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LCT and the Pump House Regional Arts Center Announce Holiday Show, ‘The Santaland Diaries’

La Crosse, WI – 11/12/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre and the Pump House Regional Arts Center announce that tickets are on sale now for The Santaland Diaries. Performances at the Pump House are December 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. Performances at LCT are December 14-15 and 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

“This adult holiday classic has proven to be jointly enjoyed at the Pump House and La Crosse Community Theatre. Michael Scott is a veteran of both stages and is a perfect link in this partnership that celebrates the performing arts,” said Pump House Executive Director, Toni Asher.

The Santaland Diaries, for mature elves only, is a hysterical send-up of the crass commercialization of Christmas. An unemployed actor takes a job as a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter, occasionally taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike.

The Santaland Diaries is by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, originally directed by Anne Drecktrah, and stars LCT actor and storyteller, Michael Scott.

“Tis the season to come out to see the hilarious The Santaland Diaries produced in collaboration with LCT and the Pump House! Back for a third year in a row, LCT actor and storyteller, Michael Scott, tells the hilarious story of a down and out actor who takes a job as a Macy’s holiday elf. Things quickly go from bad to worse for Crumpet the Elf, until a heartwarming moment reminds him why the season is magical. Consistently sold out, don’t wait to get your tickets to The Santaland Diaries,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.

Tickets are $17 and may be purchased from both organizations. For tickets to the Pump House performance dates, call the box office at 608-785-1434 or visit www.thepumphouse.org. For tickets to LCT performance dates, call the box office at 608-784-9292 or visit www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

LCT Announces Auditions for the Thriller, ‘Wait Until Dark’

La Crosse, WI – 11/07/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the thriller, Wait Until Dark, on November 26 and 27, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

A sinister con man and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match. They have traced a valuable doll to the apartment of Susy, a woman who is blind. The men hatch a plot against Susy to retrieve the doll, but Susy uncovers their charade. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. When darkness falls, Susy sets a trap so her assailants must maneuver in the darkness with her until the game’s shocking end.

Wait Until Dark will be directed by LCT’s Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson. Golson assumed the role of Producing Artistic Director for LCT in August of 2017. Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, he has worked in fundraising and administration for The Lyric Opera of Kansas City and The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter. Prior to that, Golson spent ten years as an equity actor in New York City and around the country. Midway through that journey, he took a shot at directing and found it to be another great passion. Golson recently received his MBA from the University of Kansas.

Auditions are open for age 8 and up. There are roles available for several men and one girl. A guest artist will be playing the role of Susy. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/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, January 24-February 10, 2019. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, November 30, 2018, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning December 3, 2018. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

LCT Announces Murder Mystery, ‘The Game’s Afoot’

La Crosse, WI – 11/05/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, November 12, 2018 for The Game’s Afoot. Performances begin December 6, 2018, and continue through Sunday, December 16, 2018. 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.

It’s Christmas in 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired for his leading role in Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities quickly turn dangerous. Gillette, assuming the persona of Holmes, must now track down the killer before the next victim appears. Danger and hilarity are non-stop in this yuletide whodunit.

“Ken Ludwig is a titan in the world of Broadway comedy. From his first Broadway play, Lend Me a Tenor, to his wonderful libretto for the musical Crazy for You featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, he has written over twenty-five plays and musicals. Come see why Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award and two-time Tony Award-winning playwright when LCT presents his very funny Christmas whodunit, The Game’s Afoot,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.

The Game’s Afoot is directed by Greg Parmeter. This production also features set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting design by Tim Harris, prop design by Judith Payne, sound design by Olivia Golding, technical direction by Erek Weis, and stage management by Nicholas Martin.

The performers are Kaleb Morgan as William Gillette, Stacy Bruemmer as Martha Gillette, Drew Larson as Felix Geisel, Victoria Ortigiesen as Madge Geisel, Allante Walker as Simon Bright, Lex Violette as Aggie Wheeler, Martha Boehm as Inspector Goring, and Dominique Sicard as Daria Chase.

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.

LCT Announces Cast for ‘The Game’s Afoot’

La Crosse, WI – 10/26/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces the cast for the holiday show, The Game’s Afoot. Performances begin December 6, 2018, and continue through Sunday, December 16, 2018. 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, November 12, 2018. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.

LCT Announces Auditions for Holiday Murder Mystery, ‘The Game’s Afoot’

La Crosse, WI – 10/18/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the holiday murder mystery, The Game’s Afoot, on October 22 and 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

 

It is Christmas in 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired for his leading role in Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities quickly turn dangerous. Gillette, assuming the persona of Holmes, must now track down the killer before the next victim appears. Danger and hilarity are non-stop in this yuletide whodunit.

The Game’s Afoot will be directed by guest artist, Greg Parmeter. Parmeter earned his MFA from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His acting credits include seasons with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Northern Fort Playhouse, and a tour with Hampstead Stage Company. Parmeter, LCT’s former Artistic Director, is currently an assistant professor in the theatre department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Auditions are open for age 18 and up. There are roles available for men and women. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/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, December 6-16, 2018. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, October 26, 2018, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning October 29, 2018. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

LCT Announces Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Pixies, Kings and Magical Things’

La Crosse, WI – 10/01/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, October 8, 2018 for Pixies, Kings and Magical Things. Performances begin November 3, 2018, and continue through Sunday, November 11, 2018. Shows are Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Narrator Hans Christian Andersen steps in to perform three of his classic tales. The Swineherd tells the story of a vain princess and the lesson she learns from a clever boy. In The Pixie and the Grocer, a pixie learns the balance of art and appetite. And the classic tale of vanity, The Emperor’s New Clothes, is given a fun twist as the emperor follows the foolish counseling of his ministers.

“Children and families alike will love this fun and whimsical telling of three of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular tales. Come experience the joy of live theatre as we create a magical and interactive experience that all ages will enjoy,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.

Pixies, Kings and Magical Things is directed by Stacy Bruemmer. This production also features costume design by Jennifer Burchell and lighting design by Erek Weis.

The performers are Stacy Bruemmer, Mary Cate Cichock, Dustin Luecke, and Lucas Wesling.

“I am excited to bring Pixies, Kings and Magical Things to the stage because H.C. Andersen is the original master storyteller! What better way to learn about kindness, sharing, and listening than with a story,” said Director, Stacy Bruemmer.

Tickets are $10 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.

LCT Announces Comedy, ‘Fools’

La Crosse, WI – 09/10/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, September 17, 2018 for Fools. Performances begin October 11, 2018, and continue through Sunday, October 21, 2018. 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.

Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic: he’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic village. He arrives to find people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and milking cows upside down. The town has been cursed with chronic stupidity and anyone who stays longer than 24 hours becomes cursed as well. To further complicate matters, Leon has fallen in love with a girl so dumb that she just learned how to sit down! Can he break the curse in time?

“On August 26, 2018, we lost one of the greatest playwrights of all time, Neil Simon. The author of over 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, Simon received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. Come and see why his legacy lives on with our hilarious production of Fools,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.

Fools is directed by Liz Golson. This production also features set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting and sound design and technical direction by Erek Weis, and stage management by Molly Brueske.

The performers are Dustin Luecke as Leon Tolchinsky, Dan Radtke as Snetsky, Rhys Wolff as Magistrate, William Garcia as Slovitch, Tom Desjarlais as Mishkin, Bonnie Jo Bratina as Yenchna, Edward Fitzgerald as Dr. Zubritsky, Angi Tamke as Lenya Zubritsky, Tegan Blank as Sophia Zubristky, Matt Springer as Gregor Yousekevitch, Susan Tomashek as Mute 1, and Devin J. Simko as Mute 2.

“A village in 19th century Ukraine is cursed with stupidity and their only hope is the new school master, Leon. Beloved American screen and stage writer, Neil Simon, delivers a nonstop laugh fest in this comedic fairytale. Come find out if true love can break the curse of Kulyenchikov,” said Director, Liz Golson.

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.

LCT Announces Cast for ‘Fools’

La Crosse, WI – 08/31/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces the cast for the fall comedy, Fools. Performances begin October 11, 2018, and continue through Sunday, October 21, 2018. 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, September 17, 2018. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.

LCT Announces Registration is Open for the Fall Session of Theatre for Youth Classes

La Crosse, WI – 08/22/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that registration is now open for the fall session of Theatre for Youth classes. Classes meet on Saturday mornings September 15 through November 10, 2018, with no classes scheduled on September 29, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Discover the world through theatre! Our education program reflects our mission: To create productions and projects that enhance the theatrical literacy of our audience members, volunteers, students, and staff. 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 ages 5-7, meets from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. This class is a gentle introduction to all things theatre. Students will tell stories using only their voices, bodies and imaginations.

Acting 1, for ages 8-10, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This class focuses on the fundamentals of speaking onstage, from breath support and proper projection, to clarity and diction. The students will apply their newly learned techniques in scripted and improvised scenes.

Acting 2, for ages 10-12, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This class will help students use their voice in new ways. Students will focus on creating a character, conveying emotion, and advancing the scene all with the power of their voice.

Teen Masterclass: Speaking Shakespeare, for ages 13-18, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will learn tricks for memorization and perform passages of scenes from Shakespeare’s works.

Tuition is $80-$150 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.

LCT Announces Theatre Piece Along Mississippi River, ‘Walking With Twain’

La Crosse, WI – 08/13/18- La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets are on sale now for Walking With Twain, an active theatre piece along the Mississippi River. Performances begin September 7, 2018 and continue through Saturday, September 22, 2018. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and begin at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. There is no performance scheduled September 8, 2018.

Take a walk with one of America’s greatest wordsmiths as he reflects on the river, society, and the stately city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Walking With Twain stars LCT actor and storyteller, Michael Scott.

“Shakespeare wrote, ‘All the world’s a stage. . .’ Walking with Twain will test the theory with a theatrical production sans the theater. Join in on this active theatre piece along the most storied river in North America,” said Michael Scott.

Tickets are $20 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.

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