Friday, April 25, 2014

Announcing the plays in the 2014 10-Minute Play Festival


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette has announced the plays that will be produced in its second annual 10-Minute Play Festival. The plays and their playwrights include:

* Answers from Ashes by Shane Guenin
* Be Right Back by Scott Haan
* The Best of Intentions by Laurie Russell
* KiKi Pineapple and Her New Best Friends Victor Mango and Inez Cupcakes Starring In: "Saving the World!" by Steve Martin
* Missing the Man by Steve Martin
* The Show Must NOT Go On! by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos
* You Don't Work Here by Evan Myers

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street - the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. This 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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Announcing the cast of The Naked Eye


Director Bill Knapp has announced the cast of The Naked Eye, the sixth and final staged reading in the 2013-2014 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Paul Rudnick wrote the script.

The cast includes:

* Nan Bemiss - Beth Butram
* Mumbali - Mona Bapat
* Alex DelFlavio - Timothy Devery
* Marcus Dowling - Rick Siler
* Kattrin Dowling - April Hawkins
* Pete Bemiss - Eric Francis
* Sissy Bemiss Darnley - Abri Geist-Dennis
* Lynette Marshall - Becky Bruni
* Narrator - Linda Kampe

Alex DelFlavio is an ambitious downtown artist who plans to include sexually explicit photographs in his uptown show to advance his career. Nan Bemiss, the wife of a Republican senator who is running for the presidency and a gallery board member, appeals to DelFlavio to remove three of his most "offensive" photographs for the opening.

The staged reading of The Naked Eye will be Tuesday, May 13 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 playwright, the cast, the director and the 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.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Announcing the cast of Mame


Director Susan Kisinger has announced the cast of Mame, the fifth and final production of the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee wrote the book and Jerry Herman wrote the music and lyrics. It is based on Patrick Dennis' 1955 novel "Auntie Mame."

The cast includes:

* Cindy Modlin Adams - Madame Branislowski, Chorus
* Will Amador - Chorus
* Connor Beaver - Older Patrick, Elevator Boy, Chorus
* Andy Bertodano - Chorus
* Lisa Bittles - Mother Burnside, Chorus
* Robert Cox - Dwight Babcock
* Rod Dimmick - Ralph Devine, Doorman, Stage Manager, Uncle Jeff
* Jackson Driggs - Chorus
* Carrie Francis - Vera Charles
* Joyce Gordon - Chorus
* Michael Greenan - Ito
* Jo Gelfand - Agnes Gooch
* Maria Guido - Gloria Upson, Chorus
* Seth Jacobsen - Peter Dennis, Chorus
* Debra John - Cousin Fan, Mrs. Upson
* Barry Kemble - Chorus
* Ariel Laukins - Chorus
* Claire Livingston - Pegeen Ryan, Chorus
* Charlie Long - Young Patrick, Elevator Boy
* Natalie Long - Chorus
* Erin McKee - Chorus
* Sean McKee - Chorus
* Maggie Pearl - Chorus
* Ralph Rohrer - M. Lindsay Woolsey, Chorus
* Steve Scherer - Leading Man, Gregor, Mr. Upson, Chorus
* Faith Schroeder-Smith - Chorus
* Larry Sommers - Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, Chorus
* Annie Stoker - Sally Cato, Chorus
* Rhonda von Werder - Mame Dennis
* Cody Walker - Junior Babcock, Messenger, Chorus
* Katie Werely-Bross - Chorus

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!

Mame will run Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11 at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th Street, Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will 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.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Share Your Thoughts: The Beverly Hillbillies


Now that The Beverly Hillbillies 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, April 11, 2014

Opening Night: The Beverly Hillbillies. Production photos.
















Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos of The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final production of the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The Beverly Hillbillies opens tonight, April 11 and runs through Sunday, April 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 $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.

Opening Night: The Beverly Hillbillies. Preview on jconline.com


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

You can read the preview here.

The Beverly Hillbillies opens tonight, April 11 and runs through Sunday, April 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 $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under. To purchase 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.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

In the Wings: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Josie Luptak.



Josie Luptak plays Mrs. Oglethorpe in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Josie Luptak: I've never gotten the chance to work with Laurie Russell, the director. I had heard really great things about her, so I wanted to do that. I also love Civic, so of course I wanted to audition.

Q: What is fun about playing your character?
J.L.: She is really funny. She thinks the Clampetts are hilarious. She also gets to be proper, which I like.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
J.L.: Full House, for sure.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Megan Beaver.



Megan Beaver plays Mrs. Pennyweather in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Megan Beaver: I haven't done a Civic show for a while. I was in the summer show at the Amphitheatre, but I haven't done a youth show this season so I thought I would audition.

Q: What is fun about playing your character?
M.B.: She is really uptight, but she also is in charge and really pushy. It's interesting to play.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
M.B.: I don't have one.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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, April 9, 2014

In the Wings: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Annie Furtner.



Annie Furtner plays Elly May in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Annie Furtner: I was in the pit orchestra for the school musical at West Side. It made me realize how much I missed being in shows, so I talked with my mom. She said, "Annie, try out for the show." It's all thanks to my mom.

Q: What is fun about your character?
A.F.: She is the kind of girl who likes to beat up people a lot. That's good, because it's fun to carry people and toss people to the ground.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
A.F.: Star Trek. I like watching it with my dad. It's really funny and awesome.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Ryan Tucker.



Ryan Tucker plays Mr. Brewster and Lieutenant Richards in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Ryan Tucker: I wanted to see what Laurie Russell is like as a director, and I looked over the script and it seemed funny.

Q: What is fun about playing your characters?
R.T.: They are two different personalities. Mr. Brewster is a Southern businessman, and Lieutenant Richards is a detective who becomes corrupt and falls in love with a hillbilly.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
R.T.: Three Stooges. My dad watches it all the time, and I kind of was forced to watch it when I was younger.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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, April 8, 2014

In the Wings: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Alysa Cline.



Alysa Cline plays Mrs. Drysdale in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Alysa Cline: I love being on stage.

Q: What is fun about your character?
A.C.: I get to be very dramatic and out there. In real life, I'm very quiet.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
A.C.: Gunsmoke, because my Uncle Bill watches it.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Sam Haston.



Sam Haston plays Colonel Foxhall in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Sam Haston: Neil Radtke, my social studies teacher, encouraged me to do it. I decided since I was going to audition for a murder mystery and other things at Klondike, I should try out for this to get experience. I'm really enjoying it.

Q: What is fun about your character?
S.H.: It's always fun to be the bad guy. It's really fun to work with Hope Quattrocki, who plays Emaline.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
S.H.: Probably The Beverly Hillbillies. It's great. I love the diverse characters.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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, April 7, 2014

In the Wings: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Madeline Roberts.



Madeline Roberts plays Cousin Pearl and Mrs. Stokely-Smith in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Madeline Roberts: My brother, Matthew Roberts, tried out. This is my first Civic Theatre show.

Q: What is fun about your characters?
M.R.: Cousin Pearl is the most "edumacated" of the Clampetts. It's fun to use her accent. Mrs. Stokely-Smith is very hoity-toity, ladylike and proper. There is a huge difference between the two.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
M.R.: The Twilight Zone. It's mysterious and different.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Axel Nielsen.



Axel Nielsen plays Mr. Drysdale in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Axel Nielsen: I want to go into acting. This is my first Civic Theatre show.

Q: What is fun about your character?
A.N.: Mr. Drysdale is a banker, so he shouts a lot. I don't shout a lot in real life, I'm usually calm.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
A.N.: Tom and Jerry. They're funny as they chase around.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

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 or to purchase tickets in advance.

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.