La Crosse, WI- 05/22/17- La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the fall musical, TheMusic Man, on June 12 and 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.
TheMusic Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize. There’s just one problem—he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian. Will she be able to change his tune by curtain’s fall?
The Music Man will be directed by guest artist Matthew Scott Campbell, an assistant professor of theatre and music theatre at Viterbo University who also works freelance as a director, AEA actor, and fight director. His body of work as a director includes: Avenue Q,Romeo and Juliet, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Altar Boyz, and Pippin at Viterbo, Twelfth Night and Macbeth at the Shakespeare Festival, among others. As an educator, he has taught workshops across the country for SETC, IHSTF, META, ISF, and in numerous university and college programs.
Auditions are open for ages 8 and up. There are roles available for men, women, and children. First-time auditionees are welcome–no experience necessary. Auditionees are asked to prepare thirty seconds of singing and be dressed to move.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, September 8-24, 2017. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, June 16, 2017, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays through Fridays, beginning on July 31, 2017 at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.
LCT announces a call for Directors and stage managers for it’s upcoming 54th Season. Click here for specific schedule details for productions needing a director. Click here for schedule details for upcoming season with stage managers needed for every production. Please send your resume and letter of interest to Tom Desjarlais, interim executive director.
LCT is excited to announce the cast for Theatre for Youth production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr which opens Friday, June 9 and continues Fridays through Sundays, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, until June 18. Tickets go on sale to the public May 22, 2017. For more information about the production, click here. For the the complete cast list, click here.
The Board of Directors for La Crosse Community Theatre is pleased to announce that Tom Desjarlais has graciously accepted the post of interim executive director. The search for a new executive director will take some time. Rather than rush, the board determined that with the right person willing to temporarily lead LCT, the search process can be careful, thoughtful and result in the highest quality candidates.
Tom Desjarlais has been been a strong supporter of LCT for many years, in addition to being a familiar face on the stage, Tom has been a committed volunteer working in a variety of positions and a dedicated patron.
We are grateful for his undertaking of the challenge. Tom will work closely with outgoing executive director, until David Kilpatrick leaves. Then Tom will take over full-time effective May 8.
La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, April 24, 2017 for Titanic: The Musical. Performances begin May 12, 2017, and continue through Sunday, May 28, 2017. 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.
In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with 1,500 souls aboard in one of the worst maritime disasters in history. This powerhouse musical, winner of the 1997 Tony Award, chronicles the true stories of the people who sailed on the fateful ship. It is a tribute to their hopes for a brighter future and the grand dream that was Titanic.
LCT’s Executive Director David Kilpatrick serves as the production’s Director in what will be his final production at LCT. Kilpatrick will be joining Des Moines Community Playhouse as their Executive Director.
“It has been an honor to be part of LCT for these past 7 seasons. I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to be able to be direct this grand production with its incredible music and to have the finest A-level talent involved as cast, crew, musicians, and designers. Thank you for the privilege,” Kilpatrick said of his final production with LCT.
This production also features musical direction by Matt Salvo, choreography by Robert Jones, set design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Michael Ranscht, and stage management by Molly Brueske.
The performers are Jennifer Burchell, Katya Carter, Tom Desjarlais, Dennis Dorman, Josh Fisher, Cody Flick, Brianna Frost, James Gilbertson, Anna Jansson, Allan Johnson, Robert Jones, Alli Langer, Madelyn Mikshowsky, Brian Murphy, Matthew Olson, Grace Riness, Brittany Schilla, Aidan Smerud, Nicholas Springer, Angi Tamke, Bradley Weber, Lynn Marie West, and Matt Wudi.
“What is particularly theatrical about this production is the story. Although the ship was epic in scale, the individual stories are what is important. This cast is working so hard to bring famous and not-so famous people to life,” said Kilpatrick.
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 for click here..
La Crosse, WI- 03/20/17- La Crosse Community Theatre announced its 2017-2018 season on March 18 at its annual Patron Gala Fundraiser.
“Our main focus in selecting shows for this coming season was to create opportunities for everyone in the community to get involved,” said David Kilpatrick, LCT’s Executive Director. “Our productions will offer great roles for men and women of varying ages. Even children will have a chance to stand in the limelight.”
The 2017-2018 season has 9 shows, including 3 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 The Music Man, with music, books, and lyrics by Meredith Willson. It’s the sweet family story of a music salesman who comes to Iowa to sell instruments for a boys’ band, but ends up buying the heart of the town.
The fall show will be Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, And Then There Were None. Ten strangers are trapped on an island: one by one, they are accused of murder. One by one, they start to die!
LCT is starting a new tradition with its holiday production, A Christmas Story. The play was written by Philip Grecian. Based on the beloved film, A Christmas Story is Jean Shepherd’s nostalgic look back at his childhood holidays in Indiana. Many families have made watching the film a custom during the Christmas season. LCT has decided to support that tradition by letting our volunteers bring the story to life every few years onstage.
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 opens at the Pump House on Black Friday and is still for mature elves only.
In January, LCT will present a musical for the first time in the Veterans Studio Theatre. I Do! I Do! features a charming score with songs a about life, love, and the follies of marriage. The book and lyrics are by Tom Jones and music is by Harvey Schmidt.
Next in LCT’s season will be Calendar Girls, the true story of eleven friends who bared it all to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. It’s based on the movie by the same name with the story by Tim Firth.
LCT’s final musical of the season will be Cabaret, with book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. While the rising tensions of the Third Reich may make the citizens of Berlin question their relationships, inside the Kit Kat Klub, everything is beautiful! Come hear the music play!
Once again LCT will close out the season with a Theatre for Youth show. Based on the book by Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby traces Ramona’s tumultuous passage through third grade and her discovery that life is not always fair.
Finally, LCT’s children’s touring show will be Miss Electricity, by Kathryn Walat. It’s the story of a young girl named Violet who longs to be special. When she gets hit by lightning, twice, she learns that being special is a matter of what’s inside, not what happens outside. 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.
“The variety of our 2017-2018 season shows will create special theatre experiences for everyone,” said Kilpatrick.
For you own copy of the season announcement, click here.
Recognizing that not everyone can attend our 2017-2018 Patron Gala, we are offering a Live Stream of the event. Starting at 6:30pm CST, you can enjoy the induction into the Hall of Fame and the announcement of our 2017-2018 Season. We thank you in advance for your support of LCT!
LCT is excited to announce the cast for the 2016-17 season musical Titanic which opens Friday, May 12 and continues Thursdays through Sundays until May 28. Tickets go on sale to the public April 24, 2017. For more information about the production, click here. For the the complete cast list, click here.