La Crosse Community Theatre continues its celebration of 50 years with the production Tuesdays with Morrie beginning February 14 and continuing through March 2, 2014. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m, and will be in the Veterans Studio Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Tuesdays with Morrie is the true story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. When Mitch learns that Morrie is dying of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, he seeks out his old mentor, and what starts as a simple visit to say goodbye turns into a weekly pilgrimage and one final class on the meaning of life.
Tuesdays with Morrie was written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom. The show will be directed by Greg Parmeter, with set design by Dillon McArdle, lighting design by Tim Harris, costume design by Mandy Parmeter and stage management by Samantha Abplanalp.
Cast members include La Crosse-area favorites Brandon Harris as Mitch Albom and Steve Larson as Morrie Schwartz.
Adult tickets are $24 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $20 for Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees. Student/military tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the LCT box office (608-784-9292) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or online. Seat reservations are available to Patron Donors anytime and to season ticket holders beginning Monday, January 20. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, January 27.
For our first play in 2014 in the Veterans Studio Theatre, LCT presents Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. Performances are February 14–March 22, 2014. For the complete cast list, click here.
La Crosse Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its upcoming production of Mitch Albom’sTuesdays with Morrie on Tuesday, December 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. (more…)
For our 2013 holiday play, LCT goes back to 1947 with Playhouse on the Air Presents: Miracle on 34th Street. Performances are December 13 – 22, 2013 and promise to be fun for the entire family. For the complete cast list, click here.
La Crosse Community Theatre continues its celebration of 50 years with the holiday production Playhouse on the Air Presents: Miracle on 34th Street beginning December 13 and continuing through December 22, 2013. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m, and will be in the Weber Center for the Performing Arts’ 450-seat Lyche Theatre. For more information, click here.
The Weber Center for the Performing Arts will dedicate the Veterans Studio Theatre on November 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The evening will include ceremony, dedication and entertainment from “Silent J,” internet radio entertainer and active-duty soldier. The event is free and open to all, however seating is limited and tickets are required.
Joe “Silent J” Stojelk is a 13-year veteran in the U.S. Army who is currently on active duty in the Army Reserves. He has deployed twice to Iraq in his career and was a gunner and NCOIC on over 250 convoy missions in Iraq. It was during his assignment to Wisconsin at the urging of a fellow soldier that Joe started hosting an online radio show called “The Junk Punch,” incorporating comedy, pop culture, interviews and politics, along with personal stories. Suffering from PTSD and battling alcohol abuse almost derailed his career and dreams. With the help of friends, a focus on entertainment and educating fellow veterans and the public has been a driving force in Joe’s life and turn around. Joe currently resides outside Pittsburgh, PA, and is the father of a seven-year-old daughter.
About the Weber Center for the Performing Arts (more…)
Amalia Brownell lets loose on stage. The 15-year-old Onalaska High School student knows she has to minimize the drama at school so people don’t look at her funny. But there’s no better place for drama than the theater.
That’s why Brownell has spent nearly half of her life acting in youth productions organized by the La Crosse Community Theatre, and why she’ll take the stage again next week in an upcoming play performed by a cast of area high school students.
“It kind of gives you a chance to be a little weird,” Brownell said. “Everyone is just really accepting.”
Students will flex their drama muscles with the play “Our Town,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts and runs through two weekends.
It’s the first time LCT’s Theatre for Youth program has cast all high school students for a play. The program offers a creative outlet year-round for local children and teens, with workshops and productions and other chances to hone their acting skills.
“Our Town” director Rebecca Seflow Hartzell says the play promises to be a relatable story for her adolescent players. Novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning script 75 years ago, telling a rich story about small-town life.
The play is all about what Seflow Hartzell called “quiet moments.”
“It’s your town, it’s my town,” Seflow Hartzell said. “It’s everybody’s town.”
Children and teens who sign up for one of LCT’s youth productions learn theater basics such as following stage directions and projecting their voice for the audience, Seflow Hartzell said.
“Once you get past these basic things, it’s really about listening and reacting,” she said.
Brady Harlan, 17, is used to performing in show choir at Onalaska High School, but he wanted to test his acting chops.
Picked to play the play’s narrator, a character dubbed the “Stage Manager,” he already has had to memorize long monologues.
“I’m really grateful that La Crosse has such a great community theater,” Harlan said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity.”
High school teens don’t always like going a step further than the basics and giving up control, but that’s tantamount to the craft of acting.
“I’m hoping that they all have a moment where you just feel stupid,” Seflow Hartzell said. “It is what you pray they are willing to do.”