Monday, September 1, 2008

In The Wings: Honky Tonk Angels. Meet Bob Mindrum, the director

Honky Tonk Angels is the first show of the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. According to the Civic Theatre Web site, "In the perfect follow-up to Always ... Patsy Cline, Ted Swindley has done it again! Country classics combine with a hilarious story about three good ole gals who follow their dream to Nashville. Songs include 'Stand By Your Man,' 'Coal Miner's Daughter', '9 to 5', 'I Will Always Love You' and 'Harper Valley P.T.A.'"

Bob Mindrum directs the show, which stars Katie Biehl, Sara Mummey and Cathy Russell. Bob had this to say about Honky Tonk Angels:

"At first glance, Honky Tonk Angels is simply about good old country music, and certainly there are some real country-western classics in this show. All three of our actresses have excellent voices, their harmonies are really quite special, and I think you’ll get a big kick out of our onstage house band.

"The 'follow your dreams' theme will strike a chord with audience members. Many of the country western legends who originally wrote and/or recorded these songs came from very poor circumstances and overcame incredible challenges to achieve their stardom. Clearly, that lesson applies to more things in life than just making music.

"At another level, this show is about making theatre accessible to a broad range of audiences. With its very small cast, Honky Tonk Angels can be produced in just about any size community, and while you may not immediately associate theatre with country-western music, this show demonstrates that the two can indeed co-exist, and so we have the potential to attract a whole different audience who can then be exposed to all that Civic Theatre has to offer. So come check out the show. You don’t have to wear a cowboy hat, boots and an oversized belt buckle, but then again, it wouldn’t hurt," he ended with a smile.

The show opens Friday, September 12, and runs consecutive weekends through Sunday, September 28 at the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There will be an additional performance on Thursday, September 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15, while youth tickets cost $10 apiece.

For more information about the show, tickets or seating, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

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