Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Civic Theatre on YouTube: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular

The following preview of The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show in the 2011-2012 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.



The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, Dec. 2 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Announcing the cast of Rabbit Hole


Director Steve Martin has announced the cast of Rabbit Hole, the third MainStage production in the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by David Lindsay-Abaire.

The cast includes:

Becca - Kate Martin
Izzy - Liz Brown
Howie - Neil Radtke
Nat - Mary Anne Cecil
Jason - Asher Trout

Rabbit Hole will run Friday, January 20 through Sunday, February 5 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 performances 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.

Friday, November 25, 2011

In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Meet Cathy Russell.


Cathy Russell plays Sue Ellen in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show was created by Ted Swindley.

Question: How would you describe Sue Ellen?
Cathy Russell: She is a citified country girl living in Los Angeles. She is supposed to be in her late 30s. She's smart and owns her own nail salon from money she received from a sexual harassment suit. She's still pining over her high school sweetheart, Cornell Crawford, who is living in West Hollywood with his boyfriend and she hopes that one day he will convert.

Q: Why did you want to perform in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular?
C.R.: It was so much fun to play Sue Ellen in the original production of Honky Tonk Angels in September 2008. I had to come back and do this show.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
C.R.: It's going to be the holidays, we're singing a lot of good songs, it's funny. There's nothing not to like about this show. People can come in here and laugh, then return home feeling good.

Q: What are your favorite holiday songs?
C.R.: I always liked "Silver Bells" and Harry Belafonte's "Mary's Boy Child." In this show, my favorite song is "Santa Bring My Baby Home."

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 18 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. For more information or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Meet Kate Martin.


Kate Martin plays Darlene in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show was created by Ted Swindley.

Question: How would you describe Darlene?
Kate Martin: She is a young, innocent girl who wants to be a big country star. She's like LeAnn Rimes or an early Dolly Parton. She sings innocent, happy country songs.

Q: What are your favorite holiday songs?
K.M.: My favorite is "Silent Night," which Verna Pasley sings in the show.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 18 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. For more information or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Meet Ariel Ivas.


Ariel Ivas plays Angela in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show was created by Ted Swindley.

Question: Why did you want to perform in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular?
Ariel Ivas: I did a lot of performing at Jefferson High School. I moved back to Lafayette this summer, and I wanted to get back into acting and singing again.

Q: How would you describe Angela?
A.I.: She is very silly and outspoken. She sings "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas," which is really fun.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
A.I.: I think they'll like that it's an all-female cast. The harmonies are really good. It's a fun show, and it's super silly. It's fun for Christmastime with all the familiar songs.

Q: What are your favorite holiday songs?
A.I.: I really like "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night." "Jingle Bell Rock" is also one of my favorites. I like traditional Christmas songs.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 18 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. For more information or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Monday, November 21, 2011

In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Meet Verna Pasley


Verna Pasley plays Charilee in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show was created by Ted Swindley.

Question: Why did you want to perform in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular?
Verna Pasley: I had been thinking about doing something with Civic. It's been a while since I've done a play at Civic Theatre; I was in Proposals and Marvin's Room. A friend e-mailed information about the auditions for this show, and I went.

Q: How would you describe Charilee?
V.P.: She's fun, she's earthy and she's someone I wouldn't mind having as a friend. She's psychic and she's friendly.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
V.P.: The music. It's fantastic. It's predominantly holiday songs, but there are some songs that you can sing any time of the year. It's going to be fun, the audience is going to come out and have a fun evening.

Q: What are your favorite holiday songs?
V.P.: "Silent Night" is my favorite Christmas song.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 18 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. For more information or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Announcing auditions for Farragut North


Director Neil Radtke has announced auditions for Farragut North, the third staged reading during the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Beau Willimon.

Auditions will be held 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12 at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, which is available to be checked out from the Civic Theatre office.

The director is seeking actors for the following roles:

Stephen (Mid-20s), press secretary to a governor running for president.

Paul (40s to 60s), Stephen’s boss and a veteran campaign manager.

Ben (Early 20s), the deputy press secretary.

Molly (Late teens to early 20s), an intern on the campaign.

Tom (40s to 60s), the opposition candidate's campaign manager.

Ida (30s to 50s), a reporter at The New York Times.

Frank (30s to 50s), a reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

Restaurant Owner (30s to 50s), a Latino restaurant owner.
Can be played by the actor who plays Frank.

Stephen Bellamy is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives. Farragut North is a timely story about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.

The staged reading of Farragut North will take place Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Meet Bob Mindrum.


Bob Mindrum directs The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show was created by Ted Swindley.

Question: Why did you want to direct The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular?
Bob Mindrum: I enjoyed directing the first Honky Tonk Angels in September 2008. It was a surprise success and it was fun with its musicality and tight harmonies. And the country music made the show appealing to a different kind of audience.

Q: Where is the show set? Who are the characters?
B.M.: The show is a reunion of The Honky Tonk Angels at the Honky Tonk Bar and All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. The Honky Tonk Angels – Angela, Sue Ellen and Darlene – met on a bus to Nashville. Angela is not able to attend the reunion because she's sick. Charilee, who works in the same beauty shop in California as Sue Ellen, agrees to stand in for Angela. Charilee is from Detroit, and she brings a Motown influence to the show, songs like "Peppermint Twist" and "Santa's Got a Brand-New Bag."

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
B.M.: The audience will enjoy the music. There's a lot of music that ranges from Willie Nelson to James Brown to Karen Carpenter to Elvis Presley and all points between. There's a house band, and that'll be a lot of fun. There's also some nice characterizations, and the actors are having fun with the characters.

Q: What are your favorite holiday songs?
B.M.: I've always been a sucker for "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I'm old-fashioned as it relates to Christmas songs. I like the old, simple, classic, four-part harmony Christmas songs.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 18 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. For more information or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Announcing the cast of Miss Nelson is Missing


Director Laurie Russell has announced the cast of Miss Nelson is Missing, the second Civic Youth Theatre production of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

The cast includes:

Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp - Julie Loftus
Principal Humleker - Taylor Bundy
Detective McSmogg - Jacob Holley
George - Joel Simmons
Raymond - Dean Rhoda
Phoebe - Ashlyn Short
Lavita - Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin
Mouse - Maggie Pearl
Kimberly - Annie Furtner
Elvis - John Carlson

Miss Nelson is Missing will run Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19 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 performance 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.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: Love Letters


Now that Love Letters has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Review Is In: Love Letters


The review of Love Letters was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette & West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Amy Long. You can read it here.

Love Letters has one more weekend 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, November 8, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them


The staged reading of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them took place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 35 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, Arliss Jeffries.

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?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Announcing auditions for Rabbit Hole


Director Steve Martin has announced auditions for Rabbit Hole, the third production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held Sunday, November 20 from 3-5 p.m. and Monday, November 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script - copies can be checked out from the Civic Theatre office - and to stay at late as possible at auditions.

The director is looking to cast the following roles:

Becca, mid-30s to early 40s.
Izzy, mid-30s, Becca's sister.
Howie, late 30s to early 40s, Becca's husband.
Nat, late 50s to early 60s, Becca and Izzy's mother.
Jason, late teens, a high school senior.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Rabbit Hole will open Friday, January 20 and run through Sunday, February 5 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre. 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 of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Love Letters

The following preview of Love Letters, the second 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 Koehler for creating this video.



Love Letters opens tonight, Nov. 4 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 13 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 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Opening Night for Love Letters: production photos




Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Love Letters opens tonight, Nov. 4, 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 two consecutive weekends through Sunday, Nov. 13.

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

In the Wings: Love Letters. Preview on jconline.com


A preview of Love Letters appears online at http://www.jconline.com, the website of the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Tim Brouk.

You can read the preview here.

Love Letters opens tonight and runs two consecutive weekends through Sunday, November 13 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 (PLAY) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Staged Reading Series: Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them on November 8










The second script in the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang.

Arliss Jeffries directs the cast, which includes Zachary Davis, Jane Hoaks, E. Linda Jeffries, Steve Martin, Ralph Rohrer, Rick Siler and Rachel Thibault. Kris Kazmierczak is the assistant director.

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

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, November 8 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 Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them or the Staged Reading Series, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

In the Wings: Love Letters. Meet Sally Coffman.


Sally Coffman plays Melissa Gardner in Love Letters, the second production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by A.R. Gurney.

Question: How would you describe Melissa?
Sally Coffman: Melissa is a free spirit and artistic. She comes from a wealthy family, but also a broken family. She doesn't have the childhood that Andy has. That's one of the draws; she believes he has a good family.

Q: What does Melissa do in the show?
S.C.: She writes love letters to Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, played by John David Collier, when they meet in the second grade. The play is all of the letters they've written to each other throughout their lives.

Q: What do you think an audience will take away from a performance of Love Letters?
S.C.: The takeaway is that we all have people from our childhood who, if we haven't written to them through our whole lives, we remember when they were young and when we were young.

Q: Did you have a pen pal when you grew up?
S.C.: No.

Love Letters opens Friday, November 4 and runs two weekends through Sunday, November 13 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 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Announcing auditions for Miss Nelson is Missing


Director Laurie Russell has announced auditions for Miss Nelson is Missing, the second production in the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held Monday, November 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre.

Those auditioning will be asked to prepare a one-minute memorized monologue, as well as to read from the script. To sign up for an appointment, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 (PLAY). Everyone will be asked to stay until the end of the hour.

The director seeks youth between the ages of 7 and 18 to play the adult and children's roles.

The kids in Room 207 are the wildest, most rambunctious class in the entire elementary school. Their sweet teacher Miss Nelson doesn’t know what to do. She starts each new school year with a smile on her face, expecting an even better class than she had the year before. This year is different. This year is a nightmare. Poor Miss Nelson is out of ideas and on her way to a nervous breakdown, when suddenly she has a plan. The next day, the children arrive in class to find Miss Nelson has been replaced by Viola Swamp, the substitute no child ever wants to meet. She’s tough, strict, and never puts up with what she considers bad behavior. This hilarious classic follows Miss Swamp as she uses her idea of tough love to control the class, as well as the children’s attempts to find Miss Nelson before it’s too late for all of them.

Miss Nelson is Missing will open Friday, February 17 and run through Sunday, February 19 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance begins at 2:30 p.m.

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: Love Letters. Meet John David Collier.


John David Collier plays Andrew Makepeace Ladd III in Love Letters, the second production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by A.R. Gurney.

Question: How would you describe Andrew?
John David Collier: Andrew is conservative and diligent. He is an overachiever and he loves to write.

Q: What does Andrew see in his friendship with Melissa?
J.D.C.: At the heart of it all is physical attraction. He wants her from the very beginning, but she doesn't want him. He accepts it and moves on, then ultimately chooses someone who doesn't give him the fulfillment that Melissa gives him.

Q: What do you think an audience will take away from Love Letters?
J.D.C.: I hope they'll take away how wonderful it is to write letters, how meaningful they are. And also, I think they'll be able to relate to one of the letters throughout the show.

Q: Did you have a pen pal you grew up?
J.D.C.: I did not. I had too many siblings.

Love Letters opens Friday, November 4 and runs two weekends through Sunday, November 13 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 (PLAY) or visit its website.