Saturday, April 30, 2011

Announcing auditions: Rent


Director Julia Colby has set audition dates for Rent, the summer show in the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held Friday, May 13 from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 from 1-5 p.m. They will be held at Oakland High School, 611 S. 21st Street in Lafayette. Callbacks will be held Sunday, May 15.

Those interested in auditioning must prepare 16 bars of a song, either from the show or a pop or rock song. Accompaniment will be provided.

Those interested in auditioning must call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 to sign up for an audition slot. Every hour the last 20 minutes will be reserved for dance auditions. Come dressed and prepared to dance.

Please bring all conflicts to auditions. Note that due to the ensemble nature of the show, too many conflicts to rehearsals will have a negative impact on casting.
Rehearsals will begin immediately.

The director is seeking a large, diverse cast (both ethnically and by age) for this high-energy musical. Only performers age 18 and over will be allowed to audition, and those with mature voices are encouraged to audition.

For more information, contact Civic Theatre via phone or visit its website.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Announcing the cast of Three Tall Women


Director Steve Martin has announced the cast of Three Tall Women, the fifth and final staged reading of the 2010-2011 Staged Reading Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Edward Albee.

The cast includes:

* A - Lee Sullivan
* B - Meg Foley
* C - Laura Mecsey
* Young Man - Nathan Caldwell

The staged reading of Three Tall Women will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. It will be 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 its website.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: The Velveteen Rabbit


Now that The Velveteen Rabbit 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?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Preview of The Velveteen Rabbit on jconline.com


A preview of The Velveteen Rabbit 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 Velveteen Rabbit opens tonight, April 22 and runs through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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, April 17, 2011

Announcing auditions: Three Tall Women

Audition dates have been set for Three Tall Women, the fifth and final staged reading of the 2010-2011 Staged Reading season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Auditions will take place Sunday, April 24 and Monday, April 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Steve Martin seeks:
  • 3 women, ages 25-75
  • 1 man, age 20-30

    • Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Copies are available for check-out at the Civic Theatre office.

      In Act One, a young lawyer, "C," has been sent to the home of a client, a 92-year-old woman, "A," to sort out her finances. "A," frail and perhaps a bit senile, resists and is of no help to "C." Along with "B," the old woman's matronly paid companion/caretaker, "C" tries to convince "A" that she must concentrate on the matters at hand. In "A's" beautifully appointed bedroom, she prods, discusses and bickers with "B" and "C," her captives. "A's" long life is laid out for display, no holds barred. She cascades from regal and charming to vicious and wretched as she wonders about and remembers her life. Finally, when recounting her most painful memory, she suffers a stroke. In Act Two, "A's" comatose body lies in bed as "B" and "C" observe no changes in her condition. In a startling coup-de-theatre, "A" enters, very much alive and quite lucid. The three women are now the stages of "A's" life: the imperious old woman, the regal matron and the young woman of twenty-six. Her life, memories and reminiscences – pondered in the first act – are now unceremoniously examined, questioned, accepted or not, but, at last, understood.

      The reading will take place Tuesday, May 17 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 director and the actors. Audiences are encouraged to pay what they can.

      In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Photos from rehearsal.

      Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsal of The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.


      The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and runs through Sunday, April 24 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.; the Sunday afternoon matinee begins 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.

      Saturday, April 16, 2011

      In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Ashlyn Short.


      Ashlyn Short plays the Velveteen Rabbit in The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell, based on Margery Williams' book.

      Q: Why did you audition for The Velveteen Rabbit?
      Ashlyn Short: It is my mom's favorite play. When I was little we saw it when Purdue was doing it, and I've loved it ever since.

      Q: What is the Velveteen Rabbit like?
      A.S.: He wants to be loved by his owner and wants to be treated like a stuffed animal is. He's really shy and he loves to be loved by human beings.

      Q: What have rehearsals been like?
      A.S.: I'm having tons of fun. I like working with the cast members. I've made some new friends and there are some people I already knew who are in the cast and crew.

      Q: What do you think the best part of the show is?
      A.S.: The best part is probably the ending when the Velveteen Rabbit gets turned real. It's so magical and the Fairy comes to take him to the forest and turn him real.

      Q: Do you have a favorite stuffed animal?
      A.S.: My favorite stuffed animal is Snowball, he's a polar bear. I've had him since I was two. I still sleep with him and he just means the world to me. He's really special.

      The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

      Friday, April 15, 2011

      In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Eli Trout.


      Eli Trout plays the Boy in The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell, based on Margery Williams' book.

      Question: Why did you audition for The Velveteen Rabbit?
      Eli Trout: I really wanted to do a Civic play and haven't had the chance to do that before. I've done this play before in school.

      Q: How would you describe the Boy?
      E.T.: He is playful. He's seven or eight years old and likes his toys. He's kind of annoyed at a lot of things, like his Nana. He owns the Velveteen Rabbit. The Boy likes the rabbit a lot when he first gets him, then he kind of ignores him until he gets sick.

      Q: What have rehearsals been like so far?
      E.T.: They have been really fun. I've been having a blast with friends, and I'm in a lot of scenes so I'm not too bored.

      Q: What do you think an audience will most like about the show?
      E.T.: The actors really fit well into their characters. They'll like the expressions and the jokes.

      Q: Do you have a favorite toy?
      E.T.: My Jabulani soccer ball, the kind they used at the World Cup.

      The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

      Thursday, April 14, 2011

      Photos from Wine, Women and Song II

      The following photos were taken at Wine, Women and Song II, a preview and fundraiser for Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette held Thursday, April 14 at Adelino's Old World Kitchen. Along with bidding during a silent auction for bottles of wine and other items, attendees heard previews of the following shows:

      • Little Shop of Horrors, "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Suddenly, Seymour" sung by cast members.
      • Rent, "Seasons of Love" and "Take Me or Leave Me."
      • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, "Stepsisters' Lament."
      • Red Hot and Cole, "Day and Night" and "So in Love."

      The final three shows are scheduled to be part of the 2011-2012 MainStage season and Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

      In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Myranda Clough.


      Myranda Clough plays the Tin Soldier in The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell, based on Margery Williams' book.

      Question: Why did you audition for The Velveteen Rabbit?
      M.C.: I've always had an interest in acting, but I've never had the time to audition. But then I had the time, and I thought it would be a great opportunity and it has been.

      Q: How would you describe the Tin Solider?
      M.C.: He's almost rude in a way because he's always saying "Oh, you're in my way" to the rabbit and he doesn't have much control of it. He has almost a bullying personality.

      Q: How have rehearsals been?
      M.C.: I'm learning all different kinds of acting skills and I'm having fun with it. I look forward to rehearsal all week.

      Q: What will be the best part of this show?
      M.C.: We have a lot of great actors and we all our personalities are different. It's fun to see what kind of personalities are in the show.

      Q: Do you have a favorite stuffed animal?
      M.C.: I have a Build-a-Bear stuffed bunny that I named Mary. She's stuck with me throughout everything.

      The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

      Wednesday, April 13, 2011

      In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Katie Fultz.


      Katie Fultz plays Nana in The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell, based on Margery Williams' book.

      Question: Why did you audition for The Velveteen Rabbit?
      Katie Fultz: I thought it would be fun to work with little kids. Also, my sister – Megan Fultz – wanted to try out for her first Civic show. She's the Fairy. I thought it would be fun to be at auditions with her. I also like the story; it's cute and sweet.

      Q: How would you describe Nana? What does she want to do in the play?
      K.F.: She's strict but loving. She loves the Boy but wants to keep things very tidy and clean. In one of her first scenes she's cleaning the house. She has to keep everything tidy, but she loses the Boy's China Dog and she introduces the Velveteen Rabbit to him. She also talks with the Doctor and has to deal with giving the bunny away.

      Q: How have rehearsals been?
      K.F.: They're really fun. There are a lot of people who have been in other plays – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Once upon a Mattress, which I've been in – so I kind of know them. Everything's new when you do a new play. You have to adjust to the character you get because it may not have your personality. You have to take notes as compliments and that the director wants you to get better.

      Q: What do you think the audience will like most about the play?
      K.F.: It's the storyline. And also the people playing the roles are very good, they get into their characters. It will be cute and serious. Because of the younger ones, it'll be funny. We're making a sad story a little funny but still keeping its true meaning.

      The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

      Tuesday, April 12, 2011

      In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Rachel Schumm.


      Rachel Schumm plays Mom in The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell, based on Margery Williams' book.

      Q: How would you describe Mom? What does she do in the play?
      Rachel Schumm: She narrates the story, reading the story of The Velveteen Rabbit to her daughter. There are scenes between me and my daughter – a modern era family. She's telling the audience what is happening in each scene.

      Q: Is this role different from other roles you played?
      R.S.: Yes. I've done a lot of plays before, but I've always had something physical to do. This time I've had to use only my voice to communicate all the emotions. It's been challenging but it's also a good exercise.

      Q: How have rehearsals gone?
      R.S.: They have really been fun. I've never worked with little kids before – it's always been adults or teenagers. Normally we would run start to finish many different times, but with younger kids we've broken down the scenes. The youngest actor is six and I'm the oldest at seventeen.

      Q: What do you think the audience will most enjoy in this show?
      R.S.: The story. It's a really cute story because kids today don't play with stuffed animals and have a love of their stuffed animals. Stuffed animals were my life when I was younger. It's refreshing that this kid is playing pretend with his bunny and the bunny means so much to him that it's real. It's a great story of a little kid using his imagination. It's a sweet story.

      Q: Did you have a favorite stuffed animal growing up?
      R.S.: My favorite stuffed animal is a little bunny I've had since I was born. His name is B Bunny because on the front of his outfit was stitched "Baby's First Bunny."

      The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

      Monday, April 11, 2011

      In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Sherri Bundy, the co-director.


      Sherri Bundy is co-director, along with Renee Cason, for The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell based on the book by Margery Williams.

      Question: Why were you interested in directing The Velveteen Rabbit?
      Sherri Bundy: I became interested in directing The Velveteen Rabbit because I've been involved in so many Civic Youth Theatre productions in various capacities. I thought it would be great to take it from start to finish and have more say in every aspect of the production. It's a fun play and it offers a lot of chance for the actors to use their imaginations.

      Q: When and where does the story take place?
      S.B.: The story is set in the 1920s, which is important because the characters have to face scarlet fever. The bunny in the story is going to be tossed aside because it supposedly is carrying germs. They have to burn everything the child has been exposed to so the disease isn't passed on.

      Q: How have rehearsals gone with a cast that is so large and also is diverse with such a range of ages, six to seventeen?
      S.B.: At first I was concerned because it is a wide range of ages. I thought it would be a challenge to keep them entertained and attentive for long periods of time. But the kids have been excellent. The older kids have helped the younger kids a lot, even if the older kids are newer to theatre. And I think they've all had a lot of fun.

      Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about this production of The Velveteen Rabbit?
      S.B.: I think they'll most remember the enthusiasm and the imagination of the actors in their portrayals of the toys. We asked them to come up with ideas on their own about what a particular toy would act like, would talk like. And it could be anything because it's an imaginary figure. I'm really impressed with what they've come up with, and I think the audience will be impressed too.

      The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and will run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

      Sunday, April 10, 2011

      Share Your Thoughts: Macbeth


      Now that Macbeth 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?

      Friday, April 8, 2011

      Opening Night for Macbeth: production photos


      Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

      Macbeth opens tonight, April 8 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 through Sunday, April 10.

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