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LCT Announces Interim Executive Director

desjarlais-tom-bwThe Board of Directors for La Crosse Community Theatre is pleased to announce that Tom Desjarlais has graciously accepted the post of interim executive director.  The search for a new executive director will take some time.  Rather than rush, the board determined that with the right person willing to temporarily lead LCT, the search process can be careful, thoughtful and result in the highest quality candidates.

Tom Desjarlais has been been a strong supporter of LCT for many years, in addition to being a familiar face on the stage, Tom has been a committed volunteer working in a variety of positions and a dedicated patron.

We are grateful for his undertaking of the challenge.  Tom will work closely with outgoing executive director, until David Kilpatrick leaves.  Then Tom will take over full-time effective May 8.

Thank you, Tom.

LCT’s Announces Powerhouse Musical “Titanic”

La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, April 24, 2017 for Titanic: The Musical. Performances begin May 12, 2017, and continue through Sunday, May 28, 2017. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with 1,500 souls aboard in one of the worst maritime disasters in history. This powerhouse musical, winner of the 1997 Tony Award, chronicles the true stories of the people who sailed on the fateful ship. It is a tribute to their hopes for a brighter future and the grand dream that was Titanic.

LCT’s Executive Director David Kilpatrick serves as the production’s Director in what will be his final production at LCT. Kilpatrick will be joining Des Moines Community Playhouse as their Executive Director.

“It has been an honor to be part of LCT for these past 7 seasons. I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be able to be direct this grand production with its incredible music and to have the finest A-level talent involved as cast, crew, musicians, and designers.  Thank you for the privilege,” Kilpatrick said of his final production with LCT.

This production also features musical direction by Matt Salvo, choreography by Robert Jones, set design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Michael Ranscht, and stage management by Molly Brueske.

The performers are Jennifer Burchell, Katya Carter, Tom Desjarlais, Dennis Dorman, Josh Fisher, Cody Flick, Brianna Frost, James Gilbertson, Anna Jansson, Allan Johnson, Robert Jones, Alli Langer, Madelyn Mikshowsky, Brian Murphy, Matthew Olson, Grace Riness, Brittany Schilla, Aidan Smerud, Nicholas Springer, Angi Tamke, Bradley Weber, Lynn Marie West, and Matt Wudi.

“What is particularly theatrical about this production is the story. Although the ship was epic in scale, the individual stories are what is important. This cast is working so hard to bring famous and not-so famous people to life,” said Kilpatrick.

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2017-2018 Season Announced

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La Crosse, WI- 03/20/17- La Crosse Community Theatre announced its 2017-2018 season on March 18 at its annual Patron Gala Fundraiser.
“Our main focus in selecting shows for this coming season was to create opportunities for everyone in the community to get involved,” said David Kilpatrick, LCT’s Executive Director. “Our productions will offer great roles for men and women of varying ages. Even children will have a chance to stand in the limelight.”
The 2017-2018 season has 9 shows, including 3 musicals and 2 special offerings in the Veterans Studio Theatre. The season includes a mixture of LCT debuts and familiar classics.
The season opens with The Music Man, with music, books, and lyrics by Meredith Willson. It’s the sweet family story of a music salesman who comes to Iowa to sell instruments for a boys’ band, but ends up buying the heart of the town.
The fall show will be Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, And Then There Were None. Ten strangers are trapped on an island: one by one, they are accused of murder. One by one, they start to die!
LCT is starting a new tradition with its holiday production, A Christmas Story. The play was written by Philip Grecian. Based on the beloved film, A Christmas Story is Jean Shepherd’s nostalgic look back at his childhood holidays in Indiana. Many families have made watching the film a custom during the Christmas season. LCT has decided to support that tradition by letting our volunteers bring the story to life every few years onstage.
Back by popular demand, LCT will also reprise The Santaland Diaries during the holiday season. Written by nationally known comedian David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello, The Santaland Diaries will star LCT actor and storyteller, Michael Scott. Like last year, this production will be in collaboration with The Pump House Regional Arts Center, with performances held at the Pump House and in the Weber Center’s Veterans Studio Theatre. The show opens at the Pump House on Black Friday and is still for mature elves only.
In January, LCT will present a musical for the first time in the Veterans Studio Theatre. I Do! I Do! features a charming score with songs a about life, love, and the follies of marriage. The book and lyrics are by Tom Jones and music is by Harvey Schmidt.
Next in LCT’s season will be Calendar Girls, the true story of eleven friends who bared it all to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. It’s based on the movie by the same name with the story by Tim Firth.
LCT’s final musical of the season will be Cabaret, with book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. While the rising tensions of the Third Reich may make the citizens of Berlin question their relationships, inside the Kit Kat Klub, everything is beautiful! Come hear the music play!
Once again LCT will close out the season with a Theatre for Youth show. Based on the book by Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby traces Ramona’s tumultuous passage through third grade and her discovery that life is not always fair.
Finally, LCT’s children’s touring show will be Miss Electricity, by Kathryn Walat. It’s the story of a young girl named Violet who longs to be special. When she gets hit by lightning, twice, she learns that being special is a matter of what’s inside, not what happens outside. This production will travel to area schools, bringing theatre to young audiences throughout the Coulee Region. There will also be performances in the Veterans Studio Theatre.
“The variety of our 2017-2018 season shows will create special theatre experiences for everyone,” said Kilpatrick.
For you own copy of the season announcement, click here.

La Crosse Community Theatre Gala is Streamed Live Tonight

Gala 2017 -webRecognizing that not everyone can attend our 2017-2018 Patron Gala, we are offering a Live Stream of the event.  Starting at 6:30pm CST, you can enjoy the induction into the Hall of Fame and the announcement of our 2017-2018 Season.  We thank you in advance for your support of LCT!Hall of Fame logo

For Live Stream, click here.

If you would like to make a donation to La Crosse Community Theatre and be recognized during the gala, please click here.

ENJOY!

LCT Announces Cast for musical “Titanic”

TitanicLCT is excited to announce the cast for the 2016-17 season musical Titanic which opens Friday, May 12 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until May 28.  Tickets go on sale to the public April 24, 2017.  For more information about the production, click here.  For the the complete cast list, click here.

LCT Announces the Inaugural Class for the Hall of Fame at 2017 Patron Gala Fundraiser

LCT-granite-logo-3-smLa Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the first class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

“Although the Patron Gala Fundraiser is a special opportunity to share LCT with the community,” reported David Kilpatrick, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre, “this year we are especially thrilled to show our appreciation to a group who were significant in the creation of La Crosse Community Theatre.”

As founders of LCT, the following are to be honored as the first class of the new La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame: Sally Cremer, Donald and Barbara Frank, Colleen Kavanaugh, Al Saterbak and Julia Steinke Saterbak, Michael Thompson, Marilyn (Bruha) Wood, and The La Crosse Tribune. Each one played a vital role in establishing La Crosse Community Theatre as permanent fixture in the arts offerings in the region.

Sally Cremer was the initial leader with a vision. After serving as a producer for a local production, she was encouraged to start a community theatre. She served at the first President of the Board.

Donald and Barbara Frank have been with LCT since the very first production. Donald was an actor in the first play, The Matchmaker, while Barbara worked behind the scenes on the sets and costumes. The Franks continue to be strong supporters and current season ticket holders.

Julia Steinke Saterbak, who was with LCT from the beginning, continued as LCT’s archivist until 2009. Al Saterbak joined LCT in the 1970’s, but worked so hard and did so many different things that it felt as if he had been part of LCT from the start.

Colleen Kavanuagh was also in the first production, The Matchmaker. She continued to be a part of LCT as a performer, backstage volunteer, and director until 2009.

Michael Thompson was the first full-time managing director, serving La Crosse Community Theatre from 1964 to 1968.

Marilyn Wood was the choreographer for LCT for three decades. She shared her talent and time while running a dance academy in La Crosse.

Finally, the La Crosse Tribune has been involved with LCT since the first article ran in 1963. They continue to help LCT tell its stories and share all that makes LCT special as a community theatre.

These nine inductees represent the major activities involved in creating a show: the directors, performers, backstage technicians, administrators, season ticket holders, patron donors, and supportive businesses. La Crosse Community Theatre exists because these individuals had a vision 55 years ago and worked tirelessly to make that vision a reality.

In future years, individuals will be added to the LCT Hall of Fame annually. Current members of the Hall of Fame will participate in the process of recognizing those whose contributions to the community theatre spanned seasons and provided sustainability.

La Crosse Community Theatre is grateful for the dedication that all of this year’s inductees have shown.

Tickets to the gala are available online or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.

Peter and the Wolf Cast List

LCT Circle WhiteOn March 16, La Crosse Community Theatre and La Crosse Symphony are collaborating to present Peter and the Wolf for area 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The event is usually taped and presented on television by WXOW (LCT sponsor) so hopefully you will be able to see their work.  We appreciate everyone who came out to audition.  For the complete cast list, click here.

New Hall of Fame and Season Announced at Patron Gala Fundraiser

Gala 2017 -webLa Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the inaugural class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Weber Centers. In addition to the Hall of Fame, LCT will announce its 2017-2018 season with brief samples from upcoming productions.

“The Annual Gala Fundraiser is always a special opportunity to share LCT with the community,” reported David Kilpatrick, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre. “The excitement that surrounds what’s coming next season, combined with the fun and socializing between volunteers, patrons, and staff make for an exceptional event. This year, we are especially thrilled to show our appreciation to special individuals by honoring those who were absolutely vital to the beginning of La Crosse Community Theatre. We are here today, because they imagined it 54 years ago!”

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour featuring live music from the ensemble, “Under Paris Skies.” Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a glass of champagne will be served, with additional drinks available for purchase at the bar. At 7:00 p.m. the presentation will begin. It will include the announcement of the Hall of Fame inaugural class, the volunteers of the year, and the 2017-2018 season. Attendees will also enjoy musical numbers from both our current and upcoming season. Dessert will follow the presentation.

In addition to celebrating LCT’s productions and volunteers, guests will have the opportunity to show their support of the theatre. A live auction will send several people home with special prize packages. LCT will also announce the winners of the Viking River Cruise Raffle. The grand prize of the raffle is an 8-day European river cruise made available by Viking Cruises and Travel Leaders/Goli’s Avenues of Travel. The second-place prize is a pair of Lyche Theatre Package season tickets for LCT’s 2017-2018 season. Raffle tickets are available starting February 24 from Travel Leaders/Goli’s Avenues of Travel or by calling the LCT box office.

VIP tickets are $50 and include entry to the social hour and presentation, desserts, and a $25 patron donation. Presentation only tickets are $25 and include desserts. Tickets to the gala are available now, click here, or call the box office at 608-784-9292.

Auditions for Epic Musical “Titanic” Announced

TitanicLa Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, Titanic, on March 13 and 14, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

Titanic will be directed by LCT executive director, David Kilpatrick. Auditions are open for ages 16 and up. There are 22 roles available for men and women. First-time auditionees are welcome–no experience necessary. Auditionees are asked to prepare thirty seconds of singing and be dressed to move.

In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with 1,500 souls aboard in one of the worst maritime disasters in history. This powerhouse musical, winner of the 1997 Tony Award, chronicles the true stories of the people who sailed on the fateful ship. It is a tribute to their hopes for a brighter future and the grand dream that was Titanic.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, May 12-28, 2017. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, March 17, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be Friday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

For more information about the production, click here.

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