Monday, December 23, 2013

Announcing auditions: Lost in Yonkers


Director Shannon Sabel has announced audition information for Lost in Yonkers, the fourth production in the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Neil Simon wrote the script.

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.

Shannon is looking to cast four (4) men and three (3) women. All the characters have strong Bronx accents except Grandma, who has retained her German accent. All the adult children except Louis are terrified of their mother. The ages given for the characters are specific, but the director is less interested in how old the actors are and more interested in the age they can play.

Jay: Almost 16, Jay is serious and responsible when not influenced by his puckish younger brother.

Artie: 13 1/2, Artie is what is called, in the vernacular, a wisenheimer. He uses his humor to deflect trouble.

Eddie: The boys' grieving 41-year-old father has gotten himself in financial trouble with bad people in order to pay for his dying wife's medical bills. He is reluctant to leave his boys with his tyrannical mother, but sees no alternative.

Bella: Her slight mental disability manifests itself in a sweet and loving, if childish, nature. She lives in terror that her mother will follow through with her threat to "send her to the home." Much of the second half of the play focuses on her attempts at independence from her stern mother.

Grandma Kurnitz: In her mid-70s, Grandma, while running the family's sweet shop downstairs, has a sour nature. She is dour and tyrannical, but with a dry, if not often evident, sense of humor. Owing to her harsh childhood, she has always been very intolerant of what in others she calls "weaknesses." She is blunt, sometimes even in a funny way, and always knows what is going on with the people around her. She has a thick German accent and walks with a limp.

Louis: The family black sheep, the flamboyant and jovial Louis is on the run from the mob, from whom he stole money. He is laying low at his mother's house. Louis fascinates his nephews with his wild ways, crazy humor and feeling of danger. He has a strong, mercurial nature, and a certain underlying dark side, which the kids uncover in the second act of the play. He works as a "bag-man" for the mob.

Gert: In her late 30s, Gert is so terrified of her mother that she can't breathe properly in her presence.

Auditions will be Sunday, January 5, and Monday, January 6 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Oakland High School, 611 S. 21st Street, Lafayette. Actors can check out a script from the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Lost in Yonkers will be performed Friday, February 28 through Saturday, March 15 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.

Share Your Thoughts: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play


Now that It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play 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.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Announcing the cast of Good People


Director Rich Rand has announced the cast of 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.

The cast includes:

* Margie - Chynna Fry
* Mike - Bill Knapp
* Jean - Michelle Bonora
* Dottie - E. Linda Jeffries
* Kate - Mona Bapat
* Steve - John Collier

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.

The staged reading of Good People will be Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street - 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.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Share Your Thoughts: Next Fall


The staged reading of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts 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, Brent Wick.

Did you attend the staged reading of Next Fall? 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, December 10, 2013

The Review is In: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play


The review of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play was published today on the website of the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Tim Brouk.

You can read the review here.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play opens the second of its three-weekend run Friday, December 13 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, December 6, 2013

Opening Night: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Production photos.














Thanks to Steve Scherer for taking these production photos of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play opens tonight, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, December 22. 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. Call 765-423-7529 or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to purchase 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.

Civic Theatre on YouTube: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play


The following preview of It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play, the holiday show of the 2013-2014 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.


It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play opens tonight, Friday, December 6 and runs through Sunday, December 22 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 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. To purchase tickets, call 765-423-7529 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, December 5, 2013

In the Wings: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Scott Hankins.



Scott Hankins plays Ernie 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?
Scott Hankins: This is the first production I've ever been involved in. For me, every day is something new. I can learn something from everybody.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
S.H.: In addition to It's a Wonderful Life, my favorite is Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. All my happy memories of Christmas are from childhood, and every year you get out the book or you watch the cartoon. Dr. Seuss' children's stories are really smart

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 Nathan Bechtold.



Nathan Bechtold plays Harry 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?
Nathan Bechtold: I've done this play a couple of times before. I enjoy everyone who's cast and I think we've come together well. The sound effects and the foley work, everything has come together really well. I can hear a radio production as I sit in the back of the cast.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
M.R.: My favorites have always been White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life. It's a Wonderful Life resonates a lot: we make mistakes in life and there are times we wish we could go back and make changes. To be able to look back and realize, "Well, I was important. These things mattered," it changes who you are. That's why I like it a lot.

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.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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



Matthew Roberts plays young Harry 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?
Matthew Roberts: I like performing in Civic shows, and I thought this would be one I could have fun in. In this play, you don't act it out. You go up to a microphone.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
M.R.: I like It's a Wonderful Life a lot. It's just fun to watch.

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 Teryn Azpell.



Teryn Azpell plays Janey and young Violet 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?
Teryn Azpell: It's unique from other Civic plays I've seen. There isn't a lot of interacting with other actors, everything is done through your voice.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
T.A.: I look forward to the 25 Days of Christmas on TV. We go through all the movies and we record the ones we want to watch. I like Christmas Vacation and Paul Blart: Mall Cop a lot.

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.

Announcing auditions: Good People


Director Rich 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 Wednesday, Dec. 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 – 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.

In the Wings: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Maggie Taul.



Maggie Taul plays young Mary and Zuzu 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?
Maggie Taul: This is my first production at Civic Theatre, and it's one of my favorite holiday movies. It's really fun to try to be the characters that I watch every year.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
M.T.: Every year we watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special. I grew up watching it with my family, it's a tradition.

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, December 3, 2013

In the Wings: It's a Wonderful Life, a Radio Play. Meet Ryan Tucker.



Ryan Tucker plays young George 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?
Ryan Tucker: The theatre experience and acting with everybody. It's fun to get to know new people.

Q: What is your favorite holiday book, movie or song?
R.T.: I grew up with A Christmas Story. We watch it every year, it's our family Christmas movie.

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.

The Staged Reading Series: Next Fall on Dec. 10









The third staged reading of the 2013-2014 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts.

Brent Wick leads the cast, which includes Daniel Clymer, Andrew Crow, Greg Seiters, Jane Hoaks, Laura Phillips and Cody Walker.

The staged reading of Next Fall will be Tuesday, Dec. 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; 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.