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LCT Announces Auditions for the Musical, ‘I Do! I Do!’

La Crosse, WI – 11/20/17 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical, I Do! I Do! on December 11 and 12, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

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! will be directed by guest artist, Aidan Smerud, who is excited to begin a new adventure as a director with LCT. A recent master of music graduate from the University of Houston, Smerud has been a frequent performer on LCT’s stage since 1998. His most recent credits on LCT’s stage include Mr. Andrews in Titanic: The Musical, and Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher. In addition to his work with LCT, Smerud has remained an active performer in opera and theatre companies throughout the US and abroad.

Auditions are open for ages 18 and up. There are roles available for men and women. Auditionees should prepare 30 seconds of singing and be dressed to move. First-time auditionees are welcome—no experience necessary. Auditionees do not need to attend both nights of auditions.

Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays, January 25-February 11, 2018. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, December 15, 2017, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning December 18, 2017, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

LCT Announces Beloved Christmas Classic, ‘A Christmas Story’

La Crosse, WI – 11/13/17 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, November 20, 2017 for A Christmas Story. Performances begin December 7, 2017, and continue through Sunday, December 17, 2017. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Adult Ralph Parker recounts the Christmas he celebrated as a nine-year-old living with his parents and younger brother in northern Indiana. This particular Christmas was special: his contest-obsessed father won a prize and the never-ending battle with the house furnace. Ralphie faced challenges of his own: clashing with the town bullies and discovering a new relationship with soap. But most memorable was what he wanted more than anything for Christmas: an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle, aka a BB gun. Retold with a touch of childhood fantasy, these Christmas stories remind us all why we love the holidays.

“Although it was considered a flop by box office standards when it was released in November of 1983, the film A Christmas Story has endured and is now considered by many to be the best Christmas movie of all time. Come enjoy this beautiful, live telling of the classic story of a young dreamer who just wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. It is sure to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone.” said LCT Executive Director, Grant Golson.

A Christmas Story is directed by Phil Addis. This production also features set design by Noah Files, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Tim Harris, props design by Bonnie Jo Bratina, sound design by Tim Harris, stage management by Emily Ware, and assistant stage management by Dawn Havican.

The performers are Dan Radtke as Ralph, Beckett Cottrell and Carter Mandell as Ralphie Parker, Lynn Schulze as Mother, Josh Miner as The Old Man, Isidore Thomsen as Randy, Sue Ann Davis-Mitley as Miss Shields, Owen Scott as Flick, Soren Miner as Schwartz, Annabelle Yusten as Esther Jane, Rubie Stetzer as Helen, Brandon Haring as Scut Farkas, Josh Lichty as Cowboy, Avery Gerstenberger as Tree Lot Owner, Michael Kruse as Delivery Man, Greta Speckeen as Black Bart, Joe Theisen as Santa, Kaleb Azene as Desperado 1, Sam White as Desperado 2, Kat Stahmann as Elf 1, Savannah Steiger as Elf 2, and Ensemble members Andrew Egan, Molly Frey, Andrew Hatcher, Lilly Picha, Natalia Poterucha, Joe Theisen, and Sophia Valentina Nicolai.

“The audience will see the pure innocence, love, anticipation, and passion that a child exerts while waiting to open that ultimate gift sitting under the Christmas tree,” said Director, Phil Addis.

Tickets are $28/$24 for adults, $16 for students/youth, 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 and the Pump House Regional Arts Center Announce Holiday Show, ‘The Santaland Diaries’

La Crosse, WI – 11/02/17 – La Crosse Community Theatre and the Pump House Regional Arts Center announce that tickets go on sale Monday, November 6, 2017 for The Santaland Diaries. Performances at the Pump House are November 24, 30 and December 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and November 26 at 4:00 p.m. Performances at LCT are December 9, 15-16 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and December 15-16 at 9:30 p.m.

The Santaland Diaries is a hysterical send-up of the crass commercialization of Christmas. An unemployed actor takes a job as a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter, occasionally taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike.

The Santaland Diaries, originally directed by Anne Drecktrah, stars LCT actor and storyteller, Michael Scott.

Tickets are $17 and may be purchased from both organizations. For tickets to the Pump House performance dates, call the box office at 608-785-1434 or visit www.thepumphouse.org. For tickets to LCT performance dates, call the box office at 608-784-9292 or visit www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

LCT Announces Cast List for ‘A Christmas Story’

LCT joyfully announces the cast list for the holiday classic,  A Christmas Story. The show runs December 7-17, 2017. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets will be available to the public on November 20, 2017. Click here for more information about the production, or here for the complete cast list.

LCT Announces Theatre for Young Audiences Show, ‘Miss Electricity’

La Crosse, WI – 10/09/17 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, October 16, 2017 for Miss Electricity. Performances begin November 4, 2017, and continue through November 18, 2017. Shows are Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Veterans Studio Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Ten-year-old Violet is determined to show the world, not to mention the cool kids at school, just how special she is. With the help of her assistant Freddy, she sets out to break a world record, but becomes accidentally extraordinary when she’s struck by lightning — twice — and gains control over all things electric. Under the name Miss Electricity, Violet zaps her way through circuits, bullies, and tests, but could lose everything when the power goes to her head.

“Children and adults alike will love this tale of a rambunctious ten-year-old who learns that she doesn’t need super powers to be special. Hilarious and heartwarming, don’t miss this beautiful show all about being yourself,” said LCT Executive Director, Grant Golson.

Miss Electricity is directed by Stacy Bruemmer. This production also features set design by Kelsey Taunt, costume design by Krissa Valentine-Harnish, props design by Sara L. Adams, and stage management by Dawn Havican.

The performers are Mary Cate Cichock as Violet, Matthew Springer as Freddie/Owl, Ken E. Brown as Narrator/Billy the Bully/Zeus, and Amy McKnight as Mom/Connie-Can’t-Do/Mrs. Waldo/Athena.

Tickets are $9 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 Auditions for Family-Friendly Christmas Show, ‘A Christmas Story’

La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the Christmas show, A Christmas Story, on October 23 and 24, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

Adult Ralph Parker recounts the Christmas he celebrated as a nine-year-old living with his parents and younger brother in northern Indiana. This particular Christmas was special: his contest-obsessed father won a prize and the never-ending battle with the house furnace. Ralphie faced challenges of his own: clashing with the town bullies and discovering a new relationship with soap. But most memorable was what he wanted more than anything for Christmas: an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle, aka a BB gun. Retold with a touch of childhood fantasy, these Christmas stories remind us all why we love the holidays.

A Christmas Story will be directed by guest artist, Phil Addis, who is semi-retired, working part time at WKBT News 8 as Floor Crew. He has worked in over fifty shows at LCT since 1973. Most recently, he was in Twelve Angry MenWit, and Billy Elliot. He is the recipient of five Dionysus awards. Stage credits include several area theaters as well. Addis also wrote a serio-comedy “God’s Piñatas”. In December, Addis will be showcasing some of his photography at the La Crosse Public Library’s main branch. Addis resides in La Crescent, with his wife, Deb.

Auditions are open for ages 8 and up. There are roles available for men, women, and children. Auditionees do not need to prepare anything. First-time auditionees are welcome-no experience necessary. Auditionees do not need to attend both nights of auditions.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, December 7-17, 2017. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, October 27, 2017, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled Mondays through Fridays beginning October 30, 2017, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

LCT Announces Agatha Christie Murder Mystery, ‘And Then There Were None’

La Crosse, WI, 09/26/2017 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, October 2, 2017 for And Then There Were None. Performances begin October 19, 2017, and continue through Sunday, October 29, 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.

Lured into the island home of mysterious hosts, ten strangers gather for one last summer holiday. Shortly after their arrival, a recorded message accuses each of murder and then one drops dead-poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up. Based on Agatha Christie’s superlative mystery novel, this show will keep you guessing who the killer is, and who will be the next to fall.

“Don’t miss the thrills and chills as one-by-one the suspects turn into victims! It could be anyone! Who do you think is behind it all? Audiences are sure to enjoy this classic murder mystery that just gets better with age,” said LCT Executive Director, Grant Golson.

And Then There Were None is directed by Steven Walker. This production also features set design by Christopher Mayer, costume design by Tatyana Arndt, lighting design by Dillon McArdle, props design by Sara L. Adams, sound design by Dillon McArdle, and stage management by Katya Carter.

The performers are Phil Addis as Rogers, Bonnie Bratina as Mrs. Rogers, Justin Grays as Fred Narracott, Megan Thingvold as Vera Claythorne, Dustin Luecke as Philip Lombard, Kaleb Morgan as Anthony Marston, Matthew Springer as William Blore, Tom Desjarlais as General MacKenzie, Sara L. Adams as Emily Brent, Steven Larson as Sir Lawrence Wargrave, and Josh Kraft as Dr. Armstrong.

“We’ve got intrigue, deceit, twists, turns, and surprises in store! In my opinion, this is Agatha Christie’s finest work and a perfect way to celebrate the spooky time of year,” said Director, Steven Walker.

Tickets are $28/$24 for adults, $16 for students/youth, $10 for military, 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 ‘And Then There Were None’

LCT is excited to announce the cast for Agatha Christie’s superlative murder mystery, And Then There Were None. The show runs October 19 – 29 with performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, as well as on Sunday afternoons. Tickets go on sale to the public October 2, 2017. For more information about the production, click here. For the the complete cast list, click here.

LCT Announces Auditions for Agatha Christie Murder Mystery, And Then There Were None

La Crosse, WI- 08/21/17 – La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the murder mystery, And Then There Were None, on September 11 and 12, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI.

Lured into the island home of mysterious hosts, ten strangers gather for one last summer holiday. Shortly after their arrival, a recorded message accuses each of murder and then one drops dead-poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up. Based on Agatha Christie’s superlative mystery novel, this show will keep you guessing who the killer is, and who will be the next to fall.

And Then There Were None will be directed by guest artist, Steven Walker, who has been a part of the La Crosse community since 2010. He has been involved in over 30 productions in the area including The Dining Room (LCT), The Pillowman (Pump House) and Guys and Dolls (Appleseed). Walker also directed the original work, The Season (Blue Lobstar), written by local play write, C.R. Wolff. He was a founding member of two different improv groups (Sum Assembly Reekwired, The Webernauts) and is the director/founder of the sketch comedy group, Live! From La Crosse. Walker lives in La Crosse with his wife, Michelle, an actress and musician in the community.

Auditions are open for ages 18 and up. There are roles available for men and women. First-time auditionees are welcome-no experience necessary. Auditionees do not need to attend both nights of auditions.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, October 19-29, 2017. The cast list will be announced during the morning show of WXOW on Friday, September 15, 2017, as well as online and on the stage door. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays through Saturdays, beginning on September 20, 2017, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

LCT Announces Family Musical, The Music Man

La Crosse, WI, 08/16/2017 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets go on sale Monday, August 21, 2017 for The Music Man. Performances begin September 8, 2017, and continue through Sunday, September 24, 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.

The Music 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?

“As in society today, nothing is ever exactly what you think it to be. The Music Man is just that. Do you rally behind Harold or hope that he gets his in the end? This musical is filled with the give and take of society. We can all relate to having to make choices that may affect our lives in the future. Enjoy the fun and music as if you too were in 1912,” said LCT Interim Executive Director, Tom Desjarlais.

The Music Man is co-directed and choreographed by Matthew Scott Campbell and Stephanie Harter. This production also features musical direction by Karl Greenfield, conducting by Kristin Freedlund, set design by Dillon McArdle, costume design by Theresa Smerud, lighting design by Dillon McArdle, prop design by Sara L. Adams, sound design by Douglas P. Wilken, accompaniment by Vicki Riness, stage management by Dawn Havican, and assistant stage management by Alex Yeiter.

The performers are Robert J. Jones as Harold Hill, Karla Hughes as Marian Paroo, Eric Sorenson as Mayor Shinn, Carol Sweeney-Marnach as Eulalie Shinn, Brittany Schilla as Alma Hix, Hope Kirwan as Ethel Toffelmier, Katie Fries as Maud Dunlop, Nancy Misch as Mrs. Squires, Christopher Dresen as Jacey Squires, Jason Bernhagen as Ewart Dunlop, Rick King Quale as Charlie Cowell, Joe Hammes as Oliver Hix, Hunter Evenson as Marcellus Washburn, Van Zimmerman as Conductor/Constable, Donna “Schoen” Ruud as Mrs. Paroo, John Williamson as Olin Britt, Sam White as Winthrop Paroo, Qitarra Olson as Gracie Shinn, Elliott de Boer as Tommy Djilas, Olivia Belland as Zaneeta Shinn, Rubie Stetzer as Amaryllis. Adult ensemble members are Katie Reischl and Angi Tamke. Salesmen are James Gilbertson, Dakota Viken, and Skylar Viken. Teen ensemble members are Marty Backstrand, Brandon Haring, Alyssa Kelsey, Matthew Lind, Hannah Reischl, Greta Speckeen, and Gloria Tofstad.

“We feel in mounting The Music Man here in La Crosse, we are bringing it home, in a way, since we too are a “River City.” Meredith Wilson himself called the show a Valentine, and we wholeheartedly agree. We are very excited about this talented cast, tuneful score, and timeless show,” said Co-Directors Matthew Scott Campbell and Stephanie Harter.

Tickets are $30/$26 for adults, $18 for students/youth, 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.

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