Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Announcing classes: Imagination Theatre and Creation Theatre, Jan. 26



Lori Portner, Civic Theatre's director of outreach and education, has announced the following classes:
  • Imagination Theatre, for youngsters ages 3-4. Students will use stories, theatre games and crafts to imagine theatre. Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
  • Creation Theatre, for youngsters ages 5-6. Students will create theatre using their imagination, stories and movement games. Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-12 noon.

The fee for Imagination Theatre is $10. The fee for Creation Theatre is $12.

To register for classes, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website. Choose the "Civic Classes" button to view the full list of classes, and then select the "Registration Form" link immediately following the class you're interested in.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through artistic productions and educational opportunities.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Meet the Directors: Tamzin Malone




Tamzin Malone directs The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, the fourth show of the 2012-2013 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"I am looking forward to directing The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood! I've been involved in community theater since I was in elementary school, and I'm excited to get to work with the young people of Civic Youth Theatre. It's going to be a fun, challenging learning experience for all of us and we will have a great time together!"

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Drama Book Club: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard on January 8



The January 2013 selection of the Drama Book Club is Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which also is the third production in the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The January meeting of the Drama Book Club will be Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Robots & Rogues: New & Used Books, 531 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. The script can be purchased at Robots & Rogues during its business hours.


Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits the attraction Newton left out.

For more information about the Drama Book Club, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or Robots & Rogues at 765-409-5022.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Announcing Auditions: The Fox on the Fairway



Director Rod Dimmick has announced audition information for The Fox on the Fairway, the fourth show in the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Ken Ludwig.

Auditions will be Monday, Jan. 14 and Tuesday Jan. 15 from 7-9 p.m. each night at Oakland High School, 611 S. 21st Street, Lafayette.

Rod is looking to cast 3 men, ages 20-40, and 3 women, ages 20-40.

Those auditioning will be asked to arrive at 7 p.m. and stay for the entire audition. They need come to only one night of auditions. They will be asked to read from the script.

Scripts are available for checkout at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street, Lafayette.

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics.

The Fox on the Fairway will open Friday, March 8 and run through Saturday, March 23 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visiting http://www.lafayettecivic.tix.com

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Meet the Directors: Rod Dimmick




Rod Dimmick directs The Fox on the Fairway, the fourth show in the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"I am excited to be directing at Civic. I have been an actor in several of their productions and now it is time to try my hand at directing. After attending school for the last three years I am ready to prove what I have learned. I love The Fox on the Fairway because it is a comedy. Comedy is very difficult to produce because the timing is an integral part. When I read the play, it was very evident to me that this would be fun to direct and to mold those actors into presenting a wonderful performance.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Share Your Thoughts: Nuncrackers – The Nunsense Christmas Musical



Now that Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical 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 songs? The design? What were the standout moments?

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Announcing auditions: Knuffle Bunny - A Cautionary Musical


Director Steve Koehler has announced audition information for Knuffle Bunny - A Cautionary Musical, the third show of the 2012-2013 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The musical is based on the book by Mo Willems; the script and lyrics are by Mo Willems, and the music is by Michael Silversher.

Auditions will be Sunday, January 6 from 6-9 p.m. and Monday, January 7 from 6-9 p.m. at Oakland High School, 611 S. 21st Street, Lafayette.

Steve is looking to cast several actors in the following parts:

Mom - A no-nonsense, slightly exasperated yet loving mother with a good set of pipes. Range: F#3-A5

Dad - An overconfident new father who pretends to be the heroic daddy, yet is truly a bit incompetent in household maintenance. Range: A2-Bb4

Trixie - A 16-month-old child as played by an older actor. She is a toddler who loves her stuffed bunny, she is excited and bright-eyed about the world. Range: Bb2-F#5

Chorus - Actors will play several roles: puppets, pigeons, giant clothes and Knuffle Bunny. Not all chorus members need to be singers, but there will be some singing associated with some of the roles.

Those who are auditioning will be asked to make a 5-minute appointment by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529). They will be asked to sing a Broadway-style song, and there will be a movement audition the final 20 minutes of every hour. Please dress for dance.

If callbacks are needed, they will be Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Oakland High School.

Scripts can be checked out at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

It sounds so simple, just a quick trip to the laundromat in Brooklyn with Daddy, Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny, but before you know it, things go horribly, hilariously wrong. Chock full of adventure, song and gigantic dancing laundry, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical tells a tale of firsts: a stuffed animal's first trip in the laundry, a little girl's first words and a Daddy's first time dealing with his child going "boneless."

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical will be performed Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.
 
The mission of CivicTheatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Announcing the cast of 'night, Mother



Director Mark Sherlock has announced the cast of 'night, Mother, the fourth staged reading of the 2012-2013 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Marsha Norman.

The cast includes:

Thelma Cates - Elizabeth Dunlap
Jessie Cates - Mona Bapat

'night, Mother will be performed Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It begins at 7:30 p.m. and it is a Pay What You Can event. A question-and-answer session between the director, the cast and the audience immediately follows.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Announcing the second annual Civic Theatre Rummage Sale


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will hold its second annual Rummage Sale Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the lobby of the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Civic Theatre is now accepting donations of items for this fundraising event. To arrange for a donation, contact Steve Koehler at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or steve@lafayettecivic.org

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Announcing classes: Scene Study, Jan. 7 - Feb. 25


Lori Portner, Civic Theatre's director of outreach and education, has announced the following class:
  • Scene Study. Classes are divided into age groups and meet weekly from January 7 through February 25.
Scene Study for youth ages 7-8 meets Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Scene Study for youth ages 9-10 meets Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Scene Study for youth ages 11 and older meets Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m

The fee for Scene Study is $95.

To register for classes, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website. Choose the "Civic Classes" button to view the full list of classes, then select the "Registration Form" link immediately following the class you're interested in.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Announcing auditions: 'night, Mother



Director Mark Sherlock has announced audition information for 'night, Mother, the fourth staged reading in the 2012-2013 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Marsha Norman.

Auditions will be Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning are asked to arrive as early as possible. They will be asked to read from the script, which can be checked out from the office.

Mark is looking to cast two female actors in the following roles:

Jessie Cates
Thelma "Mama" Cates

The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment.

The staged reading of 'night, Mother will be Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event, and there will be a question-and-answer session immediately following.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.


The Review is In: Nuncrackers – The Nunsense Christmas Musical



The review of Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Amy Long.

You can read the review here.

Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical 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 begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for youth age 18 and under. To order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Share Your Thoughts: August – Osage County



The staged reading of August: Osage County took place last night at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 38 people in attendance.

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 the dialogue? What were some of the high points? What will you remember about this staged reading?

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Announcing the cast of Arcadia



Director Rachel Lambert has announced the cast of Arcadia, the third production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Tom Stoppard.

The cast includes:

Thomasina Coverly - Anna Roberts
Septimus Hodge - Roberto Mantica
Jellaby - Stephen Nardi
Ezra Chater - Wil Reinowski
Richard Noakes - Sheriff Almakki
Lady Croom - Amy Long
Capt. Brice, RN - Bill Knapp
Hannah Jarvis - Tamzin Malone
Chloe Coverly - Julia Spratt
Bernard Nightingale - Craig Martin
Valentine Coverly - Timothy Devery
Gus Coverly/Augustus Coverly - Omar Almakki

Arcadia opens Friday, January 18 and runs through Saturday, February 2 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. The Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Staged Reading Series: August – Osage County on Dec. 4














The third show of the 2012-2013 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.

Bill Caise directs the cast, which includes Mary Anne Cecil, Thea Strand, Tamara McGough, Carina Atherton-Childress, Stephanie Bosma, Denise Laussade, Liz Bruni, Rick Siler, Jason Richards, Ted Malone, Eric Francis, Daniel Clymer and Jessie Searight.

A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you've got a major new play that unflinchingly – and uproariously – exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

The staged reading of August: Osage County will be Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be a question-and-answer session between the audience, director and cast immediately following the reading.

Audience members are encouraged to pay what they can for admission. General admission tickets are available the night of the staged reading.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Opening Night: Nuncrackers – The Nunsense Christmas Musical. Photos of the completed set.



The following photos show the set of Nuncrackers – The Nunsense Christmas Musical, the holiday show in the 2012-2013 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The photos were taken after the Pay What You Can performance on Thursday, Nov. 29.







Nuncrackers – The Nunsense Christmas Musical opens tonight, Friday, Nov. 30 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 15 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visiting http://www.lafayettecivic.tix.com

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.


Civic Theatre on YouTube: Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical



The following preview video of Nuncrackers – The Nunsense Christmas Musical, the holiday show in the 2012-2013 season, has been added to the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette channel on YouTube.

Thanks to Steve Scherer for creating this video.


Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical opens Friday, November 30 and runs through Saturday, December 15 at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. They can be purchased by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.