At the South Bend Civic Theatre, we pledge to be a light to illuminate the darkness.

As theatres around the country go dark during the pandemic, we encourage you to focus on the humble ghost light. Created as a tool to keep us safe (from falling off the stage), it has since evolved into a metaphor for theatre’s ability to be light in the darkness, understanding in an incomprehensible world.

Even as we close our doors temporarily, remember that our light will never be extinguished.

Stay safe and shine on!

At the South Bend Civic Theatre, we pledge to be a light to illuminate the darkness.

As theatres around the country go dark during the pandemic, we encourage you to focus on the humble ghost light. Created as a tool to keep us safe (from falling off the stage), it has since evolved into a metaphor for theatre’s ability to be light in the darkness, understanding in an incomprehensible world.

Even as we close our doors temporarily, remember that our light will never be extinguished.

Stay safe and shine on!

How You Can Connect Through COVID-19

You’ve spent countless hours rehearsing and practicing, so we can only imagine the heartbreak when you learned your show was cancelled. Be a light in the darkness of this trying time and show us what you’ve been working on. We may not be seated in an auditorium to share the laughter and tears, but we can still appreciate the arts together.

We believe theatre brings people together like nothing else can. Sharing laughs, tears, and cheers strengthens bonds in ways staring at a screen simply can’t. Although COVID-19 has taken the away the “live” element for now, we can still connect through virtual performances.

We understand that the precautions put in place in our community are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and we will support any efforts to stem the outbreak. However, we know COVID-19 will result in losses for the arts community. A loss in the experience of live theatre (for now), and a loss in revenue for many arts organizations including the South Bend Civic Theatre.

Please consider making a donation to SBCT  so we can continue to unite the community through live theatre when we emerge on the other side of this unprecedented situation.

The show must go on! Join our virtual audience.

Scroll through submissions below or upload your own.

Thanks to The Euclid Quartet cellist and friend of the Civic Jacqueline Choi for sharing her brilliant rendition of America from “West Side Story.” April 18 was meant to be the opening night of our co-production with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, but that celebration will have to wait. In the meantime enjoy this ray of #civiclight.

An original play written by and starring eight military veterans from Veterans Empowerment Theatre (VET). VET presents a first-hand view of the soldiers’ experiences in their rawest form, unfiltered by press, political, or military censorship. Productions give audiences greater insight into the difficulty facing veterans returning from deployment, exposing the inner turmoil of the lasting scars, both external and internal, endured from combat.

From Kathryn Hein on being a #CIVICLIGHT: Out of commission as an actor and — at least in the traditional sense — Theatre teacher, I turn to my other passion in Theatre: special f/x makeup. I learned iMovie and created this how-to on applying a black eye, along with some of the science behind it. The arts are my empathetic outlet; I see my love of all things Theatre as not only studying humans and emotions in general, but also as striving to understand everyone’s role in the Arts setting. I love listening to truly passionate people talk about the art-form they are good at, and I hope that that comes across in this video.

The Sauk proudly presents PLANTING REDWOODS by Aaron Nichols. Performed by Summer Housler. This monologue was inspired by the word “Hope.” More information about The Sauk and LIVING ROOM MONOLOGUES can be found at www.thesauk.org.

 

 

David Yazbek’s Breeze off the River from the musical The Full Monte. SBCT Construction Manager William Loring is accompanied by Roy Bronkema on the piano.

A member of the South Bend Civic Theatre family is in the running to win a national competition. Show her some love before March 31!

Allison Jones is a performer with the South Bend Civic Theatre, where she also works as an education artist.

Inspired by the 32nd annual Great LOGAN Nose-On keynote speaker, Ali Stroker, who won a Tony Award for her role in Oklahoma and who’s the first Broadway performer who uses a wheelchair, LOGAN held open auditions for a production of their very own titled “Oh my Logan! A Nose-On Musical”.

Aaron Nichols, executive director of the South Bend Civic Theatre, makes an appearance!

Instruments (in order of appearance): Joe’s actor toolbox, Grace’s actor toolbox, Meisner technique

Submitted by Laura Hammonds: This is a public service announcement to encourage people to clean out their basements. The arts are important to me because they help me think in new ways.

 

Calin Radulescu submitted this clip from the Southold Dance Theater. “Indodana” is a contemporary ensemble choreographed for YAGP 2020. The dancers performed this during the national competition earlier this month in Carmel, Indiana.

 

The arts are important to instill in children, preferably as early as possible. They imitate what they see, and what better way to create future artists? Here’s 4-year-old Stevie performing his rendition of Circle of Life after being lucky enough to see the last performance of Lion King before the Morris shut it down. And yes, he’s saying “Hacienda”

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A cover of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (Oklahoma!). Performed by Peter Eggleson in South Bend, IN. Recorded on March 20, 2020. This was the song my mother used to sing as she opened the window-shades to wake me up every morning! The arts are important to me because without art, Earth is just Eh….

In this time of social distancing help us maintain social connection.

Humans crave connection, and live theatre is a way to bring us all together. Through performance, we create space to explore ideas, emotions and beliefs. Let’s not let COVID-19 take that away from us.

We realize many performers from grade school productions to Broadway have been working hard on their art and have now been robbed of the chance to bring it to the world because of cancellations or postponements.

In this time of “social distancing,” how about we create some social connection?

Submit a clip below of whatever you’ve been rehearsing lately. Whether it’s a silly carpool karaoke or a scene from a play, we’d love to be your audience. Anything posted on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #CIVICLIGHT will automatically be posted to this page so we can keep the spirit of theatre alive  even during the COVID-19 crisis. 

You can also submit a video using the form below.