Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Gail Deagan, the music director.



Gail Deagan is the music director for Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you want to be music director for the show?
Gail Deagan: I love Stephen Sondheim's music. It's so interesting. From a musician's standpoint, it's very full of dissonances, tension points and motifs that come back when there's a certain feeling or thought. It's excellent writing.

Q: What do you do during rehearsals and performances?
G.D.: I teach the cast their songs, pulling all their cues, the right notes and rhythms together for the singers. I learn the cues prior to the entrance to a song, the correct tempos. I also recruit musicians for the show, play many of the rehearsals, and lead the musicians who will be on the stage.

Q: What are challenges and fun parts for Company?
G.D.: There are recurring motifs. There are dissonances and musical tension points that reflect what is happening psychologically on stage. An audience will get that. As far as challenges, the music changes key all the time, it changes meter all the time, the meter is obscured by the way Sondheim writes and some of the pieces for piano are devilishly difficult.

Q: What will an audience enjoy in Company?
G.D.: The humor and the beautiful songs. The ballads are very beautiful.

Q: Do you have a favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
G.D.: I hear bits of West Side Story in this score. He wrote the lyrics to Gypsy, and I love "You Gotta Have a Gimmick." I memorized those lyrics when I was nine before I realized what they were really all about. I love "City on Fire" from Sweeney Todd, any of those really tense songs. My favorite song in Company is "Being Alive."

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.


Announcing auditions: 2013 10-Minute Play Festival


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will produce its inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival this summer, which includes six plays by residents in the 14-county Tippecanoe Arts Federation area.

"Ten-minute plays are a wonderful opportunity for writers to stretch their imagination," said Civic Theatre Managing Director Steven Koehler. "The skill to tell a complete and entertaining story in just ten minutes is not as easy as one would think. These local writers have proven they have what it takes."

The festival is being organized by the Civic Playwrights Group, a collection of people who meet bi-weekly to provide a supportive, nurturing place for aspiring writers. Membership in the group was not a requirement for submitting plays to the competition.

Organizers of the festival are looking to cast a company of actors for roles in all six plays. Auditions will be Sunday, May 12 and Monday, May 13 from 7-9 p.m. at Civic Theatre's historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors are asked to arrive as early as possible and stay as late as possible. They will read from a script, and may be asked to read from others.

All scripts are available for check-out at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. One title, Feed Me!, is available online at bit.ly/161Rzsu.

Plays that will be produced in the festival, their playwrights and directors, and cast of characters include:

Adventures in Mutual Understanding by Jeremiah Dole, directed by the playwright.
  • 1 male, 20s-30s.
  • 1 female, 20s-30s.

El Loro, El Gato y El Espiritu Santo by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, directed by the playwright.
  • 3 females, older teenagers, preferably Hispanic.
  • 1 female, elderly (offstage voice), preferably Hispanic.

Feed Me! by Zachary Baiel, directed by the playwright.
  • Wilson, any age or gender. Actor must be comfortable in a mask or makeup.
  • Mark, 20s-30s, any gender. Can be played in drag.
  • Craigslist 1, 20s-70s, any gender.
  • Craigslist 2, 20s-70s, any gender.
  • Sam, 20s-40s, any gender.

A Humble Path by Steve Martin, directed by Craig Martin.
  • Abe, male, late 30s to early 40s.

Silent Treatment by Scott Haan, directed by the playwright.
  • 3 females, any age although all are similar in age.

Welcome to New York by Deborah Gray, directed by the playwright.
  • Older Woman, female, middle-aged, able to sustain an accent.
  • Younger Woman, female, mid-20s.
  • Mike, male, mid-to-late 20s.

The inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. each night. This is a Pay What You Can event.

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.

In the Wings: Company. Meet Timothy Devery.



Timothy Devery plays Robert in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Timothy Devery: I got my start with Civic overall in Rent as Mark Cohen. Robert seems to be the adult version of that. Mark is a very confused individual, he's going through an adventure but he's on the outside watching his friends as they live. Robert is kind of the same way, he's a watcher. He's not as involved as he can be, and this show is his journey through learning about that.

Q: What does Robert get from his friends?
T.D.: The play is a series of vignettes from Robert's/Bobby's perspective. He remember these stories for particular reasons. Each couple gives him some different life lesson. They may not have been aware they were doing it, but they are things that stuck with him up through his 35th birthday when he puts them all together, so to speak, and learns about life.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
T.D.: We have a little bit of a lot of stuff. We've got the humor, and then poignant moments, and then we prop it up there with a dance number. The music is excellent, too.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
T.D.: "It Takes Two" between the Baker and the Baker's Wife from Into the Woods, my favorite show of all time.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

Monday, April 29, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Quashaea Rogers.



Quashaea Rogers plays Marta in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Quashaea Rogers: I've never done anything with Civic. I've always wanted to, but I've always had conflicts. This was the first time I could attend an audition. Company is so well-known, so any way I could be part of it I wanted to do it.

Q: Who is Marta, and what does Bobby get from his relationship with her?
Q.R.: Marta is the life of the party, she's the funky one, she's the one who says inappropriate things but people like it anyway. She loves meeting people, she loves glitz and glamour. She loves New York, and she's a part of it. She provides Bobby a relationship without strings. He has just left a relationship with Kathy, and Marta doesn't expect anything from him.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
Q.R.: The music. The way that we do it is really good, we sound good as a group. "Side by Side" is great highlight. It's so intricate and highly choreographed.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
Q.R.: I love Sweeney Todd in general, especially "My Friends."

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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 age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

In the Wings: Company. Meet Mary Gascho.



Mary Gascho plays April in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Mary Gascho: This is the last show I can do at Civic Theatre before I move. It's a musical, I love Company and a lot of songs from the show. It's iconic. Not a lot of people know that "Side by Side" or "Ladies Who Lunch" is from the show.

Q: Who is April, and what does Bobby get from his relationship with her?
M.G.: April is an airline stewardess who is trying to find her place. She's been told so often that she's dumb, not very smart, can't do anything so she moved to New York to prove people wrong, that she can do something. She's refreshing to Bobby. She's very gullible.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
M.G.: It's entertaining, and it makes people think. The musical numbers alone are so entertaining, it's a true musical. It's so entertaining getting to see what's happening on stage here and over there.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
M.G.: "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" from Sweeney Todd, and "I Know Things Now" sung by Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.


In the Wings: Company. Meet Hannah Linson.



Hannah Linson plays Kathy in Company, the final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Hannah Linson: I have wanted to try out for a Civic play for years and years, and I never did. I thought, "Hey, I should do this." Then, it's also a musical and I had never done a musical before. I hadn't heard of Company before, although I watched the most recent revival before I auditioned.

Q: What does Bobby get out of his relationship with Kathy?
H.L.: Kathy is Robert's first love. He's very emotionally attached to her, but it scares him so he kind of pushes her away. He doesn't get anything from the relationship, but when she leaves him it's an eye-opener.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
H.L.: The music, obviously. It's phenomenal. It's interesting to see all the relationships in the play, that's my favorite part.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
H.L.: I don't know a lot of Sondheim, but my favorite song in this show in "Being Alive." I like "Sorry/Grateful" a lot, too.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic to learn about availability for that night's 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.

Friday, April 26, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Bill Knapp.



Bill Knapp plays Larry in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Bill Knapp: I hadn't intended to, but I saw the 2006 version on PBS last December. It put the idea in my head, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be fun to do.

Q: Who is Larry, and what does Bobby get from his friendship with him and Joanne, played by Carrie Francis?
B.K.: Larry is sort of the last person to come into this group of friends. Bobby has apparently known Joanne for a long time, and Larry is her third husband. He hasn't been around nearly as long everyone else. He also is very rich. He's always picking up the check whenever they go out.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
B.K.: The music, of course, and the fabulous nonstop dancing that will take place during it. The humor and probably most of all the look at relationships. People can see what the characters go through, how all these little marriages might relate to their own.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
B.K.: My favorite Sondheim song is "Not a Day Goes By," which is from Merrily We Roll Along.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

In the Wings: Company. Meet Carrie Francis.



Carrie Francis plays Joanne and is the choreographer for Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Carrie Francis: It was the perfect time, I love musicals and Sondheim. I haven't done a musical in three years, so it worked out.

Q: Who is Joanne, and what does Bobby get from his friendship with her and Larry, played by Bill Knapp?
C.F.: Joanne is a wealthy socialite in New York City, and her husband is a businessman. She was born wealthy, probably attended prep schools, private schools. She loves and hates herself at the same time. She's mean and she drinks a lot. She provides a lot of things to Bobby: she makes him laugh a lot.

Q: Is there a challenge to choreographing a Sondheim song?
C.F.: Absolutely. A lot of lines step over each other. It's not a dance show, either. We're a bunch of singers up on stage, so we want to dance but then you can't remember the lines, and they could be one-word lines.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
C.F.: I hope everything. I hope they enjoy the dancing.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
C.F.: My favorite musical is Sunday in the Park with George. The end of Act I makes me cry every time. I also love "Being Alive" from Company and many, many others.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Cory Guthrie.



Cory Guthrie plays David in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Cory Guthrie: One of my friends told me I should audition. I just moved into town from Washington, D.C. I went to Purdue, so I'm familiar with the area.

Q: Who is David, and what does Bobby get from his friendship with him and Jenny, played by Candie Borcz?
C.G.: David and Jenny have a standard relationship. David is scared that Jenny will leave him because that's been his experience in life. Jenny is from a Midwest town and a strong personality and oblivious to David's fear.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
C.G.: The music, which is awesome.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
C.G.: I have limited exposure to Sondheim songs, at least that I know of. But "Running Away" from Into the Woods is one of my favorites.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

In the Wings: Company. Meet Candie Borcz.



Candie Borcz plays Jenny in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Candie Borcz: I knew nothing about Company. My husband, Kyle Borcz, knows a lot about Sondheim. He just moved to the area, and I was telling him about Civic. I was reading what shows were going to be in the 2012-2013 season. I told him, "It looks like there's also a musical named Company," and he started geeking out. He showed me the show, had me listen to it. He has many, many recordings of it. I auditioned because he wanted to audition.

Q: Who is Jenny? What does Bobby get from his friendship with her and David, played by Cory Guthrie?
C.B.: They're very close, Jenny and David have kids. But they also do some fun things together, things that Bobby probably doesn't do with the other couples.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
C.B.: It's fun, it's got some serious things to it but not to the point where it's a downer. It's also got a good message to it, that marriage isn't always going to be the greatest thing or the worst thing, that there are a lot of good points to it.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
C.B.: I haven't listened to much Sondheim before this play. But Kyle has had me listen to Into the Woods, which I really like. I also like "Getting Married Today" in Company.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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 age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Andrew Meyer.



Andrew Meyer plays Peter in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Andrew Meyer: It's a musical, and I have the time for the first time, ever.

Q: Who is Peter? What does Bobby get from his friendship with him and Susan, played by Beth Butram?
A.M.: Peter is kind of Bobby's testosterone-driven buddy, the one he does all the woman bantering with. Peter is a teacher at a University, where he gawks at the younger girls all day.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
A.M.: They'll enjoy the surprising things that people say.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
A.M.: Probably something from Into the Woods. I'm always partial to "Giants in the Sky" and the Witch's Rap.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

In the Wings: Company. Meet Beth Butram.



Beth Butram plays Susan in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, the book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Beth Butram: Sondheim. I have been a fan of Sondheim since the late 80s when I was in Sweeney Todd. I fell in love with the craziness of the music, the unique quality of the music. I loved every note of every song in that. That was followed by Into the Woods, which my children fell in love with and we watched for years and years.

Q: Who is Susan, and what does Bobby get from his friendship with her and Peter, played by Andrew Meyer?
B.B.: She is the nurturer of the group. There's a song where she's the warm and loving person, and that personifies her. I think Bobby thinks they personify the perfect marriage, which is a little ironic. They are not the perfect couple.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
B.B.: It's a unique musical in that it's an adult show, not a kiddie show. It's more sophisticated and offers the audience something in the form of a musical.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
B.B.: "Not While I'm Around" in Sweeney Todd. Mrs. Lovett sings it to Tobias in Act II. The feeling is that she will always take care of him.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Steve Scherer.



Steve Scherer plays Harry in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Steve Scherer: This was on my bucket list of shows to do. I did a part of this show, "Not Getting Married," in high school, so I've always wanted to do the whole show. I'm too old to play Bobby, which is a dream role, so I'm glad there are still some older couples he hangs out with and I can be in one of them.

Q: Who is Harry? What does Bobby get out of his friendship with him and Sarah, played by Andrea Yough?
S.S.: Harry has a drinking problem, Sarah has an eating problem and so they offset each other well. That's what they are to Bobby: the addiction couple. But there's a bit of love there, and there's a great scene between Harry and Sarah that bonds and brings them even closer.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
S.S.: It's a story about relationships that are succeeding, those that are struggling. What does it take to be married for 25 years, 40 years? One couple gets along better divorced than married. It's really a show about relationships, and while everyone in the audience might not relate to the characters, they may have a friend who is in a relationship highlighted in the show. Relationships are universal, from the days of the cavemen all the way into the future.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
S.S.: I love all the music from Follies, especially "I'm Still Here." I auditioned with "Anyone Can Whistle" from the musical by the same name.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

In the Wings: Company. Meet Andrea Yough.



Andrea Yough plays Sarah in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Andrea Yough: I enjoy musicals. I had never done anything by Sondheim, and it sounded like it would be fun.

Q: What does Bobby get from his friendship with Sarah and Harry, played by Steve Scherer?
A.Y.: I think Bobby observes the advantages and disadvantages of being in a relationship. He sees that it isn't just a disadvantage. He comes to a realization that there's joy to be had.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
A.Y.: I think they'll enjoy the music a lot and the dancing, too.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
A.Y.: I like "Side by Side" from Company.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid high school or college I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Kyle Borcz.



Kyle Borcz plays Paul in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Kyle Borcz: It's one of my favorites. I've never done it before, and I've wanted to. It's in a league of its own. The score is brilliant, and it stands out even among all of Stephen Sondheim's shows. I auditioned with my wife, Candie Borcz. I told her that we would be able to look back on this and say, "We did Company!" It's a challenge.

Q: Who is Paul? What does Bobby get out of his friendship with him and Amy, played by Amy Long?
K.B.: Paul is going to marry Amy at the end of Act I. Paul is one of Bobby's oldest friends, he's the best man at Paul's and Amy's wedding. Bobby is an anchor for them because Amy can be a little flighty.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
K.B.: It's cast very, very well. Shannon Sabel cast people who are perfect for all the roles. With auditions and callbacks, meeting everyone and reading with them, I could almost see who would be perfect for each role.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
K.B.: If I had to pick one, "Pretty Women" from Sweeney Todd is gorgeous. I love how it's used in that musical because it's a horrifying moment that the song is building to. It's just a really pretty, melancholy song.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

In the Wings: Company. Meet Amy Long.



Amy Long plays Amy in Company, the fifth and final production in the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you try out for the show?
Amy Long: The left side of my brain, the logical side, said, "Amy, you haven't done a musical since high school. Don't do it." The right side of my brain, the fun-loving, creative side, said, "Amy, you've always wanted to do another musical." The right side won out. The draw was that I've had a total blast this season performing in other shows, challenging myself, making new friends. Why stop?

Q: Who is Amy? What does Bobby get from his friendship with her and Paul, played by Kyle Borcz?
A.L.: Amy is a neurotic, dramatic, over-the-top bride-to-be with a serious case of wedding day jitters. Amy tells Bobby that, if he's looking for a lifelong partner, he's got to stop looking for just some "body" to fill the role; he'll find the right fit with his best friend - someone who brings out the best in him. Amy tells him that, and then she finally realizes how her advice applies to her own life.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
A.L.: Is it cliche to say that there's something for everyone in Company? Anyone who's ever been in a relationship, who's ever loved and who has been loved, will see a little bit of themselves in this show.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
A.L.: One of my favorite Stephen Sondheim songs is "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney Todd. In Company, I cry every time Timothy Devery, who plays Bobby, sings "Marry Me a Little." It's simply beautiful.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 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. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's 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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Announcing the May 17 deadline to apply for the Justin M. Newell Scholarship

Civic Youth Theatre and Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette are accepting applications for the annual Justin M. Newell Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to recognize the contributions and achievements of a college-bound graduating high school senior.

Any high school senior who has been or currently is a Civic Youth Theatre participant is eligible to apply. They must fill out an application, which is available at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. They also can download a copy of the application at http://www.lafayettecivic.org.

In addition to the application form, two letters of recommendation are required. The deadline to submit all required information is May 17 at 4 p.m.

All applicants will be interviewed by a three-member review panel. The recipient of the Justin M. Newell Scholarship will be notified no later than June 17.

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, April 15, 2013

Announcing the cast of The Break of Noon



Director Denise Laussade has announced the cast of The Break of Noon, the seventh and final staged reading of the 2012-2013 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Neil LaBute.

The cast includes:

* John Smith - Bill Ross
* Jesse - Kristen Singleton
* Ginger - Mindy King
* Jenny - Elizabeth Dunlap
* Detective - Eric Francis
* Gigi - Whitney Freeland
* Lawyer - Judd Dickey
* Narrator - Linda Kampe

The Break of Noon will be performed Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in 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.

A question-and-answer session between the cast, director and audience will immediately follow the 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.