Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Staged Reading Series: Circle Mirror Transformation on Sept. 2






 

The first staged reading of the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series is Annie Baker's "Circle Mirror Transformation." It will be Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at 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. It will be immediately followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director.

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The play is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Kate Martin directs the cast, which includes Cresta Cates, Julia Colby, Steve Martin, Amelia Newlin and Neil Radtke.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Opening Night: The Importance of Being Earnest. Video preview on YouTube.


Tonight, Aug. 29, is opening night for Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

It will run through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette - the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Steve Scherer created a video preview of the production. Director Kyle Borcz provides commentary.

You can view the video here on Civic Theatre's YouTube channel.

Opening Night: The Importance of Being Earnest. Preview on jconline.com


Tonight, Aug. 29, is opening night for Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show of the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

It runs through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette - the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

A preview of the show now appears on jconline.com, the website of the Journal & Courier, Greater Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Andrew Meyer.




Andrew Meyer plays Jack Worthing in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: What does Jack Worthing want at the start of the play?
Andrew Meyer: He wants to marry Gwendolen. They flirt quite a bit, and his friend Algernon Moncrieff thinks doing so is atrocious.

Question: What is funny about the play?
A.M.: I love the style it's written in. I love how Wilde will set up a joke in Act I, but will not give you the punch line until Act III.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
A.M.: Spending quality time with another person and not caring who or what else is going on in the world.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Timothy Devery.



Timothy Devery plays Algernon Moncrieff in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Algernon Moncrieff?
Timothy Devery: Algernon is an upstanding British gentleman. He wants to have fun and enjoy life. He doesn't take anything seriously except bunburying.

Question: What is funny about the play?
T.D.: This show was written so that it feels like an inside joke. Everyone speaks in such a manner that's so roundabout and humorous.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Rod Dimmick.



Rod Dimmick plays Dr. Chasuble in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Dr. Chasuble?
Rod Dimmick: He is the canonical influence in the script. He's also, without wanting to admit it, in love with Miss Prism.

Question: What is funny about the play?
R.D.: It pokes fun at everything rich society does. It doesn't matter what era it is, everyone's foibles are the same.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
R.D.: When you do things for other people, especially out of love, that's romantic. You take your time to think of special ways to show people you love them with all your heart.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Tamzin Malone.



Tamzin Malone plays Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Lady Bracknell?
Tamzin Malone: She is Lord Bracknell's wife, Gwendolen's mother and Algernon's aunt. She is completely interested in social prominence. She wants it for herself, her daughter, and her nephew if it's convenient.

Question: What is funny about the play?
T.M.: The lines are funny. It's a farce. Lady Bracknell is making fun of herself and doesn't know it, which is always a hoot.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
T.M.: Walks on the beach. Piña coladas. Getting caught in the rain.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet E. Linda Jeffries.



E. Linda Jeffries plays Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Miss Prism?
E. Linda Jeffries: She is Cecily's governess and a very important person in Jack's story.

Question: What is funny about the play?
E.L.J.: I love the play on words. It's marvelously creative, it's fun and it's easier to memorize than I thought it would be.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
E.L.J.: I've made it 49-and-a-half years in a marriage that no one thought would make it. People tried to talk us out of getting married; they did not think we would suit.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Timothy Lewis.



Timothy Lewis plays Merriman in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Merriman?
Timothy Lewis: Merriman is the head butler at Jack's estate. He is a no-nonsense butler and is very protective of Cecily.

Question: What is funny about the play?
T.L.: The relationships. Oscar Wilde knew a lot about humanity, how people interact and social status.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
T.L.: Being able to spend time at home with family to relax.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Jacob Linson.



Jacob Linson plays Lane in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Lane?
Jacob Linson: Lane is Algernon's butler. He is underappreciated, stressed-out and exasperated.

Question: What is funny about the play?
J.L.: The funniest part is the banter between Algy and Jack. It's very dry, very British humor.

Question: This play is also a romance. What do you find romantic?
J.L: Romance is knowing the person who you are wanting to woo. It's paying attention, finding their quirks.

Monday, August 25, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Kayla Haley.



Kayla Haley plays Gwendolen Fairfax in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Gwendolen?
Kayla Hayley: She is an aristocrat, the daughter of Lady Bracknell. She is in love with who she thinks is Ernest Worthing, but it's actually Jack Worthing. She either is throwing herself at Jack or sitting quietly because her mother is in the room.

Question: What is funny about the play?
K.H.: I've always loved this play. My favorite scene is between Jack, Algernon and the muffins. It's very funny.

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet Citt Mabbitt.



Citt Mabbitt plays Cecily Cardew in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Cecily?
Citt Mabbitt: She is Jack's ward. She wants to meets Ernest, who is Jack's imaginary brother. She likes that Ernest is a mystery man.

Question: What is funny about the play?
C.M.: The interaction between Jack and Algernon. They have such terrific chemistry. There also are situations in Act I that become jokes in Act III.

Q: This play also is a romance. What do you find romantic?
C.M.: Thinking about somebody else before yourself and knowing what makes them happy.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In the Wings: The Importance of Being Earnest. Meet the director, Kyle Borcz.



Kyle Borcz directs Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the first show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will run Friday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th street in downtown Lafayette - the corner of 5th Street and North Street.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Where is the beginning of the play set?
Kyle Borcz: It's set in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat. Algernon is setting up for an evening with his aunt, Lady Bracknell, and his cousin, Gwendolyn. His friend, Jack, comes over and the plot begins to unfurl.

Q: Why did you want to direct this play?
K.B.: It's such a breezy, happy and fun way to spend an evening. The wit is amazing, and we're finding wordplay and little phrases repeated throughout the script. There's a great sense of playfulness in the writing.

Q: This play also is romantic. What do you find romantic?
K.B.: I'm a homebody by nature, so being at home and cuddling under a blanket is a nice night for me.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Announcing auditions: The Dixie Swim Club


Director Susan Kisinger has announced auditions for "The Dixie Swim Club," written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooden. It is the second show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Five southern women who were college swim teammates meet one long weekend every August in the same beach cottage in North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The show focuses on four of those weekends, and spans a period of thirty-three years. The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five unforgettable women - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

Auditions will be Sunday, August 24 from 6-8 p.m. and Monday, August 25 from 7-9 p.m. at Oakland High School – 611 S. 21st Street in Lafayette. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Everyone is asked to stay as long as possible at the auditions.

Susan seeks to cast 5 women. The characters are:

* Sheree Hollinger: practical, supportive and a fount of boundless energy.
* Dinah Grayson: a wise-cracking cynic and a lawyer at a prestigious firm.
* Lexie Richards: vain, youth-obsessed and has her plastic surgeon on speed dial.
* Jeri Neal McFeeley: perky, naïve and sees the positive side of everything.
* Vernadette Simms: the definition of a "hard-luck case," self-deprecating.

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, August 11, 2014

Announcing auditions: A Wrinkle in Time


Director Lori Portner has announced auditions for "A Wrinkle in Time," based on Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Medal-winning novel. It is the first show in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Auditions will be Sunday, August 17 and Monday, August 18, by appointment only at Oakland High School – 611 S. 21st Street in Lafayette. Those auditioning will be asked to sign up for one of the hour-long appointment blocks. There will be 10 people auditioning per hour block and everyone will be required to remain the entire hour. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script and should wear comfortable clothing to allow for the movement part of the audition.

Block times are:

* Sunday, August 17, 5-6 p.m.
* Sunday, August 17, 6-7 p.m.
* Sunday, August 17, 7-8 p.m.
* Monday, August 18, 6-7 p.m.
* Monday, August 18, 7-8 p.m.

Lori seeks to cast youth between the ages of 10-18 - 5 boys, 6 girls and 5 either boy or girl. Characters are:

* Meg Murry, 12 years old. Stubborn and strong-willed.
* Charles Wallace Murry, 5 years old. Extraordinarily intelligent.
* Calvin O'Keefe, 14 years old. Bright, athletic, friendly and open-minded.
* Mrs. Murry, adult. A scientist and a loving mother.
* Mrs. Whatsit, a celestial being who explains things to the children.
* Mrs. Who, a celestial being who uses quotations from famous writers and thinkers.
* Mrs. Which, the leader of the celestial beings.
* Aunt Beast, a loving creature with an inner goodness.
* Man with the Red Eyes, a man who has been taken over by IT.
* IT, a disembodied living brain that controls thought and action.
* Mr. Murry, adult. A physicist and a loving father.
* Actors 1-5. Narrators of the action.

The show will run Sept. 26-28 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre at 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette – the corner of 5th Street and North Street. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. For more information, call 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.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Save the Date: August 17 - Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Picnic

It's time to celebrate all the volunteers who made the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette such a success – audience members, designers, actors, directors, producers, backstage crew, booth crew, patrons and sponsors … everyone!

Civic Theatre's annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Picnic will begin Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park, 200 Battle Ground Ave., Battle Ground, IN, 47920.

All attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please also consider bringing your own seating, as the picnic shelter seats only 40 people. Paper products, drinks and the main dish will be provided.

Did you attend any of last season's MainStage, CYT, holiday or staged reading performances? You're invited!

Did you participate in any of last season's MainStage, CYT, holiday or staged reading performances? You're invited!

Are you interested in attending or participating in any of this season's MainStage, CYT, holiday or staged reading performances? You're invited, too!

Here are some photos from the picnic after the 2012-2013 season.













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.