LCT announces 2016-2017 season
La Crosse Community Theatre announced its 2016-2017 season on April 2 at its annual Patron Gala Fundraiser.
“It is always exciting to finally talk about what we have been working on since the first of the year,” shared David Kilpatrick, LCT’s executive director.”Creating a season is like putting together a puzzle without the picture on the cover. You don’t know what it will look like, but it’s a lot of fun and the result is always a joy,” Artistic Director Greg Parmeter added.
The 2016-2017 season has 9 shows, including 4 musicals and 2 special offerings in the Veterans Studio Theatre. Every production will be an LCT debut, although many of the plots will be familiar to audiences.
The season opens with Sister Act, by Bill and Sheri Steinkellner, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The story will be familiar to audiences who remember the hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.
The fall comedy will be a new perspective on the story of a little boy who didn’t grow up. Peter and the Starcatcher, by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker, is based on the novel by comedian Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The production, suitable for the whole family, includes pirates, stardust and a lot of fun for everyone.
LCT’s holiday production is a familiar one, but done only as LCT can do it, as if you were watching the making of a radio show: A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play. “We have a lot of fun, and our audiences really enjoy the experience with live radio plays,” said Kilpatrick. This production will follow in the footsteps of Playhouse on the Air Presents: Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.
In conjunction with the holiday show, LCT will present a production suitable for mature elves only.The Santaland Diaries, by nationally known comedian David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello, will star LCT actor and storyteller Michael Scott. 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.
In January, LCT will present one of the best-known French comedies, The Misanthrope, by Moliere, in the Veterans Studio Theatre. “Exploring a language play that is funny and still apropos to 21st century audiences is part of LCT’s goal of expanding theatrical literacy,” said Kilpatrick.
New this season will be a spring musical, Xanadu, the story of a boy who dreams of opening his own roller disco. Based on the movie by the same name, the stage version is a delightful escape into the 1980s.
LCT’s biggest musical of the season will be the 1997 Tony Award-winning Titanic: The Musical, with story and book by Peter Stone and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Although many are familiar with the story, the music and characters in this production are musical masterpieces that will inspire all.
Once again LCT will present a Theatre for Youth musical, with performers between the ages of 8 and 18. Disney’s Aladdin Jr., based on the hit Disney film, will be a special experience for all participants, performers and audiences.
Finally, LCT’s children’s touring show will be The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, by Jerome Hairston, based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats. This production will travel to area schools, bringing theatre to young audiences throughout the Coulee Region. Performances also will be in the Veterans Studio Theatre.
“As LCT has done since 1964, our 2016-2017 season will continue to provide a little something for everyone,” said Kilpatrick.
Season tickets are now available, with an early bird discount through June 15, 2016. The Lyche Theatre Package, which includes tickets to five main stage shows, will be $112/$124. A Six-Pack Flex Package will be $137. The additional Veterans Studio shows will be $22 when ordered along with a season ticket.
Single ticket prices will be $9 for youth productions, $23-$27 for non-musicals and $25-$29 for musicals. Student and military prices will be $15 and $10, respectively, with ID required (plus $2 for musicals). Patron donors may reserve seats beginning April 10, and season ticket holders may do so two weeks before the public for each production.