Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Soliciting original script submissions for the 2012-2013 Staged Reading series



In the five years the Staged Reading series has been part of the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette season, at least one of the scripts has been an original, previously unproduced script written by a local playwright:

* 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

* 2011-2012: Puzzles by Laurie Russell

The original script for the 2012-2013 Staged Reading series has yet to be selected. The committee preparing the season is soliciting submissions for original, previously unproduced scripts by local playwrights. Here are the script submission guidelines:

* Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette prefers a full script submission.

* Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will accept a query/synopsis along with a 5-page dialogue sample.

* Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette prefers electronic submissions, which may be sent to steve@lafayettecivic.org

* Mailed submissions must be sent to:
Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
Attn: Staged Reading Committee
313 N. 5th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

* All submissions must include a title page with the play's title, author's name and contact information. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the script.

* Submissions sent via mail must include a self-addressed stamped envelope or self-addressed stamped postcard.

* There is no cost to submit an original script. Playwrights are limited to submitting no more than 3 scripts.

* Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2012

* Response date: No later than November 2, 2012

* Probability of being selected: At least one original script per year is included in the Staged Reading series out of the entire pool of submissions.

* Contract: There are no royalties paid at this time.

* Cast size: Ten or fewer actors are preferred.

* Length: Scripts may be either one act or full length.

* Geographic requirements: Playwrights must have their primary residency in the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation – Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is a community theatre located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Its home is the historic Monon Depot Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 155.

For more information about the Staged Reading series, please call 765-423-PLAY or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's website.

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, July 30, 2012

Announcing the cast of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra



Director Bob Mindrum has announced the cast of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, the first show of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The musical was conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson. The book was written by Todd Olson.

The cast includes:

Man #1: Bob Mindrum
Woman #1: Cathy Russell
Man #2: Timothy Devery
Woman #2: Caitlin Cotten Benner

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra opens Friday, September 7 and runs through Saturday, September 22 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. 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.



Sunday, July 29, 2012

Share Your Thoughts: Oklahoma!




Now that Oklahoma! has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about the show? What were your thoughts about the performances? The music? The story and themes? The design? What were the standout moments?



Saturday, July 28, 2012

Oklahoma!: Production photos










Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Oklahoma! runs tonight and tomorrow, July 29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre. 

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person.

Tickets can be purchased at the theatre before the performance or through http://lafayettecivic.tix.com 


Friday, July 27, 2012

Opening Night: Oklahoma! Preview on jconline.com



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

You can read the preview here.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com/.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet Aaron Walker.



Aaron Walker plays Curly McLain in Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. Next year Aaron will be in 8th grade at Klondike Middle School.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Oklahoma?
Aaron Walker: My family has been very involved with theatre their whole lives. I had been involved when I was younger, like 6 and 7. I took a break for a couple years, and I'm back and I'm ready to take on bigger roles. I saw Oklahoma! on Broadway with Hugh Jackman, and I loved it.

Q: What is Curly like?
A.W.: Curly is an outgoing, tough guy who stands up for what he believes in.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy about the show?
A.W.: The duet between Laurey and Curly, "People Will Say We're in Love." It shows that you shouldn't hide true love. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. You can't prevent that.

Q: Are you a city kid or a country kid?
A.W.: I'm going to have to say I'm a city kid.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com


In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet Elaine Rand.



Elaine Rand plays Laurey Williams in Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. Next year Elaine will be in 7th grade at West Lafayette Junior High School.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Oklahoma?
Elaine Rand: I have done the four-week summer camp the last three years and it's so much fun. It's a little different this year because it's for performers age 9-13 rather than 9-18. It gives us more chances of being leads.

Q: What is Laurey like?
E.R.: She's kind of spunky. She likes getting her way and she's very stubborn. But all in all, she's nice and kind of proper.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy about the show?
E.R.: Probably the big numbers like "Oklahoma!" and "The Farmer and the Cowman." We haven't done choreography yet, but those big numbers are always a lot of fun.

Q: Are you a city kid or a country kid?
E.R.: I live in West Lafayette so I'm not exactly a city kid, but I definitely don't live out in the country.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet some of the farmers, cowmen and townspeople



There are several performers who play townspeople, farmers, cowmen and others in Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Oklahoma?

Avalon-Rose Sterkenburg: I wanted to learn how to act.

Annie Moss: I wanted to learn how to act.

Zoe Lister: To act again.

Allie Roberts: I've been in lots of plays and musicals. I thought Oklahoma! would be another fun one.

Annie Thompson: I wanted experience with acting. This is my first show.

Taylor Tharp: I wanted to learn how to act.

Emma Straight: I wanted real theatre experience.

Lauren Sliger: I like singing and this is a musical.

Meredith Vance: I wanted to act again.

Bryanna Conner: I want to do things for the community, and this will help me do that.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com



In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet some of the farmers, cowmen and townspeople



There are several performers who play townspeople, farmers, cowmen and others in Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Oklahoma?

Abigail Vinarcik: I think it's fun to get up and be loud and do all sorts of dances and sing.

Emilee Boes: I thought it would be a good opportunity to make new friends and have fun in the summer. About 75% of kids sit in front of a TV during the summer and rot. I thought it would be a lot better idea to come here and have fun.

Amelia Caliendo: I've been in previous plays before, it's been real fun. I like all the people here, and I love Lori Portner. I love the people.

Darian Hrdlicka: I've done Civic in previous years. It's just a great experience and allows me to be myself, which is loud and crazy and stuff. It's just a great opportunity to make new friends.

Shania Howard: It's fun, and I want to be away from my parents.

Heather Luo: I thought it would be fun, and I didn't want to spend all of July at home. This is my first show.

Trey Reynolds: It's a good experience because I haven't done it yet. This is my first show, too.

John Carlson: I liked The Music Man Jr., so I thought I would like Oklahoma! as well.

Rohan Joseph: It's fun and it's a good learning experience. I'm learning how to act.

Su Yeon Park: I wanted to learn proper English.

Ali Acosta: I have done a couple shows at Civic before, and I really liked them. I thought Oklahoma! would be just as fun.

Elliana Russell: It's my first experience here. My mom does Civic shows too. I wanted to see what it would be like.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet Tatum Shirley.



Tatum Shirley plays Ado Annie in Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. Next year Tatum will be in 4th grade at Wea Ridge Elementary School.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Oklahoma?
Tatum Shirley: I just like plays, so I thought what better way to start? This is my first show.

Q: What is Ado Annie like?
T.S.: She's kind of boy crazy. She likes them a lot.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy about the show?
T.S.: I think they'll like the ending song, "Oklahoma." It's lively.

Q: Are you a city kid or a country kid?
T.S.: I live in the country, so I have to say I'm a country kid.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com


In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet Olivia McClimans.


Olivia McClimans plays Jud in Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. Next year Olivia will be in 4th grade at Happy Hollow Elementary School.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Oklahoma?
Olivia McClimans: I've been in the first camp, an improvisation camp, and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to be in another.

Q: What is Jud like?
O.M.: Jud is very rude, and he can barge in sometimes. He's very dirty, and he may get a little too threatening.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy about the show?
O.M.: The ending of the song "Oklahoma!" It shows that people can be friends, no matter what. They should all treat each other respectfully.

Q: Are you a city kid or a country kid?
O.M.: I think I'm a city kid.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com

Monday, July 23, 2012

In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet Lauren Meyer.



Lauren Meyer plays Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. Next year Lauren will be in 8th grade at Central Catholic.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Oklahoma?
Lauren Meyer: I thought it would be fun, and I know a lot of people here. They're all my friends.

Q: What is Aunt Eller like?
L.M.: She is a very wise old woman who wants the cowboys and the farmers to be friends.

Q: What do you think an audience will enjoy about the show?
L.M.: I think they will laugh a lot. It's a funny musical.

Q: Are you a city kid or a country kid?
L.M.: I'm a country kid.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

To order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet Cecil Shoemaker.


Cecil Shoemaker is music director for Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Question: What does a music director do?
Cecil Shoemaker: The music director prepares the chorus and principals to sing the music in the show. The director also prepares the harmonies, finding the right parts. That's what we're working on this week.

Q: How many times have you been music director at a Civic Theatre camp? Why do you enjoy it?
C.S.: This is the fifth year I've been music director at a Civic summer camp. One of the reasons I do it is that I get the chance to work with younger kids. I enjoy it because it's short and you know there's a starting point and ending point.

Q: What are your thoughts on this summer's show?
C.S.: I'm excited this year because Oklahoma! is a very important American musical. It's important for children today to know these pieces of art. Children are not getting the music education they once did in schools. They need to learn who Rodgers and Hammerstein are. They need to get to know these wonderful works of art from the American repertoire.

Q: What do you want the performers to take away from this experience?
C.S.: Having had a children's theatre experience at a very young age in Lafayette, I find that the theatre arts teach children to hold themselves, carry themselves, project their voices and present a positive attitude. Kids learn these things by being on stage.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about this production?
C.S.: The audience will enjoy seeing children performing this American standard classic that they may remember from their childhood. And they'll hum along with the Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

Q.: Have you ever seen corn as high as an elephant's eye?
C.S.: Yes, I have. That's one of the first lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II wrote for Richard Rodgers. What a visual image, what a lyric.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

For information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit its http://lafayettecivic.tix.com


In the Wings: Oklahoma! Meet Lori Portner.



Lori Portner directs Oklahoma! the second of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music is by Richard Rodgers. The book and lyrics are by Oscar Hammerstein II. Lori is the director of outreach and education at Civic Theatre.

Question: What makes Oklahoma! a popular musical?
Lori Portner: First, it's a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and there are a lot of fans out there. It's really the story of how the West was settled with ranchers and farmers. They faced a lot of struggles to settle the territory and become a state, which was their goal. There's a lot of history that goes with it.

Q: What is the goal for this intensive summer camp?
L.P.: It's a very process-oriented camp. They work on each stage of developing the show – acting, singing and dancing – but they also learn about lighting, the set and costumes. They will be involved in every step of the process. We also have workshops to introduce them to other aspects of theatre. There also is a group of kids who will be on the crew – being backstage, running the call board and sound board and calling cues.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about this show?
L.P.: People will be tapping their feet to these songs. I think these characters are so endearing; they are characters that really stick to you and you can relate to.

Q: Are you a city kid or a country kid?
L.P.: I'm a city kid. I grew up in the country, but I'm a city kid.

Oklahoma! will run July 27-29 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday shows are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

For information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com.



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Share Your Thoughts: Guys and Dolls



Now that Guys and Dolls has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about the show? What were your thoughts about the performances? The music? The story and themes? The design? What were the standout moments?

Guys and Dolls: Photos of the finalized set


These photos show the set of Guys and Dolls, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The show runs July 20 and 21 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.










Friday, July 20, 2012

Opening Night: Guys and Dolls. Preview on jconline.com



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

You can read the preview here.

Guys and Dolls runs tonight and tomorrow, July 21, at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com


Opening Night: Guys and Dolls. Production photos













Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos.

Guys and Dolls runs tonight and tomorrow, July 21, at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com