La Crosse Community Theatre is thrilled to collaborate with The Salvation Army of La Crosse to raise dollars and bring excitement to the Coulee Region with ‘Raise Your Mic,’ a singing competition to uncover the ‘best vocalist in the 7 Rivers Region’.
The fundraising event will be held Thursday, July 19 at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. All dollars raised from the event will benefit the day-to-day operations of The Salvation Army and the La Crosse Community Theatre. ‘Raise Your Mic’ is presented by Gundersen Health System and John and Linda Lyche.
“This is a great opportunity for our community to come together for a fun, community-wide competition while also raising dollars for two great organizations,” said Grant Golson of the La Crosse Community Theatre. “Both La Crosse Community Theatre and The Salvation Army are excited for this collaboration and are anticipating wonderful things from this partnership.”
Auditions will take place at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts from 6-10 p.m. on Monday, June 25th and Tuesday, June 26th. People interested in auditioning will be asked to pay a $10 registration fee and can sign-up for a time slot here.
More details on ‘Raise Your Mic’, including prizes, important dates and ticket information will be made available in the coming weeks. To stay up-to-date on all event announcements, follow The Salvation Army of La Crosse County and the La Crosse Community Theatre on Facebook.
La Crosse, WI – 04/30/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, Mamma Mia, on May 21 and 22, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love and friendship, creating an unforgettable show with non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers.
Mamma Mia will be directed by guest artist, Stephanie Harter. Harter is thrilled to be returning to LCT for Mamma Mia after co-directing The Music Man last fall with Matthew Scott Campbell. Her previous choreography credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hello, Dolly!, as well as numerous show choirs and dance teams in Missouri and Kansas. Harter is a frequent clinician, guest artist/teacher, and adjudicator for show choirs, competitions, and youth and children’s theatre workshops, and she is on the voice faculty at Viterbo University. She previously taught at Wichita State University before moving to NYC to pursue acting full time. She has performed in 45 of the United States and seven countries, in numerous regional productions and national tours, including Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche aka the wardrobe) and the first national Broadway tour of Nice Work if You Can Get It (Duchess Estonia Dulworth), where she had not only had the privilege to swing from a chandelier nightly, but to work with Tony Award winning creative teams and esteemed Broadway directors Kathleen Marshall, Rob Roth and Marc Bruni. Other favorite roles include Guenevere in Camelot (Arizona Broadway), Glinda in Wizard of Oz (Surflight), Jellylorum/Griddlebone in Cats (Crown Uptown), Karen/Carmen in Carmen’s Place (Castillo Theatre, 42nd St. NYC), and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (Joplin Little Theatre).
Auditions are open for ages 16 and up. There are roles available for men and women. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/audition. First-time auditionees are welcome—no experience necessary. 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. Signing up for auditions is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, September 7-23, 2018. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, May 25, 2018, as well as online and on the stage door. First cast meeting will be Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the classrooms at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning July 30, 2018. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
LCT is excited to announce the cast list for their Theatre for Youth production, Ramona Quimby, which runs June 8-17, 2018. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets will be available to the public on May 21, 2018. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.
La Crosse, WI – 04/18/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that registration is now open for Theatre for Youth summer camps. Camps meet Monday through Friday in one-week sessions, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Join us this summer as we cue up our creativity to create an original play, learn some of the best show-stopping musical theatre numbers from Broadway, and explore our imaginations!
Mission Imagination, for ages 5-7, meets from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, August 13-17, 2018. Students will travel to different places and times by using their imagination! Campers will explore a world of possibilities through creative play and storytelling. Each day is filled with fun happenings and exciting opportunities that will be playful, as well as developmental and age appropriate.
Creative Capers, for ages 8-13, meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-20, 2018 or July 30-August 3, 2018. Students will hone their physical, vocal, and imaginative skills while creating an original play all about them! Led by actors, writers, and directors from around the community, this year’s summer camp will spark the creativity of every camper.
Musical Madness, for ages 14-18, meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 23-27, 2018. Students will vote for the songs they want to learn. Each round of votes will represent a different type of music, such as the golden age, rock, contemporary, dramatic, Disney, and more. Campers will develop as singers, dancers, and performers while spending time with others who share the same passions.
Tuition is $75-$180 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.
La Crosse, WI – 04/16/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, April 23, 2018 for Cabaret. Performances begin May11, 2018, and continue through Sunday, May 27, 2018. 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.
Welcome to Berlin. It’s 1931 and outside, tensions are rising. However, inside the Kit Kat Klub, a garish Master of Ceremonies assures us that everything is wonderful! Cliff, a newly arrived American writer, becomes smitten with the Klub’s main attraction, Sally Bowles. They decide to share a room at the boarding house of Fraulein Schneider, who is slowly falling in love with Herr Schultz. Both relationships are tested as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.
“Cabaret remains one of the great classics of musical theatre. Its haunting storyline and poignant themes revolving around Nazi Germany are still echoed in our headlines today. Featuring some of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s finest songs, including ‘Willkommen’, ‘Tomorrow Belongs to Me’, and the title song ‘Cabaret’, LCT is presenting the rarely done original 1966 production. You will laugh, cry, and leave the theatre having had a powerful theatrical experience,” said LCT Executive Director, Grant Golson.
Cabaret is co-directed by John Reimler and Lisa Reimler. This production also features music direction by Katie Fries, choreography by Liz Golson, conducting by Kristin Freedlund, set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Dillon McArdle, props design by Bonnie Jo Bratina, sound design by Douglas P. Wilken, accompaniment by Sarah Leitzen, technical direction by Erek Weis, stage management by Molly Brueske, and assistant stage management by Nick Martin.
The performers are Joe Hammes as Master of Ceremonies, Macy Privet as Sally Bowles, Aidan Smerud as Clifford Bradshaw, Lynn Marie West as Fraulein Schneider, Daniel Schneider as Herr Schultz, Nick Brandt as Ernst Ludwig, Dominique Sicard as Fraulein Kost/Kit Kat Girl, and Justin ‘Jay’ Grays as Max/Ensemble. Kit Kat Girls are Katya Carter, Sara Duranso, Brianna Frost, Savanah Steiger, and Kelsey Taunt. Kit Kat Boys are Ryan Brown and Allante Walker. Ensemble members are Cole Jacobson and Katelyn Klieve.
“The story of Cabaretand the zeitgeist of 1929 is loaded with ideas and layers. Many Germans—through no fault of their own—became victims, while others chose to be rescuers, bystanders or collaborators. Many of us have to make the same decisions, so this play is incredibly and rather frighteningly timely,” said co-director, Lisa Reimler.
Tickets are $30/$26 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.
La Crosse, WI – 04/09/2018 – La Crosse Community Theatre announced its 2018-2019 season on April 7 at its annual Patron Gala Fundraiser.
“This is an incredibly exciting season for LCT,” said Grant Golson, Executive Director of LCT. “We are presenting two musicals that have never been done on our stage before. There is truly something for everyone, whether you long to be onstage, behind the scenes, or simply want to sit in the audience and watch the magic unfold.”
The 2018-2019 season has 9 shows, including 2 musicals and 2 special offerings in the Veterans Studio Theatre. The season includes a mixture of LCT debuts and familiar classics.
The season opens with Mamma Mia, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson, book by Catherine Johnson, and originally conceived by Judy Craymer. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on the eve of her wedding.
The fall show will be Neil Simon’s comedy, Fools. The village has been cursed with chronic stupidity, and Leon has 24 hours to break the curse before he too, becomes stupid.
LCT’s holiday show will be Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot. When a Christmas party guest is murdered in his mansion, a Broadway star assumes the role of Sherlock Holmes to solve the crime—just in time for the holidays.
Back by popular demand, LCT will also reprise The Santaland Diaries during the holiday season. Written by nationally known comedian, David Sedaris, and adapted by Joe Mantello, The Santaland Diaries will star LCT actor and storyteller, Michael Scott. Like last year, 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 is still for mature elves only.
In January, LCT will present a drama in the Veterans Studio Theatre. Wait Until Dark is the story of a blind woman who turns the table on a sinister con man and two ex-convicts when they attempt to hatch a plot against her.
Next in LCT’s season will be Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, A Streetcar Named Desire, about a woman whose life has been undermined by romantic illusions. As tensions rise with her brutish brother-in-law, her delusions give way to madness.
New York City’s newsboys seize the day in LCT’s spring musical, Newsies, when they strike against unfair working conditions set by publishing titan, Joseph Pulitzer. Newsies features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, and is based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.
Once again LCT will close out the season with a Theatre for Youth show. Evil has never been so adorable in Brian D. Taylor’s Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens. Dr. Evil wants to destroy the world, but when a basket of kittens arrives on his doorstep, it’s his world that is turned upside down.
Finally, LCT’s children’s touring show features Hans Christian Andersen at his storytelling best in Pixies, Kings and Magical Things. It’s a clever retelling of three classic tales: The Swineherd, The Pixie and the Grocer, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. This production will travel to area schools, bringing theatre to young audiences throughout the Coulee Region. There will also be performances in the Veterans Studio Theatre.
“Join us for a daring, bold, and exciting 2018-2019 season,” said Golson.
Season tickets are now available. The Lyche Theatre Package, which includes tickets to the five main stage shows, will be priced at an early bird discount of $122-$140 now through June 15, 2018. After June 15, the cost will be $129-$148. A Six-Pack Flex Package, whose tickets can be used in any combination to see any show, will be $146-$166. Wait Until Dark, the Veterans Studio show will be $25 when ordered along with a season ticket.
Single ticket prices will be $10 for youth productions, $24-$32 for non-musicals and $26-$34 for musicals. Student and military prices will be $16 and $10 ($18 and $12 for musicals), respectively, with ID required. Patron donors may reserve seats beginning April 16, and season ticket holders may do so one week before the public for each production.
For more information, visit www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org or call 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 04/02/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the Theatre for Youth production, Ramona Quimby, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
Beezus, our narrator, introduces us to the Quimby family and friends in this collection of vignettes that trace her little sister Ramona’s tumultuous passage through third grade. Ramona is usually either aggravating her older sister, getting into trouble, or “making a big, noisy fuss” when things don’t go her way. Although Ramona and Beezus don’t always get along, they come to realize that amazing things can happen when families stick together.
Ramona Quimby will be directed by guest artist, Grace V. Riness. Riness has been involved in several LCT productions, beginning with The Little Mermaid. Her appearances have included Billy Elliot, Titanic, and Peter and the Starcatcher. She was the assistant director for the past two Theatre for Youth shows, Bridge to Terabithia and Aladdin, Jr., as well as And Then They Came For Me. Grace has been a student at Western Technical College since 2014 and will graduate with her Digital Media Productions degree in 2018. She is grateful for all that LCT has offered her and proud to have found a home on its stage.
Auditions are open for ages 8-18. There are roles available for boys and girls. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/audition. First-time auditionees are welcome—no experience necessary. Signing up for auditions is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Performances are Fridays through Sundays, June 8-17, 2018. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, April 27, 2018, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning April 30, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 03/26/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the 2018 class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, April 7, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. In addition to the Hall of Fame, LCT will announce its 2018-2019 season.
“Every year La Crosse Community Theatre inducts several individuals into our LCT Hall of Fame. This year’s line-up includes people who have been instrumental to the success of LCT over the years,” said Grant Golson, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre. “We are so incredibly thankful for their years of hard work and support. Please join us in celebrating their passion for and dedication to La Crosse Community Theatre.”
La Crosse Community Theatre’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees are: Sharon Markee (Artist of Distinction), Tim McNamara (Managing Director of Distinction), Kathleen Pantzer (Artist of Distinction), Scott and Mary Rathgaber (Artists of Distinction), and Dick Sartz (Artist of Distinction).
Each of the inductee’s contributions played a role in sustaining LCT as an arts staple in our area. Sharon Markee has acted, ushered, designed props, painted sets, and assisted with makeup and costumes since 1970. Tim McNamara was the first LCT director to enter a production into a competition, bringing LCT fame and acknowledgement from beyond La Crosse. LCT was a great way for Kathleen Pantzer to get involved in the community after moving here in the 1970’s. Pantzer performed in many shows, designed lights, painted sets, and stage managed during her three decades at LCT. For the Rathgaber’s, LCT was family time. Their son, Adam, was the first to join LCT, and Scott joined him on stage several years later. Though not an actress, Mary gave generously of her time when her family members took the stage. At the ripe age of 54, Dick Sartz took the stage for the first time in The Cherry Orchard in 1973. Since then, Dick has worked backstage, stage managed, served on play reading committees, ushered, and volunteered in any other capacity he could.
Tickets to the Patron Gala Fundraiser are $50 and include entrance to the cocktail hour and presentation, one drink ticket, desserts, and a $25 patron donation. Tickets are on sale now at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.
La Crosse, WI – 03/20/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the 2018 class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, April 7, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. In addition to the Hall of Fame, LCT will announce its 2018-2019 season with brief samples from upcoming productions.
“I am thrilled and honored to be hosting this year’s LCT Patron Gala Fundraiser for the first time,” said Grant Golson, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre. “This event is an opportunity to bring patrons, volunteers, and staff together to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 season and look forward to the many exciting aspects of the 2018-2019 season. This year the theme is ‘Come to the Cabaret,’ and we will be featuring live performers singing songs from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. We will have an exciting presentation with musical numbers as we announce next year’s season and celebrate our 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. Stay after the presentation for dessert and dancing in our Cabaret Lounge. Come celebrate the magic of LCT. Come to the Cabaret!”
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring live music in the Cabaret Lounge. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, with drinks available for purchase at the bar. At 7:00 p.m. the presentation will begin. It will include the announcement of the Hall of Fame 2018 class and the 2018-2019 season. Attendees will also enjoy musical numbers from both our current and upcoming season. Dessert and dancing will follow the presentation.
In addition to celebrating LCT’s productions and volunteers, guests will have the opportunity to show their support of the theatre. Silent and live auctions will send several people home with special prize packages. LCT will also announce the winners of the Hamilton tickets raffle. Raffle tickets are available by calling the LCT box office.
Tickets are $50 and include the cocktail hour, one drink ticket, presentation, desserts, and a $25 patron donation. Tickets to the gala are now available at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.
LCT is thrilled to announce the cast list for their spring musical, Cabaret, which runs May 11-27, 2018. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets will be available to the public on April 23, 2018. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.