Friday, September 30, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Adam Mengler.


Adam Mengler plays Prince Charming in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Adam Mengler: Sydney Cason, who plays Cinderella, and I played opposite each other of a production of Bye Bye Birdie at Harrison High School. Obviously, we had to continue the tradition because it was fated for us to be together onstage.

Q: What is Prince Charming's goal?
A.M.: Prince Charming is looking for love because he is a romantic and feels like he's floating through life with no cause. Then this beautiful woman comes into his life and he is just enthralled.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
A.M.: They will be enchanted by Sydney's voice and acting prowess. Hopefully they will walk away from the show with the idea that dreams actually can come true.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Annie Ellis.


Annie Ellis plays The Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Annie Ellis: I've grown up watching both the Lesley Ann Warren version of Cinderella and the Brandy/Whitney Houston version of Cinderella. They are two of my favorite movies because they're so much fun. Everyone loves the classic Cinderella story, and then you add Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg and it's even better. I really wanted to be part of this.

Q: How would you describe The Fairy Godmother?
A.E.: The Fairy Godmother is very wise and maternal in some ways, but she also makes fun of Cinderella because sometimes Cinderella is foolish and naïve. She also is very loving toward her, and her main goal is to help Cinderella. She wants Cinderella to be happy.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
A.E.: One of my favorite parts of the show is that two boys, Nate Shumate and Nelson Tilley, are playing the ugly stepsisters. I've heard them sing in their falsetto voices and it is going to be something to remember. I think they're hilarious. It's a very fun show, the tunes are catchy - like "The Stepsisters' Lament" and the duet that Cinderella and I sing, "Impossible."

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Maria Guido.


Maria Guido plays The Evil Stepmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Maria Guido: I auditioned for Cinderella because I've never been in a musical with Lori Portner. I found she's a very great director. It's a classic show and I wanted the chance to be part of it.

Q: How would you describe The Evil Stepmother?
M.G.: The Evil Stepmother is very caring toward herself and her little girls. Her purpose is to tear down Cinderella, played by Sydney Cason, as much as possible and try to be proud of the misfits she calls her wonderful daughters, Joy and Portia, played by Nelson Tilley and Nate Shumate.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
M.G.: I think the classic story of forbidden love is a big part of what they'll remember. It's got really pretty songs and great music and a great cast full of cute little children, and Nate and Nelson.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Nelson Tilley.


Nelson Tilley plays Joy in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Nelson Tilley: I heard from my good friend Nate Shumate about Civic in general. I was interested for my theater career in expanding my shows and getting more experience with it. We heard there were ugly stepsisters in the show and we thought it would be fun to play them, so we auditioned for them.

Q: How would you describe Joy?
N.T.: Joy is the complete opposite of what her name states. She is very annoying and she's a brat.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
N.T.: I think they will be amused by the talent in this production. Our Cinderella, Sydney Cason, is just amazing. She has a wonderful voice. There are a lot of cast members here who are good actors and good singers. I hope they get a hoot out of the stepsisters because I think it will be funny to see men playing them.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Nate Shumate.


Nate Shumate plays Portia in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Nate Shumate: I really wanted to do the role of an ugly stepsister. Nelson Tilley was going to audition, and he and I haven't done many plays together so I thought it would be a fun time.

Q: How would you describe Portia?
N.S.: Portia is extremely, extremely stupid. She's very selfish and she's very controlled by her mother, played by Maria Guido.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
N.S.: They'll be amazed by the final performance. All the kids, they work so hard. Everyone does such a great job.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Monday, September 26, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Annie Furtner.


Annie Furtner plays The Queen in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Annie Furtner: Last summer I was in The Music Man Jr. and it was a lot of fun, and I don't have anything going on because I don't do sports. So I was like, "Why not? Let's do another show."

Q: How would you describe The Queen?
A.F.: The Queen is really caring and kind. She really cares a lot for her son and wants him to be happy.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella?
A.F.: I think people will just enjoying the singing. Everyone is happy. It's a lighthearted show.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Cody Walker.


Cody Walker plays The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Cody Walker: I know a lot of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals, including Cinderella. It seemed like something interesting to audition for. I also had been wanting to be part of a musical that wasn't part of a camp.

Q: How would you describe The King?
C.W.: In the beginning, the Prince - played by Adam Mengler - is giving a ball and the Queen - played by Annie Furtner - doesn't tell the King about it. The King doesn't want his money to be spent on it. He is under the impression that everyone in the kingdom still loves him, even though they don't. In the end, he just wants his son to be happy.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
C.W.: They will remember the musical numbers. They are fun and upbeat, like "The Prince is Giving a Ball." It opens the show and sets the tone. There are some slow ballads, too.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Ariel Laukins.


Ariel Laukins plays The Herald in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Ariel Laukins: I had just finished The Music Man Jr. camp over the summer, and I really enjoyed it. I had wanted to do a musical with Civic Youth Theatre. Also, my mom used to sing songs from this show to me when I was little, including "In My Own Little Corner" and "Ten Minutes Ago." I thought it would be a really good show to do.

Q: How would you describe The Herald?
A.L.: The Herald doesn't have much of a personality. But he's telling the townspeople what's going on in the show.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
A.L.: They'll remember the ball scene because there are a lot of people and dancing and music and stuff. And also the stepsisters, played by Nate Shumate and Nelson Tilley. They're hilarious.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Share Your Thoughts: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean


Now that Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean 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?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Announcing auditions: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular


Director Bob Mindrum has announced open auditions for The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show in the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning should prepare a song, not from the show. An accompanist will be provided. They also will be asked to read from the script. Copies can be checked out of the Civic Theatre office. A brief dance routine may also be included at the audition, but no preparation is necessary.

The director is seeking four women, including an African-American woman, ranging in age from their 20s to mid-40s. All four must sing both solo and ensemble formats.

Gail Deagan, music director, is seeking musicians for the show, especially guitar, bass and fiddle. Contact Gail directly at 765-426-2905 if interested.

This holiday sequel to The Honky Tonk Angels continues the comic escapades of three good ole country gals as they reunite for a Christmas show like none other at "The Hillbilly Heaven Club" in Nashville. There are many surprising twists and turns in this musical comedy revue, including a gospel soul sister who also happens to be a psychic manicurist. Songs include a Motown Christmas medley, country classics like "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton and comedy hits such as "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Review Is In: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.


The review of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette & West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Amy Long. You can read it here.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean has two more weekends of performances at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: Ruined


The staged reading of Ruined took place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 37 people in attendance.

As with other staged readings in the series, it was followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director, Bill Caise.

Did you attend the staged reading? What did you think about the characters, the plot and other elements of the script? What were some of the high points? What will you remember most about this staged reading?

Announcing Additional Education Opportunities


Lori Portner, Director of Education and Outreach at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, can be contacted at 765-423-7529 or lori@lafayettecivic.org about the following educational opportunities:

Girl Scout Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
There are classes designed to fulfill the requirements for badges. Come and learn about theatre, have fun and go home with a badge!

Senior Theatre
Theatre enriches the lives of seniors and helps them connect or reconnect with their creative side. Civic Theatre offers Senior Readers Theatre, which provides senior actors with a creative outlet that doesn't require memorization. Read some old or new plays and dive into those characters. Learn how to age creatively.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Announcing Youth Classes – Home School: Session 1, Sept. 26-Oct. 31


Lori Portner, Director of Education and Outreach at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, has announced the schedule for Youth Classes – Home School.

These are the classes scheduled for Session 1, Sept. 26-Oct. 31:

Discovering Theatre
* Home School, ages 3-6 years
* Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.
* Students will discover the world of theatre using stories, imagination, games and crafts.
* The cost is $85.00.

Performing Theatre
* Home School, ages 7-11 years
* Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.
* Students will learn to create and perform monologues through games and improvisation.
* The cost is $85.00.

Celebrating Theatre
* Home School, ages 12+ years
* Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon
* Students will learn about the many aspects of theatre by being cast and performing in a 10-20 minute play.
* The cost is $85.00.

Civic Theatre students will gain an appreciation of theatre arts, as well as a deeper understanding of the importance of teamwork, discipline, focus and commitment, all while making new friends and having fun with their peers. Students will also benefit from an enhanced sense of self-image and confidence while they foster self-expression and develop creative acting skills.

Our curricula are designed to give students the best of both worlds—training in the acting technique plus real experience onstage through “Take a Bow” showcases at the end of each 6-week session performed for family and friends.

To register for a class, visit Civic Theatre's website and download a form, or call 765-423-7529 for assistance.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Staged Reading Series: Ruined on September 13













The 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette begins with Ruined, a Pulitzer Prize-winning script by Lynn Nottage.

Bill Caise directs the cast, which includes Jolivette Anderson-Duoning, Nico Caldwell, Tochukwu (Chu) Chimeze, Twana Harris, Allias Jones, Ashley McElroy, Eva Okonne, Trish Peterson, Vladimir (TJ) Talley, Chris Warren and Demetrius Warren.

From Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?

The staged reading will be held at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a question-and-answer session between the audience, cast and director immediately following the reading. Audience members are encouraged to pay what they can for admission.

To learn more about Ruined or the Staged Reading Series, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Announcing Youth Classes: Session 1, Sept. 26-Oct. 31


Lori Portner, Director of Education and Outreach at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, has announced the schedule for Youth Classes.

These are the classes scheduled for Session 1, Sept. 26-Oct. 31:

Imagination Theatre
* Ages 3-4 years
* Tuesdays, 10-10:45 a.m.
* Students will use stories, theatre games and crafts to imagine theatre.
* The cost is $60.00.

Creation Theatre
* Ages 5-6 years
* Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
* Students will create theatre using their imagination, stories and movement games.
* The cost is $60.00.

Exploration Theatre
* Ages 7-8 years
* Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
* Students will explore the world of theatre using improvisation and character creation.
* The cost is $85.00.

Construction Theatre
* Ages 7-11 years
* Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
* Students will construct scenes using monologues, dialogues and improvisation.
* The cost is $85.00.

Production Theatre
* Ages 12+ years
* Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
* Students will bring together all the elements of theatre, be cast in a 10-20 minute play and perform at "Take a Bow" showcase
* The cost is $85.00.

Civic Theatre students will gain an appreciation of theatre arts, as well as a deeper understanding of the importance of teamwork, discipline, focus and commitment, all while making new friends and having fun with their peers. Students will also benefit from an enhanced sense of self-image and confidence while they foster self-expression and develop creative acting skills.

The curricula are designed to give students the best of both worlds—training in the acting technique plus real experience onstage through “Take a Bow” showcases at the end of each 6-week session performed for family and friends.

To register for a class, visit Civic Theatre's website and download a form, or call 765-423-7529 for assistance.

Friday, September 9, 2011

In the Wings: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Preview on jconline.com.


A preview of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean 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.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean opens tonight and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, Sept. 25 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.

Opening Night for Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean: production photos












Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean opens tonight, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The show will run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, Sept. 25.

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

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

The following preview 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, has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steve Scherer for creating this video.



Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean opens tomorrow, Sept. 9 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 25 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 at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Announcing the cast of Ruined


Director Bill Caise has announced the cast of Ruined, the first staged reading of the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Lynn Nottage.

The cast includes:

* Josephine - Eva Okonne
* Sophie - Ashley McElroy
* Mama - Jolivette Anderson-Duoning
* Salima - Twana Harris
* Narrator - Trish Peterson
* The Men - Bill Caise, Nico Caldwell, Tochukwu (Chu) Chimeze, Allias Jones, Vladimir (TJ) Talley, Chris Warren, Demetrius Warren

The staged reading of Ruined will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 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.