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LCT to Announce Hall of Fame Inductees and New Season at Patron Gala Fundraiser

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 Announces Cast List for ‘Cabaret’

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.

LCT Announces Registration is Open for the Spring Session of Theatre for Youth Classes

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.

LCT Announces Auditions for the Musical, ‘Cabaret’

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 MusicalShrekStage DoorFiddler 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 MusicalPippinDo Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?Pride and PrejudiceA Midsummer Night’s DreamNicholas 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’s staff is expanding!

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.

LCT Announces Comedy, ‘Calendar Girls’

La Crosse, WI – 02/12/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, February 19, 2018 for Calendar Girls. Performances begin March 9, 2018, and continue through Sunday, March 25, 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.

When Annie’s husband passes, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade their fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude for an “alternative” calendar. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire. The calendar is a success, but friendships are put to the test under the strain of new-found fame.

“On the surface, it is easy to assume that Calendar Girls is a hilarious comedy about female empowerment, and while it certainly is, there is much more there. It is a powerful story of two friends who are almost pulled apart by the differences in their coping mechanisms. I hope while you are laughing through tears, the message of the story comes through: when life gets hard, hold your loved ones tight,” said LCT Executive Director, Grant Golson.

Calendar Girls is directed by Janet McLean. This production also features set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting design by Erek Weis, props design by Maddie Mikshowsky, sound design by Eric Glazewski, stage management by Kelsey Taunt, and assistant stage management by Dawn Havican.

The performers are Mary Beth Specht as Annie, Dennis Kuhn as John, Stacy Bruemmer as Chris, Rick King Quale as Rod, Donna Stapleton as Cora, Marsha Rubinelli as Jessie, Martha Boehm as Celia, Angi Tamke as Ruth, Janet Papenfuss as Marie, Karla Young as Barbara Hulse, Sharon Markee as Lady Cravenshire, Devin Vogel as Lawrence, Nick Brandt as Liam, and Whitney Graham as Elaine.

Tickets are $28/$24 for adults, $16 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.

LCT Announces the Fourth Annual Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival

La Crosse, WI – 02/01/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival. Performances are February 15-17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

La Crosse Community Theatre presents the fourth annual Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival. Improvisation is a theatrical form that celebrates spontaneity and is fun for performers and audience members. It is on-the-spot storytelling, with no planning or script. Come and enjoy three nights celebrating local and regional improv troupes.

Tickets are $40 for a weekend pass, $12 for Thursday night only, and $20 for Friday or Saturday night, 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.

LCT Announces Cast List for ‘Calendar Girls’

LCT is excited to announce the cast list for their next main stage production, Calendar Girls, which runs March 9-25, 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 February 19, 2018. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.

LCT Announces Musical, ‘I Do! I Do!’

La Crosse, WI – 01/08/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets are on sale now for I Do! I Do! Performances begin January 25, 2018, and continue through Sunday, February 11, 2018. Shows are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Take a front row seat to the marriage of Michael and Agnes! Laugh along as the couple navigates through their wedding night jitters, raises a family, and negotiates midlife crises. Set to a charming score, this pair demonstrates just what it means to love someone for better, or worse.

I Do, I Do! has been described as a beautiful musical theatre Valentine. This gorgeous show—with a score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, composers of The Fantasticks—will have you laughing, crying, and humming the tunes all the way home,” said LCT Executive Director, Grant Golson.

I Do! I Do! is directed by Aidan Smerud. This production also features music direction by Diane Foust, choreography by Emma Smerud, set design by Kelsey Taunt, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting and sound design by Erek Weis, props design by Liz Golson, accompaniment by Claire Stanek and Amy Stellick, and stage management by Molly Brueske.

The performers are Wyatt Molling as Michael and Dominique Sicard as Agnes.

“It picks up where other musicals leave off. While most musicals focus on the pursuit of love, I Do! I Do! shows us that the story continues after happily ever after,” said Director, Aidan Smerud.

Tickets are $30/$26 for adults, $18 for students, and may be purchased through the box office 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.

LCT Announces Auditions for the Comedy, ‘Calendar Girls’

La Crosse, WI – 01/03/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the comedy, Calendar Girls on January 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

When Annie’s husband passes, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade their fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude for an “alternative” calendar. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire. The calendar is a success, but friendships are put to the test under the strain of new-found fame.

Calendar Girls will be directed by guest artist, Janet McLean, who is delighted to return to LCT after having a wonderful experience directing First Baptist of Ivy Gap. An Associate Professor of Theatre and Music Theatre at Viterbo University, she is a committed theatre educator and leads the Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education and the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre programs. Originally from Rochester, MN, McLean joined the Viterbo faculty in 1989 as a teacher, director, and costume designer. Currently, her focus in theatre is in dramatic literature and theatre history, with a particular focus on multicultural and women’s issues as portrayed through 20th century American drama. McLean holds a Ph.D. in Theatre and Media Arts from the University of Kansas, an MA in Theatre with an emphasis in directing from the University of Idaho, and a BFA in Theatre Education from the University of South Dakota.

Auditions are open for ages 18 and up. There are roles available for men and women. First-time auditionees are welcome—no experience necessary. Signing up for auditions is preferred but walk-ins are welcome.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, March 9-25, 2018. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, January 19, 2018, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning February 5, 2018, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

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