Monday, June 30, 2014

Announcing auditions: The Importance of Being Earnest, July 13-14.


Director Kyle Borcz has announced audition dates for The Importance of Being Earnest, the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Oscar Wilde wrote the script.

Auditions will be Sunday, July 13 and Monday, July 14 at Civic Theatre, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. People seeking to audition should arrive by 6:30 p.m. and be prepared to read from the script.

Kyle seeks to cast 5 men and 4 women for the following roles:

* John (Jack) Worthing, male in his late 20s/early 30s.

* Algernon Moncrieff, male in his mid to late 20s.

* Lady Augusta Bracknell, female in her (at least) 40s. Kyle will consider actors of either gender or any age.

* The Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax, female in her 20s. Lady Bracknell's daughter.

* Cecily Cardew, female in her late teens/early 20s. Jack's ward.

* Miss Prism, female. Cecily's governess.

* Rev. Canon Chausable, D.D., male.

* Lane, male. Algernon's manservant.

* Merriman, male. Jack's manservant.

Regular rehearsals will start Sunday, July 20 and typically will run Sunday-Thursday.

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, June 22, 2014

Share Your Thoughts: Romeo and Juliet


Now that Romeo and Juliet has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

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


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Romeo and Juliet: production photos










Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the 2014 production of Civic Theatre's Summer Theatre Institute.

Romeo and Juliet concludes its 2-performance run tonight, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater, 4449 Indiana 43, West Lafayette. Tickets are $10 per person.

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 10, 2014

Announcing the cast of Romeo and Juliet


Director Grace Lazarz has announced the cast of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2014.

The cast includes:

* Mayor Escalus/Apothecary - Kathleen Loftus
* Paris - Chris Fulk
* Mercutio - Indigo Witt
* Pastor Laurence - Omar Almakki
* Pastor John/Mrs. Montague - Nichole Johal
* Mr. Montague - Annabelle Pitt
* Romeo - Alec Friedman
* Benvolio - Lorienne Winkleman
* Balthasar - Meredith Roberts
* Abraham - Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin
* Mr. Capulet - Caroline Loftus
* Mrs. Capulet - Darian Hrdlicka
* Tybalt - Axel Nielsen
* Sampson - Crystal Yarberry
* Gregory - Maggie Pearl
* Juliet - Annie Furtner
* Nurse - Lauren Meyer
* Peter - Lauren Gustafson

Romeo and Juliet will be performed Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Park, 4449 N. State Road 43, West Lafayette.

General admission tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased the night of the show or in advance 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.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Share Your Thoughts: The Second Annual 10-Minute Play Festival.


Now that the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival has closed, share your thoughts about the world premiere productions of Answers from Ashes, Be Right Back, KiKi Pineapple and Her New Best Friends Victor Mango and Inez Cupcakes Starring in "Saving the World!", Missing the Man, The Best of Intentions, The Show Must NOT Go On!, and You Don't Work Here.

What will you remember about these plays and the festival? What are your thoughts on the performances? The stories and themes? 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, June 6, 2014

In the Wings: The 10-Minute Play Festival. Preview on jconline.com


A preview of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival appears online at www.jconline.com, the website of the Journal & Courier, Greater Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

The Festival runs tonight, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street – the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

All seven plays will be performed each night. They are Answers from Ashes by Shane Guenin, Be Right Back by Scott Haan, 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 Best of Intentions by Laurie Russell, The Show Must NOT Go On! by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, and You Don't Work Here by Evan Myers.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "You Don't Work Here." Meet Jennifer Carriere.



Jennifer Carriere plays Erin in You Don't Work Here, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Evan Myers wrote the play.

Question: What does Erin want?
Jennifer Carriere: Erin wants to kick this Josh kid out of her bar and get things back to normal.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
J.C.: It's enjoyable how quick it goes, but it's also a challenge how quick it goes and you're trying to get your character across to the audience in 10 minutes.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
J.C.: "kick someone out of a bar"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "You Don't Work Here." Meet Mike Atwell.



Mike Atwell plays Don in You Don't Work Here, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Evan Myers wrote the play.

Question: Who is Don?
Mike Atwell: Don is the sole patron in the bar. He wants to be left alone and to drink his sorrows away.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
M.A.: Trying to mime eating fried pickles and trying to determine how long a beer lasts if you're fake drinking are challenges. My character starts by asking for a beer, he gets another beer and a mixed drink, and at the end of the 10 minutes, he asks for another beer. In that time period, he's had a lot of alcoholic drinks, and he's eating fried pickles too.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
M.A.: "send an email to my Mom and tell her how much I love her"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "You Don't Work Here." Meet Ariel Laukins.



Ariel Laukins plays Bailey in You Don't Work Here, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Evan Myers wrote the play.

Question: Who is Bailey?
Ariel Laukins: Bailey is a sarcastic, 22-year-old bartender. She wants to figure out why Josh is at the bar.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
A.L.: It's a lot shorter time for rehearsals, but you get thrown into the role really fast.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
A.L.: "go online and buy tickets at LafayetteCivic.org"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "You Don't Work Here." Meet Evan Myers.


Evan Myers plays Josh in You Don't Work Here, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. He also wrote the play.

Question: Who is Josh?
Evan Myers: Josh is a character who is looking for a job because his degree he received in school didn't line up to the career choice that he realized he wanted to have.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
E.M.: What's interesting so far is portraying someone I created. Not only do I get to play the character as I envisioned him as I wrote him, but I get to hear other people's input on what the character is like. The character becomes more diverse and dynamic because I get to hear what all my friends think about him.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
E.M.: "watch '60 Minutes'"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "You Don't Work Here." Meet Scott Haan, the director.


Scott Haan directs You Don't Work Here, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Evan Myers.

Question: Why did you want to direct You Don't Work Here?
Scott Haan: It's a very funny script. It was written by a good friend of mine whom I'm very impressed by. It has a lesson that I've taken to heart myself in recent years, one that I believe in.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about directing a 10-minute play?
S.H.: The challenge is trying to tell a full story with its own life in such a short time period. It's demanding in that it seems to take as much time to prep as it takes a full-length play, in some ways. It's joyous in that it's a quick process and doesn't take that long to get through the play and find fun moments to bring to life.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
S.H.: "recite my ABC's (since I usually have trouble with that LMNOP part)"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 5, 2014

In the Wings: The 10-Minute Play Festival – "The Show Must NOT Go On!" Meet Stephanie Bosma.



Stephanie Bosma plays the Janitor in The Show Must NOT Go On!, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos.

Question: What does the Janitor do?
Stephanie Bosma: She is sweeping the backstage of the theatre, which she has taken care of for 25 years. An actor in a Shakespearean play has been hauled off the jail, so she sees this as an opportunity to make her stage debut.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
S.B.: I see no challenges at all in that way. It's quite a gift to do something this exciting.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
S.B.: "wash my kitchen island"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "The Show Must NOT Go On!" Meet Evan Malone.



Evan Malone plays Actor A in The Show Must NOT Go On!, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos.

Question: Who is Actor A? What is he like?
Evan Malone: Actor A is in a bit of a pickle. Something has happened to another actor and he needs to find a replacement in a hurry.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
E.M.: It's actually easier to be in a 10-minute play. You don't have to learn as many lines.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
E.M.: "shower"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "The Show Must NOT Go On!" Meet Alex Mullenix.



Alex Mullenix plays Actor B in The Show Must NOT Go On!, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos.

Question: Who is Actor B?
Alex Mullenix: At the beginning of the play, he's frantic much like Actor A because their play has fallen apart. They have lost a key character and they don't know what to do. They're trying to piece together a plan, or just leave.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
A.M.: The challenge is that you have to establish a character quickly and well. You don't have long spans of character development, so you have to make an impression there. You've also got to do better than all those other plays that are playing the same day.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
A.M.: "save 15 percent on my auto insurance"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival – "The Show Must NOT Go On!" Meet Tamzin Malone.



Tamzin Malone directs The Show Must NOT Go On!, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos.

Question: Why did you want to direct The Show Must NOT Go On!?
Tamzin Malone: It's an hilarious play. It's very funny. It very neatly wraps the whole thing up in ten minutes, and it has a lot of Shakespeare in it.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about directing a 10-minute play?
T.M.: You still need to present a fully rounded character even though the play is only ten minutes long. You don't have as much time to develop that on stage, so that's a challenge.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
T.M.: "blow dry my hair"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 4, 2014

In the Wings: The 10-Minute Play Festival – "The Best of Intentions." Meet Bill Knapp.



Bill Knapp plays The Clerk in The Best of Intentions, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Laurie Russell.

Question: Who is The Clerk? What is he like?
Bill Knapp: The Clerk is very sympathetic to The Man and his bad day. He's trying to check in The Man, furiously typing away as The Man tells his story. He lends a very sympathetic ear to what he's being told.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
B.K.: I didn't get to act in the festival last year. It's interesting to see how a 10-minute play works in comparison.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
B.K.: "have a cup of tea"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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 10-Minute Play Festival - "The Best of Intentions." Meet David Dietz.



David Dietz plays The Man in The Best of Intentions, one of seven plays that are part of the second annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by Laurie Russell.

Question: Who is The Man?
David Dietz: He is a guy who is having a really bad day. He walks into a hotel lobby and goes to tell the clerk all about his bad day.

Q: What is a challenge or something exciting about acting in a 10-minute play?
D.D.: It's nice with a busy schedule to not put as much time into rehearsal. You still miss some of the work that goes into preparing a show.

Q: Fill in the blank: "In the time it takes me to _____, I could watch a 10-minute play."
S.K.: "check my email"

The second annual 10-Minute Play Festival will be Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 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. All 7 plays will be performed both nights.

The festival is a Pay What You Can event, and general admission tickets will be available at the box office immediately before the event begins.

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.