Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Script submissions for the third annual 10-Minute Play Festival are due April 10

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is soliciting playwrights to submit previously unproduced scripts for its third annual 10-Minute Play Festival.

Up to eight scripts will be produced at the festival, June 12-13, 2015, at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

* The submission deadline is April 10, 2015.

* The scripts chosen for the festival will be announced no later than April 27, 2015.

* Only residents from the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation may submit. These counties include Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White.

* Submissions must be sent as a Word document or PDF to steve@lafayettecivic.org

* Only a full script will be considered; no synopses or dialogue samples, please.

* Submissions must include a title page with the play's title, playwright's name and contact information. The playwright's name should not appear anywhere on the script.

* The second page should include a list of characters and the setting.

* Please use standard margins and 12-point Times New Roman font.

* Plays must last no longer than 10 minutes in performance time. Please read your script aloud to determine its length; 10 pages of dialogue do not always equal 10 minutes of performance.

* There is no cost to submit a script. Playwrights are limited to submitting no more than 2 scripts.

* Probability of being selected: The festival will include no more than eight 10-minute plays.

* Contract: There are no royalties paid at this time.

* Content: No restrictions.

* Scripts with a single setting and few scenic requirements have a much stronger likelihood of being selected.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is a community theatre located in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Its home is the historic Monon Depot Theatre, which has a seating capacity of 155.

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.

Share Your Thoughts: "Clybourne Park"


The staged reading of Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park" took place last night at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. The post-show discussion was moderated by two graduate students from Purdue University, Lisa Young and Casarae Gibson.

Did you attend the staged reading of "Clybourne Park"? 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 Tina Howe's "Approaching Zanzibar" on May 12.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Summer Camp, 2015!


Civic Theatre announces 2015 summer camps
Registration starts Monday, January 26, 2015

The 2015 summer camp schedule has been released by Julie Doan, the Director of Education and Outreach for Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.  Summer camps have been a part of Civic Theatre’s activities for more than 20 years. The summer of 2014 saw record numbers of registrations.

One week camps are designed to give a solid introduction to basic theatre skills. Campers will learn, in addition to performance skills, team building, problem solving, public speaking, confidence, and several other life building skills. The fun environment will build friendships, and memories. Each of the one week camps concludes with a performance on stage for friends and family.

The Curtains Up camp is a four week intensive learning experience. Campers will learn auditions skills, vocal technique, movement and other more in depth performance skills. The will also work with the talented professional staff to rehearse and ultimately perform, The Fiddler on the Roof Junior, with sets, costumes and lighting.

Finally, the Summer Theatre Institute will give older students an opportunity to do in depth work with The Tempest by William Shakespeare. In the past, students in the summer theatre institute have learned advanced audition techniques, Alexander technique, Meissner technique and other advance acting skills. The students have also used mask making and other interactive skills to develop character and more in depth study.

Both the Curtain’s Up Camp and the Summer Theatre Institute are in need of technical crews. For more information on any of the summer camps, please contact Julie Doan, Director of Education and Outreach. 765-423-7529, Julie@lafayettecivic.org

2015 Summer Camps

What a Character!
Ages:  8-10
June 1 - 5, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $175                     Deposit: $25.00

Campers will learn techniques and games that will help them learn how to create believable characters for the stage.  The week will culminate with a performance on Friday at 12:00 showcasing skills learned for family and friends.
Build a Play
Ages:  8-12
June 8 - 12, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $175                     Deposit: $25.00

Campers will use their imaginations to develop characters and scenes as they put together their own play for performance.  The week will culminate with a performance of their unique play on Friday at 12:00 for family and friends.
Beginning On Stage
Ages:  5-7
June 15 - 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $100                   Deposit: $25.00

Campers will explore the exciting world of theatre through stories, games and crafts.  A short showcase for family and friends will be presented by campers on Friday at 12:00 p.m.

Fiddler On The Roof, Jr.
4-Week Intensive Summer Camp
Ages: 9-13
Dates:  June 29 – July 24, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Show Dates:  July 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m.; July 25 & 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Days will consist of classes in voice, movement, acting and rehearsing Fiddler On The Roof, Jr.   All camp participants will be cast in the show.  The performance will be a full-scale production with lights, sound and costumes!  After the last performance, all cast and crew members will strike the set.  Strike will be followed by good-bye party.  This camp is very popular and sells out fast.  All spots are on a first come, first served basis.
Cost:  $500                  Deposit: $100.00
Technical Crew Members Needed for Fiddler On The Roof, Jr.
Dates:  July 20 - 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and performances
Ages:  10-13

Interested in being part of the tech crew for Fiddler On The Roof, Jr. but can’t make the 4-week camp?  Please call 765-423-7529 for possible tech crew positions.  Positions include backstage crew, light and sound board operators and set construction.  There is no cost to be part of the tech crew plus you receive a free t-shirt.

The Tempest
Summer Theatre Institute at (Location TBD)
Ages 13-18                                                                                                                                                            June 1 – 19, 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tech Week                                               Performances June 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Rain Date:  June 21
Participants will receive training that will prepare them for the next step in their acting journey.  The professional staff will help the campers learn audition techniques, movement, vocal strength and acting skills that will serve them no matter what their final pursuits.  The participants will also work towards a production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Cost:  $400
Technical Crew Members Needed for The Tempest
Dates:  June 15 - 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and performances
Ages:  10-13

Interested in being part of the tech crew for The Tempest but can’t make the 3-week camp?  Please call 765-423-7529 for possible tech crew positions.  Positions include backstage crew, light and sound board operators and set construction.  There is no cost to be part of the tech crew plus you receive a free t-shirt.

Camp Details
§  Space is limited, and filled on a first come, first served basis.  Register early to assure your space.
§  You are not considered registered until full payment is received. Please contact Civic if payment arrangements are needed.  Financial Aid is available.
§  Students should bring a sack lunch and beverage - refrigeration is available.  If weather permits students will eat outside.
§  All camps will be held in an air conditioned environment except the Summer Theatre Institute which will be held both inside and outside.
§  There will be a performance every Friday for family and friends at 12:00 pm unless noted (one week camps only).  A good-bye party will follow.
§  Refunds are given only for doctor documented medical reasons.
§  An emergency contact/consent form must be completed prior to the first day of camp. 
§  Civic Theatre reserves the right to cancel any camp due to low enrollment.

§  Each camper receives a free t-shirt.

The Staged Reading Series: "Clybourne Park" on Jan. 27










The fourth staged reading of the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series is Bruce Norris' Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning "Clybourne Park." It will be performed Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 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, the director and a panel.

"Clybourne Park" explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Jolivette Anderson-Douoning directs the cast, which includes Eric Thiel, Faith Smith, Ebony Barrett-Kennedy, Cameron Bumbleburg, Bill Caise, Evan Malone, Stacy Winter and Tamzin Malone.

The Review is In: The Children's Hour


The review of Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" is on the website of the Journal & Courier, Greater Lafayette's daily newspaper. It was written by Tim Brouk.

You can read the review here.

"The Children's Hour" begins the second of its 3-weekend run tonight, Friday, Jan. 23, at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Share Your Thoughts: "Time Stands Still"


The staged reading of Donald Margulies' "Times Stands Still" took place last night at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. It was followed by a question-and-answer session between the audience, the cast and the director, Michelle Bonora.

Did you attend the staged reading of "Time Stands Still"? 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 Park" on January 27.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Staged Reading Series: "Time Stands Still" on Jan. 20



 




The third staged reading of the 2014-2015 Staged Reading Series is Donald Margulies' "Time Stands Still." It will be performed tonight, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 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.

"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.

Michelle Bonora directs the cast, which includes Amy Long, Nick Bonora, Bill Knapp, and Citt Mabbitt.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Announcing the cast of "Oliver!"


Director Kate Walker has announced the cast of "Oliver!", the fourth show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"Oliver!" will run March 6-15 at Sunnyside Middle School, 530 N. 26th Street in Lafayette. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Call 765-423-7529 or visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com to purchase them.

The cast includes:

* Oliver - Leo Crampton
* Mr. Bumble - Kyle Borcz
* Noah Claypool/Ensemble - William Amador
* Mrs. Sowerberry/Ensemble - Cecilia LeBonte
* The Artful Dodger - Aaron Walker
* Nancy - Kate Martin
* Bet - Erin Locke
* Mr. Brownlow/Ensemble - Eric Francis
* Old Sally/Ensemble - Cassandra Clark
* Widow Corney - Andrea Yough
* Charlotte/Ensemble - Ashlyn Short
* Mr. Sowerberry/Ensemble - Timothy Lewis
* Fagin - Craig Martin
* Bill Sykes - Jeff Spanke
* Mrs. Bedwin/Ensemble - Beth Butram
* Dr. Grimwig/Ensemble - Zachary Gregory
* Fagin's boys - Hunter Baldwin, Seth Jacobsen, Zohra Kazi, James Koehler, Charlie Long and Matthew Roberts
* Workhouse kids/Ensemble - Sebastian Abbey, Harry Ahlersmeyer, Meghan Hartman, Emily Hoffmann, Ann-Marie Iannone, Liam Kelley, Ashton Moffatt, Isabelle Parent, Wyatt Talbott, Treyton Watkins
* Ensemble - Peg Black, Candace Borcz, Emma Brehm, Anna Burman, Mary Anne Cecil, Katelyn Gerke, Amelia Goins, Joyce Gordon, Erin Irvin and Cindy Konyk

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.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Production photos: The Children's Hour.











Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for taking these production photos of Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour," the third show of the 2014-2015 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"The Children's Hour" opened last night, Jan. 16 and will run through Saturday, Jan. 31 at Civic Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Visit http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or call 765-423-7529 for ticket availability.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Opening Night: The Children's Hour. Video preview on YouTube.


Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" is the third show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. It opens tonight, January 16 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. It runs through Saturday, January 31.

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 Kate Martin provides commentary.


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