Thursday, February 17, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Maria Guido.

Maria Guido plays Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress, the second production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell are the directors.

Question: Why did you audition for Once Upon a Mattress?
Maria Guido: I auditioned mainly because it's Melanie's last musical with Civic. Also, I absolutely adore the show.

Q: What words would you use to describe Queen Aggravain?
M.G.: She is malicious, evil and dictator-ish.

Q: What does she most want?
M.G.: She wants to keep her son, Prince Dauntless the Drab, from marrying. She is in love with herself, her son and her power and if any of these things were to change it would be devastating so she tries to prevent his marriage. One of her lines is ". . . Oh God! If only I were twenty years younger." This line is addressed to Dauntless on the subject of him getting married. I feel like it shows that the Queen might love her son a bit too much. She continues throughout the show to make remarks on how he should marry someone like her.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about the show?
M.G.: I think audiences will remember the wild antics of the King, the Jester and the Minstrel and of course the awkward love of Dauntless and Winnifred.

Once Upon a Mattress opens Friday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, February 27 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under.

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

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