2017-2018 Season Announced
La Crosse, WI- 03/20/17- La Crosse Community Theatre announced its 2017-2018 season on March 18 at its annual Patron Gala Fundraiser.
“Our main focus in selecting shows for this coming season was to create opportunities for everyone in the community to get involved,” said David Kilpatrick, LCT’s Executive Director. “Our productions will offer great roles for men and women of varying ages. Even children will have a chance to stand in the limelight.”
The 2017-2018 season has 9 shows, including 3 musicals and 2 special offerings in the Veterans Studio Theatre. The season includes a mixture of LCT debuts and familiar classics.
The season opens with The Music Man, with music, books, and lyrics by Meredith Willson. It’s the sweet family story of a music salesman who comes to Iowa to sell instruments for a boys’ band, but ends up buying the heart of the town.
The fall show will be Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, And Then There Were None. Ten strangers are trapped on an island: one by one, they are accused of murder. One by one, they start to die!
LCT is starting a new tradition with its holiday production, A Christmas Story. The play was written by Philip Grecian. Based on the beloved film, A Christmas Story is Jean Shepherd’s nostalgic look back at his childhood holidays in Indiana. Many families have made watching the film a custom during the Christmas season. LCT has decided to support that tradition by letting our volunteers bring the story to life every few years onstage.
Back by popular demand, LCT will also reprise The Santaland Diaries during the holiday season. Written by nationally known comedian David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello, The Santaland Diaries will star LCT actor and storyteller, Michael Scott. Like last year, 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 and is still for mature elves only.
In January, LCT will present a musical for the first time in the Veterans Studio Theatre. I Do! I Do! features a charming score with songs a about life, love, and the follies of marriage. The book and lyrics are by Tom Jones and music is by Harvey Schmidt.
Next in LCT’s season will be Calendar Girls, the true story of eleven friends who bared it all to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. It’s based on the movie by the same name with the story by Tim Firth.
LCT’s final musical of the season will be Cabaret, with book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. While the rising tensions of the Third Reich may make the citizens of Berlin question their relationships, inside the Kit Kat Klub, everything is beautiful! Come hear the music play!
Once again LCT will close out the season with a Theatre for Youth show. Based on the book by Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby traces Ramona’s tumultuous passage through third grade and her discovery that life is not always fair.
Finally, LCT’s children’s touring show will be Miss Electricity, by Kathryn Walat. It’s the story of a young girl named Violet who longs to be special. When she gets hit by lightning, twice, she learns that being special is a matter of what’s inside, not what happens outside. This production will travel to area schools, bringing theatre to young audiences throughout the Coulee Region. There will also be performances in the Veterans Studio Theatre.
“The variety of our 2017-2018 season shows will create special theatre experiences for everyone,” said Kilpatrick.
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