Friday, November 29, 2013

In the Wings: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Lizz Cohen.



Lizz Cohen plays a call letter singer and other roles in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Lizz Cohen: I love the story, it's a lot of fun to be involved with. There are a lot of exciting characters who collaborate to make it a very rich piece.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
L.C.: I like Silent Night. It's calm and soothing.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Anna Burman.



Anna Burman plays a call letter singer and other roles in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Anna Burman: I have really gained an appreciation for radio. I grew up glued to the television, so it's really cool to learn just how much you use your imagination with radio.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
A.B.: My favorite holiday song is The Holly and the Ivy.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Amelia Chesley.



Amelia Chesley plays a call letter singer, Joy and other roles in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Amelia Chesley: I've met a lot of cool people here. I've never done anything like this before.

Q: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
A.C.: I love spending time in the kitchen, making chocolate-covered everything or cooking turkey.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette

We are thankful for the wonderful volunteers who share their time and talent with Civic Theatre, whether they are on stage, behind the scenes, in the office or anywhere else.

We also are thankful for our supportive patrons, our sponsors and our audiences who share in our love of telling stories on the stage and teaching skills in the classroom.

You help us achieve our mission statement of enhancing the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities. Thank you.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In the Wings: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Heather Bungard-Janney.



Heather Bungard-Janney plays Tilly and other roles in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Heather Bungard-Janney: I really like being around everyone. Everyone in the cast is very warm, friendly and comfortable to be around. I've made friends here.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
H.B-J.: My favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells. It tops my list of all the carols I've performed over the past 20 years of choir experience.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Bob Rector.



Bob Rector plays Joseph and other roles in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Bob Rector: It's a Wonderful Life has been a family tradition for years. We all get together and watch it each year. When I heard Civic Theatre was going to produce it, I thought it would be exciting to be a part of it.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
K.B.: I like all the old, traditional Christmas carols.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Kyle Borcz.



Kyle Borcz plays George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Kyle Borcz: The fun is the challenge of it. The story covers such a wide time frame that it's fascinating to try to play that only vocally. I hope the audience will hear George age a little bit.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
K.B.: It's A Christmas Story, without fail. There is something of every family in that movie, whether you relate to Ralphie or see your Dad in the Old Man. I love the portrayal of the family, it's perfect.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Abri Dennis.



Abri Dennis is the accompanist in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Abri Dennis: I have never played the piano during a show before, and I get to play throughout this show.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
A.D.: I like "O Holy Night" because when the high note is done well, it sounds really good.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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, November 26, 2013

In the Wings: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Felicia Roberts.



Felicia Roberts plays Claire in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Felicia Roberts: Most people above a certain age know the story. I was telling an older neighbor that I was in the play. She told me that she loved so many scenes in the movie. People know the story and there is a part that they like and remember.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
F.R.: It's a Wonderful Life. It comes around every year in time for the holiday season.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Andrea S. B. Yough.



Andrea S. B. Yough plays Mary Hatch Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about playing Mary Hatch Bailey in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Andrea S. B. Yough: Mary is a very sincere character. I love playing characters that I feel are positive. She's warm and a good person, I'd like to be more like her.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
A.S.B.Y.: My favorite Christmas story is O. Henry's Gift of the Magi. I keep a copy in a Christmas decoration box to make certain I read it every year.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Arliss Jeffries.



Arliss Jeffries plays Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about playing Mr. Potter in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Arliss Jeffries: Potter is the villain, he tries to take over everything in the town. He's mean. He does lots of things that have been going on the last five years: foreclosures, buying up properties that others can't afford anymore and getting them at half price.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
A.J.: Holiday Inn. It's the black-and-white version of White Christmas. It's an honest show, far more honest than the big Technicolor version that came out just a few years later.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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, November 25, 2013

In the Wings: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Shane Guenin.



Shane Guenin is the Assistant Sound Artist in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being the Assistant Sound Artist in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Shane Guenin: It's really cool how you can make a sound so close to something real by using an everyday object, something that we've constructed. Some sounds in the show include doors opening and closing, a car crash and a train whistle.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
S.G.: I've always liked A Charlie Brown Christmas.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Kris Kazmierczak.



Kris Kazmierczak is the Sound Artist in It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Philip Grecian adapted the script based on the film directed by Frank Capra.

Question: What is fun about being the Sound Artist in this production of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play?
Kris Kazmierczak: There are more sounds that we had to come up with, and I started collecting a number of these things for old-time radio when we did The Time Machine and Dracula. This gave me an opportunity to look at more ways of doing things. It's really piqued an interest in me; I can really delve into it. This lets the audience imagine what they're hearing, to build their own picture rather than see everything on stage.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, song or movie?
K.K.: One of my favorite holiday movies is It's a Wonderful Life. People can think the little things they do every day amount to nothing, and yet they touch so many people in small ways but they never see it. Sometimes people feel so lost, but they receive support from so many people whose lives they have touched.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play runs Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 22 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

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, November 21, 2013

Announcing auditions: 13


Director Tamzin Malone has announced audition information for 13, the third production in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Emily Ohland is the music director. The book is by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, the music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown.

Auditions will be Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m. and Monday, December 16 at 6 p.m. at Oakland High School, 611 S. 21st Street in Lafayette. Auditions are by appointment only, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 to set an appointment.

Actors will be asked to sing a prepared solo, one chorus and verse of a show-appropriate song. Please do not select a song from the show.

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 trouble maker 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.

13 will be performed Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.

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, November 20, 2013

Volunteer Call-Out: Costume shop clean-up on Nov. 23 and 24.


Have you wanted to help Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette by volunteering for a short period of time, but didn't know how to get involved?

We have an opportunity for you Saturday, November 23 and/or Sunday, November 24 with the Costume Shop Clean-Up, Part II. It will be held right beside the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

The Clean-Up will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. To learn more, call Civic's office at 765-423-7529.

Civic needs volunteers to sort through thousands of costumes and move them to temporary storage. We will be cleaning out the entire shop and repairing it as we go. Once complete, each costume piece will be cataloged and cleaned. Civic also needs volunteers with vehicles to transport the costumes.

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, November 18, 2013

Announcing the world premiere in the 2013-2014 staged reading season: To Tread Among Serpents

During the Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, a script by a local playwright is selected for a world premiere. The script chosen for the 2013-2014 season is To Tread Among Serpents by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos.

The staged reading will be Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It will be a Pay What You Can event. A question-and-answer session with the director, cast and playwright will immediately follow.

Other scripts by local playwrights that have received a world premiere during the six-year-old series include:

* 2007-2008: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray and A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan
* 2008-2009: In the Weeds by Steve Gooch
* 2009-2010: TILT by Laurie Russell* 2010-2011: Roman Cokes by Jeff Spanke
* 2011-2012: Puzzles by Laurie Russell
* 2012-2013: A Wonderful Suicide by Diane Littleton Bahler and Going Through Hell by Steve Martin

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, November 17, 2013

Share Your Thoughts: Charlotte's Web


Now that Charlotte's Web 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.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Opening Night: Charlotte's Web. Production photos.












Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos of Charlotte's Web, the second production of the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Charlotte's Web opens tonight, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, November 17. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show begins 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 $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under. Call 765-423-7529 or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to learn about ticket availability.

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.