Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Samantha Hoover.


Samantha Hoover plays Mona in 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.

Question: How would you describe Mona? What are her goals?
Samantha Hoover: Mona is like an onion. She's got so many layers to her; she's at once very sweet and caring toward the people she's with but she's also kind of crazy. She's got a lot she's trying to hold on to, a lot she's built up for herself that she's trying to maintain and a lot of it are things she's built up herself to protect herself.

Question: What do you think an audience will remember most about Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
S.H.: I think what they'll remember most is the relationships between the characters. They're all from different families, but they're all like one big family.

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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin 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.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Jane Hoaks.


Jane Hoaks plays Juanita in 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.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
Jane Hoaks: I read the script and I thought, "Oh, I think I could be Juanita. I could carry that off."

Q: How would you describe Juanita? What are her goals?
J.H.: Juanita has been in this little town of McCarthy, Texas her entire life. She grew up here, she married here and managed the Five and Dime from time immemorial. She's watched it go through prosperity to practically a dust bowl. Her main goal is to bring back the girls she helped raise. They all worked with her at one time or another in the Five and Dime and they've been like her children. She's a mother hen.

Q: What do you think an audience will remember most about Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
J.H.: Nostalgia. The right age group of the audience will remember James Dean, they'll remember Giant, they'll remember those teenage heartthrobs. They're also going to see that their life wasn't so much different when they were younger, and the dreams they had, and how life ends up. I think they will identify with the things going on.

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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin 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.


Monday, August 29, 2011

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Mary Gascho.


Mary Gascho plays Sissy (Then) in 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.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
M.G.: I had seen the movie by Robert Altman and loved it. I wanted the opportunity to play Cher's character. It really interested me. It's a cool show.

Question: How would you describe Sissy? What are her goals?
M.G.: Sissy is outgoing, boisterous and vivacious. Sissy is looking for guys. She goes out with the guys all the time. I think she's trying to find a place for herself.

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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin 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.


In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Ce-Ce Furtner.


Ce-Ce Furtner plays Stella Mae in 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.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
C.C.F.: I am an accidental thespian to some degree. I've been involved with Civic through my daughters, and I guess it's my turn now.

Q: How would you describe Stella Mae? What are her goals?
C.C.F.: She is bombastic, pushy and loves to laugh. She is coming back to McCarthy, Texas, after being gone for 20 years. She's looking to show off that she's done pretty well for herself. She's got money and she wants to show off and have a good time, she wants to have a laugh.

Q: What do you think an audience will remember most about Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
C.C.F.: There's so much emotion going on that it just runs the gamut. It's a no-holds-barred show. I hope they get drawn into the drama between the characters, and there's a lot going on in there.

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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Sandy Dubois.


Sandy Dubois plays Mona (Then) in 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.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
Sandy Dubois: Rachel Thibault, who plays Edna Louise, was going to audition and she talked me into it.

Q: How would you describe Mona?
S.D.: Mona is a bit overdramatic and craves attention. She's a typical teenage girl. She comes back to town after going to college with a big secret that she's trying to keep from everybody.

Q: What do you think an audience will remember most about Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
S.D.: The story is very interesting. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story, and I think people will be surprised by a couple things that happen.

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 performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin 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.

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Timothy Devery.


Timothy Devery plays Joe in 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.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
Timothy Devery: When I read the script, I saw it was very intense. It's quite interesting, and I have a lot of downtime. I get to be there watching everything happen. It's a nice draw.

Q: How would you describe Joe? What are his goals?
T.D.: Joe is confused, abrasive, and whiny in a good way. He is trying to achieve happiness, which could mean anything.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
T.D.: The intensity. We're really intense, and it gets more intense as it keeps going until everything just explodes.

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 Theater at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin 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, August 27, 2011

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Meet Shannon Sabel.


Shannon Sabel directs 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.

Question: Why did you want to direct Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
Shannon Sabel: I knew the show, but it had been a long time since I read it. I had always been kind of fascinated by it. I find it interesting that although the main action takes place in 1975, one of the characters has flashbacks to 1955. Three characters are played by a total of six actors – three in 1955 and three in 1975. I found that to be brilliant.

Q: Where is the play set? Who are the characters?
S.S.: The play takes place on Sept. 30 in McCarthy, Texas – a dried up town that hasn't had rain in three years. It's down the road from Marfa, where Giant was filmed with James Dean. As teenagers, five of these characters had a club called The Disciples of James Dean, and this is their 20-year anniversary reunion. They've not been together since 1955 on the day James Dean died. The flashbacks are to that day, Sept. 30, 1955, and the various things that happen to these characters that make them who they are in 1975. All of them have very strong identities – how they see themselves and how they hope others see them.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean?
S.S.: Ed Graczyk calls it a comedy-drama. It is a dramedy - there will be a lot of laughs, there are poignant moments and major shocks. Almost any audience can enjoy it.

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 Theater at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances begin 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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Announcing auditions: Red, White and Tuna


Director Brent Wick has set audition dates for Red, White and Tuna, the second show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held Sunday, Sept. 11 and Monday, Sept. 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning are asked to arrive at 7:00 p.m. and to stay for as long as needed. They will be asked to read from the script, which can be checked out from the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street. Please bring all conflicts to auditions.

The director is seeking two men.

The much anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third smallest town. Along with Tuna's perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. This sets the stage for a show full of fireworks and fun from the land where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.

It’s been several years since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of A Tuna Christmas ... Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any "cosmic" communications from R.R.'s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Albuquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions will be asked and answered in the side-splitting spoof of life in rural America.

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


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Announcing the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.


Director Lori Portner has announced the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The cast includes:

Cinderella - Sydney Cason
Prince - Adam Mengler
King - Cody Walker
Queen - Annie Furtner
Stepmother - Maria Guido
Portia - Nate Shumate
Joy - Nelson Tilley
Godmother - Annie Ellis
Herald - Ariel Laukins
Little Boy 1/Townsperson - Thad Arnold
Father/Clumsy Man/Minister - Connor Beaver
Mother/Townsperson - Hannah Lazarz
Daughter/Townsperson - Madison Mathias
First Girl/Townsperson - Katie Fultz
Second Girl/Townsperson - Emma Parker
Third Girl/Townsperson - Jessica Lazarz
Woman/Steward/Townsperson - Maggie Furtner
Oldest Sister/Chef/Townsperson - Ellie Parker
Younger Sister/Townsperson - Ivy Vanderwielen
Kid Sister 1/Townsperson - Ashlyn Short
Little Boy 2/Townsperson - John Carlson
Sloppy Girl/Townsperson - Rachel King
Bad Girl/Townsperson - Samantha Ehresman
Studious Girl/Townsperson - Megan Fultz
Grandma/Townsperson - Abbee Westbrook
Kid Sister 2/Townsperson - Ava Hallberg
Kid Sister 3/Townsperson - Kaitlyn Mumford
Footman 1/Townsperson - Tucker Vanderwielen
Footman 2/Townsperson - James Koehler
Ball Guest/Townsperson - Daniel Atwell
Ball Guest/Townsperson - Jacob Holley

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will open Friday, October 7 and run through Sunday, October 9 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 matinee will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Announcing auditions: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella


Director Lori Portner has set audition dates for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first show of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held Sunday, August 14 from 3-5 p.m. and Monday, August 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oakland High School, 611 S. 21st Street in Lafayette.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a monologue between 30 seconds and 1 minute in length, as well as a verse and chorus of a Broadway song. Please call for an appointment at 765-423-7529.

The director is seeking to cast between 25 and 30 boys and girls, ages 6-18.

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

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