Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet Maggie Furtner.

Maggie Furtner plays Imogene Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the holiday show in the 2010-2011 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Barbara Robinson. Steve Koehler is the director.

Question: Why did you want to be part of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
Maggie Furtner: I'd never read the script but I had heard a lot of good stuff about it. A lot of people told me it was very funny. I'd never acted in a Christmas show, so I wanted to try that.

Q: What is Imogene Herdman like?
M.F.: Imogene is part of a family of kids who are really, really bad. They smoke cigars, they swear, they do improper things at church and they steal. Imogene wants to play Mary, the lead role in the Christmas pageant. She gets what she wants because no one wants to oppose her or they'll probably be beaten up.

Q: What is it like to work with such a large cast?
M.F.: It's pretty crazy. I'm one of the oldest kids in the cast so from that perspective, there are a lot of little kids. The kids are good in their parts.

Q: What will an audience most remember about The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
M.F.: Probably the energy. There is a lot going on during the scenes, like when pageant rehearsals turn into mass chaos and one thing leads to another.

Q: Have you ever been in a Christmas pageant?
M.F.: No, I have not.

Q: What is the craziest Christmas memory that you have?
M.F.: We have a Christmas party at my grandma's house every year with around 30 cousins. Every year Santa comes and rings the doorbell. Everyone gets excited, especially the younger ones. But last year when we opened the door it wasn't Santa Claus, it was Theodore the Cockroach because one of my cousins found a cockroach costume. But Santa came eventually.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will open Friday, December 3 and run three consecutive weekends through Sunday, December 19 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performances will begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, December 9.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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