Monday, January 30, 2012

Civic Youth Theatre Spring Break Camp: Bullies Anonymous - A Musical


Civic Youth Theatre is holding its inaugural Spring Break Camp in March 2012, coinciding with spring break sessions for Lafayette School Corporation and Tippecanoe County School Corporation.

The weeklong intensive Spring Break camp follows the same format as the popular 4-Week Intensive Summer Camp: participants will have lessons in voice, movement and acting while rehearsing the script Bullies Anonymous - A Musical. All camp participants will be cast in a full production of the show and perform at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

Synopsis: It's the weekly meeting of Bullies Anonymous, and bullies (and ex-bullies) from all over are sharing their stories. Well, when they're not trying to bully their way out of it. Between the silly jokes and songs are serious lessons about different kinds of bullying, what makes a bully and what happens to them, and how to deal with bullying.

Spring Break Camp runs March 26-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The fee is $150.00. Before and After Care are available for an additional fee; camp attendees will be provided a safe, controlled environment to assist busy parents.

For more information about registering for the Spring Break Camp of Bullies Anonymous - A Musical, visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's website or call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Friday, January 27, 2012

Rabbit Hole: Photos of the finalized set

These photos show the set of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of Rabbit Hole, which runs Jan. 20 through Feb. 5 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre.

Set Design: Craig Martin
Set Construction: Dan Becker, Amy Van Epps
Set Decor: Sonya Basaran, Heather Owen, Alice Schwind













Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Review is In: Rabbit Hole


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

Rabbit Hole 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-PLAY (7529) or visit its website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Share Your Thoughts: Farragut North


The staged reading of Farragut North took place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 28 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, Neil Radtke.

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 the cast of Red Hot and Cole


Director Kate Walker has announced the cast of Red Hot and Cole, the fourth MainStage production in the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman. The music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

The cast includes:

Trish Anderson - Bella Spewack, Dancer
Liz Bruni - Dorothy Parker, Sara Murphy, Dancer
Zack Campbell - Doctor, Photographer, Dancer
Mary Anne Cecil - Hedda Hopper
Timothy Devery - Moss Hart, Sam Katz, Dancer
David Dietz - Cole Porter
Cheryl Drake-Smith - Starlet, Dancer
Bill Knapp - Noel Coward, Clifton Webb, English Soldier
Linnea Leatherman - Ethel Merman
Craig Martin - Monty Woolley
Ashley McElroy - Ada "Bricktop" Smith, Dancer
Heather Mocny - Waitress, Reporter, Socialite
Chelsea Robinson - Elsa Maxwell
Steve Scherer - George Kauffman, Ray Goetz, Dancer
Jessica Searight - Irene Castle, Dancer
Nate Shumate - Paul, Dancer
Lori Stout - Waitress, Socialite, Soloist
Nelson Tilley - Head Waiter
Mary Beth Weckerlin - Linda Porter

Red Hot and Cole will run Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 18 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.; Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Announcing the New Volunteer Orientation: Saturday, February 4


If you've ever had questions about Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette - how to get involved, what opportunities are available or anything else - you now have an opportunity to ask people in the know.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will host a New Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, February 4 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Civic veterans will speak about volunteering their time with Civic as directors, actors, producers, designers, crew members, box office personnel and ushers, committee members and more.

The New Volunteer Orientation is free and open to people of all ages. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the historic Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can confirm your interest in attending by calling Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529).

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Announcing auditions for Pride and Prejudice


Director Laura Mecsey has announced auditions for Pride and Prejudice, the third production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be held Sunday, February 5 from 2-4 p.m., and Monday, February 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning are asked to arrive at the start of the audition time and remain for the full two hours. They will be asked to prepare a 1-minute monologue tailored to the character they're auditioning to play.

The director seeks several actors between the ages of 13 and 18. The director also seeks a stage manager/assistant director and crew members for the production.

Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet's most urgent priority; but with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it's difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense -- but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

Pride and Prejudice will open Friday, March 30 and run through Sunday, April 1 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-PLAY (7529) or visit its website.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Opening Night for Rabbit Hole: production photos







Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Rabbit Hole opens tonight, Jan. 20 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, Feb. 5.

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

In the Wings: Rabbit Hole. Preview on jconline.com


A preview of Rabbit Hole 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.

Rabbit Hole opens Friday, January 20 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, February 5 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-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Rabbit Hole


The following preview of Rabbit Hole, the third production 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.



Rabbit Hole opens Friday, Jan. 20 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 5 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-PLAY (7529) or visit its website.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Staged Reading Series: Farragut North on January 24










The third script in the 2011-2012 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is Farragut North by Beau Willimon.

Neil Radtke directs the cast, which includes Zach Campbell, David Dietz, Bill Knapp, Craig Martin, Aaron Newton, Jessica Searight and Kristen Singleton.

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. 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 Farragut North or the Staged Reading Series, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In the Wings: Rabbit Hole. Photos of the set.


The following photos show the set being built for Rabbit Hole, the third show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. These photos were taken in mid-January.







Friday, January 13, 2012

In the Wings: Rabbit Hole. Meet Kate Martin.


Kate Martin plays Becca in Rabbit Hole, the third show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Question: Why did you audition for Rabbit Hole?
Kate Martin: I love stories like this. It is the kind of show a serious actor wants to be part of. It's not every day you get to do something you're not used to. The story is so touching that I wanted to be part of it right away.

Q: Who is Becca and what is her story?
K.M.: She is the mother of Danny. Her story basically is trying to get through day after day after the death of her son. It's a struggle, it's different every day. It's trying to figure out where to go from here.

Q: What do you think an audience will take away from this production of Rabbit Hole?
K.M.: How different people deal with grief differently. I think everyone will come out of this show having a favorite character; I think it will touch everybody.

Rabbit Hole opens Friday, January 20 and runs three weekends 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 shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.