Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Announcing auditions: Good People


Director Richard Rand has announced audition information for Good People, the fourth staged reading of the 2013-2014 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the script.

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Auditions will be Wednesday, December 11 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors will be asked to read from the script, which is available to be checked out from the office.

The staged reading of Good People will be Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

It is a Pay What You Can event, and it will be followed immediately by a question-and-answer session between the cast, the director and the audience.

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, October 28, 2013

Announcing auditions: Next Fall


Director Brent Wick has announced audition information for Next Fall, the third staged reading of the 2013-2014 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Geoffrey Nauffts wrote the script.

Geoffrey Nauffts' Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to.

Auditions will be Sunday, Nov. 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors will be asked to read from the script, which is available to be checked out from the office.

The staged reading of Next Fall will be Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

It is a Pay What You Can event, and it will be followed immediately by a question-and-answer session between the cast, the director and the audience.

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, October 23, 2013

Share Your Thoughts: The Sleeper


The staged reading of The Sleeper by Catherine Butterfield took place last night at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette with 41 people in attendance.

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

Did you attend the staged reading of The Sleeper? What did you think about the characters, the plot and 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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Announcing auditions: Bus Stop


Directors Steve Martin and Neil Radtke have announced audition information for Bus Stop, the third MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. William Inge wrote the script.

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.

Steve and Neil seek to cast five (5) men and three (3) women to portray the following roles:

* Grace, owner of the diner. She is in her early to mid 40s.
* Elma, waitress at the diner. Middle to late teens.
* Will, the local sheriff. Late 40s to early 50s.
* Dr. Lyman, a college philosophy professor. Early to mid 50s.
* Cherie, a nightclub singer. Late teens to early 20s.
* Bo, a brash cowboy. Early 20s.
* Virgil, an older cowboy. Mid to late 40s.
* Carl, the bus driver. Mid to late 40s.

Auditions will be Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3-5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 4 from 7-9 p.m. at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors will be asked to read from the script. Actors auditioning for the role of Cherie will be asked to sing 16 bars of a 1950s song without accompaniment. The actor who plays Virgil must be able to play or learn to play guitar.

Actors are encouraged to read the full script before auditions. It can be checked out from the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors are asked to arrive as early as possible to the start time and stay for as much of the two hours as possible. Please bring a calendar to note availability for rehearsals as well as conflicts. Rehearsals will be Sundays, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Bus Stop will be performed Friday, January 17 through Saturday, February 1 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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 Review is In: Witness for the Prosecution


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

You can read the review here.

Witness for the Prosecution opens the second of its three-weekend run Friday, October 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – 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 and $10 for youth age 18 and under. To order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit 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.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Opening Night: Witness for the Prosecution. Production photos.










Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos of Witness for the Prosecution, the second production of the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Witness for the Prosecution opens tonight, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., and runs through Sunday, Nov. 2. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street - 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. To purchase tickets, call 765-423-7529 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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Civic Theatre on YouTube: Witness for the Prosecution


The following preview of Witness for the Prosecution, the second show of the 2013-2014 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.


Witness for the Prosecution opens tomorrow, Friday, October 18 and runs through Saturday, November 2 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – 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 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. To purchase tickets, call 765-423-7529 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.

The Staged Reading Series: The Sleeper on Oct. 22









The second staged reading of the 2013-2014 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is The Sleeper by Catherine Butterfield.

Kyle Borcz directs the cast, which includes Michelle Bonora, Andy Meyer, Beth Butram, Lyle Janney, Heather Bungard-Janney and Cassie Hutts.

The staged reading of The Sleeper will be Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event; general admission tickets are available the night of the staged reading.

There will be a question-and-answer session between the audience, the director and the cast immediately following.

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, October 16, 2013

In the Wings: Witness for the Prosecution. Preview on jconline.com


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

You can read the preview here.

Witness for the Prosecution opens Friday, October 18 and runs through Saturday, November 2 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – 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.

Announcing the cast of The Sleeper


Director Kyle Borcz has announced the cast of The Sleeper, the second staged reading of the 2013-2014 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Catherine Butterfield wrote the script.

The cast includes:

Gretchen - Michelle Bonora
Matthew - Andy Meyer
Vivian - Beth Butram
Bill - Lyle Janney
The Therapist - Heather Bungard-Janney
The Expert - Cassie Hutts
The Toystore Salesman - Kyle Borcz

A suburban "security mom," shell-shocked by the new post-9/11 reality, finds herself irresistibly drawn to her son's tutor, a handsome young man with political leanings far different from her own. Her "awakening" leads to a bizarre series of events that blow the lid off her previously sheltered existence and change the lives of all around her. A dark and slightly zany comedy.

The staged reading of The Sleeper will be Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette - the corner of 5th Street and North Street. 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.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Support Civic Theatre at Ben's Soft Pretzels on Saturday, October 19


Ben's Soft Pretzels will be supporting Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 19. The company will donate 25% of its sales that day to the organization!

Ben's Soft Pretzels is located on Wabash Landing, next to Cold Stone Creamery. Its hours on Saturday are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The first 100 customers on Oct. 19 also will receive a free t-shirt, and when they wear it into the store through the rest of 2013 and all of 2014, they can get a Buy 1, Get 1 free pretzel deal.

Support Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette and enjoy one of Greater Lafayette's newest eateries Saturday, Oct. 19. See you at Ben's Soft Pretzels!

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: Witness for the Prosecution. Meet Emily Mroczkiewicz.



Emily Mroczkiewicz plays the other woman in Witness for the Prosecution, the second MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Agatha Christie wrote the script.

Question: Why did you audition for Witness for the Prosecution?
Emily Mroczkiewicz: I receive the emails about auditions for Civic Theatre, but I had never gone. This story seemed very interesting, so I couldn't not try.

Q: What is your favorite mystery?
E.M.: The genre is new to me. Witness for the Prosecution is my favorite so far.

Witness for the Prosecution opens Friday, October 18 and runs through Saturday, November 2 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, 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. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. 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, October 14, 2013

In the Wings: Witness for the Prosecution. Meet Sheriff Almakki.



Sheriff Almakki plays the court usher/clerk in Witness for the Prosecution, the second MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Agatha Christie wrote the script.

Question: Why did you audition for Witness for the Prosecution?
Sheriff Almakki: Lori Portner, the director, approached me and said the show is going to be awesome. I've worked with several people before: Bill Knapp, the stage manager; Amy Long, who plays Romaine; and Timothy Devery, who plays Leonard Vole, all were in Arcadia with me. So there are great cast members, a terrific director and a wonderful show.

Q: What is the court usher/clerk like?
S.A.: He keeps a vague amount of order in the courtroom and lets people know what's going on.

Q: What is your favorite mystery?
S.A.: The original Clue, the movie with Tim Curry.

Witness for the Prosecution opens Friday, October 18 and runs through Saturday, November 2 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, 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. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. 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: Witness for the Prosecution. Meet Thomas Losey.



Thomas Losey plays Dr. Wyatt in Witness for the Prosecution, the second MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Agatha Christie wrote the script.

Question: Why did you audition for Witness for the Prosecution?
Thomas Losey: It's Agatha Christie – anything she writes is awesome. It's another chance to work with great actors and crew, and I've never worked before with the director, Lori Portner. I'm really enjoying doing this.

Q: Who is Dr. Wyatt? What is he like?
T.L.: He is the medical examiner. He is a bit pompous, and he thinks he is smarter than everyone in the room, even the lawyers. He has no problem portraying that to them.

Q: What is your favorite mystery?
T.L.: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, which is another Agatha Christie murder mystery.

Witness for the Prosecution opens Friday, October 18 and runs through Saturday, November 2 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, 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. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. 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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play


Director Steven Koehler has announced audition information for It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the Holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian wrote the script, based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Join the citizens of Bedford Falls in this traditional live radio broadcast style show. Complete with commercials, jingles, live sound effects, George and Mary Bailey, Mr. Potter and all the characters we have grown to love in this Frank Capra classic tale. Celebrate the holidays with the heartwarming tale of redemption and realize that it truly is "A Wonderful Life."

Auditions will be Sunday, October 27 and Monday, October 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the stage of the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors will be asked to read from the script and possibly sing a short Christmas carol. Callbacks, if needed, will be Tuesday, October 29.

Actors are encouraged to read the full script before auditions. It can be checked out from the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors are asked to arrive as early as possible for one of the two evenings and stay for as much of the two hours as needed.

Steven seeks at least seven (7) men, three (3) women, two (2) boys and two (2) girls.

It's a Wonderful Life will be performed Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street - on 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. College and high school students with valid ID can learn about Rush ticket availability before each show by following @LafayetteCivic on Twitter.

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, October 11, 2013

In the Wings: Witness for the Prosecution. Meet Rick Siler.



Rick Siler plays Mr. Mayhew in Witness for the Prosecution, the second MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Agatha Christie wrote the script.

Question: Why did you audition for Witness for the Prosecution?
Rick Siler: I hadn't done anything in a long time. I auditioned for this specifically because I'm usually typecast as middle-aged and fatherly. But this is a courtroom drama, and I always wanted to be a lawyer.

Q: Who is Mr. Mayhew? What is he like?
R.S.: He is a solicitor. He is no-nonsense, studious and very organized. He has all his paperwork in his satchel.

Q: What is your favorite mystery?
R.S.: When I was a young man I was hooked on Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. And a lot of my favorites also happen on trains.

Witness for the Prosecution opens Friday, October 18 and runs through Saturday, November 2 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, 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. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. 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.