Monday, April 30, 2012

In the Wings: Tartuffe. Meet Kristin Walker.


Kristin Walker plays Loyal in Tartuffe, the fifth show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Molière.

Question: Why did you want to be involved with Tartuffe?
Kristin Walker: I've never been involved with Civic Theatre, so I'm glad to be able to do a show here.

Q: What is Loyal's goal?
K.W.: Loyal's goal is to deliver a writ for the family to leave the house in the most pleasant way possible, delivering bad news with a smile.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about the show?
K.W.: They will most enjoy the comedic dialogue and action. Timothy Devery, our Tartuffe, is hilarious. Everyone's character is funny and enjoyable.

Q: Have you ever conned or been conned?
K.W.: I have never been conned; I perhaps have conned my parents on an occasion or two.

Tartuffe opens Friday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 27 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. Tickets are $18 for adults, $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.


In the Wings: Tartuffe. Meet Evan Malone.


Evan Malone plays the Officer in Tartuffe, the fifth show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Molière.

Question: Why did you want to be involved with Tartuffe?
Evan Malone: I like acting. This is my debut at Civic Theatre.

Q: Who is the Officer and what is his task?
E.M.: His goal is to ruin Tartuffe's life.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about the show?
E.M.: I hear the guy who plays the Officer is really good, not only in acting but also photography and life in general.

Q: Have you ever conned or been conned?
E.M.: No comment.

Tartuffe opens Friday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 27 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. Tickets are $18 for adults, $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.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In the Wings: Tartuffe. Meet Jeff Spanke.


Jeff Spanke directs Tartuffe, the fifth show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Molière.

Question: Why did you want to direct Tartuffe?
Jeff Spanke: I was familiar with the script from having workshopped it in high school. I thought it was a great addition to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's season.

Q: When and where is the show set? What is the first conflict the audience notices?
J.S.: We've set the show in the 1950s: the over-patriotic, conservative, Red Scare, McCarthy era America. The first conflict we notice is that there is an impostor and most of the family is onto him, but the two pivotal family members are not.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about this show?
J.S.: I think it will be a combination of Molière's witty dialogue as well as the physicality that some actors bring, in particular Timothy Devery as Tartuffe and Rachel Thibault as Elmire. They'll enjoy the fun that the actors are having as they play over-the-top farcical people.

Q: Have you ever conned or been conned?
J.S.: Absolutely. I'm not actually the director of the show.

Tartuffe opens Friday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 27 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. Tickets are $18 for adults, $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.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

One Size Fits All Improv returns to Civic on April 28



One Size Fits All Improv will perform a full-length improv comedy show Saturday, April 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, home of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and is fun for audience members of all ages. To reserve your tickets in advance, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529).

The 2012-2013 Civic Theatre brochure is here!




The 2012-2013 Civic Theatre brochure - which includes an overview of all the shows scheduled for next season - will soon be arriving at your door, but you can also check out the version above.

You can print it, make your season ticket selection and membership donation, and mail everything to the Civic Theatre office using this version.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Announcing the cast of Puzzles


Director Tom Long has announced the cast of Puzzles, the final staged reading of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell.

The cast includes:

Narrator - Bonnie Shoaf
Georgia - Camilla Cripps
Emily - Ce-Ce Furtner
Mia - Cicely Ward
Verndene - Cindy Modlin Adams
Babs - Gerriann Fish
Mrs. Garling - Kristen Singleton
Fran - Linda Erwin
Esther - Linda Jeffries
Bonnie - Marisa Simmons
Mrs. Custenboarder - Mary Anne Cecil
Maury - Rod Dimmick
Hildy - Rozella Mears
Miss Fladd - Tamzin Malone
Mr. Garling - Thomas Losey
Lily - Sarah Weaver

The staged reading of Puzzles will be Tuesday, May 15 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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Share Your Thoughts: Young Directors Project.


Now that Young Directors Project has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about the shows? What were your thoughts about the performances? The stories and themes? The design? What were the standout moments?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Young Directors Project: production photos







Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Young Directors Project opened Friday, April 20 and will run through Sunday, April 22 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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


Friday, April 20, 2012

In the Wings: Young Directors Project. Preview on jconline.com


A preview of Young Directors Project appears online at http://www.jconline.com/, the website for the Journal & Courier, Greater Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

Young Directors Project opens tonight and runs through Sunday, April 22 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 its website.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Announcing the cast of Tartuffe


Director Jeff Spanke has announced the cast of Tartuffe, the fourth MainStage production in the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Molière.

Orgon - Doug Pruim
Tartuffe - Timothy Devery
Madame Pernelle - Amy Long
Elmire - Rachel Thibault
Dorine - Andrea Yough
Cléante - Gary McFall
Mariane - Jennifer Dye
Damis - Nate Shumate
Valère - Nelson Tilley
Loyal - Kristin Walker
Officer - Evan Malone

Tartuffe will run Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 27 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.

In the Wings: Young Directors Project - I've Hit an Iceberg. Meet Tori Rosa.


Tori Rosa plays Character B in I've Hit an Iceberg, one of the shows in Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Danna Call.

Question: Why did you audition for Young Directors Project?
Tori Rosa: I was just in Pride and Prejudice and didn't have anything planned until summer camp. And I thought, "Oh my gosh, that's way too long to not be on stage."

Q: What is your character like?
T.R.: Character B has heard a head of lettuce talk to her while she's making a salad. She's freaking out, so she calls her best friend to come over and help her. They try to figure out why this head of lettuce spoke to her.

Q: Do you have an interest in directing?
T.R.: Not really. I feel like I would be a very bad director because I'd be very bossy and nobody would like me.

Q: What do you think an audience will most enjoy about this show?
T.R.: They'll enjoy the humor. It's a very funny show, very clever.

Young Directors Project opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 22 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.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Announcing Adult Classes – May 2012


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

Advanced Acting for Adults
* Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-noon
* Brush up your acting skills through the use of different acting styles.
* The cost is $25.00.

Public Speaking
* Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-noon
* Public Speaking or Death! Really, public speaking is better. Learn skills that will make you confident in front of a crowd and how to deliver your message with poise and clarity.
* 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.

In the Wings: Young Directors Project - I've Hit an Iceberg. Meet Julia Spratt.


Julia Spratt plays Character A in I've Hit an Iceberg, one of the shows in Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Danna Call.

Question: Why did you audition for Young Directors Project?
Julia Spratt: Pride and Prejudice was my first show at Civic Theatre, and I wanted to be more involved before the next season.

Q: What is your character like?
J.S.: She has been summoned by her best friend for help because a head of iceberg lettuce has spoken to her friend. She works as a psychiatrist, so she loves analyzing and looking into people's minds. Her main goal is to help her friend and figure out what happened to make the lettuce talk to her.

Q: Do you have an interest in directing?
J.S.: I do, actually. I've directed the Harrison High School musicals the past two years: Bye Bye Birdie and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. It's been a lot of fun, and I'm interested also in doing it at Civic Theatre.

Q: What do you think an audience will most enjoy about this show?
J.S.: Definitely the banter between the characters and the relationship they have.

Young Directors Project opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 22 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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In the Wings: Young Directors Project - I've Hit an Iceberg. Meet Emily Davis.


Emily Davis directs I've Hit an Iceberg, one of the shows in Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Danna Call.

Question: Where and when is the show set? Who are the characters?
Emily Davis: It is set in modern day times. The characters are named Character A and Character B. Character B claims that a head of iceberg lettuce has spoken to her. Character A tries to analyze Character B throughout the play.

Q: How long have you wanted to be a director?
E.D.: I started directing about three years ago with my own drama troupe, and I really enjoyed it. I'm not going to lie, I like to boss people around.

Q: Why did you want to be a director?
E.D.: I like being able to take what I see in my head and do it on stage. You can do that as an actor, but you can only control your part. As the director, you control what the audience feels and thinks, most of those emotions and reactions.

Q: What do you think the most important part of being a director is?
E.D.: Understanding that even if you have a vision in your head, it will not come out perfectly no matter how hard you try. You have to be gracious and accepting with the cast, to work with them the best you know how and let them have their own interpretation.

Q: Who is your mentor and what are you learning from her?
E.D.: My mentor is Jessie Searight. One thing I've learned is that no show is perfect. She hasn't said that directly, but she gets her points across.

Q: What do you think people will most enjoy about the show?
E.D.: It's funny, it's a little bizarre. You really get to see some of the different traits and thoughts of the characters.

Young Directors Project opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 22 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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In the Wings: Young Directors Project – Jumping. Meet Nathan Keiller.


Nathan Keiller plays Jerry in Jumping, one of the shows in Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by William Borden.

Question: Why did you audition for Young Directors Project?
Nathan Keiller: I arrived early for a rehearsal of Pride and Prejudice, and I heard Cody Walker was having auditions. I wanted to be supportive of a friend who's been with me for a lot of shows.

Q: How would you describe Jerry?
N.K.: He wants to kill himself, and he's indecisive about whether to put his jacket on or off.

Q: Do you have an interest in directing?
N.K.: I don't, to be honest.

Q: What do you think an audience will most enjoy about the show?
N.K.: They'll like how it starts humorous, and then grows a little serious in the middle. They'll enjoy the changes in tone.

Young Directors Project opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 22 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.

Monday, April 9, 2012

In the Wings: Young Directors Project – Jumping. Meet Ariel Laukins.


Ariel Laukins plays Denise in Jumping, one of the shows in Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by William Borden.

Question: Why did you audition for Young Directors Project?
Ariel Laukins: I knew Cody Walker was going to be one of the directors, and he and I are good friends.

Q: How would you describe Denise?
A.L.: She's sort of obnoxious. She's just talking, but she's not trying to talk with Jerry. She's upset for one reason or another, and she wants to make herself feel better by talking.

Q: Do you have any interest in directing?
A.L.: I think it would be interesting, but I'd probably get really annoyed with the actors so that might not be the best idea.

Q: What do you think an audience will most enjoy about the show?
A.L.: The characters are completely ridiculous, and that's what makes them lovable and relatable.

Young Directors Project opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 22 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.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In the Wings: Young Directors Project - Jumping. Meet Cody Walker.


Cody Walker directs Jumping, one of the shows in Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by William Borden.

Question: Where and when is the show set? Who are the characters?
Cody Walker: It's set in modern day Minnesota on bridge in the middle of winter. The characters are Denise and Jerry. Denise is very politically involved, and Jerry is about to jump off the bridge because something happened with his girlfriend.

Q: How long have you wanted to be a director?
C.W.: I've wanted to be a director since the first show I was in six years ago, Thornton Wilder's The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden.

Q: Why did you want to be a director?
C.W.: I wanted to see what went on behind the scenes and to tell people what to do.

Q: What do you think the most important part of being a director is?
C.W.: It's making sure you keep your vision and make sure the show looks how you want, and that people like it.

Q: Who is your mentor and what are you learning from her?
C.W.: My mentor is Laura Mecsey. I'm learning how to block scenes better.

Q: What do you think people will most enjoy about the show?
C.W.: There are a lot of funny parts in it, especially the banter between the characters.

Young Directors Project opens Friday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, April 22 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.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Announcing auditions for Puzzles

Director Tom Long has announced auditions for Puzzles, the final staged reading in the 2011-2012 Staged Reading series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The original script was written by Laurie Russell.

Auditions will be held Sunday, April 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre and Monday, April 16 from 6-9 p.m. at Civic Theatre's office.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Please arrive as early as possible. Everyone will be asked to stay until dismissed.

The director seeks the following:

1 girl, teens
2 women, 30-40
1 woman, 40-50
9 women, seniors
1 man, 30-40
1 man, senior

Puzzles will be performed Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre. This is a Pay What You Can event.

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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Announcing the casts of Young Directors Project


Directors Emily Davis and Cody Walker have announced the casts for the shows in Young Directors Project, the final Civic Youth Theatre production in the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Davis directs I've Hit an Iceberg by Danna Call. Her mentor is Jessie Searight. The cast includes:

Character A - Julia Spratt
Character B - Tori Rosa

Walker directs Jumping by William Borden. His mentor is Laura Mecsey. The cast includes:

Jerry - Nathan Keiller
Denise - Ariel Laukins

Young Directors Project will open Friday, April 20 and run through Sunday, April 22 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance begins at 2:30 p.m.

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

Monday, April 2, 2012

Announcing Youth Classes – Home School: Session 4, Apr. 16-May 21


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 4, Apr. 16-May 21:

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.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Share Your Thoughts: Pride and Prejudice.


Now that Pride and Prejudice 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?

Announcing Youth Classes: Session 4, Apr. 16-May 21


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 4, Apr. 16-May 21:

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.