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.
LCT is excited to partner with La Crosse Dance Centre in a joyful celebration of dance and theatre for students with disabilities. This FREE, one-day workshop includes:
• A 2-HOUR DANCE CLASS
• A TOUR OF THE WEBER CENTER
• A MEET-AND-GREET WITH CAST MEMBERS*
• 1 TICKET TO SEE BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL*
Each participant will be paired with a trained dance mentor. Participant and mentor will dance together, learning a portion of the dream ballet sequence from the show. There are no physical limitations to participation.This program is a chance for students, parents and mentors to experiencea day of fun, freedom, and theatre through dance.
If you are interested, please contact Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
at 608-784-9292, ext. *320, or by email at
*Both the meet-and-greet and performance of Billy Elliot will be on
May 14, 2016, regardless of which class students attend.
LCT is pleased to announce the cast list for the national community theatre debut of Billy Elliot, which opens Friday, May 13, 2016 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until May 29. Tickets go on sale April 25, 2016. For more information about the production, click here For the the complete cast list, click here.
La Crosse Community Theatre will announce its 2016-2017 season at its annual patron gala fundraiser Saturday, April 2, 2016, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
“We changed the format this year because we felt our patrons would appreciate the announcement of the new season right on the stage where the shows are performed,” said LCT Executive Director David Kilpatrick.
The event will begin with a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres at 5:30. Presentations, along with the announcement of the 2016-2017 season, will begin at 6:00. Entertainment will include a sneak of Billy Elliot and a peek at Stuart Little and live music from the ensemble “Under Paris Skies.”
Another highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the winner of the Travel Escape Raffle. The grand prize is a $5,000 travel voucher made available by Travel Leaders/Goli’s Avenues of Travel, and the second-place prize is two LCT Lyche Theatre Package season tickets. Raffle tickets are available from any LCT board member, a member of the Rotary Club of La Crosse East or by calling the LCT box office.
Gala fundraiser tickets are $50, which includes a $25 donation, and are available at here or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.
LCT is pleased to announce the cast list for spring comedy, Boeing Boeing, which opens Friday, March 11, 2016 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until March 20. Tickets go on sale February 22, 2016. For more information about the production, click here For the the complete cast list, click here.