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Auditions for holiday show, “The Gifts of the Magi”

03-Gifts-of-the-Magi-webLa Crosse, WI – 10/14/2015 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its holiday musical, The Gifts of the Magi, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

There are roles are available for men and women ages 15 and up. Actors are asked to prepare 16 measures, about 30 seconds, of a song. The song can be from a musical, film, or a favorite Christmas carol. There will also be a short dance audition and readings from the script.

The Gifts of the Magi is based on the stories by O. Henry. It is Christmas in New York, 1910, and for a young married couple the holidays seem bleak. Out of work and with no money for gifts, Jim and Della show their love for one another by giving up their most prized possessions. Featuring a bright and joyful musical score, this tale of love and sacrifice is a perfect parable for the season. The book is by Mark St. Germain, music by Randy Courts, and lyrics by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts.

Performance dates are available online. The cast list will be announced on the morning show of WXOW on Friday, October 30, as well as online and on the stage door. The first cast meeting will be that evening at 7 p.m. at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. Call 784-9292 to sign up to audition!

LCT invites audience “under the sea” with fall musical

02-The-Little-Mermaid-webLa Crosse, WI – 10/02/2015 – Only in theatre can you go under the sea, to the beach, and to a castle without ever leaving your seat. La Crosse Community Theatre will present its fall musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Friday, October 23, and running through Sunday, November 8, 2015. Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m., in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

“Beyond the great performances, families will enjoy the fantastic costumes, lovely sets, and exciting props that all go into creating musical theatre,” said Greg Parmeter, the show’s director and LCT’s artistic director. “This really is a big, beautiful ensemble piece.”

“This production captures the movie we all loved,” said LCT Executive Director David R. Kilpatrick, “yet the story is timeless, exploring what it means to grow up, become independent, accept the changes of life, and yet never leave home — all because of love.”

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney films, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid, who falls in love with a human prince against her father’s wishes. She strikes a deal with Ursula, the evil sea witch, for a pair of legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends to save her father, restore order to the ocean, and find the love she’s been searching for. Music is by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright.

The cast includes Audra Fuchsel* (Ariel), Seth Von Steidl (Prince Eric), Elizabeth Arihood (Ursula), John Divney (Sebastian), Olivia Belland (Flounder), Kevin A. Laumbach (King Triton), Kelsey Taunt (Scuttle), Katya Carter (Flotsam), Robert J. Jones (Jetsam), Dennis Dorman (Grimsby), MacKinley Bruemmer (Chef Louis/Ensemble), Martha Boehm* (Mersister/Ensemble), Laikyn Boettcher (Mersister/Ensemble), Cassie Dickow* (Mersister/Ensemble), Maria Johnson (Mersister/Ensemble), Megan Klock* (Mersister/Ensemble), Grace Riness* (Mersister/Ensemble), Dale Stafslien (Pilot), Andrew Helman (Sailor/Ensemble), Dustin Luecke (Sailor/Ensemble), Dylan Thoren (Sailor/Ensemble), Matt Wudi (Sailor/Ensemble), Liberty Sprain* (Windward), Owen Scott (Leeward), Joshua Kaiser (Cabin Boy/Ensemble), Allison Langer (Ensemble), and Sam Schneider* (Cabin Boy/Ensemble). These cast members (*) are making their main stage debut.

The production team also will include music direction by Yvonne Freese, choreography by Jen Wilkinson, set design by Dillon McArdle, lighting design by David R. Kilpatrick, costume design by Mandy Parmeter, props design by Bonnie Jo Bratina, direction assistance by Nick Brandt and stage management by Emily Vieth.

Tickets are $29, with matinee, student and military discounts available, online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. Seat reservations are available now for patron donors and season ticket holders. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, October 5.

For questions, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Theatre for all

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As we at La Crosse Community Theatre head into the world of serving those on the autism spectrum, making theatre available for all, we came across this article on Playbill.com by Broadway actor Kelvin Moon Loh. We applaud him for reminding us that we all can stand to “up our compassion levels.” If you would like to comment, please contact our education director, Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha. Enjoy!

(Please note that LCT now offers “Imagination Spectrum” youth classes and will offer select sensory-friendly performances of some of this season’s productions.)

There’s still time to register!

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Theatre education classes are just beginning, and there’s still room for you!

If you are interested, please click here or contact Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha. Thank you!

Cast List for “The Little Mermaid” Announced

LC02-The-Little-Mermaid-webT is pleased to announce the cast list for our fall musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, which opens Friday, October 23, and continues Thursdays through Sundays until November 8. All performances are in the Lyche Theatre.  Tickets go on sale October 5, 2015. For the complete cast list, click here.

LCT presents season-opening comedy

01-Shakespeare-webSo many plays, so many roles, so little time. Shakespeare has never been so short. Thus the stage is set for La Crosse Community Theatre’s 2015-2016 season-opening comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which opens Friday, September 11, and continues through Sunday, September 20, 2015. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and will be in the Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a non-stop laugh riot featuring three actors performing all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays (give or take) in 97 minutes. Fast-paced, witty, and delightfully irreverent, The Complete Works has something for Shakespeare lovers, haters, and everyone in between.

Experienced LCT actors Chuck Charbeneau (Guys on Ice) and Matt Springer (The 39 Steps) have “trod the boards” a time or two, but Devin Simko is making his LCT main stage debut, going full tilt into such an ambitious role. “Alas, there is but no other way,” he says.

“It really is amazing what just three actors can do,” said Greg Parmeter, the show’s director and LCT’s artistic director. “These guys are going to be hilarious!”

The production team also will include set and lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Mandy Parmeter, props coordination by Lisa Adams and Sara Adams, direction assistance by Eric Leitzen and stage management by Katya Carter.

Tickets are $27, with matinee, student and military discounts available, online here or by calling the box office. Seat reservations are available now for patron donors and season ticket holders. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, August 24.

For questions, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Auditions for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”

02-The-Little-Mermaid-web-smLa Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its fall musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1 and 2, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

Roles are available for men and women ages 15 and up, with roles also available for actors ages 10 to 14. Ages 10 to 14 are invited to audition from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Audition slots are limited, so young actors must sign up in advance. Ages 15 and up are invited to audition from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. All are asked to bring 16 measures of a Broadway show tune. An accompanist will be provided. Auditionees also should dress comfortably for a dance audition. For older actors, scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is based on the classic Disney film, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and book by Doug Wright. Ariel, a young mermaid, falls in love with a human prince against her father’s wishes. She strikes a deal with Ursula, the evil sea witch, for a pair of legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends to save her father, restore order to the ocean, and find the love she’s been searching for.

Performance dates are available online. The cast list will be announced Friday morning, September 4, live on WXOW’s Daybreak morning show, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays through Fridays. The first rehearsal will be Monday, September 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Call 784-9292 to sign up to audition!

Cast list for “The Complete Works…” Announced

01-Shakespeare-webLCT is pleased to announce the cast for the first production of our 2015-16 Season, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which opens Friday, September 11, and continues Thursdays through Sundays until September 20. All performances are in the Lyche Theatre.  Tickets go on sale August 24, 2015. For the complete cast list, click here.

A volunteer’s reflections

Below is a link to an article on volunteering written by Maria Runde (who appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar) for a Gundersen Health System newsletter. She expresses what community theatre is all about. Thank you, Maria!

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Auditions for season-opening comedy and youth outreach productions

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La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for its season-opening comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and its youth outreach production, Stuart Little, on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, is a non-stop laugh riot featuring three actors performing all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays (give or take) in 97 minutes. Fast-paced, witty, and delightfully irreverent, The Complete Works has something for Shakespeare lovers, haters, and everyone in between.

Stuart Little is the endearing tale about an extraordinary mouse born into an ordinary family. All the charm, wisdom, and joy of E.B. White’s classic novel are captured in this delightful adaptation by Joseph Robinette. The exciting adventures–both big and small–of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life, proving that you’re never too small to make a big difference.

For The Complete Works, men ages 18 and up are invited to audition for 3 roles. Stuart Little — LCT’s youth outreach production — is designed to travel to schools and other locations, so men and women ages 18 and up with schedule flexibility are encouraged to audition for 5 roles. All are welcome regardless of experience. Scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins also will be considered.

Preliminary performance dates for both shows are available online. Cast lists for both shows will be announced at noon on Friday, July 31, and cast meetings will be held that evening. Rehearsal schedules are tentatively Mondays through Fridays but final schedule will be based on casting.

Call 784-9292 to sign up to audition.

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