Friday, December 19, 2014

Announcing the cast of "Retreat!"


Director Aaron Newton has announced the cast of Neil Radtke's "Retreat!", the third production in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"Retreat!" will run Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show will be at 2:30 p.m. To purchase your ticket, call 765-423-7529.

The cast includes:

* Julia - Kate Bangert
* Ms. Clifton - Amanda Briggs
* Mr. Jenkins - Adam El-Khalili
* Wade - Sam Haston
* Emily - Laurel Clark
* Ms. Clackinack - Maya Vanderberg
* Alex - Kevin Bayley
* Nicole - Kiersten Wood
* Jillian - Faleigh Keenoy
* Josie - Hope Quattrocki
* Detective Schwartz - Derek Frohberg
* Rosco - Lili Hode
* Malbert - Chris Fulk


Julia unexpectedly has 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 all lead to a shocking conclusion that nobody could see coming.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Announcing auditions - "Oliver!"


Director Kate Walker has announced audition information for "Oliver!" - the fourth production in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and Oliver! is just such a show. Based on the Charles Dickens novel, it will engage the audience with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. "Food, Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," "Where is Love?," "Consider Yourself," "As Long As He Needs Me," "Who Will Buy" and "Reviewing the Situation" are musical theatre classics. Dickens' characters are brought to life - perhaps larger than life - with all their facets glowing in this production.

* Kate seeks to cast several boys, girls, men and women for the production. The minimum audition age is 8.

* Auditions will be 6:30-9 p.m. on Monday, January 5 and Tuesday, January 6 at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation building, 638 North Street in downtown Lafayette.

* Everyone is asked to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and 16 bars of a musical theatre song not from the show.

* There will be a dance/movement audition as well. Please dress appropriately.

* Appointments are preferred, although not required. Please call the Civic Theatre office at 765-423-7529 to schedule your appointment.

* Callbacks, if necessary, will be Wednesday, January 7.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Share Your Thoughts: A Christmas Story, the Musical


Now that "A Christmas Story, the Musical" has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What did you think about the story? The characters? The music and lyrics? The design? What were the standout moments in the show?

The next MainStage production at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette will be Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" in January.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In the Wings: A Christmas Story, the Musical. Photos of the cast.





































"A Christmas Story - The Musical," the 2014 holiday show at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, opens Friday, December 12, and runs through Sunday, December 14 at Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette.

You can purchase tickets 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.


In the Wings: A Christmas Story, the Musical. Video preview on YouTube.


"A Christmas Story, the Musical" is the 2014 holiday show at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It runs four performances from Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14 at Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

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


You can view the video of previous productions on Civic Theatre's YouTube channel.

Monday, December 8, 2014

In the Wings: A Christmas Story, the Musical. Meet Rudy Ahlersmeyer.



Rudy Ahlersmeyer plays Ralphie in A Christmas Story, the Musical, the holiday show in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs Friday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14 at Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com.

Question: What is Ralphie like?
Rudy Ahlersmeyer: He is very persistent. He really wants a BB gun for Christmas, but he's rebuffed at every turn.

Q: Did you know the movie before you auditioned?
R.A.: Yes. It's one of my favorite Christmas movies. We always eat Chinese food while watching it. It's a very funny movie.

Q: What is your favorite part of the show?
R.A.: Probably "Ralphie to the Rescue." He imagines all these scenarios where he would need a BB gun while he tries to write his theme, imploring his teacher and parents to get him a BB gun for Christmas.

Q: Have you ever wanted a Christmas gift as much as Ralphie wants the BB gun?
R.A.: No, I haven't. I usually don't ask for anything for Christmas. I'm usually just like, "Surprise me."

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: A Christmas Story, the Musical. Meet Eric Francis.



Eric Francis plays the Old Man in A Christmas Story, the Musical, the holiday show in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs Friday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 14 at Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette. You can purchase tickets by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com.

Question: What is the Old Man like?
Eric Francis: He is all about excellence. He's a little frustrated and short-tempered, but deep down inside he's loving.

Q: Did you know the movie before you auditioned?
E.F.: I did know the movie, yes. I didn't know the musical or how difficult the singing was going to be.

Q: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
E.F.: It's a Wonderful Life. The first time I cry is when Mr. Gower, the pharmacist, hits him on his bad ear.

Q: What is the message of A Christmas Story, the Musical?
E.F.: Eye protection.

Q: What is your favorite part of the show?
E.F.: The part that touches me the most deeply is the disposal of the major award. When we were walking through it in rehearsal, I was tearing up. It's touching and reveals the soft interior of the Old Man.

Q: What was the one Christmas gift you wanted as much as Ralphie wants the BB gun?
E.F.: I wanted a Yamaha Enduro Mini Bike to deliver my newspapers, and I never got it. They were wise and never gave me that.

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.