Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Announcing Youth Classes - Home School: Session 2, Jan. 8-Feb. 13


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 2, Jan. 8-Feb. 13:

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.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Announcing Youth Classes: Session 2, Jan. 8-Feb. 13


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 2, Jan. 8-Feb. 13:

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.

Production Theatre
* Ages 7-11 years
* Wednesdays, 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.

Construction Theatre
* Ages 12+ years
* Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
* Students will construct scenes using monologues, dialogues and improvisation.
* 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, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette wishes a Merry Christmas to our sponsors, patrons, audience members, volunteers, staff members and, most of all, you.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Announcing Adult Classes – January 2012


Lori Portner, Director of Education and Outreach at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, has announced the schedule for Adult Classes in January 2012:

Audition Techniques for Adults
* Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-noon
* This is the year you are going to audition for a show at Civic Theatre. Join this class and learn techniques that will help you get the role you've always wanted.
* The cost is $25.00.

Getting Your "Act" Together
* Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-noon
* Learn theatre techniques that when applied to your daily life can help you achieve goals, increase organization skills and your memory.
* The cost is $25.00.

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

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular


Now that The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular 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?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What is on your theatre-related wish list this holiday season?


The gift-giving season is just around the corner. What theatre-related items are on your wish list this year?

Maybe it's equipment to build sets and set pieces.

Or maybe a coffee table book filled with paintings so you can explore artists' use of light and shadow.

There are costume design books filled with fashions from the Stone Age to contemporary times.

Maybe you are looking for an anthology of plays, or one play in particular. Or a biography of one of your theatre role models.

And of course, there are always tickets to a show in Lafayette, at Purdue, and in Indianapolis, Chicago and other cities.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has a wish list, too. It's published in the program for each MainStage production and the summer/holiday shows. If you can provide the following, contact Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529) and let Steve Koehler, Lori Portner and Bob Sauers know:

Microphones for a wireless system
MP3 player
Office desk
Large whiteboard/dry erase board
LCD projector
Combination TV/DVD player
Large paper cutter
Civic Theatre documents or memorabilia
Theatre reference materials, books and scripts
Large plastic storage bins
Drill press
Sponsorships: MainStage show sponsorships begin at $2,000. Civic Youth Theatre show sponsorsihps begin at $500
Rehearsal space

Whatever is on your wish list this year, enjoy!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Announcing the cast of Farragut North


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

The cast includes:

Stephen - Aaron Newton
Paul - Craig Martin
Ben - Zack Campbell
Ida - Kristen D. Singleton
Molly - Jessica Searight
Tom - David Dietz
Frank/Waiter - Bill Knapp

The staged reading of Farragut North will be Tuesday, January 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can Event.

For more information about the staged reading, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit its website.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Deadline for Young Directors Project applications


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is seeking high school students from the 14-county Tippecanoe Arts Federation area to direct one-act plays as a part of the Young Directors Project in the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season. The 14-county TAF area includes Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White Counties.

Two to four students will be selected from all applicants. Students must submit a one-act play and a completed application form. The form is available at http://www.lafayettecivic.org/ or from Lori Portner, Civic Theatre's Director of Education and Outreach, at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or lori@lafayttecivic.org. Copies of the scripts must accompany the application.

Students will have support from senior Civic Theatre staff and volunteers as they direct their work. A full production - including lighting, sound, costumes and set - will be mounted April 2012.

Civic Theatre reserves the right to suggest alternate titles to applicants.

Submission Guidelines:

Length: One-act play, performance time of 15-45 minutes
Setting: Minimal set requirements, single location preferred
Cast Size: 2-10 actors
Subject: Unrestricted
Submissions should be mailed or hand-delivered by January 16, 2012 to:

Young Directors Project
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
313 N. 5th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Selected directors will be notified by February 10, 2012.

Performances will be April 20-22, 2012 at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Review is In: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular


The review of The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Amy Long. You can read it here.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular 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 order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Commemorating 30 Years at the Monon Depot Theatre


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is celebrating its 30th year in the historic Monon Depot Theatre during the 2011-2012 season. A video to commemorate the milestone has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Adrenaline Visuals for creating this video.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Announcing the original script for the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series


The Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette always has included at least one previously unpublished script written by a local playwright. The titles have been:

* 2007-2008: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan
* 2008-2009: In the Weeds by Steve Gooch
* 2009-2010: TILT by Laurie Russell
* 2010-2011: Roman Cokes by Jeff Spanke

The original script chosen for the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series is Puzzles by Laurie Russell.

Synopsis: Lily’s parents are getting a divorce, and she is not taking it well. To keep her out of trouble, her parents make a deal with the neighboring senior home: they will purchase a new copier for the residence if Lily can work there eight weeks. Lily interacts with the other residents and is cast in the senior home's annual play directed by the former Rantoul Civic Theatre Director, Mrs. Custenborder.

Characters:
Miss Fladd - runs the home. She’s in her fifties.
Lily Garling - a 15-year-old.
Mr. Garling - Lily’s father.
Mrs. Garling - Lily’s mother.
Mrs. Custenborder - former community theatre director.
Esther Rosenblatz - bossy, but well-meaning.
Maury Rosenblatz - Esther’s husband, blunt, loves his wife dearly.
Fran - she’s in a wheelchair, sweet and shy.
Georgia - placid, laid-back, matter of fact.
Babs - has no fear, brash.
Hildy - doesn’t speak because of a stroke.
Helen - genteel, living in the past.
Emily - Helen's sister, also living in the past.
Mia - a very cranky 81-year-old.
Bonnie - the exercise leader.

The staged reading of Puzzles will be held May 15, 2012 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It will be a Pay What You Can event.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Opening Night for The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular: production photos







Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens tonight, Dec. 2 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, Dec. 18.

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

Thursday, December 1, 2011

In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Preview on jconline.com


A preview of The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular 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.

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, December 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 18 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.