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LCT Announces Auditions for Modern Day Classic, ‘Elf The Musical’

La Crosse, WI – 09/10/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the holiday musical, Elf The Musical, on October 7 and 8, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and is transported to the North Pole. Raised as an elf, Buddy doesn’t realize he is actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his father. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his new sibling doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Elf The Musical will be directed by guest artist, Stephanie Harter Campbell. Stephanie is thrilled to be back at Weber Center for the Performing Arts for Elf The Musical. Previous directing credits include Mamma Mia! and The Music Man (LCT), as well as Hansel and Gretel (Viterbo). Having performed in 45 states and 7 countries on 4 national tours and at numerous professional regional theatres, Stephanie has settled down here in La Crosse and is thoroughly enjoying directing and teaching in the Music and Theatre departments at Viterbo University.

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.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, December 6-22, 2019 with an additional performance Wednesday, December 18, 2019. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, October 11, 2019, as well as on LCT’s website and social media pages. Rehearsals are scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning October 14, 2019. For more information, call the box office at 608-784-9292.

LCT Announces ‘Annie Jr.’ Featuring Children with Special Needs

La Crosse, WI – 09/09/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, September 16, 2019 for The Penguin Project production, Annie Jr. Performances are Friday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

The Penguin Project was created by Dr. Andrew Morgan and provides children with special needs an opportunity to develop creative skills, partner and network with others, and participate in a fully realized musical production. The Artists, who are children with special needs, will take the stage to perform a modified version of Annie. The Artists get on-stage assistance from their Mentors.

“La Crosse Community Theatre is extremely proud to be a part of the nationwide program, The Penguin Project. As the 29th replication site across 16 states, LCT has made a commitment to bring the power of live performance to children with special needs. The Penguin Project takes this wonderful initiative a step further by partnering these artists with mentors, or children without special needs, who work side by side with the artists throughout the entire rehearsal and performance process. The result is pure magic as powerful, unique friendships are formed in the spotlight of a beautiful Broadway musical. I urge any and all to come and see what the power of theatre can accomplish when individuals with differences come together to collaborate on performing in a show,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil shenanigans, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Annie Jr. is directed by Stacy Bruemmer. This production also features music direction by Mary Blaha-Deboer, choreography by Brianna Herber Frost, set design by Grant Golson, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting and sound design by Tim Harris, accompaniment by Vicki Riness, technical direction by Peter Suardi, and stage management by Katelyn Klieve.

The Artists are Tiara Potts as Annie, Stephen Reischl as Oliver Warbucks, Destinee Freybler as Grace Farrell, Grace Olson as Miss Hannigan, Jackson Larson as Rooster, Lila Dummer as Lily, Eliza Levendoski as Molly/Mrs. Pugh, Ray Charbeneau as Pepper/Mrs. Greer, William Matz as Tessie/Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hailey Isen as Duffy/Annette, Mara Peterson as July/Cecille, Jason Wex as Drake/Apple Seller, Carson Schuster as Staff/Policeman, Wade Schuster as Staff/Sound Guy/Louis Howe/Dogcatcher/Angry Man, and Jett Schryver as Staff/Bert Healy.

The Mentors are Bella Bouldan, Adalyn Dehli, Nora Erickson, Anna Fortuine, Evangeline Galvan, Gigi Galvan, Greta Griffith, Reese Guest, Alayna Hamamoto, Trinity Horstman, Jake Kaiser, Josh Kaiser, Grace Kearney, AJ Kies, Elizabeth Matz, Megan Ramsay, Anna Reiss, Katie Sauer, Rubie Stetzer, Ellie Sullivan, Nolan Sullivan, and Rayna Torgerson.

“This has been one of the most inspiring things I have witnessed in my life! In a world full of negativity, The Penguin Project is a beacon of positive energy. The theatre is the place where everyone is welcome,” said Director, Stacy Bruemmer.

Annie Jr. is presented by La Crosse Community Theatre, The Penguin Project Foundation, Altra Federal Credit Union, and Mayo Clinic Health System. This production is sponsored by Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Gundersen Health System, Gundersen Partners, La Crosse Community Foundation, and Xcel Energy.

Tickets are $12 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 Shocking Thriller, ‘Bad Seed’

La Crosse, WI – 09/03/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, September 9, 2019 for Bad Seed. Performances begin October 4, 2019, and continue through Sunday, October 20, 2019. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface, she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, and admired by all her elders. But after a boy from her class wins the penmanship medal instead of her, Rhoda’s charm turns to spite. When the boy mysteriously drowns at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark can’t shake the feeling that Rhoda was somehow involved. Would Rhoda do anything to get the medal she felt she deserved?

“When the film adaptation of the Bad Seed released in 1956, it had audiences in a tizzy. Never before had a child been portrayed as a cold-blooded killer. Hollywood went so far as to rewrite the ending to make it more acceptable to audiences of the day. However, nothing can top the original ending. Curious to know what happens? Come see Bad Seed at LCT and discover why this story lives on 54 years after the original novel was published,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director and the show’s director, Grant Golson.

Bad Seed is directed by Grant Golson. This production also features set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Kit Mayer, props design by Sue Tomashek, sound design by Luke Erickson, technical direction by Peter Suardi, stage management by Seth Keiser, and assistant direction by Colin Thelen.

The performers are Avie Nelson as Rhoda Penmark, Kelley Manson as Christine Penmark, Matt Springer as Col. Kenneth Penmark, Janine Gallo as Monica Breedlove, Ian Crary as Emery Wages, Avery Gerstenberger as Leroy, Lizz Brannon as Miss Fern, Tom Desjarlais as Reginald Tasker, Shana Gramling as Mrs. Daigle, David Bigalke as Mr. Daigle/Messenger, and William Garcia as Richard Bravo.

Tickets are $24-$28 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 List for ‘Bad Seed’

La Crosse, WI – 08/23/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces the cast for Veterans Studio Theatre thriller, Bad Seed. Performances begin October 4, 2019, and continue through Sunday, October 20, 2019. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 9, 2019.

Rhoda Penmark: Avie Nelson
Christine Penmark: Kelley Manson
Col. Kenneth Penmark: Matt Springer
Monica Breedlove: Janine Gallo
Emery Wages: Ian Crary
Leroy: Avery Gerstenberger
Miss Fern: Lizz Brannen
Reginald Tasker: Tom Desjarlais
Mrs. Daigle: Shana Gramling
Mr. Daigle/Messenger: David Bigalke
Richard Bravo: William Garcia

LCT Announces Registration if Open for Fall Session of Theatre for Youth Classes

La Crosse, WI – 08/19/19 – 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 14 through November 2, 2019, with no classes scheduled September 28 or October 12, 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. Pretend, create, and play! Using simple props and your imagination, there’s no telling where the story will go!

Theatre Games, for age 8-18, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This class is for EVERYONE! Theatre games can be used to meet new people, build a team, or just have fun! Come and play!

Tuition is $60 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 Cast for ‘Annie Jr.’

La Crosse, WI – 08/15/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces the cast for The Penguin Project musical, Annie Jr. Performances are October 11-13, 2019. Shows are Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 9, 2019.
 
Annie: Tiara Potts
Oliver Warbucks: Stephen Reischl
Grace Farrell: Destinee Freybler
Miss Hannigan: Grace Olson
Rooster: Jackson Larson
Lily: Lila Dummer
Molly/Mrs. Pugh: Eliza Levendoski
Pepper/Mrs. Greer: Ray Charbeneau
Tessie/President Franklin D. Roosevelt: William Matz
Duffy/Annette: Hailey Isen
July/Cecille: Mara Peterson
Drake/Apple Seller: Jason Wex
Staff/Policeman: Carson Schuster
Staff/Sound Guy/Louis Howe: Wade Schuster
Staff/Bert Healy: Jett Schryver
Staff/Dogcatcher/Angry Man: Brian Petersen
Annie Jr. is presented by La Crosse Community Theatre, The Penguin Project Foundation, Altra Federal Credit Union, and Mayo Clinic Health Systems and is sponsored by Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse Community Foundation, and Xcel Energy.

LCT Announces Classic Musical, ‘The Secret Garden’

La Crosse, WI – 08/05/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, August 12, 2019 for The Secret Garden. Performances begin September 6, 2019, and continue through Sunday, September 22, 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.

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 is a haunting story that has been enchanting children and adults since the novel was published in 1911. For the first time in our history, LCT is proud to present the Tony award winning musical that captivated audiences during the 1991 Broadway season. Come see this thrilling ghost story of love, loss, and redemption,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.

The Secret Garden is directed by Liz Golson. This production also features music direction by Diane Foust, conducting by Kristin Freedlund, set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting design by Jason Underferth, props design by Bonnie Jo Bratina, sound design by Ryan Van Berkum, accompaniment by Sarah Leitzen, technical direction by Pete Suardi, and stage management by Molly Brueske.

The performers are Adelade Sprain and Quinn Williams as Mary Lennox, Bradley Weber as Archibald Craven, Brandon Harris as Dr. Neville Craven, Rachel Schoenecker as Martha, Kristyn Taggart as Lily Craven, Drew Larson as Dickon, Matthew Weber as Colin Craven, Kristine Starkey-Gasch as Mrs. Medlock, William Garcia as Ben Weatherstaff, Tom Desjarlais as Major Shelley, Kelsey Taunt as Mrs. Shelley/Mrs. Winthrop, Wyatt Molling as Captain Albert Lennox, Dominique Sicard as Rose Lennox, Srinivasa Rao Chandana as Fakir, Indira Ganireddy as Ayah, Drew Reischl as Lt. Ian Shaw, Joe Hammes as Lt. Peter Wright, Shawn Tupper as Major Holmes, Amanda Wiese as Claire Holmes, Grace V. Riness as Alice, and Naikya Chandana, Shanyu Chandana, Molly Frey, Brock Sullivan, and Emma Weber as Child Dreamers.

“A ghost story. A love story. A family confronting the devastation of loss and finding hope again in a garden no one was supposed to see. The Secret Garden will breathe new life into those who find the door,” said Director, Liz Golson.

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.

LCT Announces Auditions for Thriller, ‘Bad Seed’

La Crosse, WI – 07/29/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the thriller, Bad Seed, on August 19 and 20, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface, she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, and admired by all of her elders. But after a boy from her class wins the penmanship medal instead of her, Rhoda’s charm turns to spite. When the boy mysteriously drowns at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark can’t shake the feeling that Rhoda was somehow involved. Would Rhoda do anything to get the medal she felt she deserved?

Bad Seed will be directed by Grant Golson. Grant 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, Grant 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. Grant has an MBA from the University of Kansas.

Auditions are open for ages 8 and up. There are roles available for men, women, and one girl. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/audition. No need to prepare anything. First-time auditionees are welcome—no experience necessary.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, October 4-20, 2019. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, August 23, 2019, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning August 26, 2019. For more information call 608-784-9292.

LCT and Salvation Army of La Crosse County Announce Winners for ‘Raise Your Mic!’

La Crosse, WI – 07/17/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre and the Salvation Army of La Crosse County announce the winners for the 2019 singing competition, Raise Your Mic!.

1st Place: Bill Truttschel and Ryan Rosenberg
2nd Place: Ella Anderson
3rd Place: Ella Rose and Doug Mahlum

Congratulations to the competition winners and thank you to all the contestants, judges, emcees, crew, and sponsors who made this event possible.

LCT Announces Annual Business Meeting

La Crosse, WI – 06/27/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre’s Board of Directors will hold its annual business meeting on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, beginning at 5:00 p.m.The meeting will be held in the Lyche Theatre at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, in La Crosse. It is free and open to the public.
If you have any questions, please contact Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson, at 608-784-9292, ext. 4.
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