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.

In the Wings: Disney's Aladdin Jr. Meet Gavin Duffy.



Gavin Duffy plays Jafar 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?
Gavin Duffy: My mom saw a post on Facebook the day of auditions. She asked me if I wanted to try out, and I said, "I'm already kind of busy, mom." But she started pulling out the music, and I thought, "Sure, why not. If I don't get a part, it's not going to hurt." I have seen the movie before, and I have it on VHS.

Question: What makes Jafar the villain?
G.D.: He's working against Aladdin. He wants to be the number one guy. In his quest for world domination, he's just mean.

Question: What will an audience love about this show?
G.D.: There's a lot of hidden comedy where people wouldn't expect it. Jafar doesn't have much of that, but there are mood swings he goes through.

Question: If you could trade roles with anyone, who would it be and why?
G.D.: I would trade with Aaron Walker, who plays the Genie. The role is very funny. If I had the ability to be that comic with the audience, I would have a hard time not laughing.

Question: Imagine you come across a pile of junk and on top is an old, beaten-up lamp. What do you do?
G.D.: I would probably look around, see if there are any booby traps – like Indiana Jones, I mean, you never know – and then rub it three times to see if it's magic.

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.