Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In the Wings: Once Upon a Mattress. Meet Oscar Dillman.

Oscar Dillman plays the Jester 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?
Oscar Dillman: My voice teacher, Mrs. Gregan, thought it would be a good idea. She suggested that I try out because it might be fun.

Q: How would you describe the Jester?
O.D.: The Jester is funny, witty and a little bit devious. Along with everyone else, he tries to undermine the Queen but he maintains an air of "Oh, I'm on your side" while he's still stabbing her in the back.

Q: What is the Jester's main goal in the play?
O.D.: He wants Dauntless to marry Winnifred because once they get married everyone else can get married and be happy.

Q: What do you think audiences will most remember about this production?
O.D.: They'll like how funny it is. There are some pretty funny parts in it.

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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