Friday, November 28, 2014

Announcing auditions: "Retreat!"


Director Aaron Newton has announced auditions for Retreat!, the third show of the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Civic Theatre veteran Neil Radtke wrote the script.

Julia has unexpectedly been put in charge of her first company retreat and is desperate for things to go perfectly. Unfortunately, her hopes for a smooth week are dashed almost as soon as the first guests arrive. An angry boss, a conceited employee, and a strictly prohibited office romance are just the beginning of Julia's problems. Throw in the mysterious death of one of the guests and Julia finds herself facing a nightmare. The police are called, questions are answered and revelations are made that lead to a shocking conclusion that nobody could see coming.

Auditions will be Sunday, December 14 and Monday, December 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors will be asked to read from the script, which is available to check out from the office.

Aaron seeks to cast 13 roles: 8 female, 4 male and 1 flexible:

* Julia (f) - Eager young girl new to her job

* Ms. Clifton (f) - Peppy, enthusiastic and confident

* Mr. Jenkins (m) - Company boss, rule enforcer

* Wade (m) - Quick thinking and confident

* Emily (f) - Timid and easily worried

* Ms. Clackinack (f) - Bitter employee who is not a team player

* Alex (m) - Sarcastic and fun loving

* Nicole (f) - Compassionate

* Jillian (f) - Extremely gullible and a bit slow on the uptake.

* Josie (f) - Overly flirtatious and romantic

* Detective Schwartz (m or f) - A "by the book" detective who has years of experience

* Rosco (f) - Serious and easily annoyed

* Malbert (m) - Goofy, simple free spirit

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: "Time Stands Still"


Director Michelle Bonora has announced auditions for Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still, the fourth staged reading of the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Time Stands Still focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

Auditions will be Sunday, December 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Actors will be asked to read from the script, which is available to check out from the office.

Michelle seeks to cast 2 adult women and 2 adult men for the following roles:

* Sarah Goodwin, mid 30s-early 40s, a photojournalist

* James Dodd, late 30s-early 40s, a freelance journalist

* Richard Ehrlich, 50s, a photo editor

* Mandy Bloom, 25, an event planner

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 24, 2014

Announcing the cast of The Children's Hour

Director Kate Martin has announced the cast of Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour," the third show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Children's Hour" will run Friday, January 16 to Saturday, January 31, 2015 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.

The cast includes:

* Martha Dobie - Michelle Bonora
* Karen Wright - Hannah Linson
* Dr. Joseph Cardin - Neil Radtke
* Mrs. Amelia Tilford - Mary Anne Cecil
* Mrs. Lily Mortar - Tamzin Malone
* Agatha - Mona Bapat
* Mary Tilford - Ingrid Lund-Mikkelsen
* Rosalie Wells - Celia Pardillo-Lopez
* Peggy Rogers - Nicole Johal
* Evelyn Munn - Indigo Witt
* Catherine - Maggie Taul
* Lois Fisher - Anneliese Givan
* Helen Burton - Melia Givan
* Grocery Boy - Aaron Walker

"The Children's Hour" is a serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.

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 13, 2014

In the Wings: Disney's Aladdin Jr. Photos of the cast and crew.








































The Civic Youth Theatre production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. opens tomorrow, November 14 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The entire 3-show run has sold out! Thank you to our wonderful audiences. The next Civic Youth Theatre show will be Neil Radtke's Retreat! in February 2015

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Announcing the world premiere in the 2014-2015 staged reading series: The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.

During the staged reading series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, at least one script by a local playwright is selected for a world premiere. The script chosen for the 2014-2015 season is The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V. by Steve Martin.

The highlight of 40-year-old Benny V.'s day is eating his microwaved dinner before falling asleep at 8 p.m. in his apartment that is decorated with old college dormitory furniture. Then a mysterious invitation leads Benny V. on a journey that connects him with new people, places and experiences. The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V. looks at how we engage the world and how going outside our comfort zone affects our lives.

The staged reading will be Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. It will be a Pay What You Can event followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience, director, actors and playwright.

Other scripts by local playwrights that have received a world premiere during the eight-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
* 2013-2014: To Tread Among Serpents by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

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 9, 2014

In the Wings: Disney's Aladdin Jr. Meet Erin Locke.



Erin Locke plays Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin Jr., the second show in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Tickets for all three performances of Disney's Aladdin Jr. are sold out. A Pay What You Can preview will be Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Question: Why did you try out for Disney's Aladdin Jr.? Had you seen the movie before?
Erin Locke: I heard about auditions back in May. Jasmine is my favorite character because has a personality that is different from most Disney princesses. She's heroic and a good role model.

Question: What makes Jasmine heroic?
E.L.: Jasmine sticks up for people, she's good to everyone. She's genuine.

Question: What will an audience love about this show?
E.L.: I think everyone will love the music. It's Aladdin, so everyone knows the songs and they can sing along with the show.

Question: If you could trade roles with anyone, who would it be and why?
E.L.: I would trade with Rachel Cooper, who plays Iago. He's a pretty cool character, and it's who I would like to be if I hadn't been cast as Jasmine. Iago gets to flutter around.

Question: Imagine you come across a pile of junk and on top is an old, beaten-up lamp. What do you do?
E.L.: I would probably look at it, be very concerned as to what it's doing there, and then pick it up and rub it. You never know what you're going to find.

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: Disney's Aladdin Jr. Meet Aaron Walker.



Aaron Walker plays Genie in Disney's Aladdin Jr., the second show in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Tickets for all three performances of Disney's Aladdin Jr. are sold out. A Pay What You Can preview will be Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Question: Why did you try out for Disney's Aladdin Jr.? Had you seen the movie before?
Aaron Walker: I auditioned because it's Aladdin. I have yet to see the movie. I've had several opportunities, but I've seen only snippets from the Broadway show and the movie.

Question: What will an audience love about this show?
A.W.: "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" are the most iconic songs from the show.

Question: If you could trade roles with anyone, who would it be and why?
A.W.: Erin Locke, who plays Jasmine. I've always wanted to play a drag role.

Question: Imagine you come across a pile of junk and on top is an old, beaten-up lamp. What do you do?
A.W.: I'd take the lamp and sell it after I wasted the wishes.

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.