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.
La Crosse, WI – 02/26/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that registration is now open for the spring session of Theatre for Youth classes. Classes meet on Saturday mornings March 17 through April 28, 2018, with no classes scheduled on March 31, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
Discover the world through theatre! Our education program reflects our mission: To create productions and projects that enhance the theatrical literacy of our audience members, volunteers, students, and staff. The goals of our education program are to provide opportunities for creativity and personal growth in a fun, collaborative environment and to celebrate human connections through communication and interactions.
Imagination Station, for ages 5-7, meets from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Students will use a favorite book as inspiration to create a play with their favorite characters.
Acting 1, for ages 8-10, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Students will work on focus and build a character from scratch.
Acting 2, for ages 10-12, meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Students will work with scripts and learn everything from lines to stage directions.
Tuition is $60 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 – 02/19/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, Cabaret, on March 12 and 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
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 Fräulein Schneider, who is slowly falling in love with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller, who also happens to be Jewish. Both relationships are tested as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.
Cabaret will be directed by guest artists John Reimler and Lisa Reimler. John has been teaching high school English, speech, and theatre classes for over thirty years, with stops in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. He is currently located at Onalaska High School. Working both as a solo act and in partnership with his wife, Lisa, he has directed nearly 100 productions, most recently Little Women: The Musical, Shrek, Stage Door, Fiddler on the Roof, and Dancing at Lughnasa. Lisa received her B.A. in Theatre and English from Valparaiso University, her M.A. in Theatre History from University of Missouri-Columbia, and her M.F.A. in Directing from Illinois State University. Lisa has taught at both the high school and collegiate levels. She is currently employed at Onalaska High School where she leads drama and forensics alongside her husband. Some of her favorite plays that she has directed include: Little Women: The Musical, Pippin, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Pride and Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nicholas Nickleby, and Fiddler on the Roof.
Auditions are open for ages 18 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 MP3 player 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, May 11-27, 2018. The cast list will be announced online and on the stage door by noon on Friday, March 16, 2018. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning March 19, 2018, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
LCT is thrilled to announce Tim Harris as our new Production Manager.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce all of our staff and how you might interact with each of us.
Grant Golson, Executive Director
There’s no business like show business, and LCT’s beautiful productions enticed Grant to move his family to the frozen tundra. Now that he’s here, Grant focuses on fundraising, arts administration, and artistic direction so that LCT can continue to produce the high quality programming for which it’s known. A showman himself, Grant’s artistic vision will ensure that each new season will be more exciting than the last.
Tim Harris, Production Manager
Few people know LCT and Weber Center better than Tim. He’s worked as a technician, designer, crew member, and even as an actor. His expertise on and off the stage will serve him well as the new Production Manager. He will recruit, train, and oversee our volunteers, in addition to advising our technical director.
Jessi Davidson, Marketing Director
As the Marketing Director, Jessi keeps the community apprised of the goings on of the theatre. She honed her graphic design skills at Western Technical College and now crafts marketing materials for the web, print ads, publications, and patron correspondence. She also works closely with our sponsors to ensure their brand is well represented in LCT’s print and digital media.
Mary Cate Cichock, Patron Services Manager
Not many can enter the theatre without encountering Mary Cate’s cheery disposition and infectious smile. As the Patron Services Manager, Mary Cate assists with tickets sales, donations, ushers, and LCT’s front of house operations. Her passion for theatre extends into the classroom as well, where she serves as a teacher for our youth classes.
Erek Weis, Technical Director
A Viterbo University alum, Erek is no stranger to LCT’s backstage areas. After working as a carpenter for Syracuse Stage in New York, he’s thrilled to return to La Crosse as the LCT Technical Director. Erek looks forward to continuing LCT’s tradition of constructing beautiful sets and creating lighting designs in our Lyche and Veterans Studio theatres.
Mary Hofer, Bookkeeper
Mary keeps LCT on budget. She balances out our newer staff with her years of experience handling the financials at LCT. Mary also enjoys traveling and has joined LCT on several group tours.
Dominique Luecke, Office Manager
In this cast of creative staff members, Dominique serves as a supporting actress. She lends a hand in preparing special events and meetings, proofing marketing materials, corresponding with patrons, and assisting with several other operational assignments. She’s happy to help you with whatever you need.
Stacy Bruemmer, Education Coordinator
Stacy energizes the room from the moment she enters it. Her enthusiasm and creativity make her the ideal mentor for the young artists who visit LCT. She organizes and teaches our theatre for youth classes, sparking the imaginations of all who attend. Stacy also brings theatre to youngsters in the community by coordinating, directing, and performing in our touring Theatre for Young Audiences productions.