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?