Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Celebrating 30 years at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette patrons, fans, volunteers and officials will celebrate 30 years of operation of the Historic Monon Depot Theatre on Sunday, October 30 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

In September 1981, Civic Theatre had a weeklong celebration of the opening of our new home. For 50 years Civic had existed - first as the Lafayette Little Theatre, then as an incorporated non-profit, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette - without a proper theatre to call home. In 1979, Civic Theatre launched a fundraising effort that led to the purchase of the old Monon Line train station and renovations to transform the space into the lovely theatre that it is today.

To commemorate the 30 years of theatre in downtown Lafayette at 5th and North Streets, Civic Theatre will host an open house celebration. Adelino's Old World Kitchen and Chef Tracy Rosa will supply hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar for the event. Civic Theatre leaders will take a moment to honor some of the many people who have made the 30 years possible. Speakers will reminisce on the effort, and the presentation will culminate with the awarding of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim Stegenga. Jim was a critical piece of the puzzle that led to the acquisition and renovation of the space. He was the first to see the potential of the old abandoned train station, and was a key player in much of the effort to see the project through. Jim, a retired professor of political science, will travel from his home in South America to accept his award.

In addition to the open house, there will be a trivia contest, tours and a wealth of historical information on the building and the past 30 years.

In 30 years of operation of the Historic Monon Depot Theatre, more than 250 productions have taken place and thousands upon thousands of patrons have seen those shows. The Monon has also hosted hundreds of youth productions, classes and camps. The Tour of Terror has seen the Monon Depot Theatre used as a starting point for eight of the last nine years, local improvisational comedy group One Size Fits All Improv had its first performances in the Monon Depot, and countless community events have taken place in the theatre and lobby.

Help us celebrate 30 years of the Historic Monon Depot Theatre by attending the Oct. 30 open house. To learn more, call 765-423-7529 (PLAY).

1 comment:

Allison Russell said...

This sounds so great! What a nice way to honor the history and many years in this wonderful place that means so much to so many people. Not sure if I'll be able to make it, but I'll sure try. Thank you for organizing such a great evening!