Monday, April 27, 2015

Announcing the plays in the 2015 10-Minute Play Festival


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

* Do You Have the Time? by Shane Guenin
* Fascination! by Timothy Lewis
* Fault or No Fault by Scott Haan
* Fun House Debt by Craig Martin
* Gluten Free: The 10-Minute Musical by Julie Doan
* O.B.O. by Steve Martin
* Once upon a Time by Laurie Russell
* The Philopatry of Swallows by Michelle Bonora

An announcement of audition locations and times will be made soon.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Season tickets at Civic Theatre: Like seeing 1 show for free

Season tickets are now available for the 2015-2016 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Not only do they ensure that patrons will have a seat for all performances – musicals, comedies, dramas alike – but they also make money go further.

Single-show tickets for the 2015-2016 MainStage productions will be $19 for adults, $16 for seniors and $11 for youth. A patron who purchases 5 single-show tickets would spend $95 (adult), $80 (senior) or $11 (youth) to see the complete season.

Season tickets, however, are only $76 for adults, $64 for seniors and $44 for youth – which is comparable to seeing 5 shows for the cost of 4.

Season tickets at Civic Theatre make a lot of sense for several reasons. Order yours today by calling 765-423-7529.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Announcing the cast of The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.


Director Julie Doan has announced the cast of "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.," the fifth and final staged reading in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It was written by local playwright Steve Martin and is receiving its world premiere.

The staged reading of "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V." will be 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event.

The cast includes:

* Compère - Martin Fernandez
* Benny V. - Bill Ross
* Timothy/Chef Rosa/Vincente - Drake Meed
* Claire/Reina/Jin - Brittany Barnes
* Eva/Gloria/Greta - Jane Hoaks
* Violetta Izugarria/Ashanti - Juanita Crider
* Mia/Molly - Alexa Conn
* Walt/Narrator - Bill Knapp

"The highlight of forty-year-old Benny V.'s day is eating his microwaved dinner and falling asleep at 8 p.m. in his apartment 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 out comfort zone affects our lives."


Monday, April 20, 2015

Announcing the cast of "Approaching Zanzibar"


Director Steve Martin has announced the cast of Tina Howe's "Approaching Zanzibar," the fourth staged reading in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The staged reading of "Approaching Zanzibar" will be 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event.

The cast includes:

* Wallace Blossom - Kyle Borcz
* Charlotte Blossom - Laura Whitcombe
* Turner Blossom - Liam Kelley
* Pony Blossom - Isabella Zollner
* Randy Wands/Scotty Childs - Mark Callaway
* Palace St. John/Dr. Sybil Wren - Marylin Howland Ross
* Fletcher St. John/Amy Childs - Seth Jacobsen
* Joy Childs/Dalia Paz - Mona Bapat
* Olivia Childs - Cassandra Clark
* Narrator - Beth Butram

This play by the author of "Pride's Crossing," among others, follows the Blossom family as they travel cross country to see Aunt Olivia, who has cancer. She is a renowned environmental artist who creates enormous sculptures out of kites. The family camps along the way, having various adventures and meeting relatives and strangers. When they arrive in Taos, New Mexico, Olivia is fading in and out of reality, or is she?


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Share Your Thoughts: Monster in the Closet


Now that "Monster is the Closet" has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What were your thoughts on the set? The costumes? The characters and plot? What will you remember most about the show?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Opening night: Monster in the Closet. Production photos.










Tonight is opening night for "Monster in the Closet," the fourth and final production in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette!

Shows run tonight, April 17 through Sunday, April 19 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Call 765-423-7529 or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to learn about ticket availability for all 3 performances.

We hope you enjoy these photos by Kris Kazmierczak.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Announcing auditions: The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.


Director Julie Doan has announced audition information for "The Subtle, Sublime Transformation of Benny V.", the fifth and final staged reading in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is receiving its world premiere. It was written by Steve Martin.

"The highlight of forty-year-old Benny V.'s day is eating his microwaved dinner and falling asleep at 8 p.m. in his apartment 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 out comfort zone affects our lives."

Auditions will be Tuesday, April 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Julie is looking to cast 3 men, 3 women and 1 girl for the following roles:

* Compère - male, any age. The master of ceremonies. He is a showman whose emotions can sway in extremes.

* Benny V. - male, 40 years old. A writer at a media firm. He is withdrawn, not from boredom but from lack of knowledge.

* Thomas - male, early 50s. One of Benny V.'s coworkers at the firm. He likes alcohol a lot.

* Claire - female, early 20s. Another of Benny V.'s coworkers. She likes fashion a lot.

* Eva - female, mid-60s. Benny V.'s, Thomas' and Claire's boss. She is decisive, intelligent and burnt out. She likes to think about retirement a lot.

* Mia - female, 8. One of the attendees at the art museum exhibit. She is very ordered and methodical. She knows things and shares them with Benny V.

* Violetta Izugarria - African-American female, late 30s to early 40s. An artist and teacher. She is confident in her skills, expressive and does not suffer fools. She loves life and sparks Benny V.'s interest in it.

* Gloria - female, early 60s. A participant in Chef Rosa's cooking class. She is careful with everyone's feelings and believes there's good in everything. Played by the actor who plays Eva.

* Chef Rosa - male, early 50s. A chef/restaurateur. He is passionate about cooking. Played by the actor who plays Thomas.

* Walt - male, 50s. A flightseeing guide in Talkeetna, Alaska. He is a dreamer who has been forced to become a realist. He can be sullen, poetic, irritable and empathetic. Played by the actor who plays Compère.

* Molly - female, 8. A participant at the star party and Reina's daughter. She is chaotic, loud, very intelligent, selfish and can push boundaries. Played by the actor who plays Mia.

* Reina - female, late 20s. An organizer of the star party and Molly's mother. She is in love with nature, but also can be very scientific and precise. Played by the actor who plays Claire.

* Greta - female, late 50s. Benny V.'s German tutor from Germany. Played by the actor who plays Eva.

* Ashanti - female, early 40s. Benny V.'s Swahili tutor from Kenya. Played by the actor who plays Violetta Izugarria.

* Vincente - male, late 40s. Benny V.'s Italian tutor from Italy. Played by the actor who plays Thomas.

* Jin - female, late 20s. Benny V.'s Japanese tutor from Japan. Played by the actor who plays Claire.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In the Wings: Monster in the Closet. Meet Chris Fulk.



Chris Fulk plays Murray in Angela D. Stewart's "Monster in the Closet," the fourth and final production in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs April 17-19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: What do you like about Murray?
Chris Fulk: He's weird and quirky. He's afraid of kids and he likes video games, so he's different from all the other monsters.

Q: Why did you try out for "Monster in the Closet"?
C.F.: This is the last show I could do here before I go off to college. I've worked with Laurie Russell before; she's a good director and leader.

Q: What are your favorite memories of being in Civic shows?
C.F.: Just doing all the shows. They're always really good, and they've been really fun.

Q: What do you think the audience will like the most about the show?
C.F.: Probably the costumes. They're really good.

Q: The characters think there are monsters in the closet that will scare them. What do you think would be a fun place to scare someone?
C.F.: An old, run-down house.

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: Monster in the Closet. Meet Hope Quattrocki.



Hope Quattrocki plays the Dream Queen in Angela D. Stewart's "Monster in the Closet," the fourth and final production in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs April 17-19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: What is fun about the Dream Queen?
Hope Quattrocki: I like how she doesn't have to respond to anyone. What she says goes, and that's it. There's no one that can question her, so that's a lot of fun. She's just mean, and that also is a lot of fun to play on stage.

Q: Why did you try out for "Monster in the Closet"?
H.Q.: This is my last opportunity to do a Civic Youth Theatre show, and I've had so many fantastic memories here. Also, Laurie Russell is the director.

Q.: What are some of your favorite memories you'll have of Civic?
H.Q.: "The Beverly Hillbillies" was a great experience for me. It was a lot of fun. It pushed my boundaries of being an actor and I really enjoyed that. I feel I grew a lot. Also, I'll have memories of being at rehearsals, interacting with people who share the same passion. There's nothing like Civic Youth Theatre, getting to act with people that enjoy it just as much as you do. There's nothing better than that.

Q: What do you think the audience will like the most about the show?
H.Q.: It's just a fun show. I think it can appeal to everyone: for very young kids as well adults. I think everyone will get something out of it.

Q: The characters think there are monsters in the closet that will scare them. What do you think would be a fun place to scare someone?
H.Q.: That really scary old hotel off I-65. For my film literature class, we filmed a short movie there. We called it "Babyface Killer," and one by one we were all killed off.

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: Monster in the Closet. Meet Kevin Bayley.



Kevin Bayley plays Toady in Angela D. Stewart's "Monster in the Closet," the fourth and final production in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs April 17-19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: What is fun about Toady?
Kevin Bayley: He's very passive and he will bend to the Dream Queen's will very easily. It's fun to play: to cringe and be absolutely loyal yet terrified of the queen.

Q: Why did you try out for "Monster in the Closet"?
K.B.: I saw that Laurie Russell was directing it, and I wanted to work with her one more time. She is clear cut, she knows what she wants and she doesn't waver in her direction of the show. I crave that artistic direction.

Q.: What are some of your favorite memories you'll have of Civic?
K.B.: The friendships, all the people I've met. My time here has been a wonderful experience. Also, you grow as a person when you have to portray other people. You learn about yourself. I value that.

Q: What do you think the audience will like the most about the show?
K.B.: They will enjoy the talent and skill displayed by the younger actors. It's not every day you get to see younger kids expressing themselves in a setting like this.

Q: The characters think there are monsters in the closet that will scare them. What do you think would be a fun place to scare someone?
K.B.: The dentist's office or the surgeon's table. Because once a person is tied down and can't go anywhere, you're free to do with them as you please.

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: Monster in the Closet. Meet Clara Sands.



Clara Sands plays Robin, one of the sprites, in Angela D. Stewart's "Monster in the Closet," the fourth and final production in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs April 17-19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: What is fun about Robin?
Clara Sands: What I think is neat about Robin is she has glow-in-the-dark stuff all around her body. I think it's pretty cool.

Q: Why did you try out for "Monster in the Closet"?
C.S.: I tried out for "Monster in the Closet" because I thought it might be cool to have a part in a monster play. I like monsters a lot. My favorite monster in the show is Murray because he's so clumsy. He reminds me of Clumsy Smurf.

Q: What do you think the audience will like the most about the show?
C.S.: I think the audience will like most how Tom comes and yells at his sister and they fight, and how the Mom does jams when she's vacuuming and bumps into Nathan.

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: Monster in the Closet. Meet Jaliel Thomas.



Jaliel Thomas plays Jamie, the head sprite, in Angela D. Stewart's "Monster in the Closet," the fourth and final production in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs April 17-19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: What is fun about Jamie?
Jaliel Thomas: Sprites live in the woods and have glow all over them. I like camping, so I like this part.

Q: Why did you try out for "Monster in the Closet"?
J.T.: I want to be a real actor, and it's fun. The most fun things are the glow, having friends and playing games before practice.

Q: What do you think the audience will like most about the show?
J.T.: When the Mom is dancing, the dream weavers, and when the girls catch the monsters. They're fussing and talking at the same time. I like that part.

Q: The characters think there are monsters in the closet that will scare them. What do you think would be a fun place to scare someone?
J.T.: In a museum with creepy statues standing. You don't know if they're alive or not alive, or if they are real statues.

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, April 4, 2015

Announcing auditions: Approaching Zanzibar


Director Steve Martin has announced audition information for Tina Howe's "Approaching Zanzibar," the fourth staged reading in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

This play by the author of "Pride's Crossing," among others, follows the Blossom family as they travel cross country to see Aunt Olivia, who has cancer. She is a renowned environmental artist who creates enormous sculptures out of kites. The family camps along the way, having various adventures and meeting relatives and strangers. When they arrive in Taos, New Mexico, Olivia is fading in and out of reality, or is she?

Auditions will be 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 12 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, which is available to be checked out from the Civic Theatre office. Steve is looking to cast 4 women, 1 girl, 2 boys and 2 men for the following roles:

* Wallace Blossom, a composer, age 49, male
* Charlotte Blossom, his wife, age 45, female
* Turner Blossom, their son, a prodigy, age 12, male
* Pony Blossom, their nearsighted daughter, age 9, female
* Randy Wands, a new father, age 43, male
* Palace St. John, a hearty grandmother, age 63, female
* Fletcher St. John, her deaf grandson, age 11, male
* Scotty Childs, Charlotte's brother, a landscape architect, age 48, male
* Joy Childs, his new wife, an African-American TV newscaster who's seven months pregnant, age 28, female
* Amy Childs, his athletic daughter, played by a boy, age 11, female
* Dalia Paz, Olivia's Mexican nurse, age 28, female
* Olivia Childs, Charlotte's and Scotty's aunt, an eminent site-specific artist, age 81, female
* Dr. Sybil Wren, Olivia's doctor, with a severe limp, 60s, female


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Announcing the 2015-2016 season


Steven Koehler, managing director of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, announced the 2015-2016 season during the second annual Season Announcement Party on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

There are 5 MainStage shows, 4 Civic Youth Theatre shows and 5 staged readings. The season schedule is:

* The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church by Bo Wilson, Sept. 11-26, 2015. MainStage season.

* The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey, Sept. 15, 2015. Staged reading season.

* And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank by James Still, Oct. 9-11, 2015. Civic Youth Theatre season.

* Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley, Nov. 6-21, 2015. MainStage season.

* An Evening of Poe: Two Stories in Drama Form by Arliss Jeffries, Nov. 10, 2015. Staged reading season.

* A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Dec. 4-13, 2015. Civic Youth Theatre season.

* The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, Jan. 22-Feb. 6, 2016. MainStage season.

* In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, Jan. 26, 2016. Staged reading season.

* Stuart Little by Joseph Robinette, Feb. 19-21, 2016. Civic Youth Theatre season.

* Anything Goes music and lyrics by Cole Porter,  book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, March 4-13, 2016. MainStage season.

* World Premiere Staged Reading, to be announced, March 8, 2016. Staged reading season.

* The Hundred Dresses by Mary Hall Surface, based on the book by Eleanor Estes, April 8-10, 2016. Civic Youth Theatre season.

* Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. May 6-21, 2016. MainStage season.

* Living Out by Lisa Loomer, May 10, 2016. Staged reading season.

There will be individual posts for each show in the near future.

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.