Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: 2010-2011

As the calendar pushes Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette closer to the start of the 2011-2012 season, let's look back at the 2010-2011 season.

It was a fully packed season for Civic Theatre, starting with a huge summer production of Annie Jr., and followed by the world premiere of Enter Love: A Musical for Our Times. Audiences also got to enjoy a musical review of 1950s songs with The Taffetas during the MainStage season, the fairy-tale musical Once Upon a Mattress during the CYT season, before ending with the horror musical cult classic Little Shop of Horrors in MainStage.

Dramas were strong this year starting with Tuesdays with Morrie on the MainStage. Two classics - one American, one Shakespearean - also were part of the season: Arthur Miller's All My Sons during the MainStage season and Macbeth during the CYT season. And the staged reading series brought two Pulitzer Prize-winners in How I Learned to Drive and Three Tall Women. And Jeff Spanke's original script Roman Cokes, which had its world premiere during the staged reading series, also ratcheted up the drama by presenting a dystopian future.

There were sweeter, tender shows throughout the season, including The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - a special holiday production - and CYT's production of The Velveteen Rabbit, with a script by Civic veteran Laurie Russell. And the first staged reading of the year, The Diaries of Adam and Eve - based on two short stories by Mark Twain - also provided bittersweet moments.

Comedies may not have been as prominent this season, but the MainStage season's Out of Order brought British farce to the stage. And the staged reading of As Bees in Honey Drown shed a comic, caustic light on the world of celebrity and fame. And finally, 24-Hour Theatre Project in the CYT season showed that the strangest people and plots can happen in even the most normal-appearing setting, in this case a megastore with a deceptively familiar name.

There were special events this season, including Tour of Terror and shows by One Size Fits All Improv, classes and workshops, new volunteer orientations, refurbishing, reconstruction and much more. When you think back on 2010-2011, what will be the strongest memories?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sub Floor

Miller Flooring finished work today on the sub-floor.
We have added 3/4 inch of plywood so that the chairs once re-installed will no longer pull out of the floor.
If you look closely against the back wall you can see all the materials for the new flooring.

Come to the Annual Meeting/Board Meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 and you can get a sneak peak at the brand new flooring!

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette 2011 Annual Meeting

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's annual meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the historic Monon Depot Theatre. At this meeting, members of Civic Theatre will elect a new slate of Board members for the 2011-2012 season, which begins July 1.

A member is considered anyone who has made a monetary contribution to Civic Theatre during the current fiscal year.

Rod Ray, the chair of the Board Governance Committee, has submitted the following slate for consideration:

3-year term:
Ned Derhammer
Denise Laussade
Kris Kazmierczak
Kate Walker
Alice Schwind

1-year term:
Jacque Chosnek
Mark Anthony Gregg

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Flooring work continues

It has been awhile since I posted an update.  More work continues in the theatre.  The workers from Miller Flooring are in the theatre right now.  The old carpet is gone (YAY!!!!) and they are working on adding a layer of sub-floor.  This will assure that the seats, when re-installed, will have enough floor to properly attach.

Monday, June 6, 2011

More theatre work

After a long week of work, by wonderful volunteers: Matt Kapp, Tom Long and welcoming Craig Martin to the mix on Friday, the theatre is ready for the flooring contractors.  We have pulled all the seats, and just as striking, repaired the proscenium walls and repainted the auditorium of the theatre.  The Historic Monon Depot Theatre is approaching it's 30 year old birthday and was in need of a face lift.
There is much more to come, we will keep you up to date on other improvements and updates over the summer.
Dust floats in the air but the wall is clean

Added chairs are for the Improv Show this past weekend.

Proscenium wall prior to painting

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Work - through today

More work has been done.  Tom Long joined us today and was a great addition.
We were able to finish pulling out the seating, redo the walls next to the proscenium with fresh luan and only one layer of paint, as opposed to the 1/8 inch of accumulated paint on the old walls.
We also prepped the walls for painting, installed a new exit/emergency light over the north door and began to get the theatre ready for a show on Saturday night.
We are painting tomorrow, anyone who can help between 9 and 5 would be a huge help.

155 Seats

Section A

Section B and C
Setting up for Improv

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Work in the Theatre

As the Historic Monon Depot Theatre approaches its 30th Anniversary of operations many projects are under way to help it look its best.  First and foremost is much needed repair work to the flooring.
We will be putting in a new sub-floor, to assure that the seating does not pull out of the floor any longer, many of you have had seats over the past few years with this unfortunate problem.  Then we will be installing new carpeting and tiles.  Over the course of the summer we will also repaint the theatre, install new carpeting in the catwalks (Thank you Julia and Kevin Colby) and many other smaller but vitally important projects.

The first job is the floor.  With the contractors coming Monday June 6th that meant that we would need to remove the seating.  Prep work for this rather daunting task occurred during the strike of Little Shop of Horrors, then on Monday (Memorial Day) some wonderful volunteers descended on the theatre with wrenches, ratchets and strong backs.  Cindy Modlin Adams, Sally Carter and Matt Kapp all took time out of their days off to help on the project. Although we did not finish the process on Monday, enough work was completed, including figuring out what we were doing, that confidence was high that the job would be completed on time.

Seating Section C
Section B - Half done