Civic Theatre announces 2009-2010 season

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette announces the performance series’ for the 2009-2010 season. The Civic Theatre Season runs from July 2009 through June 2010.

Civic Theatre’s Civic Under the Stars (CUTS) will feature the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I. Following the success of last summer’s Disney’s High School Musical, Civic Under the Stars will continue with the one large show for two weekends format. The Tippecanoe County Amphitheatre will again host Civic Theatre for the summer. The King and I will run July 10 – 18, 2009, Fridays and Saturdays, all shows begin at 8:00 PM. Sundays will be reserved for rain day makeup performances. The King and I will be directed by Robert Spaulding.

Civic Theatre’s MainStage series features five wonderful productions, including comedies, dramas and musicals. This year will feature the Agatha Christie murder mystery, The Mousetrap, directed by Mark Allen Carter. In December, John David Collier will direct the stage version of the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Managing Director Steven Koehler will make his Civic Theatre directing debut with Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal work on dreams and hope, The Raisin in the Sun. Laurie Russell will direct three actors in the wickedly funny The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Finally the season will close with the Kander and Ebb musical, Chicago, directed by Kate Walker.

Civic Youth Theatre utilizes the talented youth of Greater Lafayette. All performers and crew are 18 or younger. The 2009-2010 season offers three well know titles, and one very exciting opportunity for the community. The season kicks off with Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, an incredible theatrical piece depicting the life in a small town at the turn of the century, Larry Sommers will direct. Laurie Russell and Melanie R. Buchanan will direct You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, the warm, fun filled, toe-tapping musical based on the beloved Peanut’s comic strip by Charles Schultz. Missy Freels will direct a humorous interpretation of Snow White. Civic Theatre will be closing the season with the return of The Young Playwright’s Project. A regional competition will result in a world premiere production of at least one new play written by a youth, eighteen or under. Selected playwrights will be teamed with a published playwright to help develop the final work. Complete submission guidelines and rules will be posted over the summer.

Ticket prices will remain the same as this past year. For Civic Under the Stars and Civic Theatre MainStage adult tickets are $15 and youth tickets (18 and under) are only $10. Civic Youth Theatre tickets are $10 for adults and only $5 for youth.

Civic Theatre continues with our community outreach program, Pay What You Can. The final dress rehearsal of all MainStage and Civic Youth Theatre productions (the Thursday before opening) will serve as a preview performance. Tickets are available at any monetary level. The program (entering its fourth year) has grown very popular to the point that people have had to be turned away at some performances due to full houses.

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