Read Karsell has been a part of The Civic's family for many years. Currently a junior at John Marshall High School, Read signed up for his first STAR session when he was in 2nd grade. He continued attending STAR for five more years, and eventually became an assistant instructor within the program. In 5th grade, he appeared in The Civic’s production of Gypsy. From there, he also appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and Grease. In addition to main stage shows at The Civic, he has appeared in multiple productions at John Adams Middle School and has been a member of the Otherwise Actors for five terms.
Wow! I am constantly amazed and impressed by the strength of the women in our community, but November’s Women On Wednesdays solidified my belief that women are resilient, no matter what life throws at them. Last week’s topic of discussion was “Intimacy and Illness” and featured three great speakers and a very interactive and passionate audience. Again, I went into the panel discussion thinking I would have little to contribute and would not be able to relate to the subject matter, but again I was wrong. By the end of the panel discussion I had laughed so hard my belly hurt and had cried so hard my eyes were red.
(Written by Ryan Potaracke, "Civic Minded" is the first entry in our new Rochester Civic Theatre Guest Blog. Ryan will be sharing her thoughts and opinions on life and her experiences at the Rochester Civic Theatre as a newly returned Rochester resident. Enjoy!)
Starting September 12th, the Civic is bringing another big show to the main stage. You've probably heard of it before. You may have even seen it a time or two. In fact, if you're anything like me, you probably know the whole show verbatim. The show I'm talking about, of course, is the incredible Broadway smash RENT. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, there's a lot to be excited about, as ticket sales have shown. Just one day after ticket sales were opened to the public on Monday, August 4th, over 50% of the seats in the first two weekends were sold, and the phone keeps ringing!
“I’m looking for the truth. The audience doesn’t come to see you, they come to see themselves,” actress Julianne Moore once said. Carla Thelen Hanson, the Vocal Director of Cabaret shared her words with the cast before the show opened, along with a few wise ones of her own. “Keep it true. Keep it out of your head and into your heart. Now go out and bless some people.”