LCT 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!
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.”
LCT 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
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.
La 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!
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.
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.
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
“It is always exciting to finally talk about what we have been working on since the first of the year,” shared David Kilpatrick, LCT’s executive director.”Creating a season is like putting together a puzzle without the picture on the cover. You don’t know what it will look like, but it’s a lot of fun and the result is always a joy,” Artistic Director Greg Parmeter added.
The 2016-2017 season has 9 shows, including 4 musicals and 2 special offerings in the Veterans Studio Theatre. Every production will be an LCT debut, although many of the plots will be familiar to audiences.
The season opens with Sister Act, by Bill and Sheri Steinkellner, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The story will be familiar to audiences who remember the hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.
The fall comedy will be a new perspective on the story of a little boy who didn’t grow up. Peter and the Starcatcher, by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker, is based on the novel by comedian Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The production, suitable for the whole family, includes pirates, stardust and a lot of fun for everyone.
LCT’s holiday production is a familiar one, but done only as LCT can do it, as if you were watching the making of a radio show: A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play. “We have a lot of fun, and our audiences really enjoy the experience with live radio plays,” said Kilpatrick. This production will follow in the footsteps of Playhouse on the Air Presents: Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.
In conjunction with the holiday show, LCT will present a production suitable for mature elves only.The Santaland Diaries, by nationally known comedian David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello, will star LCT actor and storyteller Michael Scott. 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.
In January, LCT will present one of the best-known French comedies, The Misanthrope, by Moliere, in the Veterans Studio Theatre. “Exploring a language play that is funny and still apropos to 21st century audiences is part of LCT’s goal of expanding theatrical literacy,” said Kilpatrick.
New this season will be a spring musical, Xanadu, the story of a boy who dreams of opening his own roller disco. Based on the movie by the same name, the stage version is a delightful escape into the 1980s.
LCT’s biggest musical of the season will be the 1997 Tony Award-winning Titanic: The Musical, with story and book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Although many are familiar with the story, the music and characters in this production are musical masterpieces that will inspire all.
Once again LCT will present a Theatre for Youth musical, with performers between the ages of 8 and 18. Disney’s Aladdin Jr., based on the hit Disney film, will be a special experience for all participants, performers and audiences.
Finally, LCT’s children’s touring show will be The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, by Jerome Hairston, based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats. This production will travel to area schools, bringing theatre to young audiences throughout the Coulee Region. Performances also will be in the Veterans Studio Theatre.
“As LCT has done since 1964, our 2016-2017 season will continue to provide a little something for everyone,” said Kilpatrick.
Season tickets are now available, with an early bird discount through June 15, 2016. The Lyche Theatre Package, which includes tickets to five main stage shows, will be $112/$124. A Six-Pack Flex Package will be $137. The additional Veterans Studio shows will be $22 when ordered along with a season ticket.
Single ticket prices will be $9 for youth productions, $23-$27 for non-musicals and $25-$29 for musicals. Student and military prices will be $15 and $10, respectively, with ID required (plus $2 for musicals). Patron donors may reserve seats beginning April 10, and season ticket holders may do so two weeks before the public for each production.