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Special sensory-friendly performance this weekend!

Y01-Stuart-Little-webThis Saturday at 11 am, LCT is excited to host its very first sensory-friendly performance of the Theatre for Young Audiences show STUART LITTLE. The sensory-friendly performance seeks to serve those with sensory processing challenges and those on the autism spectrum. It will include modifications to lighting, noise, and action to ease transitions for audience members. There is also a sensory-friendly theatre guide available here. Other services for the sensory-friendly performance include a quiet “break” space, fidgets, weighted lap blankets, and noise-canceling headphones. Tickets are $9 and are available at the LCT box office, online, or by calling 784-9292.

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Cast list for “The Gifts of the Magi” Announced

03-Gifts-of-the-Magi-webLCT is pleased to announce the cast list for our holiday musical, The Gifts of the Magi, which opens Thursday, December 10 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until December 20. All performances are in the Lyche Theatre.  For the complete cast list, click here.

Sign up for auditions tomorrow!

03-Gifts-of-the-Magi-webLa Crosse, WI – 10/14/2015 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its holiday musical,The Gifts of the Magi, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

There are roles are available for men and women ages 15 and up. Actors are asked to prepare 16 measures, about 30 seconds, of a song. The song can be from a musical, film, or a favorite Christmas carol. There will also be a short dance audition and readings from the script.

The Gifts of the Magi is based on the stories by O. Henry. It is Christmas in New York, 1910, and for a young married couple the holidays seem bleak. Out of work and with no money for gifts, Jim and Della show their love for one another by giving up their most prized possessions. Featuring a bright and joyful musical score, this tale of love and sacrifice is a perfect parable for the season. The book is by Mark St. Germain, music by Randy Courts, and lyrics by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts.

Performance dates are available online. The cast list will be announced on the morning show of WXOW on Friday, October 30, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be that evening at 7 p.m. at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. Call 784-9292 to sign up to audition!

Join LCT’s New York City theatre tour for students!

NYC Youth Trip 2016 brochure-coverSend a young person you know on LCT’s New York City theatre tour for students in 8th through 12th grade in March 2016. For details, click here.

LCT presents youth production “Stuart Little”

Y01-Stuart-Little-webLa Crosse, WI – 10/15/2015 – You are never too small to make a big difference. La Crosse Community Theatre will bring to the stage E. B. White’s story of a little mouse on a big adventure with its Theatre for Young Audiences production Stuart Little, Saturday, November 14, and running through Sunday, November 22, 2015. Performances will be Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., in the Veterans Studio Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

In an effort to bring theatre to all, including those on the autism spectrum, the 11:00 a.m. performance on November 21 will be sensory-friendly.

Stuart Little is still one of the most beloved and well-known books for children, seventy years after it was introduced. It is a timeless story about growing up, finding your path and friendship,” said Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha, the show’s director and LCT’s new director of education. “Both children and parents will recognize the heart of the book in our stage version.”

“As a creative team,” said Pillatzki-Warzeha, “we are finding great fun in rediscovering Stuart’s adventures and, maybe not surprisingly, we have been reminded that the lessons he learns along the way are as important to us as adults as they were to us when we were young.”

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. 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. The E.B. White book was adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette.

The cast includes Brianna Herber (Stuart Little), Ken Brown (Mr. Little and others), Stacy Bruemmer (Mrs. Little and others), Ryan Puffer (Snowbell and others) and Amy Anderson (Margalo and others).

The production team also will include set design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by April Brown, and props design by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha and Kelsey Taunt.

Tickets are $9, on sale now by phone or at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. 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 holiday show, “The Gifts of the Magi”

03-Gifts-of-the-Magi-webLa Crosse, WI – 10/14/2015 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its holiday musical, The Gifts of the Magi, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

There are roles are available for men and women ages 15 and up. Actors are asked to prepare 16 measures, about 30 seconds, of a song. The song can be from a musical, film, or a favorite Christmas carol. There will also be a short dance audition and readings from the script.

The Gifts of the Magi is based on the stories by O. Henry. It is Christmas in New York, 1910, and for a young married couple the holidays seem bleak. Out of work and with no money for gifts, Jim and Della show their love for one another by giving up their most prized possessions. Featuring a bright and joyful musical score, this tale of love and sacrifice is a perfect parable for the season. The book is by Mark St. Germain, music by Randy Courts, and lyrics by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts.

Performance dates are available online. The cast list will be announced on the morning show of WXOW on Friday, October 30, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be that evening at 7 p.m. at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. Call 784-9292 to sign up to audition!

LCT invites audience “under the sea” with fall musical

02-The-Little-Mermaid-webLa Crosse, WI – 10/02/2015 – Only in theatre can you go under the sea, to the beach, and to a castle without ever leaving your seat. La Crosse Community Theatre will present its fall musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Friday, October 23, and running through Sunday, November 8, 2015. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

“Beyond the great performances, families will enjoy the fantastic costumes, lovely sets, and exciting props that all go into creating musical theatre,” said Greg Parmeter, the show’s director and LCT’s artistic director. “This really is a big, beautiful ensemble piece.”

“This production captures the movie we all loved,” said LCT Executive Director David R. Kilpatrick, “yet the story is timeless, exploring what it means to grow up, become independent, accept the changes of life, and yet never leave home — all because of love.”

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney films, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid, who 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. Music is by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright.

The cast includes Audra Fuchsel* (Ariel), Seth Von Steidl (Prince Eric), Elizabeth Arihood (Ursula), John Divney (Sebastian), Olivia Belland (Flounder), Kevin A. Laumbach (King Triton), Kelsey Taunt (Scuttle), Katya Carter (Flotsam), Robert J. Jones (Jetsam), Dennis Dorman (Grimsby), MacKinley Bruemmer (Chef Louis/Ensemble), Martha Boehm* (Mersister/Ensemble), Laikyn Boettcher (Mersister/Ensemble), Cassie Dickow* (Mersister/Ensemble), Maria Johnson (Mersister/Ensemble), Megan Klock* (Mersister/Ensemble), Grace Riness* (Mersister/Ensemble), Dale Stafslien (Pilot), Andrew Helman (Sailor/Ensemble), Dustin Luecke (Sailor/Ensemble), Dylan Thoren (Sailor/Ensemble), Matt Wudi (Sailor/Ensemble), Liberty Sprain* (Windward), Owen Scott (Leeward), Joshua Kaiser (Cabin Boy/Ensemble), Allison Langer (Ensemble), and Sam Schneider* (Cabin Boy/Ensemble). These cast members (*) are making their main stage debut.

The production team also will include music direction by Yvonne Freese, choreography by Jen Wilkinson, set design by Dillon McArdle, lighting design by David R. Kilpatrick, costume design by Mandy Parmeter, props design by Bonnie Jo Bratina, direction assistance by Nick Brandt and stage management by Emily Vieth.

Tickets are $29, with matinee, student and military discounts available, online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. Seat reservations are available now for patron donors and season ticket holders. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, October 5.

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

Theatre for all

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As we at La Crosse Community Theatre head into the world of serving those on the autism spectrum, making theatre available for all, we came across this article on Playbill.com by Broadway actor Kelvin Moon Loh. We applaud him for reminding us that we all can stand to “up our compassion levels.” If you would like to comment, please contact our education director, Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha. Enjoy!

(Please note that LCT now offers “Imagination Spectrum” youth classes and will offer select sensory-friendly performances of some of this season’s productions.)

There’s still time to register!

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Theatre education classes are just beginning, and there’s still room for you!
If you are interested, please click here or contact Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha. Thank you!

Cast List for “The Little Mermaid” Announced

LC02-The-Little-Mermaid-webT is pleased to announce the cast list for our fall musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which opens Friday, October 23, and continues Thursdays through Sundays until November 8. All performances are in the Lyche Theatre.  Tickets go on sale October 5, 2015. For the complete cast list, click here.

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