Thursday, November 25, 2010
In the Wings: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Meet Amy Long.
Amy Long plays Mother 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 audition for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
Amy Long: I have been going to Civic Theatre shows for years and have always wanted to be part of that excitement and energy. My kids wanted to try out for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and that afternoon I thought, "I'm going to go for it too."
Q: How would you describe Mother, a.k.a. Mrs. Bradley?
A.L.: She is a person who wants to do the right thing. She's a church member, a community member. She's a nice neighbor who does the right thing. She ends up in the director's position for the pageant.
Q: What is it like being in a cast this large?
A.L.: It's a lot of fun. I love the kids. I love their energy and excitement. They are so experienced, they are pros in Civic Theatre. I'm very impressed with their abilities.
Q: What do you think an audience will most remember after seeing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
A.L.: An audience will be awed by the Christmas spirit that will come across in this play, by the true meaning of Christmas. People will go home carrying that with them in their hearts, remembering what it's all about.
Q: Have you ever been in a Christmas pageant?
A.L.: Absolutely. I got to be Mary one year at church and I was so excited.
Q: What is the silliest Christmas memory you have?
A.L.: Santa came to visit my husband's family at their house, but he went to the wrong house. He had presents for everyone, but not for anyone at that house. So he had to ad lib. That story has become family folklore.
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.