Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In the Wings: The Velveteen Rabbit. Meet Katie Fultz.

Katie Fultz plays Nana in The Velveteen Rabbit, the fourth and final production of the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by local playwright Laurie Russell, based on Margery Williams' book.

Question: Why did you audition for The Velveteen Rabbit?
Katie Fultz: I thought it would be fun to work with little kids. Also, my sister – Megan Fultz – wanted to try out for her first Civic show. She's the Fairy. I thought it would be fun to be at auditions with her. I also like the story; it's cute and sweet.

Q: How would you describe Nana? What does she want to do in the play?
K.F.: She's strict but loving. She loves the Boy but wants to keep things very tidy and clean. In one of her first scenes she's cleaning the house. She has to keep everything tidy, but she loses the Boy's China Dog and she introduces the Velveteen Rabbit to him. She also talks with the Doctor and has to deal with giving the bunny away.

Q: How have rehearsals been?
K.F.: They're really fun. There are a lot of people who have been in other plays – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Once upon a Mattress, which I've been in – so I kind of know them. Everything's new when you do a new play. You have to adjust to the character you get because it may not have your personality. You have to take notes as compliments and that the director wants you to get better.

Q: What do you think the audience will like most about the play?
K.F.: It's the storyline. And also the people playing the roles are very good, they get into their characters. It will be cute and serious. Because of the younger ones, it'll be funny. We're making a sad story a little funny but still keeping its true meaning.

The Velveteen Rabbit opens Friday, April 22 and run through Sunday, April 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

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

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