Sunday, July 31, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: The Music Man Jr.


Now that The Music Man Jr. has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Civic Theatre on WBAA: The Music Man Jr.


Jack McGrew of WBAA, Public Radio from Purdue, interviewed actors Aaron Brehm, Annie Furtner, Ellie Parker, Tori Rosa, Ashlyn Short and Abbee Westbrook and director Lori Portner about The Music Man Jr., the culmination of an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The four-minute story includes thoughts on the best parts of being involved with the show as well as what the actors have learned during the camp.

You can hear the full story here.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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 of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Steve Koehler welcomes you.



In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Preview on jconline.com


A preview of The Music Man Jr. 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 Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

For more information about the show, which is the culminating activity of a four-week intensive summer camp, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Photos from rehearsal.

Thanks to Bailey Rosa and Lori Portner for providing these photos from rehearsal of The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.









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

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Announcing the cast of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean


Director Shannon Sabel has announced the cast of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, the first production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Ed Graczyk.

The cast includes:

Juanita - Jane Hoaks
Sissy - Thea Strand
Mona - Samantha Hoover
Stella - Ce Ce Furtner
Edna - Rachel Thibault
Joanne - Kate Martin
Mona (then) - Sandra DuBois
Sissy (then) - Mary Gascho
Joe - Timothy Devery

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean will open Friday, September 9 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 25 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 $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Aaron Brehm.


Aaron Brehm plays Harold Hill in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Harold Hill?
Aaron Brehm: Harold Hill is a con man that's kind of overconfident. He has the right to be because he's a spellbinder. He just cons the people of River City, Iowa to buy instruments and uniforms and such.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
A.B.: Hanging with all these people for eight hours a day. It's just fun because I don't see them during the school year.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
A.B.: Probably the kissing scene.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Annie Furtner.


Annie Furtner plays Marian Paroo in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Marian?
Annie Furtner: Marian is kind of closed off. She doesn't want anyone to talk to her. She's closed off from the rest of the town, but secretly inside she's yearning for love and stuff.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
A.F.: Seeing all my friends again and getting back on stage.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
A.F.: The songs. They'll be, "Oh, I know that song! I listened to that song when I was a kid!"

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet John Carlson.


John Carlson plays Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Winthrop?
John Carlson: He's quiet and he has a lisp, so it's hard to understand him.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
J.C.: I liked Halloween Day. Everyone was in costume. I went as Calvin and Hobbes.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
J.C.: I think the songs.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Cody Walker.


Cody Walker plays Mayor Shinn in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Mayor Shinn?
Cody Walker: Mayor Shinn is kind of the bad guy in the show. He doesn't want Harold Hill, played by Aaron Brehm, to create a band. He's an awful person.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
C.W.: There are a lot of good parts about camp. I enjoy everything about it. I like learning more about acting and that aspect of it. I've been in several shows, but it's still good to learn stuff.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
C.W.: The musical numbers are amazing and the choreography is really good.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Ellie Parker.


Ellie Parker plays Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn?
Ellie Parker: She is ridiculous and very peculiar.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
E.P.: Getting to do what we love – singing, acting and dancing.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
E.P.: They'll enjoy how ridiculous some of our characters are and all the dance numbers and the singing. It's all pretty amazing.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Jackson Olvera-Rowland.


Jackson Olvera-Rowland plays Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Marcellus?
Jackson Olvera-Rowland: Marcellus is a con man who works with Harold Hill, played by Aaron Brehm.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
J.O-R.: Probably singing with Cecil Shoemaker. He's a good teacher.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
J.O-R.: "Shipoopi."

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Tori Rosa.


Tori Rosa plays Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Zaneeta?
Tori Rosa: Zaneeta is 16 and is sneaking around all the time behind her dad's back, Mayor Shinn, played by Cody Walker.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
T.R.: The best parts are definitely meeting new people and getting to act and sing.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
T.R.: All of the really big musical numbers, like "Seventy-Six Trombones."

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Mikel Hudson.


Mikel Hudson plays Tommy Djilas in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Tommy?
Mikel Hudson: Tommy is a troublemaker and he is dating the Mayor's daughter, Zaneeta, played by Tori Rosa.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
M.H.: Having something to do other than video games.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
M.H.: The songs, and there's so much energy.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Abbee Westbrook.


Abbee Westbrook plays Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Mrs. Paroo?
Abbee Westbrook: Mrs. Paroo is an old Irish woman who's waiting for her daughter Marian, played by Annie Furtner, to find the man she will marry before she becomes an old maid.

Q: What has been the best part of camp?
A.W.: Being back on stage after doing work backstage.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
A.W.: It's a musical that a lot of people from earlier generations grew up with. I think it'll be a walk down memory lane.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Rachel King.


Rachel King plays Charlie Cowell in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Charlie Cowell?
Rachel King: Charlie is the man who is going after Harold Hill, played by Aaron Brehm. He's a traveling salesman who is tired of Hill running him out of town.

Q: What is the best part of camp?
R.K.: Theme days. Those are really fun. We've had Hippie Day, Harry Potter Day and Blue Day.

Q: What will an audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
R.K.: I like the song at the beginning of the show, "Rock Island." That's really fun. It's on a train and we get to bounce up and down.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Ashlyn Short.


Ashlyn Short plays Gracie Shinn in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe Gracie Shinn?
Ashlyn Short: Gracie is clueless and doesn't know what's going on.

Question: What is the best part of the camp?
A.S.: The best part of camp is probably meeting new people and meeting new directors like Lori Portner.

Question: What will the audience enjoy the most in The Music Man Jr.?
A.S.: I think the musical numbers. They're really fun and upbeat.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Ariel Laukins, Emma Brehm, Amelia Caliendo and Taylor Kantz


Ariel Laukins plays Olin Britt, Emma Brehm plays Ewart Dunlop, Amelia Caliendo plays Oliver Hix and Taylor Kantz plays Jacey Squires in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe your characters?
Ariel Laukins: Olin Britt is kind of problematic and he fights with his fellow school board members a lot. After Harold Hill, played by Aaron Brehm, brings the members together to create a barbershop quarter, we get along a lot better. We do a lot of singing at random points in the show.
Amelia Caliendo: Oliver Hix doesn't like the other members of the school board. After Harold Hill gets them to form a barbershop quartet, we always sing.
Taylor Kantz: Jacey Squires is sort of best friends with one of the school board members, but he doesn't fit in with the rest of them.

Q: What is the best part of being in the camp?
A.L.: The best part is hanging out with all my friends. I spend eight hours a day with them and it's a great time.
Emma Brehm: It's really fun to do the camp because we're learning stuff and I get to spend time with my friends.
A.C.: I like the choreography; it's really fun. People here are really nice, too.

Q: What will the audience most enjoy about the show?
A.L.: The character Winthrop Paroo, played by John Carlson. He's just really adorable.
E.B.: The show has lots of energy in it.
A.C.: Probably the song "Seventy-Six Trombones." It's a really fun song.
T.K.: Everything. It's all just amazing so far.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

Announcing the cast of The Music Man Jr.


Director Lori Portner has announced the cast of The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Meredith Willson, the book is by Willson and Franklin Lacey.

The cast includes:

Traveling Salesman/River City Townsperson – Sidney Richter
Traveling Salesman/River City Townsperson – Lauren Meyer
Traveling Salesman/River City Townsperson – Erin Huston
Traveling Salesman/River City Townsperson – Darian Hrdlicka
Traveling Salesman/River City Townsperson – Elaine Rand
Charlie Cowell – Rachel King
Conductor – JoEllen Doyle
Harold Hill – Aaron Brehm
Mayor Shinn – Cody Walker
Ewart Dunlop – Emma Brehm
Oliver Hix – Amelia Caliendo
Jacey Squires – Taylor Kantz
Olin Britt – Ariel Laukins
Marcellus Washburn – Jackson Olvera-Rowland
Tommy Djilas – Mikel Hudson
Marian Paroo – Annie Furtner
Mrs. Paroo – Abbee Westbrook
Amaryllis – Maggie Huston
Winthrop Paroo – John Carlson
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn – Ellie Parker
Zaneeta Shinn – Tori Rosa
Ethel Toffelmier/Pick-a-Little Lady – Abbie Shumate
Alma Hix/Pick-a-Little Lady – Hanna Weil
Maud Dunlop/Pick-a-Little Lady - Morgan Munsey
Pick-a-Little Lady – Ali Acosta
Pick-a-Little Lady – Mady Davenport
Pick-a-Little Lady – Emma Parker
Pick-a-Little Lady – Anna Lister
Gracie Shinn – Ashlyn Short
River City Townsperson – Ashley Conner
River City Townsperson – Kathleen Jones
River City Townsperson – Sarah Kane
River City Townsperson – Abigail Vinarcik
River City Townsperson – Maddie Scherer
River City Townsperson – Maria Xioufaridou
River City Townsperson – Meredith Rielly

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: RENT


Now that RENT 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, July 15, 2011

Civic Theatre on WBAA: RENT


Jack McGrew of WBAA, Public Radio from Purdue, interviewed actors Dr. Twana A. Harris, Dejuan Jackson and Jeff Spanke and director Julia Colby about RENT, the first production of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The five-minute story includes thoughts on producing a show with an urban setting outdoors at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, the story and themes of the show, and the talent in the cast.

You can hear the full story here.

RENT has two more performances, both at 9 p.m.: Tonight, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater. If there is a rainout, there will be a performance on Sunday.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Production Photos of RENT














Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

RENT continues tonight, July 15 and tomorrow, July 16 at 9 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, 4449 ST RD 43 N in West Lafayette.

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