Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Volunteer Appreciation & Award Picnic: Sunday, July 8



Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's annual Volunteer Appreciation & Award Picnic will be held Sunday, July 8.

This year's picnic will be held at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 N., West Lafayette. The main dish will be provided by Adelino's Old World Kitchen; attendees are being asked to bring either a side dish or a dessert.

In addition to enjoying food and reminiscing about the 2011-2012 season, Civic Theatre will announce winners of the annual volunteer awards including Rising Stars, Shining Stars, Justin M. Newell Scholarship, President's Award and Managing Director's Award.

Please RSVP by calling Civic's office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or sending an email to bob@lafayettecivic.org

Monday, June 18, 2012

In the Wings: Annual Meeting & Celebration on June 26


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will host its Annual Meeting and Celebration on Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the historic Monon Depot Theatre. All members are welcome to attend, reminisce about the past season and look forward to the next.

Please contact Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-PLAY (7529) if you plan to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Members also will vote on the proposed Board of Directors roster for the 2012-2013 season.

Sue Lakin serves as convener of Civic Theatre's Board Governance Committee.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dick Jaeger, longtime Journal & Courier reviewer, retires.



Dick Jaeger, who has directed several productions at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and reviewed many more for the Journal & Courier - Greater Lafayette's daily newspaper - has retired from writing reviews.

You can read Dick's final column for the Journal & Courier here.

What are some of your fondest memories of Dick's reviews or productions? What has his impact been on Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and the arts community in Greater Lafayette?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Red, White and Tuna



The following preview of Red, White and Tuna, the final show in 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 Scherer for creating this video.


Red, White and Tuna begins the second of its three-weekend run Friday and concludes Sunday, June 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 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.

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.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Review is In: Red, White and Tuna



The review of Red, White and Tuna was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Kimberly Noblin.

You can read the review here.

Red, White and Tuna 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.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for youth age 18 and under.

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



Zombie Epic! Callout: Monday, June 25


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and Purdue University Galleries announce a unique venture to be created and performed for the community as part of the "Living Graphic Novel" projects.

Participants of all ages are invited to a call out meeting at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 25 to introduce the "Zombie Epic!" There are opportunities in script writing, performing, set artwork, costumes and makeup, lighting and technical production, and promoting the event.The creative process will continue throughout the week, culminating in a live, Pay-What-You-Can performance at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

The Zombie Epic! will combine a live, tableau vivant style-performance of posed images with comic book design and framing devices. Audience members will be encouraged to photograph the staged imagery, taking away their own "living graphic novel" of the event.

Living Graphic Novel is a collaborative program that offers the opportunity for participants to develop, illustrate and appear in short stories through the development of live scenes using actors, painted sets and framing devices in the style of graphic novels and comic books. The project emphasizes literacy, writing skills, creativity and artistic design through collaborators from theatre arts, visual arts, and language arts endeavors.

Living Graphic Novel projects are presented with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information or to sign up, contact Steven Koehler, managing director at Civic Theatre, at steve@lafayettecivic.org or 765-423-PLAY (7529), or visit the Living Graphic Novel page on Facebook.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Opening Night: Red, White and Tuna. Production photos.








Thanks to Steve Scherer for taking these production photos.

Red, White and Tuna opens tonight and runs three weekends through Sunday, June 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

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 Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit its website.


Opening Night: Red, White and Tuna. Preview on jconline.com



A preview of Red, White and Tuna appears online at http://www.jconline.com, the website for the Journal & Courier, Greater Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

Red, White and Tuna opens tonight and runs three weekends through Sunday, June 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

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 Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit its website.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

In the Wings: Red, White and Tuna. Photos of set construction.


The following photos show the set being built for Red, White and Tuna, the final show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. These photos were taken in early June.







Red, White and Tuna opens tomorrow, Friday, June 8 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It runs through Sunday, June 20.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for 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: Red, White and Tuna. Meet Larry Sommers.


Larry Sommers plays several characters in Red, White and Tuna, the final show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Larry works at Purdue University.

Question: What challenges are there to performing in this show?
Larry Sommers: The show, by its nature, is sketch comedy like "Saturday Night Live." Anytime you have new characters, the challenge is to define the character in one moment so when you walk onstage the audiences thinks, "I knew somebody like that in high school."

Q: What is it like working with the backstage crew?
L.S.: They are the heart of the show. If they're not ticking well, the show doesn't tick. Some people are back from previous productions and that helps.

Q: What will an audience most enjoy about this production of Red, White and Tuna?
L.S.: Like any Tuna show, it's got mildly politically incorrect, silly, goofy humor; it's got the fast costume changes. That's the charm of the show.

Q: What is the smallest town you've ever lived in, and do you see any similarities between it and Tuna, Texas?
L.S.: I grew up on a farm, so I didn't live in a town. But I was right between Plevna and Wawpecong. It was like Tuna in that everybody knew everybody. People would drive down the road, and you'd wave because chances were you knew them, who they were seeing and why their kids ran away from home.

Red, White and Tuna opens Friday, June 8 and runs through Sunday, June 24 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.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In the Wings: Red, White and Tuna. Meet John David Collier.


John David Collier plays several characters in Red, White and Tuna, the final show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. John works at Purdue University.

Question: What challenges are there to performing in Red, White and Tuna?
John David Collier: The hardest thing is remembering how I performed the characters the previous time. And with new characters, the challenge is trying to make them different from existing characters.

Q: What is it like working with Alice Schwind and Larry Sommers on another Tuna show?
J.D.S.: We have a lot of fun during rehearsals, laughing and ad libbing. I think we could make the show funnier if we did some of the things we did in rehearsals.

Q: What is it like working with the backstage crew?
J.D.S.: Backstage is where the real show is. It holds the whole show together; if we don't get our costumes on, we don't come back onstage. Honestly, I don't even know who I am until I see what I'm wearing.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy most about this production of Red, White and Tuna?
J.D.S.: Hopefully they'll enjoy all of it, but they'll enjoy Larry more.

Q: What is the smallest town you've lived in, and does it have any similarities to Tuna, Texas?
J.D.S.: Growing up I lived in Mount Vernon, Ohio, which has around 20,000 people. Every one of these characters, you know someone like them. I don't know that you have to live in a small town to find them.

Red, White and Tuna opens Friday, June 8 and runs through Sunday, June 24 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.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

In the Wings: Red, White and Tuna. Meet Alice Schwind.


Alice Schwind directs Red, White and Tuna, the final show in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Alice is a current retiree, previously having worked at Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. in West Lafayette.

Question: Where and when is the action set?
Alice Schwind: The show is set in Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. There's no reference to the time, although the high school kids in Greater Tuna now are young adults in Red, White and Tuna. We've placed it in the present.

Q: What has it been like to work with John David Collier and Larry Sommers on another Tuna show?
A.S.: They're both wonderful actors, and it's so much fun working with them. They recall the voices from previous productions, and they're good at adding new voices. They're so good at all of it. There is a lot of fun and fooling around during rehearsals.

Q: What makes these characters so fun for audiences?
A.S.: There's enough truth in all of them that we can see some of ourselves in them, but there's enough that's over the top to make them funny.

Q: What is the behind-the-scenes action like?
A.S.: There is as much, and sometimes more, going on backstage than there is on the stage. When we do curtain call, the backstage people come out take a bow with the actors because they do so much to contribute to the show.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about this production of Red, White and Tuna?
A.S.: Everybody picks different things: different characters or costumes. People are going to find various things funny.

Q: What is the smallest town you've ever lived in, and do you see any similarities between it and Tuna, Texas?
A.S.: I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin called Kewaskum, only about 1,300 or 1,400 people. Texas is way different from Wisconsin, but some of the characters and people knowing what other people are doing … there are similarities definitely.

Red, White and Tuna opens Friday, June 8 and runs through Sunday, June 24 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.