Monday, February 28, 2011

In the Wings: Out of Order. Meet Kate Walker.


Kate Walker directs Out of Order, the fourth production in the 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Ray Cooney.

Question: Why did you want to direct Out of Order?
Kate Walker: I decided it would be fun to laugh my way through the last part of winter and Out of Order was the best way to do it. The script is wonderful and funny, farcical and filled with British humor.

Q: What are the given circumstances at the beginning of the play?
K.W.: We are in the Westminster Hotel in London, and the Junior Prime Minister - played by David Dietz - is going to be conducting a debate on the floor of Parliament. He’s checked into the hotel and prepared himself for a long night of work, which quickly falls apart.

Q: What are the challenges of directing a comedy?
K.W.: I’ve often heard it said that comedy is much harder than drama to pull off. You are playing the characters honestly, but also going over the top for the physical comedy. In this production we’re also adding British accents and traits. The physical space is a challenge, too: it’s confined to one hotel room, so keeping that interesting is a challenge. So is creating and maintaining the pace of the show.

Q: What will an audience most remember about this production?
K.W.: They will remember laughing throughout it.

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

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, February 27, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: Once Upon a Mattress


Now that Once Upon a Mattress has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about the show? What were your thoughts about the performances? The story and theme? The design? What were the standout moments?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

30 years of Memories - Marylin Howland-Ross

Video starring Lifetime Achievement winner Marylin Howland-Ross.  This is the first installment of many videos to celebrate 30 years of operation in the Historic Monon Depot Theatre, our home.  If you would like to be included in this series, sharing your memories of the past 30 years, contact Steve in the office at 765.423.7529 or Email.

Announcing the cast of Roman Cokes


Director Steve Martin has announced the cast of Roman Cokes, the fourth staged reading of the 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Jeff Spanke.

The cast includes:
  • * Dr. Theo Elpeas - Carlo Amani
  • * LENZ - Kristen Lesniak
  • * Ethan / Todd - Zachary Baiel
  • * Margot - Julia Colby
  • * George - Harry Brown
  • * Dr. Sydney Fuller - Kathy Bruni

The staged reading of Roman Cokes will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event.

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

Friday, February 25, 2011

Preview of Once Upon a Mattress on jconline.com


A preview of Once Upon a Mattress 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.

Once Upon a Mattress opens tonight, Friday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, February 27 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

The show is sold out, but you can learn more about the other Civic Youth Theatre productions scheduled this season by calling Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visiting its website.

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Once Upon a Mattress


The following preview of Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season, has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steve Scherer for creating this video.



Once Upon a Mattress opens today, Friday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, February 27. The show is sold out. For more information about upcoming shows at Civic Theatre, call 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Announcing auditions: The Velveteen Rabbit


Audition dates have been set for The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season.

Auditions will be held 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, February 27 and Monday, February 28 in the Civic Theatre office.

Directors Sherri Bundy and Renee Cason ask that everyone auditioning prepare a 1-minute monologue. Those interested in auditioning must call the Civic Theatre office at 765-423-7529 to set an appointment. Actors can be involved with both Once Upon a Mattress and The Velveteen Rabbit.

Margery Williams' beloved tale is faithfully told and carefully expanded for the stage. The Velveteen Rabbit provides young audiences with comedy, pathos, adventure and a final triumph for the hero, who learns that love makes all things real.

The Velveteen Rabbit will open Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Announcing auditions: Little Shop of Horrors


Audition dates have been set for Little Shop of Horrors, the fifth and final production in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 MainStage season.

Auditions will be held 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7 in the Civic Theatre office.

Director Laurie Russell asks that everyone auditioning prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and one verse and chorus of a song. The song can be from the show, and all actresses being considered for Audrey will be asked to sing "Suddenly Seymour."

Those interested in auditioning must call the Civic Theatre office at 765-423-7529 to set an appointment.

A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

Little Shop of Horrors will open Friday, May 13 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, May 29.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Announcing the cast of Macbeth


Director Melanie R. Buchanan has announced the cast of Macbeth, the third production in the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The cast includes:
  • Macbeth - Mark Krutulis
  • Lady Macbeth - Jenny Furtner
  • Macduff - Evan Nyquist
  • Lady Macduff - Erica Gibson
  • Malcolm - Grace Lazarz
  • Ross - Asher Trout
  • Lennox - Taylor Bundy
  • Captain/Hecate - Maggie Furtner
  • Banquo/Messenger - Nate Shumate
  • Duncan/Murderer 3 - Isaiah Hale
  • Angus/Murderer 1 - Connor Beaver
  • Fleance/Young Siward - Kurtis Brackett
  • Servant/First Apparition - Madi Anarumo
  • Old Man/Third Apparition - Sheheryar Ahsan
  • Donalbain/Doctor 2 - Percy Davis Jr.
  • Second Apparation/Menteith - Sarah Buckser
  • Caithness - Surabhi Balanchander
  • Witch 1 - Sydney Cason
  • Witch 2 - Ariel Laukins
  • Witch 3 - Beatrice Masters
  • Murderer 2/Seyton - Kayla Davenport
  • Lord/Doctor 1/Son - Neha Ramani

Macbeth will open Friday, April 8 and run through Sunday, April 10 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performance begins 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.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Photos of the set.


The following photos show the set for Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. These photos of the not-then completed set were taken in mid-February.






Saturday, February 19, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Taylor Bundy.


Taylor Bundy plays Princess Winnifred the Woebegone in Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell are the directors.

Question: Why did you audition for Once Upon a Mattress?
Taylor Bundy: I did it at McCutcheon High School and it was really fun. It's kind of a cool show – it's weird and funny. It's my cup of tea.

Q: What words would you use to describe Princess Winnifred?
T.B.: She's crazy, sweet and kind of crude.

Q: What does she want to accomplish?
T.B.: She wants a man because she's looking for love. She wants someone to love her for her.

Q: Is there a message the audience will take home with them?
T.B.: You can be yourself and if you feel comfortable with yourself, someone will love you for that reason.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday, February 25 and runs 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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees 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.

Friday, February 18, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Nate Shumate.


Nate Shumate plays Prince Dauntless the Drab in Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell are the directors.

Question: Why did you audition for Once Upon a Mattress?
Nate Shumate: I had read about this show before and I went to see it at McCutcheon High School. It was a ton of fun and I was excited for it being done at Civic. It’s been one of the best musicals I’ve ever done.

Q: What words would you use to describe Prince Dauntless the Drab?
N.S.: He’s stupid, na├»ve and caring. He’s a sweetheart, child-like. He doesn’t really know what he’s doing.

Q: What does he most want?
N.S.: I think toward the end he just wants freedom from his mother more than anything, which means falling in love with a girl and having a wife. That’s his main goal.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about this production?
N.S.: There’ll be lots of fun and lots of singing and dancing.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday, February 25 and runs 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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees 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, February 17, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Maria Guido.


Maria Guido plays Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell are the directors.

Question: Why did you audition for Once Upon a Mattress?
Maria Guido: I auditioned mainly because it's Melanie's last musical with Civic. Also, I absolutely adore the show.

Q: What words would you use to describe Queen Aggravain?
M.G.: She is malicious, evil and dictator-ish.

Q: What does she most want?
M.G.: She wants to keep her son, Prince Dauntless the Drab, from marrying. She is in love with herself, her son and her power and if any of these things were to change it would be devastating so she tries to prevent his marriage. One of her lines is ". . . Oh God! If only I were twenty years younger." This line is addressed to Dauntless on the subject of him getting married. I feel like it shows that the Queen might love her son a bit too much. She continues throughout the show to make remarks on how he should marry someone like her.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about the show?
M.G.: I think audiences will remember the wild antics of the King, the Jester and the Minstrel and of course the awkward love of Dauntless and Winnifred.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday, February 25 and runs 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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees 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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Kelsey White.


Kelsey White plays Lady Larken in Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell are the directors.

Question: Why did you audition for Once Upon a Mattress?
Kelsey White: I wanted to see if I could make it into something other than a high school production.

Q: What words would you use to describe Lady Larken?
K.W.: She’s bubbly, excited and ditzy.

Q: What is Lady Larken's main goal?
O.D.: She wants to get married to Sir Harry so she doesn’t have to raise a baby by herself.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about this production?
O.D.: I think it’ll be a good time, there will be good laughs and it’s a fun way to enjoy a night out.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday, February 25 and runs 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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees 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.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Oscar Dillman.


Oscar Dillman plays the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell are the directors.

Question: Why did you audition for Once Upon a Mattress?
Oscar Dillman: My voice teacher, Mrs. Gregan, thought it would be a good idea. She suggested that I try out because it might be fun.

Q: How would you describe the Jester?
O.D.: The Jester is funny, witty and a little bit devious. Along with everyone else, he tries to undermine the Queen but he maintains an air of "Oh, I'm on your side" while he's still stabbing her in the back.

Q: What is the Jester's main goal in the play?
O.D.: He wants Dauntless to marry Winnifred because once they get married everyone else can get married and be happy.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about this production?
O.D.: They'll like how funny it is. There are some pretty funny parts in it.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday, February 25 and runs 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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees 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.


Monday, February 14, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Jordan Friend.


Jordan Friend plays Sir Harry in Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell are the directors.

Question: Why did you audition for Once Upon a Mattress?
Jordan Friend: I'm almost 18 and I'm going to age out of Civic Youth Theatre soon. I've worked with Melanie for years, so that was the main goal: to work with her again. And originally I didn't like the show that much, so I wanted to give it another try.

Q: How would you describe Sir Harry?
J.F.: He comes off as innocent in the beginning, but later he shows himself to be a womanizer in a way. He's not the prince everyone thinks he is.

Q: What is Harry's main goal?
J.F.: At the beginning, he seems to focus on his own pleasure and whatever he wants to do. He wants to come off as princely as possible. But later, he realizes he wants the girl more and he changes.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about this production?
J.F.: The songs are very catchy. That's probably what they'll most like about the show.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday, February 25 and runs 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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees 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.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: All My Sons


Now that All My Sons has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about the show? What were your thoughts about the performances? The story and theme? The design? What were the standout moments?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Photos from the New Volunteer Orientation

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette held its New Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Thanks to everyone who attended, regardless of whether you are new to Civic or if you shared your experiences.







Friday, February 11, 2011

We want your fondest memory or impression of the Monon Depot Theatre


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette soon will celebrate 30 years in the historic Monon Depot Theatre. Additionally, we also will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of Lafayette Little Theatre, the direct ancestor of Civic.

To mark these wonderful milestones, we are asking for your help and time. Thirty seconds, to be exact.

We will be recording 30-second memories over the coming months, and we would love to include your favorite memory in, or impression of, the Monon Depot Theatre. Whether it was a show you watched or were involved with, a class or camp, an experience as a volunteer or something else revolving around the Monon Depot ... we want to archive these memories and be able to share them with our extended Civic family.

If you would like to share your favorite memory of the Monon Depot, you can contact Steve Koehler at 765-423-7529 or send an e-mail to steve@lafayettecivic.org. He can schedule a time to record your memory or tell you the best way to submit it to him.

Thirty years at the Monon - and counting!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Review Is In: All My Sons


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

All My Sons begins the third 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 on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The show closes February 13.

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

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: As Bees in Honey Drown


The staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown took place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 35 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, Kristen Lesniak.

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?

Announcing auditions: Roman Cokes


Auditions have been announced for Roman Cokes, an original script by Jeff Spanke. It is the fourth script in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2010-2011 staged reading season.

Auditions will take place Sunday, February 13 from 4-6 p.m. and Monday, February 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Steve Martin is asking auditioners to read from the script. All auditioners are asked to stay for the entire audition time. He is looking for the following:
  • 1 man, age 40-50
  • 1 man, age 30-40
  • 1 man, age 25-35
  • 1 woman, age 50-60
  • 1 woman, age 25-35
  • 1 woman, age 20-25

A patient of Tallis Manor, while under the care of Dr. Sydney Fuller, has reportedly killed himself. An Amnesty House parolee and recovering cognition addict, Dr. Theo Elpeas, has been summoned as a special investigator into the mysterious suicide and discovers that before his death, the patient used his LENZ to record a message to the public. Though the complete message cannot be accessed due to technical problems with the LENZ, Dr. Elpeas concludes his investigation is futile without a working knowledge of the psychological state of the deceased. Through his attempts to uncover the truth behind the suicide and the behind-the-scenes workings of Tallis Manor, Dr. Elpeas falls upon a startling new reality which forces him to reexamine his career, his life, and the state of the very society in which he lives. In the end, his task becomes less of shedding light on a dark situation, but rather giving a voice to the silenced majority.

The reading will take place Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. There will be a question-and-answer session immediately following between the audience, the playwright, the director and the actors. Audiences are encouraged to pay what they can.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Rescheduled for February 8: the staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown


Due to the weather, the staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown was postponed and rescheduled for this Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre.

Kristen Lesniak directs six actors in this reading of Douglas Carter Beane's script. The audience is encouraged to pay what it can for admission. A question-and-answer session between the audience, director and cast will immediately follow the reading.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Announcing the cast of Out of Order


Director Kate Walker has announced the cast of Out of Order, the fourth production of 2010-2011 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Ray Cooney.

The cast includes:
  • * Richard Willey - David Dietz
  • * The Manager - Steve Martin
  • * The Waiter - Bill Knapp
  • * The Maid - Mary Anne Cecil
  • * Jane Worthington - Erin McConnell
  • * A Body - Ryan Jones
  • * George Pigden - Neil Radtke
  • * Ronnie - Zach Prugar
  • * Pamela - Chelsea Robinson
  • * Gladys - Kristen Lesniak

Out of Order will open Friday, March 11 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 27 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 matinees 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 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February 8 fundraiser for Civic Youth Theatre senior class


The senior class of Civic Youth Theatre will conduct a fundraiser Tuesday, February 8 to help pay for a trip to New York City later in 2011.

Scotty's Brewhouse, located on the Levee in West Lafayette near Borders bookstore, will donate 10 percent of its sales between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to the trip.

Supporters must tell Scotty's Brewhouse staff that they are there for the Civic Youth Theatre seniors for the 10 percent donation to be made.

Civic Youth Theatre (CYT) is a rapidly growing program at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette that offers theatre camp classes and production opportunities for area youth age six and up. Melanie R. Buchanan is the director.