La Crosse Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its debut production next season, Mary Poppins, Monday through Wednesday, June 16 to 18, at 7 p.m. Monday is for actors ages 8 to 15. Tuesday and Wednesday are for actors ages 16 and up.
All actors are welcome regardless of experience, but audition slots are limited. Auditions will be held at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse. Callbacks will be on Thursday, June 19. Please prepare thirty seconds of a song from a Broadway musical (see guidelines for details). An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music. Dress appropriately for a dance audition as well.
The cast list will be announced at noon on Friday, June 20. Rehearsals will begin Monday, July 21. The exact rehearsal schedule to be determined upon casting. Anyone not cast (or who is otherwise interested) is invited to help in some other way. Performances will be September 5-21, 2014, in the Weber Center’s Lyche Theatre.
Click here for a complete list of audition guidelines and available roles; call 784-9292, ext. 2, to sign up to audition.
Anything can happen if you let it. Music, magic, and a spoonful of sugar! The beloved family classic, Mary Poppins, comes to the stage in the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical of all time! Step in time to join Mary as she teaches Jane, Michael, Winifred, and George Banks how to be a family again.
Mary Poppins will be directed by Greg Parmeter. Original music and lyrics are by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman; the book is by Julian Fellowes; new songs and additional music and lyrics are by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; and the show was co-created by Cameron Mackintosh.
On Sunday, May 25, we brought down the curtain for the last time on Thoroughly Modern Millie. Five hours later, the stage was stripped, the lights were down, and the costumes were off to dry cleaning — all that remains are the memories of the experience.
The cycle of theatre continues as we are now putting up the set for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, hanging lights, finishing the construction, shopping for costumes, and getting ready for another opening. For La Crosse the theatre cycle of rehearse, open, run, close, repeat, may be short and intense, but it is always fun, meeting new friends and renewing old acquaintances. However, the most important joy of theatre: unforgettable memories are made. This is why we do theatre over and over. Thank you for helping to make those memories at La Crosse Community Theatre.
La Crosse Community Theatre is so excited to have a brand new webpage. We are grateful for all that Vendi Advertising has done for us this season. If you have any questions or concerns about our webpage, please email Eric Severson, our director of publications.
Thank you for all that you do to support La Crosse Community Theatre.
Our 2014-2015 season brochure has been mailed. If you did not receive one, please email us and we will send you the information. The Early Bird deadline was originally May 31. However, to accommodate the holiday mailing schedule, we have extended our deadline to June 16. You won’t want to miss our upcoming season. Every show will be huge, and as a season ticket holder you will have opportunity to make your reservations early! In an effort to better meet your needs, we are implementing new box office software, and season ticket holders will be able to make their seat reservations online! Check back here for updated information.
Inspired by the fables of Aesop, a short comedy for young audiences. Performances are May 17 and May 31 at 11:00am. Tickets are $8 for all ages. Performances are at Pump House Regional Arts Center. A singing mouse, an escaped slave, and a hungry lion form an unlikely trio of friends whose bond is put to the test by an evil Emperor in this enchanting and heartwarming play. While walking through the jungle, Mouse’s passionate singing awakens the Lion, who, despite his immense appetite, lets the tiny Mouse go. Androcles, an escaped slave from the city, makes his way into the jungle where he finds the Lion with a thorn in his paw. Risking capture, Androcles decides to help the Lion and the two become fast friends. But when the evil and lonely Emperor imprisons the two companions and forces them to face off in the arena, it’s the tiny Mouse who reminds them all that friendships aren’t easily broken.
LCT’s Androcles and the Lion
Olivia Golding Emily Guerreo Heny “Hank” Kabat Mac Breummer
Rebecca Hartzell, Director Miranda Bauerly, Stage Manager
La Crosse Community Theatre finishes out its first 50 years with the Theatre for Youth production Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing beginning June 13 and continuing through June 22, 2014. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m, and will be in the 450-seat Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the story of young Peter Hatcher facing sibling mischief and best pal escapades in his attempts to deal with his impossible little brother, Fudge. Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Judy Blume, Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing is a humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is adapted for the stage by Bruce Mason. The show will be directed by Rebecca Seflow Hartzell, with set design by Tim Harris and Greg Parmeter, lighting design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by April Brown, stage management by Dylan Thoren, and direction assistance by Stacy Bruemmer and Jasmine Kratt. The deck chief will be Emily Guerrero.
Cast members include LCT newcomers Dylan McCormick as Jimmy, Macy Meyer as Sondra, Soren Miner as Fudge, Avalon Nelson as Jennie, Lizzy Novotny as Mom, Gwen Rodeberg as Dr. Cone, Payton Rodeberg as Sam, and Ashlyn Rogge as Ruth.
Cast members familiar to LCT patrons include Zach Ausavich as Mr. Vincent, Parker Blumentritt as Janet, Julianna Bruemmer as Nurse, Paige Colsch as Mrs. Yarby, Annie Glise as Mrs. Denberg, Benny Goetting as Dad, Joshua Kaiser as Peter, Abby Kilpatrick as Sheila, Roland Kratt as Mr. Yarby, Mariah Mueller as Secretary, Connor Siegersma as Dr. Brown, Rubie Stetzer as Jane, and Isaiah Stoos as Mr. Berman.
Additionally, all but the first and last performances will include staged readings of three 10-minute original plays written by LCT students. These include Candy Palace by Abby Kilpatrick, directed byOlivia Golding with a cast including Lauren Hegge, Rachel Mertes and Daisy Grover;Catacombs by Jasmine Kratt, directed by Emily Guerrero with a cast including Harley Grover, Kieran Harnish, Kasi Kucharczyk and Abie Sprain; and Crimson Tavern by Roland Kratt, directed by Amalia Brownell with a cast including Teagan Kratt, Marty Backstrand, Larsen Birdsong and Katie Sauer.
All tickets are $8 and are available at the LCT box office (608-784-9292) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Mondays through Fridays, or online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. Seat reservations are available to Patron Donors anytime and to season ticket holders with the Theatre for Youth upgrade beginning Monday, May 19. Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 27.
La Crosse Community Theatre concludes its celebration of 50 years with the classic musical Thoroughly Modern Millie beginning May 9 and continuing through May 25, 2014. Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m, and will be in the 450-seat Lyche Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the big city with plans to marry a man for money instead of love. She soon finds out that the big city has other plans. Thoroughly Modern Millie is a high-spirited musical romp filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, a villainess audiences will love to hate, and the most irrepressible heroine to ever step off the bus! The play won a 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Thoroughly Modern Millie‘s music is by Jeanine Tesori; lyrics are by Dick Scanlan. The book is by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan. The show will be directed by David R. Kilpatrick, with music directed by Peter Bosgraaf, conducting by Jeff Copp, choreography by Anna Taylor, set design by Dillon McArdle, lighting design by David R. Kilpatrick, costume design by Mandy Parmeter and stage management by Laura Weber.
Cast members include LCT newcomers Robert Jones as Mr. Graydon; Maria Runde as Miss Flannery; Joshua Knetter, Mark Quamme and Conner Reisdorf as male ensemble members; and Jennifer Cambio, Aubrey Hollnagel, Molly Jensen, Allison Langer, Morgan Pederson, Kara Schultz and Emma Smerud as female ensemble members. Cast members familiar to LCT patrons include Anna Mae Beyer as Millie Dillmount; Seth Von Steidl as Jimmy Smith; Jennifer Burchell as Mrs. Meers; Alex Attardo as Ching Ho; Jonathan Lamb as Bun Foo; Kayla Shue as Muzzy; Sharon Dawidowski as Mama; Dennis Dorman and Scott Jenks as male ensemble members; and Marcia Brendum and Amanda Wiese as female ensemble members.
Adult tickets are $26 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $22 for Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees. Student/military tickets are $12. Tickets are available at the LCT box office (608-784-9292) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or online. Seat reservations are available to Patron Donors anytime and to season ticket holders beginning Monday, April 14. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, April 21.
A highlight of New York City is a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall
La Crosse community theatre will be traveling to New York City, November 5-9. Experience the Radio City Music Hall, tour Ground Zero and enjoy all that New York has to offer. For prices and complete details, click here.