Sunday, March 15, 2015

Share Your Thoughts: "Oliver!"


Now that "Oliver!' has closed, share your thoughts on the production.

What did you think about the story? Or the music and lyrics? The design? The performances? The directing?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Save the Date: 2015-2016 Season Launch Party on April 1

It's time to announce the plays and musicals that will be performed during the 2015-2016 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette!

The Season Launch Party will be Wednesday, April 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette. Light snacks and entertainment will be provided. Everyone is welcome!

The Season Launch Party will be the first time shows in the 2015-2016 MainStage season, the Civic Youth Theatre season and the Staged Readings season will be made public.

See you at the theatre on April 1!

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.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Announcing the cast of "Escanaba in da Moonlight"


Director Steve Becker has announced the cast of Jeff Daniels' "Escanaba in da Moonlight," the fifth and final show of the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"Escanaba in da Moonlight" will be performed Friday, May 8 through Saturday, May 23 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street, the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

The cast includes:

* Albert Soady - Allen Banning
* Reuben Soady - Andrew Meyer
* Remnar Soady - Ryan Ferrell
* Jimmer - Rick Siler
* Ranger Tom - Ted Malone

When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family's Upper Peninsula camp, thirty-five-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, "Escanaba in da Moonlight" spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Announcing the cast of "Monster in the Closet"


Director Laurie Russell has announced the cast of Angela D. Stewart's "Monster in the Closet," the fourth and final show in the 2014-2015 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

"Monster in the Closet" will be performed Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, 320 N. 5th Street, the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

The cast includes:

* Emily - Erin Locke
* Tom - Sam Haston
* Mom - Mary Jane Loftus
* Stephanie - Morgan DesEnfants
* Brain - Mary Dewell
* Megan - Sofia Alge
* Tara - Emma Painter
* Kelly - Maggie Pearl
* Mary - Mia Burgett
* Nathan - Xander Haan
* Murray - Chris Fulk
* Wanda - Sydney Anderson
* Toady - Kevin Bayley
* Dream Queen - Hope Quattrocki
* Sandman - Basim Hussain
* Robin - Clara Sands
* Jamie - Jaliel Thomas


Emily has a big problem. Not only is she sent to bed just as she reaches the highest level of her new video game, but there's a monster in her closet! It's not just her imagination. Her friend Stephanie saw it, too. Suffering the teasing of her brother and his friends, Emily and Stephanie recruit some of their own friends to help capture the monster. What they don't know is that Murray, the closet monster, doesn't mean any harm - he only wants to play Emily's new video game. He's too scared of kids to even think about trying to frighten them. Murray's boss, the Dream Queen, has heard about his goofing off on the job, and now Murray is on probation. Murray's supervisor, fellow monster Wanda, is not happy with him either.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In the Wings: "Oliver!" Meet Leo Crampton.



Leo Crampton plays Oliver Twist in Oliver!, the fourth show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs March 6-7 and March 13-15 at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th Street. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Oliver Twist and what is he like?
Leo Crampton: He is a really poor workhouse boy. He feeds on gruel, he's half-starved and he has the guts to stand for more when the kids around him are afraid they would be hanged if they do that. He eventually is sold for five pounds to an undertaker.

Q: What do you like about Oliver Twist?
L.C.: He is very brave. He runs away, he dares to ask for more, he stands up to villains and more.

Q: What do you wish audiences could know about the rehearsal process?
L.C.: Everyone is having a lot of fun as we run the show.

Q: "Oliver!" is based on Charles Dickens' novel. What novel do you wish were made into a musical?
L.C.: Dickens is a very good author, so one of his other novels might be very good.

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: "Oliver!" Meet Craig Martin.



Craig Martin plays Fagin in Oliver!, the fourth show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs March 6-7 and March 13-15 at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th Street. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Fagin and what is he like?
Craig Martin: Fagin is trying to stay alive. He's a crafty fellow who has found a way to get by using young kids to thieve for him, but in a semi-innocent way. He provides a better home for them than they might find on the streets. He's looking to maintain and maybe find a better course for his life.

Q: What do you like about Fagin?
C.M.: He's full of life and energy, and all of the foibles of mankind. He knows he's doing the wrong thing at certain times, yet he revels in it. He takes adventure from it and finds it interesting and fun, yet he also feels guilty for what he's done. He struggles throughout the show to do the right thing or to do what gets him by.

Q: What do you wish audiences knew about the rehearsals for the show?
C.M.: It's painstaking and takes time to play everything out, but it's a lot of fun to take energy from these younger performers.

Q: "Oliver!" is based on Charles Dickens' novel. What novel do you wish were made into a musical?
C.M.: "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving. It's very Dickensian and there are a lot of bizarre features and elements. It would take a really creative, wild mind to pull it 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: "Oliver!" Meet Kate Martin.



Kate Martin plays Nancy in Oliver!, the fourth show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs March 6-7 and March 13-15 at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th Street. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Who is Nancy and what is she like?
Kate Martin: Nancy considers Fagin, Bill Sykes, Bet and the boys as her family. She is like a big sister or mother figure for these boys. She likes to see them as often as she can.

Q: What do you like about Nancy?
K.M.: Her views change. In the beginning, she knows she's a thief and she's poor. She's resigned to her life with Bill. Eventually, what is important in life changes for her, including protecting Oliver. She questions if it's right to throw a little kid into that kind of life when he has another option. She sticks to her morals and she's loyal to the people she loves.

Q: What do you wish audiences knew about the rehearsals for the show?
K.M.: Rehearsals have been kind of strange. We had been segregated into smaller groups. The kids get to hang out the whole time, but the adults don't see each other a lot. When we put the whole thing together, we see everyone in their scenes. Working with the kids is fantastic, they are so thrilled about being on stage and it's so fun to watch.

Q: "Oliver!" is based on Charles Dickens' novel. What novel do you wish were made into a musical?
K.M.: I want to say "Pride and Prejudice," but I think there's a musical already although it could be done better. Anything by Jane Austen would be great.

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: "Oliver!" Meet Emily Hoffmann-Noll.



Emily Hoffmann-Noll plays a workhouse child in Oliver!, the fourth show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs March 6-7 and March 13-15 at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th Street. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Why did you audition for "Oliver!"?
Emily Hoffmann-Noll: I really like acting. I've acted in school plays and church plays. For my school play, I was a frog. For my church play, I was Mary.

Q: What is fun about being in the show?
E. H.-N.: All of it. I get to do stuff that I don't usually get to do.

Q: "Oliver!" is based on Charles Dickens' novel. What novel do you wish were made into a musical?
E. H.-N.: Harry Potter number three. It's my favorite book.

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.

Monday, March 2, 2015

In the Wings: "Oliver!" Meet Erin Irvin.



Erin Irvin plays the Rose Seller and is in the adult ensemble in Oliver!, the fourth show in the 2014-2015 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The show runs March 6-7 and March 13-15 at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th Street. You can purchase tickets by visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com or calling 765-423-7529.

Question: Why did you audition for "Oliver!"?
Erin Irvin: I love the show, to begin with. This has been my first free semester; I'm studying veterinary technology and it's been very hard coursework and a very full schedule. I finally had free time to try out.

Q: What is fun about being in the show?
E.I.: The cast is super fun. I think the show is funny, and there are some roles that can be interpreted in several ways. It's fun to watch people be creative in ways that I never would have thought of.

Q: What do you wish audiences could know about the show?
E.I.: Kate Walker is an excellent director and doing her best. You can tell her passion for the show is coming through. I wish audiences could see how the cast is developing their characters since we started rehearsal.

Q: "Oliver!" is based on Charles Dickens' novel. What novel do you wish were made into a musical?
E.I.: "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis would be neat as a musical. It's a more Christian-based story, and it would be really cool with awesome songs out of it.

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.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Share Your Thoughts: "Retreat!"


Now that "Retreat!" has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about it? What are your thoughts about the performances? The story and plot? The design? What were the standout moments?

"Oliver!" will be the next production of the 2014-2015 season.