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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!

 

LCT adds pay-what-you-can performance of “Billy Elliot”

LCT adds pay-what-you-can performance of “Billy Elliot”

La Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce an additional performance to the hit musical Billy Elliot, on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

“The story of Billy Elliot deserves to be seen by as many people as possible, without limitation” said LCT’s artistic director, Greg Parmeter. “After polling the cast, who enthusiastically agreed to adding a performance, we determined that it should be pay-what-you can so that anyone who wants can see this incredible story brought to life on the stage.”

Recognizing that LCT double cast the roles of Billy, Michael, and Debbie, as a special bonus at the Wednesday night performance the audience will see one team in Act 1 and the other team in Act 2.

Anticipating a high demand for the performance, tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Billy Elliot is about a coal miner’s son in northern England. With the father out on strike, the Elliot family is falling apart. Billy’s life is forever changed when he stumbles out of a boxing ring and into a ballet class. He trades in his gloves for slippers and discovers a passion for dance that inspires and unites the entire town. It is the triumphant story of a young boy’s fight to heal his family and chase his dreams.

The show includes music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film. The play is rated Theatre PG-13 for adult language.

Bridge to Terabithia cast announced

The cast list has been announced for the Theatre for Youth production of Bridge to Terabithia.  Many thanks to all who auditioned! The first cast meeting will be Wednesday, May 4th at 4pm at the Weber Center. Cast List Terabithia

Theatre for Youth auditions for Bridge to Terabithia

ApY02-BridgeToTerabithia2-webril 26–27, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Weber Center, 428 Front Street S.
Open to youth ages 8–18.

No need to prepare anything. Come ready to do some singing, reading and movement. Call-backs will be held Saturday, April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Rehearsals will begin Wednesday, May 4, and will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday–Thursday.
Roles are available for 15 youth, ages 8–18.
Jesse Aarons, boy, 10–12 years old
Leslie Burke, girl, 10–12 years old
May Belle Aarons, girl, 8 years old
Mrs. Aarons, girl, 16–18 years old
Mr. Aarons, boy, 16–18 years old
Brenda Aarons, girl, 13–16 years old
Janice Avery, girl, 12–15 years old
Miss Edmunds, girl, 16–18 years old
Gary Fulcher, boy, 10–12 years old
School children, ages 8–12 years old

Tickets on sale for Billy Elliot

06-Billy-Elliot-webLa Crosse Community Theatre will be the first community theatre in the country to present Billy Elliot, as its spring musical, opening Friday, May 13, and running through Sunday, May 29, 2016. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
“It is an honor and thrill to be making the national debut!” said LCT‘s artistic director, Greg Parmeter, who is the show’s director. “It is a powerfully and beautifully written work, and we are grateful to be among the first to stage it.”
Billy Elliot is about a coal miner’s son in northern England. With his father out on strike, the Elliot family is falling apart. Billy’s life is forever changed when he stumbles out of a boxing ring and into a ballet class. He trades in his gloves for slippers and discovers a passion for dance that inspires and unites the entire town. It is the triumphant story of a young boy’s fight to heal his family and chase his dreams.

 

Billy Elliot is for the dreamer in all of us,” said Parmeter. “It’s for all those who have ever felt awkward, for anybody who’s ever been afraid. It’s for all those who have ever had a dream and the courage to follow it. Everyone should BE their own Billy Elliot, and that is what this play is about.”

 

The show includes music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal Film. The play is rated Theatre PG-13 for adult language.

 

Because of the production’s great physical demands, Parmeter has double-cast the key younger roles of Billy, Michael, and Debbie, portrayed by Larsen Birdsong and Brandon Haring as Billy, Joshua Kaiser and Reilly Sullivan as Michael, Darcy Reimler and Stephanie Skemp as Debbie Wilkinson/Sharon Percy

 

The cast also includes Daniel Schneider as Dad, MacKinley Bruemmer as Tony, Taylor Haggerty as Mrs. Wilkinson, Lynn Marie West as Grandma, Ken E. Brown as George, Eric Severson as Big Davey, Ellen Dodge Severson as Lesley, Kelley M. Manson as Billy’s Mum, Ryan Brown as Mr. Braithwaite, Matt Wudi as Scab/Posh Dad, Phil Addis as Pit Supervisor/Ensemble, John Divney as Older Billy, Bailey Olsen as Tall Boy, and Payton Rodeberg as Small Boy.

 

Dancing class girls include Olivia Belland as Tracy Atkinson, Juliana Bruemmer as Allison Summers, Molly Frey as Margaret Gormley, Greta Griffith as Tina Harmer, Gracie Kromke as Karen Davidson, Jen Platt as Susan Parks, Katie Sauer as Keeley Gibson, Amber Lyn Taggart as Julie Hope, and Gloria Tofstad as Angela Robson.

 

The ensemble includes Laikyn BoettcherCody FlickBrianna FrostWilliam HicksAllan JohnsonAllie MarshallGrace RinessAlexander SaucedoBrittany SchillaDevin SimkoDale StafslienMichala Taggart, and Jim Warsinske.

 

The production team includes music direction by Diane Foust, choreography by Nikki Balsamo, conducting by Jeff Copp, set and lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Mandy Parmeter, and stage management by Sara L. Adams.

 

Tickets are $29 for adults, $17 for students/youth, and are on sale now by phone or hereFor questions, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
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