Sunday, June 30, 2013

Share Your Thoughts: A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Now that A Midsummer Night's Dream has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about it? What are your thoughts about the performances? The story and themes? 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.

Closing Night: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Production photos.








Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos of A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Tonight's show begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

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.


A Magical Evening

A rainbow over the stage, after the storm and after the show.

The Summer Theatre Institute has been meeting at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater for three weeks.  In that time the 18 young people have worked on their acting skills, projection, diction, character, etc.  They also have been working on a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The talented Director, Grace Lazarz has done a wonderful job getting the young people ready for this past Friday's opening night.  

Sadly, the weather has not worked in our favor.  The Friday performance was cancelled due to rain.  And Saturday was even worse, the rain started early and would not let up.  We always use the phrase "The Show Must Go On," but rarely is that usually much of an issue.  However,anyone familiar with outdoor drama, knows that Mother Nature has her own set of priorities and ideas.  

After all the hard work, it seemed a shame to take away any opportunity for these actors to perform the show.  Grace Lazarz and her talented counselors (Adam Mengler, Nate Breneman, Maggie Furtner and Hannah Lazarz) talked it over with the cast, went through some rough movement ideas, entrances and exits, set pieces, and a general plan to move the show from the huge Amphitheater stage, to the tight rain shelter.  With just a little planning, the young cast was as ready as they could be.  The rain never let up, and with a flooded stage, the decision was made to move the show.


Live theatre is great, for many reasons.  One of which is that you never know exactly what is going to happen.  Every show is different, strange audience reactions, actor with slightly different timing, forgotten lines, missing props, etc.  The mark of a true actor is that these things do not phase them, and that they are able to adjust on the fly.  Eighteen young people faced true adversity last night, and thrived.  Just a bit more than 100 people stayed for the show, and they had quite a treat. 

The cast was nervous, some tears were shown prior to the performance, and the cast had doubts about the move.  Would the show still work?  Is the audience going to stay?  Why can't it stop raining.?!

As the night went on, it soon became clear that something special was happening.  The energy coming from the actors, partially driven by fear, was met and returned by the audience.  The laughter was strong, the connection with the cast was ideal, and the show was a hit.

At Civic Theatre, we often preach about the benefits of participation in the art.  How the training, and practice of theatre will do so much to prepare young people for life, both on and off stage.  The ability to think on your feat, work as a team, adapt to adversity, and to thrive.  I am very proud of our Theatre Education activities, led so well by Lori Portner.  Last night proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that what she does, and what our young counselors do, matters.  What these young people did last night was nothing short of magical.

There is one more chance to see the show, Sunday, June 30, at 7:30.  The weather calls for only a 20% chance of rain.  But no matter what happens, these young actors will be ready.







Friday, June 28, 2013

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Sara Hemmerlein.



Sara Hemmerlein plays Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Demetrius?
Sara Hemmerlein: Demetrius is a jerkface. He's a horrible person. He's forever being mean to people, and I always feel bad and I want to hug them.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
S.H.: Me and Willy Shakespeare are like best friends, man. We're bros. I've been reading Shakespeare since I've been in fifth grade.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
S.H.: To shove an entire shoe up my nose except for the aglets because aglets are creepy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Crystal Yarberry.



Crystal Yarberry plays Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Peaseblossom?
Crystal Yarberry: Peaseblossom is a Fairy who does everything for the queen, Titania. She caters to Titania's every need.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
C.Y.: I enjoy Shakespeare because I like the way everything flows, everything is poetic and pretty.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
C.Y.: Being in a bathtub full of marshmallows, and I would eat every single one.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.


In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Shania Howard.



Shania Howard plays Cobweb in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Cobweb?
Shania Howard: Cobweb is a Fairy who does everything for Titania. She follows her around like a servant.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
S.H.: He's very funny. I like how he puts "thou" in front of everything.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
S.H.: My dream would be to play on a Disney show.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.

Opening Night: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Preview on jconline.com


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

You can read the preview here.

A Midsummer Night's Dream opens tonight, Friday, June 28, and closes tomorrow, Saturday, June 29. Performances will be held in the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10 and can be ordered either by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529. They also can be purchased at the Amphitheater box office.

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, June 27, 2013

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Darian Hrdlicka.



Darian Hrdlicka plays Egeus and Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Egeus? Who is Snout?
Darian Hrdlicka: Egeus is Hermia's father. He wants things his way, he's very strict. He doesn’t  like Lysander, who Hermia loves. He wants her to love someone else. Snout is a mechanical. He is distracted easily, and he acts for the fun of it. He doesn't put his heart into it, he just does it for fun.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
D.H.: It's very different from your regular English language.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
D.H.: I want to see The Lion King on Broadway.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Megan Beaver.



Megan Beaver plays Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Theseus?
Megan Beaver: Theseus is the Duke of Athens, he has power over everyone else in the play. I portray him as a person who wants to keep a tough aspect in public, but he's a very caring person. In the long run, he has feelings for Hippolyta. He didn't just bring her home as a trophy wife.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
M.B.: I enjoy Shakespeare because it gives you a chance to test your acting ability. You have to look at what you're saying and translate it in your head.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
M.B.: For my life to progress in a positive way.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Hope Quattrocki.



Hope Quattrocki plays Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Helena?
Hope Quattrocki: Helena is an emotional, crazy girl who's in love. Once the man that she loves falls in love with her, she's astonished. Then another man falls in love with her, and she thinks it's a prank so she's a mess. She's an emotional roller coaster.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
H.Q.: I like the flow of how the words come together at the end of a monologue or a soliloquy. The language is fascinating.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
H.Q.: For my mom to take me to L.A.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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, June 26, 2013

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Meredith Roberts.



Meredith Roberts plays Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Puck?
Meredith Roberts: Puck is very mischievous, he's a huge troublemaker. He pulls pranks and he doesn't care about whatever happens.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
M.R.: I really love the language. It's so beautiful and flows together.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
M.R.: I really want wings so I could fly away and live a Fairy life because I love Fairies.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Andrew Bigelow.



Andrew Bigelow plays Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Lysander?
Andrew Bigelow: Lysander is a cocky, headstrong, muscular guy. He's been in love with this girl named Hermia, but he isn't supposed to be because her dad wants her to marry someone else.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
A.B.: It seems there was a lot of time that went into it, it wasn't just thrown together. You can tell how much time he put into it with the jokes that he made and the words that he used.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
A.B.: I would like to go scuba diving with sea creatures, preferably in the Caribbean.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Olivia Tharpe.



Olivia Tharpe plays Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Titania?
Olivia Tharpe: Titania is Queen of the Fairies. She is very regal. She has a boy; she told a mortal human mother than she would take care of the boy. Oberon, King of the Fairies, also wants the child, so the audience sees them fighting in one of the first scenes.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
O.T.: I like history, so I really like exploring the languages of the past.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
O.T.: To be on Broadway in Sweeney Todd.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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, June 25, 2013

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Kathleen Loftus.



Kathleen Loftus plays Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Francis Flute?
Kathleen Loftus: Francis doesn't like acting that much, but he does it because he doesn't have a very good job. He plays Thisbe in Pyramus and Thisbe, the mini-play, but he doesn't want to play a woman.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
K.L.: I like Shakespeare because it's very well thought out and very funny and original.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
K.L.: I'm a big Doctor Who fan, so if I got to travel with the Doctor that would be a dream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.


In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Caroline Loftus.



Caroline Loftus plays Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Bottom?
Caroline Loftus: Bottom is part of a group called the mechanicals, a troupe of working-class actors. Bottom is essentially a diva. He wants to play the main part, and he's stupid and off in his own little world. He gets his head turned into a donkey's head, and the Queen of the Fairies, Titania, falls in love with him. He has a pretty interesting time during the play.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
C.L.: I love the language and the puns and plays on words. A lot of people don't think of Shakespeare as funny, but once you get to know it it's hilarious.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
C.L.: I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, so my dream could true would be to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.

In the Wings: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Meet Alec Friedman.



Alec Friedman plays Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Who is Oberon?
Alec Friedman: Oberon is King of the Fairies. He is often manipulative, he'll do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He puts a love potion on Titania to get a changeling.

Q: Why do you like Shakespeare?
A.F.: It's so well thought out. Every word is chosen perfectly.

Q: What would be a dream come true for you?
A.F.: I've got to say driving in a '65 Mustang across the country. That would be fun.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or 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.