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.