Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 25 - Cleaning the Workshop and the Booth

Volunteers are needed at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon as we do a major clean-up of the workshop.

Also, the booth in the historic Monon Depot Theatre will be cleaned, with lighting and sound equipment being organized.

No special skills are required. We're looking for folks with strong backs and eager spirits to assist us with this much-needed project!

Bagels, coffee and orange juice will be provided.

See you at the theatre this Saturday!


Share Your Thoughts: 8


The staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's "8" took place last night at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

It was followed by a question-and –answer session between the audience, the cast and a panel.

Did you attend the staged reading of "8"? What did you think about the characters, the plot and the dialogue? What were some of the high points? What will you remember about the reading?


The next staged reading will be Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Parke" on December 16.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Announcing the cast of A Christmas Story: The Musical


Director Steve Koehler has announced the cast of "A Christmas Story: The Musical," the holiday show in the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"A Christmas Story: The Musical" will be performed Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in Lafayette. The Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. To purchase your ticket in advance, call 765-423-7529.

The cast includes:

* Jean - Bob Mindrum
* Mother - Cathy Russell
* The Old Man - Eric Francis
* Ralphie - Rudy Ahlersmeyer
* Randy - Leo Crampton
* Schwartz - Matthew Roberts
* Flick - James Koehler
* Miss Shields - Debra John
* Santa - Rick Siler
* Skut Farkus - Ryan Tucker
* Dill - Charlie Long
* Ensemble - Mollie Koehler, Darby Bigelow, Emma Painter, Joy Bosma, Nolen Manning, Morgan DesEnfants, Seth Jacobsen, Sydney Anderson, Dylan Richards, Timothy Lewis, James Bartu, Christopher Fulk, Cody Walker, Jordan Southwood, Kyle Borcz, Faith Smith, Cindy Konyk, Andrea Yough, Ce-Ce Furtner, Kelly Levans, Candace  Borcz, Stephanie Bosma, Heather Holley, Cassandra Wood, Elizabeth Webb, Katie Dunnuck, Tori Rosa

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner and many others.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Staged Reading Series: 8 on Oct. 21





















The second staged reading of the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series is Dustin Lance Black's "8." It will be Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in 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, a panel, the cast and the director.

Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. "8" – a new play by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) – demystifies the debate about marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, (now Hollingsworth v. Perry). Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California's Prop 8 and first-hand interviews, "8" shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.

Lori Portner directs the cast, which includes Ted Hingst, Will Ellis, Kate Martin, Abri Dennis, Amy Crampton, Mona Bapat, Ryan Tucker, Leo Crampton, Allen Banning, Kyle Borcz, Candace Borcz, Carrie Francis, Christopher Fulk, Cody Walker, Cresta Cates, Greg Seiters, Lisa Bittles, Mike Smith and Steve Martin.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Opening Night: The Dixie Swim Club. Production photos.






Thanks to Steve Scherer for taking these production photos of "The Dixie Swim Club," the second show of the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Dixie Swim Club" opens tonight, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday, Nov. 1. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under. Call 765-423-7529 or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to learn about ticket availability and to order your tickets.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Preview Night: The Dixie Swim Club. Video preview on YouTube.


Tonight, Oct. 16, is preview night for "The Dixie Swim Club," the second show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show opens tomorrow, Oct. 17 will run through Saturday, Nov. 1 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.

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


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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In the Wings: The Dixie Swim Club. Meet Amy Long.



Amy Long plays Lexie Richards in "The Dixie Swim Club," the second show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Dixie Swim Club" will run Friday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 1 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: How would you describe Lexie?
Amy Long: She is youthful, voluptuous, flirtatious and she seeks attention.

Question: What does Lexie want?
A.L.: Lexie is terrified of aging. She wants to hang onto her youth for as long as she can. She's been through two or three divorces, and that's not stopping her. She's going to plow through as many men as she can. She loves the attention.

Question: What is nice about being in an all-woman group?
A.L.: I love being part of a smaller group where we all get a chance to connect with one another. It's a close, warm dynamic that I'm really enjoying.

Question: Imagine you and your real-life female friends got together for a weekend. Where would you go and what would you do?
A.L.: We would go Captiva Island near Fort Myers, Florida. I have a special spot in my heart for that beach. We would buy all kinds of bottles of wine and we drink and we talk, and we drink and we talk. We cry a little bit, we hug, we talk some more, and then we drink some more.

In the Wings: The Dixie Swim Club. Meet Jane Hoaks.



Jane Hoaks plays Jeri Neal McFeeley in "The Dixie Swim Club," the second show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Dixie Swim Club" will run Friday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 1 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: How would you describe Jeri Neal?
Jane Hoaks: She is perky, clueless and optimistic.

Question: What does Jeri Neal want?
J.H.: Jeri Neal wants to leave the convent behind, become a mother and experience the things that she has so far denied herself.

Question: What is nice about being in an all-woman group?
J.H.: It's the sharing of life's moments and being able to relate to each other's individual experiences. We can build upon them and incorporate them, to use some of theirs and mine, meld them together.

Question: Imagine you and your real-life female friends got together for a weekend. Where would you go and what would you do?
J.H.: We would relive all the good times and bad times we've had together. We would commiserate and learn about what we've done in the intervening times. We would go someplace quiet. My best friend and I are planning a trip to the Outer Banks.

In the Wings: The Dixie Swim Club. Meet Cindy Modlin Adams.



Cindy Modlin Adams plays Sheree Hollinger in "The Dixie Swim Club," the second show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Dixie Swim Club" will run Friday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 1 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: How would you describe Sheree?
Cindy Modlin Adams: She is a perfectionist, a leader and a little tight-assed.

Question: What does Sheree want?
C.M.A.: Sheree is trying to continue her perfect life. It's organized and everyone follows her directions.

Question: What is nice about being in an all-woman group?
C.M.A.: I like the female support roles. I grew up with two other sisters, so it is very comfortable being in this cast.

Question: Imagine you and your real-life female friends got together for a weekend. Where would you go and what would you do?
C.M.A.: We would go to the beach and drink.

In the Wings: The Dixie Swim Club. Meet Stephanie Bosma.



Stephanie Bosma plays Dinah Grayson in "The Dixie Swim Club," the second show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Dixie Swim Club" will run Friday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 1 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: How would you describe Dinah?
Stephanie Bosma: She's aggressive, high-powered and driven. She has come to the top of the law field, as a woman, in the late 1970s and she did it on her own.

Question: What does Dinah want?
S.B.: She is looking to put her work behind her while on vacation with some of her old pals from college. When she gets back to her regular life, she will go non-stop and probably not think much about herself, but about her career. She lets go a little bit on vacation, but she's still aggressive and driven among her friends, but that's what they're used to. She can leave most of her work behind and drink martinis all day.

Question: What is nice about being in an all-woman group?
S.B.: The cast is extremely talented and fun. They're very diverse in age and experience, and in the characters they play. I really enjoy having a cast of women because we can be who we are with each other as we may not be otherwise.

Question: Imagine you and your real-life female friends got together for a weekend. Where would you go and what would you do?
S.B.: We go to the beach, we sit in the sun and drink tasty cold beverages and talk about whatever we want, letting it all hang out, with no cares to the rest of the world.