Thursday, March 31, 2011

In the Wings: Macbeth. Meet Jenny Furtner.

Jenny Furtner plays Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, the third production in the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Why did you audition for Macbeth?
Jenny Furtner: Not only do I love Shakespeare, but this is Melanie Buchanan's last show so I wanted to do it. It's also going to be my last show with Civic Youth Theatre. I think it's kind of neat that the very first show I ever acted in was Romeo and Juliet, and my last show is Macbeth.

Q: How would you describe Lady Macbeth?
J.F.: She's calculating and she thinks through everything before she does it. She's also very controlling at the beginning. Then at the end she starts to get crazy. But at the beginning, she's very controlling and wants everything to happen her way. She's very demanding.

Q: What is Lady Macbeth's goal at the start of the play?
J.F.: She reads a letter from her husband that says the witches have prophesied that he would be king. She wants him to be king so she can be queen.

Q: What challenges have you faced with this production?
J.F.: Lady Macbeth is kind of cold at heart, but normally I'm very bright. It's getting into the character but that's one of the fun parts. Playing someone so different from you is one of the most fun things about getting one of these strong, hungry, slightly evil characters.

Q: What do you think an audience will most remember about this production?
J.F.: I think definitely they will remember the action and intensity. We're taking it to the next level and keeping it very dramatic and tragic toward the end, we want to keep everyone on the edge of their seats the whole time.

Macbeth will open Friday, April 8 and run through Sunday, April 10 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 performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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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