela - An attractive, sophisticated woman in her forties.
  • Gladys - A bossy but attractive women in her forties.

Richard Willey, a British government minister, plans an affair with a typist from the opposition. Things go wrong when they discover a dead body in their hotel room. The Minister calls in his PPS to sort out the mess and from then on matters go rapidly from bad to worse with assorted hotel staff, guests and just about everybody else intervening! Out of Order is a romping, hilarious farce that will leave audiences rolling in the aisles.


Out of Order will open Friday, March 11 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 27.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Announcing the cast of Once Upon a Mattress


Directors Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell have announced the cast of Once Upon a Mattress, the second production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season. The book is by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. Barer wrote the lyrics and the music is by Mary Rodgers.

The cast includes:
  • * Prince Dauntless the Drab - Nate Shumate
  • * Princess Winnifred the Woebegone - Taylor Bundy
  • * Lady Larken - Kelsey White
  • * Sir Harry - Jordan Friend
  • * Jester - Oscar Dillman
  • * Minstrel - Amanda Walker
  • * King Sextimus - Riley Gray
  • * Wizard - Chase Burdick
  • * Queen Aggravain - Maria Guido
  • * Lady in Waiting/Nightingale - Katie Fultz
  • * Lady Rowena - Hannah Lazarz
  • * Lady Lucille - Elena Escudero
  • * Lady H - Emily Lake
  • * Knight #1 - Sarah Weaver
  • * Knight #2 - Tori Rosa
  • * Knight #3 - Ellie Parker
  • * Knight #4 - Daniel Atwell
  • * Lady #4 - Abby Hummels
  • * Knight #5 - Peter Morrison
  • * Lady #5 - Ivy Vanderwielen
  • * Sir Studley - Madison Anarumo
  • * Lady Studley/Princess #12 - Annie Furtner
  • * Sir Luce - Sarah Buckser
  • * Lady Luce - Keanna Patterson
  • * Knight #6 - Jessica Lazarz
  • * Lady #6 - Erica Gibson
  • * Knight #7 - Mady Davenport
  • * Lady #7 - Acaimie Catron

Once Upon a Mattress will open Friday, February 25 and run through Sunday, February 27 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon matinees will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.

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

Thursday, January 20, 2011

In the Wings: All My Sons. Photos of the set.


The following photos show the set for All My Sons, the third 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 January.
  • Set Design - Jessica Robertson
  • Master Carpenter - Ron Clark


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In the Wings: All My Sons. Meet Craig Martin.


Craig Martin plays Joe Keller in All My Sons, the third production of the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Arthur Miller. Rachel Lambert is the director.

Question: Did you know much about the story or about your character before you auditioned?
Craig Martin: I really didn't. But the story drew me in immediately and Joe Keller felt familiar to me, like men I've met from that era - my father included - who were larger-than-life personalities and took charge of any room they entered.

Q: Is there anything audiences should know before coming to see this production?
C.M.: It's a very conversation-driven play, and the cast has worked unbelievably hard to be faithful to Mr. Miller's words. If you've read the play or ever have the chance to, you will feel the personalities of the characters right through the page. We're repeatedly amazed at how brilliantly the dialogue and the entire story were constructed.

Q: What have you learned -- about the show, about yourself -- during the rehearsal process?
C.M.: I've learned that it's not too much to ask of myself to stay busy right through the evening - every evening. I've learned that I can still memorize things. And I've really come to appreciate why people commit their time and talents to Civic Theatre productions - it's an incredibly fulfilling experience to share an evening reading lines back and forth with people you've never met before -- warm and welcoming people from different walks of life -- and to share in the telling of a staged tale.

Q: What will have been the most important factor in the success of this production?
C.M.: Without a doubt, Rachel Lambert, our director. She's been very sharply tuned to the overall tone of the play and its intricacies, and she's been unbelievably generous and patient while we worked our way into the "skins" of our characters.

All My Sons will open Friday, January 28, and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, February 13, 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 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 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

In the Wings: All My Sons. Meet Jane Hoaks.


Jane Hoaks plays Kate Keller in All My Sons, the third production of the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Arthur Miller. Rachel Lambert is the director.

Question: What made you want to audition for All My Sons?
Jane Hoaks: It is an Arthur Miller play; one I really didn't know and I was curious. I read the script and I was captured by it. From the moment I read the script, I felt such a strong attraction to Kate.

Q: What have you learned -- about the show, about yourself -- during the
rehearsal process?
J.H.: I knew I liked the play from the very beginning, but now I love it. We have a wonderful director who has painstakingly guided us into a much deeper level of understanding for each character in this show. From the very beginning I felt a pulling in my heart for Kate, now I feel I am Kate in many respects. I, myself, have three children -- a daughter and two sons. Would I, or could I, do much differently than Kate if I had to deal with the same circumstances? I don't know, but I don't think so. The human heart has such a capacity for compromise and rationalization and for undying, steadfast love. It can be all too conflicting, and yet we still find a way to make it work for as long as it needs to.

Q: Is there anything audiences should know before coming to see this production?
J.H.: It is typical Miller. It makes us stop and think about why we do what we do and is it really justifiable? It is most certainly not a show for children or even young teenagers. It makes you reflect on your own past decisions and actions. The moral of the story is one that few people ever think about and how important it is that they do so.

Q: Has there been any particular memorable moment so far that you'd like to share?
J.H.: It has all been one big memorable moment. I have had such a wonderful time getting to know and work with some extraordinary people. There are a lot of new faces in this show that Civic audiences have not had the pleasure and opportunity to enjoy. They have all become my "family"; it will be heart wrenching to say good-bye at the end of the run. I can only hope that I will have the chance to be with them again in other productions.

All My Sons will open Friday, January 28, and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, February 13, 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 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 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Monday, January 17, 2011

In the Wings: All My Sons. Meet Rachel Lambert, the director.


Rachel Lambert directs All My Sons, the third production of the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Arthur Miller.

Question: What, if anything, did you know about All My Sons before you began working on this production?
Rachel Lambert: I have been involved in several Arthur Miller plays but I had not read or seen this one. It's exciting to be working on this particular play because it's Arthur Miller's first successful play. It's the reason we have all the others. And, I think it's still relevant today with the themes of commercialization and making money on war. These are things we still talk about today.

Q: Is there anything audiences should know before coming to see this
production?
R.L.: It will be a night of classic American theater. It is a great example of mid-century realism that I think will mean something to our audience. They will be asked to think.

Q: Has there been any particular memorable moment so far that you'd like to
share?
R.L.: Yes. There was one night when I was working with Craig Martin (Joe Keller) and Jane Hoaks (Kate Keller) that was very intense on one scene. It got to the point that suddenly I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat. We were at a point of extreme tension and high stakes and we really experienced it that night. The actors ceased to be two people acting and became two people engaged in the scene.

All My Sons will open Friday, January 28, and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, February 13, 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 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 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

In the Wings: All My Sons. Join the Poster Posse!


Volunteers are asked to share one hour of their time Saturday, January 22 to distribute posters for All My Sons, the third show of the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.
  • 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.

  • Doughnuts and juice will be provided in the lobby.

  • Poster Posse volunteers should have their own means of transportation to travel to and from Civic Theatre and around the community.

  • Volunteers who live outside Lafayette and West Lafayette are welcome, too!

The goal is to display 30 posters for All My Sons in area businesses and organizations.

Friday, January 14, 2011

In the Wings: One Size Fits All Improv


Forget the Winter Wonderland ...
January is Winter FUN-derland
at the One Size Fits All Improv Comedy Show!
(pun thrown in at no extra charge)

One Size Fits All Improv makes its 2011 debut at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Saturday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The M.C.: Laurie Russell
The Teams: Kat Braz, Matt Kerkhoff and Bill Ross
vs.
Martin Fernandez, Gary McFall and Doug Pruim
The Designated Jokester: Nathan Caldwell

Shake off the snow, laugh out loud and maybe even volunteer to play on stage!

Tickets are $4.00 per person and the show is fun for all ages.
(Unless you're 42 years and 191 days old. No one has a sense of humor on that day.)

See you there!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Announcing auditions: Once Upon a Mattress


Audition dates have been set for Once Upon a Mattress, the second production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season.

Auditions will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 16 and Monday, January 17. The location has not yet been announced.

Directors Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell ask that everyone auditioning prepare a memorized comedic monologue and a verse and chorus from a Broadway-style musical. Youth interested in auditioning should call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 to make an audition appointment.

If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night?

Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

Once Upon a Mattress will open Friday, February 25 and run through Sunday, February 27.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Auditions a-plenty!


Looking to get involved with Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette? Audition dates and times have been set for a number of MainStage productions, Civic Youth Theatre productions and staged readings in 2011! Try out for an acting role, or stop by to express your interest in working behind the scenes!
  • Once Upon a Mattress: January 16 and 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Civic Youth Theatre
  • Out of Order: January 30 and 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m. MainStage
  • Macbeth: February 6 and 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Civic Youth Theatre
  • Little Shop of Horrors: March 6 and 7, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. MainStage
  • Three Tall Women, April 24 and 25, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Staged Reading
Learn more about these shows by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visiting its website.

More information - including the location - will appear in future blog posts one week before auditions are held.