LCT is excited to announce the cast for the 2016-17 season musical Titanic which opens Friday, May 12 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until May 28. Tickets go on sale to the public April 24, 2017. For more information about the production, click here. For the the complete cast list, click here.
La Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the first class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
“Although the Patron Gala Fundraiser is a special opportunity to share LCT with the community,” reported David Kilpatrick, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre, “this year we are especially thrilled to show our appreciation to a group who were significant in the creation of La Crosse Community Theatre.”
As founders of LCT, the following are to be honored as the first class of the new La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame: Sally Cremer, Donald and Barbara Frank, Colleen Kavanaugh, Al Saterbak and Julia Steinke Saterbak, Michael Thompson, Marilyn (Bruha) Wood, and The La Crosse Tribune. Each one played a vital role in establishing La Crosse Community Theatre as permanent fixture in the arts offerings in the region.
Sally Cremer was the initial leader with a vision. After serving as a producer for a local production, she was encouraged to start a community theatre. She served at the first President of the Board.
Donald and Barbara Frank have been with LCT since the very first production. Donald was an actor in the first play, The Matchmaker, while Barbara worked behind the scenes on the sets and costumes. The Franks continue to be strong supporters and current season ticket holders.
Julia Steinke Saterbak, who was with LCT from the beginning, continued as LCT’s archivist until 2009. Al Saterbak joined LCT in the 1970’s, but worked so hard and did so many different things that it felt as if he had been part of LCT from the start.
Colleen Kavanuagh was also in the first production, The Matchmaker. She continued to be a part of LCT as a performer, backstage volunteer, and director until 2009.
Michael Thompson was the first full-time managing director, serving La Crosse Community Theatre from 1964 to 1968.
Marilyn Wood was the choreographer for LCT for three decades. She shared her talent and time while running a dance academy in La Crosse.
Finally, the La Crosse Tribune has been involved with LCT since the first article ran in 1963. They continue to help LCT tell its stories and share all that makes LCT special as a community theatre.
These nine inductees represent the major activities involved in creating a show: the directors, performers, backstage technicians, administrators, season ticket holders, patron donors, and supportive businesses. La Crosse Community Theatre exists because these individuals had a vision 55 years ago and worked tirelessly to make that vision a reality.
In future years, individuals will be added to the LCT Hall of Fame annually. Current members of the Hall of Fame will participate in the process of recognizing those whose contributions to the community theatre spanned seasons and provided sustainability.
La Crosse Community Theatre is grateful for the dedication that all of this year’s inductees have shown.
Tickets to the gala are available online or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.
On March 16, La Crosse Community Theatre and La Crosse Symphony are collaborating to present Peter and the Wolf for area 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The event is usually taped and presented on television by WXOW (LCT sponsor) so hopefully you will be able to see their work. We appreciate everyone who came out to audition. For the complete cast list, click here.
La Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the inaugural class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Weber Centers. In addition to the Hall of Fame, LCT will announce its 2017-2018 season with brief samples from upcoming productions.
“The Annual Gala Fundraiser is always a special opportunity to share LCT with the community,” reported David Kilpatrick, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre. “The excitement that surrounds what’s coming next season, combined with the fun and socializing between volunteers, patrons, and staff make for an exceptional event. This year, we are especially thrilled to show our appreciation to special individuals by honoring those who were absolutely vital to the beginning of La Crosse Community Theatre. We are here today, because they imagined it 54 years ago!”
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour featuring live music from the ensemble, “Under Paris Skies.” Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a glass of champagne will be served, with additional drinks available for purchase at the bar. At 7:00 p.m. the presentation will begin. It will include the announcement of the Hall of Fame inaugural class, the volunteers of the year, and the 2017-2018 season. Attendees will also enjoy musical numbers from both our current and upcoming season. Dessert will follow the presentation.
In addition to celebrating LCT’s productions and volunteers, guests will have the opportunity to show their support of the theatre. A live auction will send several people home with special prize packages. LCT will also announce the winners of the Viking River Cruise Raffle. The grand prize of the raffle is an 8-day European river cruise made available by Viking Cruises and Travel Leaders/Goli’s Avenues of Travel. The second-place prize is a pair of Lyche Theatre Package season tickets for LCT’s 2017-2018 season. Raffle tickets are available starting February 24 from Travel Leaders/Goli’s Avenues of Travel or by calling the LCT box office.
VIP tickets are $50 and include entry to the social hour and presentation, desserts, and a $25 patron donation. Presentation only tickets are $25 and include desserts. Tickets to the gala are available now, click here, or call the box office at 608-784-9292.
Titanic will be directed by LCT executive director, David Kilpatrick. Auditions are open for ages 16 and up. There are 22 roles available for men and women. First-time auditionees are welcome–no experience necessary. Auditionees are asked to prepare thirty seconds of singing and be dressed to move.
In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with 1,500 souls aboard in one of the worst maritime disasters in history. This powerhouse musical, winner of the 1997 Tony Award, chronicles the true stories of the people who sailed on the fateful ship. It is a tribute to their hopes for a brighter future and the grand dream that was Titanic.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, May 12-28, 2017. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, March 17, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be Friday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
For more information about the production, click here.
La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, February 13, 2017, for the musical comedy, Xanadu. Performances begin March 2, 2017, and continue through Sunday, March 12, 2017. Shows are Wednesdays, 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.
Xanadu is the story of Kira, a magical and beautiful Greek muse who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time–the first ROLLER DISCO! But when Kira falls in love with the mortal, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds!
Xanadu is directed and choreographed by guest artist, Christopher George Patterson. A native of New Jersey, Patterson’s work has been featured across the country and Canada. He has worked for several regional theatres, including the Paper Mill Playhouse, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and Cumberland County Playhouse.
Patterson reveals, “My memory of the movie was the colorful score featuring Grammy Award winner, Olivia Newton John, and as well as the many blockbuster dance sequences the featured the legendary Gene Kelly. The Broadway production turned a movie that was deemed a flop into an award-winning Broadway hit with something for every taste.”
This production also features musical direction by Sarah Leitzen, set and lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Viterbo Alumni Bryce Turgeon, with stage management by Krista Kuhn.
The performers are Avery Gerstenberger as Sonny Malone, Karla Hughes as Kira, Rick King Quale as Danny Maguire, Melinda Pupillo as Melpomene, Maria Runde as Calliope, Laikyn Boettcher as Euterpe, Brianna Frost as Erato, LaKisha McCloud as Thalia, Allie Marshall as Terpsichore, Ryan Brown as Zeus/Ensemble, Larsen Birdsong as Young Danny, and James Gilbertson as Cyclops/Ensemble.
“We are excited to have such a talented team create a show that promises to be fun for the entire family,” David Kilpatrick, executive director reports. “LCT is honored to have such an experienced and professional director/choreographer leading this show. It has been rewarding for the performers and will be a delight for our audiences.”
For more information, click here.
Just announced, the performance schedule for the Third Annual Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival. Fest is Thursday through Saturday, February 16 to 18, 2017. Performances are nightly at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
Athena Project, Comedy City, Fleecy Bits, Glass Works, Half-Masted, LCT Teen Improv, License to Krill, Live from La Crosse, Mayhem, Mish Mosh Soup, Monkey Business, One Night Stand, Open Jam, Reservoir Frogs, Stressed out Fruits, Super Good, The Werbernauts, White Out, and LCT’s Teen Improv troupe.
Improvisation is a theatrical form that celebrates spontaneity and is fun for performers and audience members. It is on-the-spot story-telling, with no planning or script, usually with minimal props and sets. An example is the popular television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
For complete schedule and performance details, click here
LCT is excited to announce the cast list for the 2016-17 season spring musical Xanadu which opens Thursday, March 2 and continues Wednesdays through Sundays until March 12. Tickets go on sale to the public February 13, 2017. For more information about the production, click here For the the complete cast list, click here
La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets are on sale now for Moliere’s comic masterpiece, The Misanthrope. Performances begin January 26, 2017 and continue through Sunday, February 12, 2017. Shows are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Outraged by the duplicity of “polite” society, Alceste declares that he will speak only the truth–no matter who he offends. Ironically, he’s in love with Celimene, whose wicked tongue and endless flirtations are everything he claims to hate. When his candor results in a lawsuit and showdown with Celimene, Alceste must choose between love and principle.
“The Misanthrope is perfect for our Veterans Studio Theatre as it gives our audiences and volunteer performers the opportunity to experience a play rich in language in an intimate setting,” said Executive Director, David Kilpatrick.
The Misanthrope is directed by LCT’s Ryan Puffer. This production also features set and lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Irina Christel, with prop design and stage management by Dawn Havican.
The performers are Dustin Luecke as Alceste, Matt Wudi as Philinte, Avery Gerstenberger as Oronte/Guard, Hope Kirwan as Celimene, Emily Oehler as Eliante, Sara L. Adams as Arsinoe, Devin Vogel as Acaste, Joshua Knetter as Clitandre, and Dylan Matejka as Basque.
“One of the things I enjoy most about working with Moliere’s classic play is seeing how the situations and people he wrote about are still relevant to modern audiences,” said Puffer.
For tickets or more information, click here
In the musical comedy Xanadu, Kira, a magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time–the first ROLLER DISCO! But when Kira falls in love with the mortal, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds!
Xanadu will be directed/choreographed by guest artist Christopher George Patterson, an award winning Director/Choreographer, Conceiver, and Performer. A native of New Jersey, Christopher’s work has been featured across the country and Canada.
Auditions are open for ages 18 and up. There are 9 roles available for men and women. First-time auditionees are welcome–no experience necessary. Auditionees are asked to prepare thirty seconds of singing from an uptempo song and be dressed to move.
If you need skating practice, stop by High Roller Skating Rink in La Crosse. They are offering free admission and skate rental if you mention you are a part of LCT, on Tuesdays, January 10 and 17 from 4:30 to 8:30pm. Staff will be available with skating pointers.
Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays, March 2-12, 2017. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, January 20, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be Monday, January 23, at 6:30 pm, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.