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Giving Tuesday – a Day of Thanks

img_1864Giving Tuesday (November 29th, 2016) is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving  and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. If you choose to give to La Crosse Community Theatre this season, check out our web page for volunteer and support options or click here to donate. Thank you for your support of La Crosse Community Theatre. Happy Holidays!

LCT’s Season Continues with Holiday Classic “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play”

La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets are on sale now for the retelling of a holiday classic. La Crosse Community Theatre returns to the studio as a live 1940s radio broadcast of A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play. Performances begin December 8, 2016 and continue through Sunday, December 18, 2016. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

03-a-christmas-carol-logo-webIt’s 1940 and the audience is in the studios of WBFR radio station as the Dickens masterpiece A Christmas Carol is presented as a live broadcast, complete with vintage commercials, sound effects and music! This charming take on the classic story of how three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas will leave no one saying, “Bah, Humbug!”

“Audiences always enjoy seeing how radio shows were made. And this production is particularly special for the whole family as the ghosts are created with voices and live sound effects,” said Executive Director David Kilpatrick.

Guest director April Brown returns to La Crosse Community Theatre, having previously helmed Playhouse on the Air Presents: Miracle on 34th StreetBus Stop, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This production also features musical direction by Sarah Lietzen, assisted by Michael Kruse, set and lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Brenna Gustafson, prop design by Mary Greener, sound design by Tim Harris with stage management by Ryan Brown.

The on air performers include Michael Kruse, Tom Desjarlais, Lisa K. Adams, Stacy Bruemmer, Cody Flick, Rick King Quale, Jason Rose, Joshua Swanson, Angi Tamke and Samantha White. Young performers are Georgia Galvan, Lucas Go, Owen Scott and Rachel Stuart. Studio special effects are created live by Mary Greener and Abby Kilpatrick. The always entertaining quartet includes MacKinley Bruemmer, Christine Huggett, Michael Kruse and Dominique Sicard.

April Brown is excited to do this production as “Everyone in the Western world knows this story, and it’s always fun to experience it in a different way.”

For more information, click here.

 

LCT Announces Cast List for “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play”

03-AChristmasCarol-webLCT is excited to announce the cast list for the 2016-17 season holiday show A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play  which opens Thursday, December 8 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until December 18.  Tickets go on sale to the public November 21, 2016.  For more information about the production, click here  For the the complete cast list, click here

Auditions for Holiday Show “A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play”

03-AChristmasCarol-webLa Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the holiday show, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play October 17-18, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. Open Auditions for ages 8 and up will be held Monday and Tuesday evening, and callbacks will be held on Wednesday, October 19.

First-time auditionees are welcome, with no experience necessary. There are 12 roles available for men, women and children.

La Crosse Community Theatre returns to WBFR studios as the Dickens masterpiece A Christmas Carol comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials, sound effects and music! This charming take on the holiday classic will leave no one saying, “Bah, Humbug!” as on Christmas Eve, three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, December 8-18, 2016. The cast list will be announced on the morning show of WXOW on Friday, October 21, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be Monday, October 24, at 6:30 pm, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 608-784-9292 and sign up to audition!

For more information about the production, click here

Cast List for “Peter and the Starcatcher” Announced

02-Peter-and-the-Starcatcher-webLCT is pleased to announce the cast list for the 2016-17 season fall show Peter and the Starcatcher which opens Friday, October 14, 2016 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until October 30.  Tickets go on sale to the public September 26, 2016.  For more information about the production, click here  For the the complete cast list, click here

Auditions for Special Comedy – Peter and the Starcatcher

02-Peter-and-the-Starcatcher-webLCT will hold auditions for their fall comedy, Peter and the Starcatcher August 22-23, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. Open Auditions for ages 18 and up will be held Monday and Tuesday evening, and callbacks will be held on Wednesday, August 24.

Peter and the Starcatcher will be directed by guest artist Lee Gundersheimer, who has been an acting, directing and playwriting teacher for over twenty years including for five major universities, as well as a professional director and actor and producer at many venues in NYC and around the country.

First-time auditionees are welcome, with no experience necessary. There are 12-14 roles available for men and 1 role for a woman.

With ingenious stagecraft and boundless creativity, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the Peter Pan story and brings the legend to life. Starcatcher apprentice Molly Aster and three orphans are hunted by cut-throat pirates and their mustachioed captain as she races to protect a trunk of magical “Starstuff.” This wildly theatrical production will have you hooked the moment your imagination takes flight.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, October 14-30, 2016. The cast list will be announced on the morning show of WXOW on Friday, August 26, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be Friday, 26, at 6:30 pm, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 608-784-9292 and sign up to audition!

LCT’s Artistic Director to Join UW-L’s Theater Department

La Crosse Community Theatre announces today that Greg Parmeter, Artistic Director of 8 years, is resigning to join the theater department at UW-La Crosse for the 2016-17 school year.

Greg Parmeter began his career as an elementary school teacher working with special needs students.  He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting.  He first came to La Crosse when his wife, Mandy, was hired by LCT as their new resident costume designer.  While working as a free-lance actor, he was invited to co-direct Sound of Music at La Crosse Community Theatre in April 2008. When LCT realized that it needed someone to focus on fundraising and the pursuit of a new building, the position of artistic director was created and Parmeter was hired after a national search.  His first season beginning September 2008 included To Kill a Mockingbird, Something’s Afoot, and The Producers.

“LCT is excited for Greg Parmeter as we know that he is a teacher at heart and this opportunity allows him to influence future theatre professionals,” executive director David Kilpatrick reported.

Greg Parmeter expressed, “I’m grateful for my time here at LCT and the incredible volunteers I have had the honor to work with over the last eight years. This theatre will always hold a special place in my heart.  Mandy and I feel blessed to live and work in a community that has such a deep regard for the arts, and theatre in particular.  I have long admired the theatre program at UW-L am excited to be joining such a talented and dedicated group of people. The work goes on.”

“Thankfully, Greg Parmeter has done most of the heavy lifting for our 2016-2017 season, which gives LCT the time to conduct a search for an appropriate replacement,” reported Kilpatrick, “For 33 shows Greg Parmeter demonstrated his passion for the arts and his respect for the community, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

To show our appreciation for all that Greg Parmeter has accomplished at LCT, there will be an open house at the Weber Center on Sunday, August 28 from 5:00pm – to 7:00pm. All volunteers, subscribers, donors, patrons and public are invited to come and say “Thank you.”

Cast List for “Sister Act” Announced

01-SisterAct-webLCT is pleased to announce the cast list for the 2016-17 season opener Sister Act, which opens Friday, September 9, 2016 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until September 25.  Tickets go on sale to the public August 22, 2016.  For more information about the production, click here  For the the complete cast list, click here

Board of Directors to Hold Annual Meeting

LCTlogocircle-refresh-2012-webThe La Crosse Community Theatre board of directors will hold its annual business meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, in La Crosse. It is free and open to the public.

Announcing Auditions for 2016-2017 Season Opener “Sister Act”

01-SisterAct-webLa Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for their 2016-2017 season opener, the musical Sister Act July 25-26, 2016, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. Open Auditions for ages 16-65 will be held Monday and Tuesday evening and callbacks will be held on Wednesday, July 27.

First-time auditionees are welcome, with no experience necessary. All actors are asked to prepare a thirty second song from a musical or movie. An accompanist will be provided. There will also be a dance audition. There are 16-20 roles available for men and women ages 16 and up.

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film, and features original music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Glenn Slater. When showgirl Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, the police hide her in the one place they’re sure the mob won’t find her: a convent! Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the parish as she discovers the power of her newly fund sisterhood. Sister Act  is rated Theatre PG.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, September 9-25, 2016. The cast list will be announced on the morning show of WXOW on Friday, July 29, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be Monday, August 1, at 6:30 pm, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 608-784-9292 and sign up to audition!

 

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