Friday, May 31, 2013

The 2013-2014 MainStage season: Mame


The fifth and final production of the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Mame, directed by Susan Kisinger with music direction by Bill Kisinger. The book was written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The music and lyrics are by Jerry Herman.

Performances will be Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11 at Sunnyside Middle School, 530 N. 26th Street, Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Who is Mame? Some of Mame's wild, adventurous spirit is inside everyone who lives for the moment and believes that "life is a banquet!" It's the height of the 1920s and Auntie Mame becomes the guardian for her ten-year-old nephew, Patrick. Special songs include "Mame," "It's Today," "Open a New Window," "We Need a Little Christmas," and "Bosom Buddies." Mame's life is turned upside down, many of her priorities change, but she still lives life to the fullest!

Season tickets for the MainStage season can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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.

The 2013-2014 MainStage season: Lost in Yonkers


The fourth production of the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Lost in Yonkers, directed by Shannon Sabel. It was written by Neil Simon.

Performances will be Friday, February 28 through Saturday, March 15 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in 1942 Yonkers. Bella is 35 years old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, the stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne'er-do-well son, Eddie, deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

Season tickets for the MainStage season can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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, May 30, 2013

The 2013-2014 MainStage season: Bus Stop


The third production of the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Bus Stop, directed by Steve Martin. It was written by William Inge.

Performances will be Friday, January 17 through Saturday, February 1 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse, is the passenger with the most to worry about. She’s been pursued and kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch and romantic methods of a headstrong bull. Other stories abound in this classic “slice of life” play that is a romantic and funny portrayal of Midwestern life, mid-twentieth century.

Season tickets for the MainStage season can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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, May 29, 2013

The 2013-2014 MainStage season: Witness for the Prosecution


The second production of the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Witness for the Prosecution, directed by Lori Portner. It was written by Agatha Christie.

Performances will be Friday, October 18 through Saturday, November 2 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Leonard Vole stands in the dock, accused of murder. His wife can prove his innocence, but when she takes the stand she denies his alibi. Can he escape the hangman’s noose?

Season tickets for the MainStage season can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The 2013-2014 MainStage season: Still Kicking


The first production of the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Still Kicking, directed by Larry Sommers. It was written by local playwright Laurie Russell.

Performances will be Friday, August 30 through Saturday, September 14 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Still Kicking is a two-act comedy with dramatic moments, highlighting the story of Lily, a troubled teen, and her time volunteering at a local retirement community.  Through her time with the residents, she develops a deeper understanding of life, people and herself.

Season tickets for the MainStage season can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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, May 27, 2013

2012-2013 Season Review: Civic MainStage Season








The 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette included 3-weekend productions of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story, Arcadia, The Fox on the Fairway and Company, all in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

We congratulate the directors, music directors and choreographers of this season’s MainStage productions: Bob Mindrum, Paul Addison, Lori Portner, Rachel Lambert, Rod Dimmick, Shannon Sabel, Gail Deagan and Carrie Francis.

We also congratulate the performers and crew members for the time, energy and talent they shared. As always, we thank our audience for letting us share these stories with you and for your support. Civic Theatre’s MainStage season would not be possible without everyone listed above. You make Civic Theatre strong!

Previews of next season’s MainStage season will be posted soon. Check out http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to purchase season tickets to the 2013-2014 MainStage shows! You also can call 765-423-7529 to purchase season tickets.

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, May 24, 2013

Save the Date: Volunteer Recognition & Celebration Dinner on Sunday, July 14


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will host the annual Volunteer Recognition and Celebration Dinner on Sunday, July 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park, 200 Battle Ground Ave., Battle Ground, IN.

We invite all volunteers who participated with Civic Theatre in any form or function to the celebration of last year's season and to look forward to next year's season: cast, crew, musicians, audience members, ushers, office workers, committee members … everyone.

This annual event is Civic Theatre's way of thanking volunteers for their valuable time and talents. Civic Theatre is primarily a volunteer-driven organization. Outside the professional staff of three, every position is filled by a volunteer. Thanks to the participation of hundreds of volunteers, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette can produce close to 100 performances every year.

Additional information will be coming soon; keep your eyes out!

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, May 23, 2013

The 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season: The Beverly Hillbillies



The fourth and final production of the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be The Beverly Hillbillies, directed by Laurie Russell. The script is by David Rogers, based on the television program by Paul Henning.

Performances will be April 11, 12 and 13 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The lovable Clampett family rides onto our stage for an evening of hillbilly hilarity. Starting in the Clampetts' mountain cabin, the play follows them through the discovery of oil, their improbable invasion of hi-falutin' Beverly Hills society and the absurd adventures and ridiculous romances they encounter there.

Season tickets for Civic Youth Theatre can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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, May 22, 2013

The 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season: 13



The third production of the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be 13, directed by Tamzin Malone. The music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown, and the book is by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Performances will be February 14, 15 and 16 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

A grown-up story about growing up!

When his parents get divorced and he's forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. Easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him. The school troublemaker sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors. With an unforgettable rock score, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it.

Season tickets for Civic Youth Theatre can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season: Charlotte's Web



The second production of the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Charlotte's Web, directed by Denise Laussade. The play was written by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White.

Performances will be November 15, 16 and 17 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The Children's Literature Association named Charlotte's Web "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years." Adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, all the enchanting characters are here:  Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher, Fern, Templeton, the Zuckerman family, the Arables, and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig."

Season tickets for Civic Youth Theatre can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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, May 20, 2013

The 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season: Antigone



The first production of the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Antigone, directed by Neil Radtke. The play was written by Sophocles and adapted by David Feldshuh.

Performances will be September 26, 27 and 28 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street - in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Theban Princess Antigone buries her brother Polyneices. In so doing, she chooses to comply with divine will that all Thebans receive below ground burials. But at the same time, she contradicts the non-burial edict that her uncle, King Creon, issues regarding the exposure of the bodies of the disloyal Theban dead. Antigone gets caught and is sentenced to death.  So begins this Greek Tragedy that examines relationships, gender roles, conscience vs. law, and pride - the great destroyer.

Season tickets for Civic Youth Theatre can be purchased online at http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or by calling 765-423-7529.

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, May 19, 2013

2012-2013 Review: Civic Youth Theatre Season






The 2012-2013 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette included 3-performance productions of Night of the Living Dead, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, and The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, all in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

We are very excited to announce that the 2012-2013 Civic Youth Theatre season had the highest attendance of any season since 2007-2008! Attendance for this season reached 1,702 people.

We congratulate the directors and choreographers of this season's CYT productions: Neil Radtke, Jessie Searight, Steven Koehler, Shellie Johnson, Tori Rosa and Tamzin Malone. We also congratulate the performers, crew members and their families for the time, energy and talent they shared. Finally, we thank our audience for letting us share these stories with you and for your support. None of this would be possible without everyone listed above. You make Civic Theatre strong!

Keep your eyes out for posts about next year's Civic Youth Theatre season. And check out http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to purchase season tickets to the 2013-2014 CYT shows! You can also call 765-423-7529 to purchase season tickets - and there are several shows that already are building buzz, so reserve those tickets now!

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Share Your Thoughts: Company



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

What will you remember about it? What are your thoughts about the performances? The story and songs? The design? What were the standout moments?

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, May 17, 2013

Announcing the casts in the inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival



Six directors have announced the casts of the plays in the inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The plays and the casts are:

A Humble Path written by Steve Martin, directed by Craig Martin
* Abe - Timothy Devery

Adventures in Mutual Knowledge written and directed by Jeremiah Dole
* Kristyn - Kristen Singleton
* Jordan - Eric Francis
* Mark - Aidan Andronicos

El Loro, el Gato y el Espíritu Santo written and directed by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos
* Berna - Ariel Laukins
* Veronica - Alondra Magallanes
* Ceci - Josie Luptak
* Doña Cuca - Heather Bungard-Janney

Feed Me! written and directed by Zachary Baiel
* Wilson - Ted Malone
* Mark - Aidan Andronicos
* Craigslist 1 - Evan Malone
* Craigslist 2 - Doug Pruim
* Sam - Hannah Lazarz

Silent Treatment written and directed by Scott Haan
* June - Erin O'Connor
* Gretchen - Julie Doan
* Billie - Whitney Freeland

Welcome to New York written and directed by Deborah Gray
* Emma - Lizz Cohen
* Natalia - Jennifer Luptak
* Officer Mike - Aaron Bumgarner

The inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival will be held 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. All six plays will be performed both nights. It 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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Save the Date: Annual Meeting on June 25


Members of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, please mark your calendars for the organization's Annual Meeting.

* Time and Location - Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, Lafayette

* Agenda Items - Finance Committee report, voting on the 2013-2014 Board of Directors

* Food and drink will be provided.

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, May 8, 2013

Share Your Thoughts: The Break of Noon



The staged reading of The Break of Noon took place last night at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 54 people in attendance.

It was followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director, Denise Laussade.

Did you attend the staged reading of The Break of Noon? What did you think about the characters, the plot and the dialogue? What were some of the high points? What will you remember about this staged 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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Review is In: Company



The review of Company was published in the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Tim Brouk.

You can read the review here.

Company opens its second weekend of performances Friday, May 10 and continues until closing night 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. To order tickets call 765-423-7529 or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter to learn about the availability of Rush tickets before each performance for students with a valid college or high school ID.

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, May 3, 2013

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Company.



The following preview of Company, the fifth and final show of the 2012-2013 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.


Company opens tonight, 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. To purchase tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. Follow #lafayettecivic on Twitter twenty minutes before each performance to learn about Rush ticket availability for students with valid college or high school IDs.

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.


Opening Night: Company. Production photos.













Thanks to Amanda Schlegel for taking these production photos.

Company, the fifth and final show of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, opens tonight and runs through Saturday, May 18, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre 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. Order tickets by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter twenty minutes before each performance to learn about Rush ticket availability for students with a valid college or high school ID.

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.