Sunday, March 20, 2011

Announcing the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre

Steven Koehler, managing director at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, has announced the organization's 2011-2012 season, which includes 16 shows in three separate series and two special productions.

"When we develop our seasons, we select shows that appeal to our audiences and our volunteers," Koehler said. "This diverse season includes musicals, dramas, comedies, classics and contemporary shows. There is something for everyone in the 2011-2012 season."

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2011-2012 season is divided into three series: MainStage, Civic Youth Theatre and Staged Readings.

"The MainStage series is our signature series with five diverse selections, including musicals, dramas, comedies and classics performed at Civic Theatre's historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette," Koehler said. "Civic Youth Theatre productions engage young people age 18 and younger both in acting roles and backstage positions. The Staged Readings are entering their fifth season and focus on plays with great dialogue and themes."

Civic Theatre's 2011-2012 season begins in July with a return to the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park for the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera RENT.

"After a one-year hiatus from doing productions at the Amphitheater, we're excited to bring the story of love, artistry, friendship and the Bohemian spirit to audiences in the Greater Lafayette area and surrounding areas," Koehler said. "This is a challenging show that will remind everyone of the amazing talent in and around Tippecanoe County."

Civic Theatre also continues its tradition of including a holiday show each year with The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular.

"Honky Tonk Angels brought great country music, sass and spirit to the historic Monon Depot Theatre a few seasons ago," Koehler said. "Songs in the holiday spectacular include a Motown Christmas medley, country classics like 'Coat of Many Colors' by Dolly Parton and comedy hits such as 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.'"

The MainStage season opens in September with Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean as a group of women reunite in a small dime store in West Texas. Red, White and Tuna, the third installment of the hilarious "Tuna" series, follows in November. The third MainStage show, in January, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole about a family's grief, followed by March's Red Hot and Cole, a musical biography of Indiana's own Cole Porter. The final show in the MainStage season will be Moliere's classic satire on religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe, or The Impostor, in May.

Civic Youth Theatre opens in October with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, a classic musical about the classic fairy tale. February will bring Miss Nelson is Missing, based on Harry Allard and James Marshall's comic children's book about a classroom of misbehaving students and the two very different women who teach them. Pride and Prejudice, based on Jane Austen's romantic novel about Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, opens in late March. The final production will be Young Directors Project, in which two or three one-act plays will be directed by selected members of Civic Youth Theatre in April.

The five staged readings held during the year will take place the Tuesday following the opening weekends of the MainStage shows. The first is Ruined, a Pulitzer Prize-winning script by Lynn Nottage set during the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The second script is another Pulitzer Prize-winner: Anna in the Tropics, which is set in a Cuban-American cigar factory. Farragut North, a scathing drama about the political campaigning process, follows. For the fourth year, the Staged Reading series will include at least one world premiere of an original script. The title for the 2011-2012 has not yet been determined; information about submission guidelines and deadlines will follow soon. The final staged reading is a hilarious satire by Christopher Durang, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.

The full calendar of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is:

• * Rent, (Summer Production), July 14-16, 2011

• * Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, (MainStage), Sept. 9-25, 2011

• * Ruined (Staged Reading), Sept. 13, 2011

• * Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Civic Youth Theatre), Oct. 7-9, 2011

• * Red, White and Tuna (MainStage), Nov. 4-20, 2011

• * Anna in the Tropics (Staged Reading), Nov. 8, 2011

• * The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular (Holiday Show), Dec. 2-18, 2011

• * Rabbit Hole (MainStage), Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2012

• * Farragut North (Staged Reading), January 24, 2012

• * Miss Nelson is Missing (Civic Youth Theatre), February 17-19, 2012

• * Red Hot and Cole (MainStage), March 2-18, 2012

• * World Premiere(s) (Staged Reading), March 6, 2012

• * Pride and Prejudice (Civic Youth Theatre), March 30-April 1, 2012

• * Young Directors Project (Civic Youth Theatre), April 20-22, 2012

• * Tartuffe, or The Impostor (MainStage), May 11-27, 2012

• * Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Staged Reading), May 15

Season tickets go on sale March 21, with discounts of up to 25% are available for series purchases. Single tickets for MainStage shows and special productions will cost $18 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Tickets for Civic Youth Theatre productions will cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under. The Staged Readings are Pay What You Can events.

Season tickets can be purchased either by visiting or by calling 765-423-7529. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon matinee performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

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