La Crosse, WI – 04/22/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, The Secret Garden, on May 13 and 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
Orphaned in India, Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle, Archibald, and his invalid son, Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden, which beckons the children with haunting melodies and dreamers. These spirits from Mary’s past guide her through her new life and dramatize the secret garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
The Secret Garden will be directed by guest artist, Liz Golson. Liz received her BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School in 2007 and enjoyed acting professionally all over the country for more than a decade. After a strange and wonderful acting career, Liz began to direct and choreograph, most recently directing Fools and choreographing Cabaret at LCT.
Auditions are open for ages 8 and up. There are roles available for men, women, one boy, and one girl. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/audition. No need to prepare anything. Auditionees will be taught a song that evening for their 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, September 6-22, 2019. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, May 17, 2019, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning July 22, 2019. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 04/15/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets are on sale now for 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.
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.
“LCT is incredibly excited to present the Broadway smash Newsies. This 2012 Broadway hit is based on the Disney movie from 1992 which, in turn, is based on the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City. Full of exciting song and dance numbers, you won’t want to miss this high energy and larger than life musical,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.
Newsies is directed by William Garcia. This production also features music direction by Katie Fries, choreography by Leslie Weber, conducting by Kristin Freedlund, set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Dillon McArdle, props design by Renata Orth, sound design by Ryan Van Berkum, accompaniment by Sarah Leitzen and Vicki Riness, technical direction by Pete Suardi, stage management by Molly Brueske, and assistant stage management by Hannahrose Rand.
The performers are Grant Latus as Jack Kelly, Avery Gerstenberger as Crutchie, Dustin Luecke as Davey, Brody Reider as Les, Brianna Frost as Katherine Plumber, Bradley Weber as Joseph Pulitzer, Elizabeth Arihood as Medda Larkin, Grace Riness as Race, Aaron Frost as Albert, Aaryn Jones as Specs, Allante Walker as Henry, Skyler Erickson as Finch/Darcy, Garrett Spafford as Romeo, Maddie Stoffal as Elmer, Brandon Haring as Mush, Erick Sells as Buttons, Joshua Kaiser as Splasher, Kane Hansen as Tommy Boy, Erik Berg as Jo Jo, Olivia Belland as Mike, Ryley Rasmussen as Ike, Naikya Chandana and Rubie Stetzer as Newsies, Cole Jacobson as Bill/Bunsen/Police, Lance Urbick as Morris DeLancey, Caidan Hoarn as Oscar DeLancey, Dennis Dorman as Snyder, Colin Thelen as Spot Conlon/Nunzio, Alexandra Burch as Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty, Angi Tamke as Nun/Woman/Bowery Beauty, Brittany Schilla as Nun/Bowery Beauty, Tom Desjarlais as Wiesel/Mayor, Jeremiah Galvan as Seitz/Mr. Jacobi, and James Murphy as Roosevelt/Guard/Stage Manager.
“My favorite thing about working on Newsiesis the unbridled joy of the production. At a time when we often feel polarized and isolated from each other, the show reminds us that when we work together, as a community, nothing is impossible. The show embraces an enthusiasm and a passion for life that inspires everyone who sees it. Everything in the production, the athletic dance numbers, the irresistible melodies, the underdog storyline, reminds us that happiness is at the heart of the human experience,” said Director, William Garcia.
Tickets are $26-$34 for adults, $18 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 – 04/10/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the youth production, Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens, on April 29 and 30, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
Dr. Evil wants to destroy the world, but when a basket of kittens arrives on his doorstep, it’s his world that is turned upside down. The Council of Evil is set to arrive for the unveiling of Dr. Evil’s latest weapon. If the Council finds him with the kittens, they may never support him. There is only one solution for Dr. Evil: destroy the kittens. You’ll be rooting for the little fur balls, but being bad has never been this much fun!
Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens will be directed by guest artist, Stacy Bruemmer. Stacy has been involved with children in some way, shape, or form for more than 20 years. She has been a part of children’s productions in Denver, CO, Lanesboro, MN, as well as in La Crosse. Stacy has worked in the Early Childhood Education field for nearly 21 years and has two children of her own. Currently, Stacy coordinates the Theatre Education program at LCT and has directed the Theatre for Young Audiences production the last two years. Stacy is in charge of summer camps at LCT and she has also been the “token adult” for the Theatre for Youth production since 2014. To say Stacy enjoys being around kids would be a great understatement!
Auditions are open for ages 8 to 18. There are roles available for boys and girls. 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 Fridays through Sundays, June 14-23, 2019. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, May 3, 2019, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning May 6, 2019. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 04/08/2019 – La Crosse Community Theatre announced its 2019-2020 season on April 6 at its annual Patron Gala Fundraiser.
“Join us for another fantastic theatre season as we premiere seven shows that have never graced the LCT stage. From beautiful and haunting musicals to lighthearted, hilarious fare, our 2019-2020 season is sure to delight young and old. I hope you will take a chance on each and every one of these marvelous productions,” said Grant Golson, Producing Artistic Director of LCT.
The 2019-2020 season has 10 shows, including 5 musicals and 4 special offerings in the Veterans Studio Theatre. The season includes several titles that are new to the LCT stage.
The season opens with The Secret Garden, with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon, and based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Eleven-year-old Mary Lennox uses the power of hope and love to revive a secret garden with spiritual ties to her crumbling family.
New this year, a fall thriller in the Veterans Studio Theatre, Bad Seed. Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. She doesn’t fit in, has no sense of fair play, and is a poor loser. Bad Seed is by Maxwell Anderson, from William March’s novel.
LCT will become the 29th replication site in the country for The Penguin Project. The program was created by Dr. Andrew Morgan and empowers children with special needs through theatre. This year, the Artists will take the stage to perform Annie Jr. Little orphan Annie uses her charm and spirit to win the heart of billionaire Oliver Warbucks in 1930s New York. Book by Thomas Meehan; music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Martin Charnin; presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols; originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Freidman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Icarus Productions; based on “Little Orphan Annie”; by permission of the Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
LCT’s holiday show will be the smash hit, Elf: The Musical. Buddy the Elf is an over-optimistic lover of Christmas and must help New York City remember the true meaning of the holiday. With book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin, the show is based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum.
Back by popular demand, LCT will also reprise The Santaland Diaries during the holiday season. Written by nationally renowned comedian, David Sedaris, and adapted by Joe Mantello, The Santaland Diaries will star a new face this year, LCT actor, Matt Springer. This production will be held in the Weber Center’s Veterans Studio Theatre. The show is still for mature elves only.
Next in LCT’s season will be the comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner, by Marc Camoletti and adapted by Robin Hawdon. This hilarious sequel to Boeing Boeing sees the return of Robert and Bernard. Can they successfully host a dinner party when everyone is sleeping with everyone else?
In March, LCT will present a drama in the Veterans Studio Theatre. Proof, by David Auburn, is the story of the daughter of a recently deceased, brilliant mathematician who is trying to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his mental instability.
LCT’s spring musical will be Stephen Sondheim’s, Sweeney Todd. The infamous Sweeney Todd sets up a barber shop in London and forms a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant to seek revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The show features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, and originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards, in association with Dean and Judy Manos.
Once again LCT will close out the season with a Theatre for Youth show, the ever popular Frozen Jr. After the kingdom is cast into eternal winter by Elsa, her sister, Anna, teams up with a rough mountaineer named Kristoff to break the icy spell. Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; book by Jennifer Lee; based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee; the original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.
Finally, LCT’s children’s touring show features stories by the Great Brothers Grimm in Fantastic Folklore by the Great Brothers Grimm. It’s a fun and imaginative retelling of three classic tales: The Fisherman and His Wife, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Golden Goose. 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 show is by the Brothers Grimm and adapted by Kelsey Taunt.
“You will not want to miss a single production this season,” said Golson.
Season tickets are now available. The Lyche Theatre Package, which includes tickets to the four main stage shows, will be priced at an early bird discount of $100-$114 now through June 14, 2019. After June 14, the cost will be $106-$120. A Six-Pack Flex Package, whose tickets can be used in any combination to see any show, will be $146-$166. Bad Seed and Proof, the Veterans Studio shows, will be $25 each when ordered along with a season ticket package.
Single ticket prices will be $10 for youth productions, $24-$32 for non-musicals and $26-$34 for musicals. Student and military prices will be $16 and $10 ($18 and $12 for musicals), respectively, with ID required. Patron donors may reserve seats beginning April 15, and season ticket holders may do so one week before the public for each production.
For more information, visit www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org or call 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 03/25/19 – 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.
“La Crosse Community Theatre will once again honor three individuals by inducting them into the LCT Hall of Fame. These individuals represent the spirit of LCT with their selfless service to our mission over the years. Thank you to all of our inductees for their years of passion and support. Please join LCT in thanking them for ensuring the future of your community theatre,” said Grant Golson, Producing Artistic Director for La Crosse Community Theatre.
La Crosse Community Theatre’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees are: Morrie Enders (Artistic/Managing Director of Distinction), Jo Ann Jenkins (Employee of Distinction), and Suzanne Young (Artist of Distinction).
This year we honor individuals whose presence was constant and invaluable for decades. Morrie Enders created a true theatre “family”, drawing many newcomers to the stage. Jo Ann Jenkins was the “Face and Voice of La Crosse Community Theatre,” the first person at the box office window each day, and the last to bid theatre goers “good night” after a show for over 30 years. Suzanne Young was bitten by the theatre bug after high school and has been an enthusiastic volunteer for over 50 years.
Tickets to the Patron Gala Fundraiser are $50 and include entrance to the cocktail hour and presentation, complimentary champagne, dessert, and a $25 patron donation. Tickets can be purchased at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.
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.