Friday, February 18, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Nate Shumate.

Nate Shumate plays Prince Dauntless the Drab 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?
Nate Shumate: I had read about this show before and I went to see it at McCutcheon High School. It was a ton of fun and I was excited for it being done at Civic. It’s been one of the best musicals I’ve ever done.

Q: What words would you use to describe Prince Dauntless the Drab?
N.S.: He’s stupid, na├»ve and caring. He’s a sweetheart, child-like. He doesn’t really know what he’s doing.

Q: What does he most want?
N.S.: I think toward the end he just wants freedom from his mother more than anything, which means falling in love with a girl and having a wife. That’s his main goal.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about this production?
N.S.: There’ll be lots of fun and lots of singing and dancing.

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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