La Crosse, WI – 03/22/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces the cast for the musical, Newsies. Performances begin May 10, 2019, and continue through Sunday, May 26, 2019. Shows are 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. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 15, 2019. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.
La Crosse, WI – 03/18/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the 2019 class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, April 6, 2019, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. In addition to the Hall of Fame, LCT will announce its 2019-2020 season with brief samples from upcoming productions.
“I hope you will join us for a night of fun and merriment at the 2019 LCT Patron Gala Fundraiser. We will look back fondly on the 2018-2019 season and announce the exciting and thrilling 2019-2020 season. There will be drinks, wonderful food, and performance previews from next season’s shows. Even the most casual LCT patron will have a great time as we celebrate La Crosse Community Theatre and all that it brings to our wonderful community,” said Grant Golson, Producing Artistic Director for La Crosse Community Theatre.
The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring live music by Under Paris Skies. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served, along with a cash bar. At 7:00 p.m. the presentation will begin. It will include the announcement of the Hall of Fame 2019 class and the 2019-2020 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 and raffles will send several people home with special prize packages.
Tickets are $50 and include the cocktail hour, complimentary champagne, presentation, desserts, and a $25 patron donation. Tickets to the Gala are now available at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 02/26/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that registration is now open for the spring session of Theatre for Youth classes. Classes meet on Saturday mornings March 16 through May 4, 2019, with no classes scheduled April 6 or 20, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Discover the world through theatre! Our education program reflects our mission. The goals of our education program are to provide opportunities for creativity and personal growth in a fun, collaborative environment and to celebrate human connections through communication and interactions.
Imagination Station, for age 5-7, meets from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Hats! When you put one on, you can be someone new! Hats are silly and fun! With the help of some favorite books, a couple of hats, and our imaginations, students will create their own story…and look fabulous, too!
Auditioning 1, for age 8-10, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Have you ever wanted to be in a play? How do you get into a show? By auditioning of course! LCT has two shows coming up that have parts for young performers. Auditioning 1 will work on some of the skills needed to have a great audition! Learn some new improvisational games, how to do a “cold read”, and use your voice and body to audition with confidence!
Auditioning 2, for age 10-12, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interested in being in a play? Want to know more about how to audition? Auditioning 2 will work on the skills every young actor needs! From basic audition manners to nailing a “cold read”, this class will help students find and play to their strengths as a performer! LCT has two shows coming up that have parts for young performers, so this class is a great leg-up on the whole process!
Speaking Shakespeare, for age 13-18, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn how to read and understand Shakespeare! Students will learn tricks for memorization and perform different passages from Shakespeare’s works. Monologues and scenes will be individually selected for students based on their past experience with the bard. Those who took the class last fall are invited back, but new players are welcome to the stage as well!
Tuition is $55-$115 for each student. Registration may be completed through the box office or online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. For questions or to register, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
La Crosse, WI – 02/25/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, Newsies, on March 18 and 19, 2019 at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. Youth auditions are Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m., and adult auditions are Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of ‘newsies’, who dreams only of a better life. But when publishing titan, Joseph Pulitzer, raises distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what is right.
Newsies will be directed by guest artist, William Garcia. William Garcia first appeared on stage at the age of seven, and quickly realized that what he really wanted to do was direct. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Film Production: Directing from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in English Literature with an emphasis on Drama from Middlebury College. Before moving to La Crosse, he served as the primary director for the Ypsilanti Youth Theatre. He also served as sponsor and director of the Washtenaw International High School Drama program. He has also directed and produced several short films. Recently, he appeared in LCT’s productions of Fools and Wait Until Dark.
Auditions are open for age 8 and up. There are roles available for men, women, and children. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/audition. Auditionees should prepare 30 seconds of singing with accompaniment (pianist, CD player, and 1/8 in. input–headphone–cable will be provided) and be dressed to move for a dance audition. First-time auditionees are welcome—no experience necessary. Signing up for auditions is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, May 10-26, 2019. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, March 22, 2019, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are scheduled Mondays through Fridays, beginning March 25, 2019. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 02/18/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, February 25, 2019 for A Streetcar Named Desire. Performances begin March 21, 2019, and continue through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Blanche DuBois is a desperate woman whose life has been undermined by romantic illusions. When she goes to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella, and her brutish brother-in-law, Stanley, she is forced to face the past that she has tried so hard to ignore. As tensions rise between Blanche and Stanley, she is led to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion, and, in the end, to madness.
“A Streetcar Named Desire is, for me, the epitome of American Theatre. Subtle, nuanced, and extremely layered, it is no wonder Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for the play. I believe that it’s even more relevant in 2019 than it was in 1947 as it deals with themes that we as a society are grappling with today. LCT hopes that this production transports people back in time, challenges their thinking, and ultimately provides a compelling and earnest look at America then and now,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.
A Streetcar Named Desire is directed by Bruce Rogers. This production also features set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Tim Harris, sound design by Chris Scheuermann, technical direction by Pete Suardi, and stage management by K O’Brien.
The performers are Janine Gallo as Eunice Hubbell, Colin Thelen as Stanley Kowalski, Dominique Sicard as Stella Kowalski, Martin Sherman as Steve Hubbell, Nick Brandt as Harold Mitchell, Sara M. Tedeschi as Blanche DuBois, Kaleb Morgan as Pablo Gonzales, Yue Feng Thao as A Young Collector, John Richards as Doctor, and Ensemble members Dan Harbin and Kelsey Taunt.
“For the beauty of language in a depth perception, Tennessee Williams is our William Shakespeare, which makes Blanche DuBois our Hamlet. A fading beauty from a faded southern patriarchy visits the new industrial state, where Stanley Kowalski is the king of his castle. Neither party has any interest in understanding the other (sound familiar?). No one in the play fares too well. Blanche, in her struggle for survival, lives in and out of her fantastic world of illusion, which leads her down the steps of fear, to panic, to terror, and finally to the Elysian Fields—the resting place of heroes,” said director, Bruce Rogers.
Tickets are $24-$32 for adults, $16 for students, and may be purchased over the phone or at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. For questions or tickets, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
La Crosse, WI – 02/08/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces the cast for the drama, A Streetcar Named Desire. Performances begin March 21, 2019, and continue through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 25, 2019. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.
La Crosse, WI – 01/31/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre’s performance of Wait Until Dark will happen this evening as scheduled. The LCT box office will open at 6:30 p.m. tonight. If you have any questions, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 ext. 2 after 6:30 p.m. or email them.
La Crosse, WI – 01/30/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre will remain closed during the day Thursday, January 31, 2019. For patrons with tickets to tomorrow’s performance of Wait Until Dark, a final decision will be made no later than 1:00 p.m.
La Crosse, WI – 01/29/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre will be closed Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 due to the extreme cold weather.
La Crosse, WI – 01/23/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that registration is now open for two adult education opportunities, Storytelling for Adults and the 24 Hour Project. Storytelling for Adults meets on Tuesday evenings February 12 through April 2, 2019 at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. The 24 Hour Project runs February 22-23, 2019 at Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Our education program reflects our mission. The goals of our education program are to provide opportunities for creativity and personal growth in a fun, collaborative environment and to celebrate human connections through communication and interactions.
Storytelling for Adults, for age 18 and up, meets from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. This class is designed for adults who wish to learn how to tell a compelling and enjoyable story. It looks at what makes a good story, where to find good stories, how to write an engaging personal story, and different ways to make a story interesting. This is an interactive class with audio, video, and live demonstrations by professional storytellers.
24 Hour Project, for age 18 and up, begins Friday, February 22 and concludes Saturday, February 23. Write, direct, or perform a never before seen show in just 24 hours. Join us for the kick-off party at 7:00 p.m. Friday night, then return the next day for an all-day rehearsal. At 7:00 p.m.—it’s show time! The performance is open to the public and will be pay-what-you-can at the door.
Registration is $150 for Storytelling for Adults and $20 for the 24 Hour Project for each student. Registration may be completed through the box office or online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. For questions or to register, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.