428 Front St S, La Crosse WI 54601Box office: 608-784-9292info@lacrossecommunitytheatre.orgMon.–Fri. 11 am–5 pmShows & Tickets

LCT presents season-opening comedy

01-Shakespeare-webSo many plays, so many roles, so little time. Shakespeare has never been so short. Thus the stage is set for La Crosse Community Theatre’s 2015-2016 season-opening comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which opens Friday, September 11, and continues through Sunday, September 20, 2015. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and will be in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a non-stop laugh riot featuring three actors performing all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays (give or take) in 97 minutes. Fast-paced, witty, and delightfully irreverent, The Complete Works has something for Shakespeare lovers, haters, and everyone in between.

Experienced LCT actors Chuck Charbeneau (Guys on Ice) and Matt Springer (The 39 Steps) have “trod the boards” a time or two, but Devin Simko is making his LCT main stage debut, going full tilt into such an ambitious role. “Alas, there is but no other way,” he says.

“It really is amazing what just three actors can do,” said Greg Parmeter, the show’s director and LCT’s artistic director. “These guys are going to be hilarious!”

The production team also will include set and lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Mandy Parmeter, props coordination by Lisa Adams and Sara Adams, direction assistance by Eric Leitzen and stage management by Katya Carter.

Tickets are $27, with matinee, student and military discounts available, online here or by calling the box office. Seat reservations are available now for patron donors and season ticket holders. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, August 24.

For questions, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Auditions for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

02-The-Little-Mermaid-web-smLa Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its fall musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1 and 2, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

Roles are available for men and women ages 15 and up, with roles also available for actors ages 10 to 14. Ages 10 to 14 are invited to audition from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Audition slots are limited, so young actors must sign up in advance. Ages 15 and up are invited to audition from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. All are asked to bring 16 measures of a Broadway show tune. An accompanist will be provided. Auditionees also should dress comfortably for a dance audition. For older actors, scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is based on the classic Disney film, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright. Ariel, a young mermaid, falls in love with a human prince against her father’s wishes. She strikes a deal with Ursula, the evil sea witch, for a pair of legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends to save her father, restore order to the ocean, and find the love she’s been searching for.

Performance dates are available online. The cast list will be announced Friday morning, September 4, live on WXOW’s Daybreak morning show, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. The first rehearsal will be Monday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Call 784-9292 to sign up to audition!

Cast list for “The Complete Works…” Announced

01-Shakespeare-webLCT is pleased to announce the cast for the first production of our 2015-16 Season, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which opens Friday, September 11, and continues Thursdays through Sundays until September 20. All performances are in the Lyche Theatre.  Tickets go on sale August 24, 2015. For the complete cast list, click here.

A volunteer’s reflections

Below is a link to an article on volunteering written by Maria Runde (who appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar) for a Gundersen Health System newsletter. She expresses what community theatre is all about. Thank you, Maria!

2015-newsletter-summer

Auditions for season-opening comedy and youth outreach productions

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La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its season-opening comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and its youth outreach production, Stuart Little, on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, is a non-stop laugh riot featuring three actors performing all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays (give or take) in 97 minutes. Fast-paced, witty, and delightfully irreverent, The Complete Works has something for Shakespeare lovers, haters, and everyone in between.

Stuart Little is the endearing tale about an extraordinary mouse born into an ordinary family. All the charm, wisdom, and joy of E.B. White’s classic novel are captured in this delightful adaptation by Joseph Robinette. The exciting adventures–both big and small–of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life, proving that you’re never too small to make a big difference.

For The Complete Works, men ages 18 and up are invited to audition for 3 roles. Stuart Little — LCT’s youth outreach production — is designed to travel to schools and other locations, so men and women ages 18 and up with schedule flexibility are encouraged to audition for 5 roles. All are welcome regardless of experience. Scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins also will be considered.

Preliminary performance dates for both shows are available online. Cast lists for both shows will be announced at noon on Friday, July 31, and cast meetings will be held that evening. Rehearsal schedules are tentatively Mondays through Fridays but final schedule will be based on casting.

Call 784-9292 to sign up to audition.

An exciting opportunity leads to change in 2015-2016 Season

02-The-Little-Mermaid-web-smWe are proud to announce that La Crosse Community Theatre will present the regional community theatre debut of Disney’s The Little Mermaid as part of our 2015–2016 season!

“I am thrilled to offer such a fun, refined production to the La Crosse area,” said LCT Artistic Director Greg Parmeter. “With the musical and dance talent we have in the region, this will be an exciting and memorable production for everyone.”

Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be presenting Cinderella this coming season.

This change in our schedule will not affect the price of season ticket packages or the performance or audition calendars.

Please contact the box office if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of La Crosse Community Theatre

Annual Business Meeting Notice

NOTICE: ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

Free and open to the public
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 5 pm
The La Crosse Community Theatre board of directors will hold its required end-of-fiscal year business meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, beginning at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, in La Crosse.

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director David R. Kilpatrick at 608-784-9292, ext. 3.

Thank you for your support of our Theatre for Youth

On Sunday, June 21, we eY03-Wayside-smnded an incredible season with our theatre for youth production, Sideways Stories from Wayside School.  It was a special experience for all involved.  In addition to 14 wonderful performers and 6 incredible backstage crew members, we had a fantastic team of youth designers who took care of the lights, sound and assisted the costume designer.  These three individuals demonstrated that youth will give you their best if they know you expect their best.  Thank you ENTIRE team for making the production so special.

Also, I want to thank the parents for their support throughout the production. Without your commitment the schedule would not be possible.  Thank you for EVERYTHING you do for LCT.

Finally, thank you audience for attending the performances.  Theatre requires both the performer and the audience so thank you so much for fulfilling your role.

Here’s to an exciting new season, just around the corner!!

David KIlpatrick
Executive Director

What’s it take to get to opening night?

What’s it take to get to opening night?

Enjoy some highlights of the trip to opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar.  Sean McDevitt, our resident videographer, does a great job of capturing the fun that goes into the the process of creating theatre.  Take a quick look by clicking here.

Cast List for “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” announced

Cast List for “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” announced

LCT is pleased to announce the cast for our theatre for youth production, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, which opens Friday, June 12, and continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until June 21, with special Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tickets go on sale May 26, 2015. For the complete cast list, click here. For more information about the show, click here.

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