Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In the Wings: The Music Man Jr. Meet Ariel Laukins, Emma Brehm, Amelia Caliendo and Taylor Kantz

Ariel Laukins plays Olin Britt, Emma Brehm plays Ewart Dunlop, Amelia Caliendo plays Oliver Hix and Taylor Kantz plays Jacey Squires in The Music Man Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: How would you describe your characters?
Ariel Laukins: Olin Britt is kind of problematic and he fights with his fellow school board members a lot. After Harold Hill, played by Aaron Brehm, brings the members together to create a barbershop quarter, we get along a lot better. We do a lot of singing at random points in the show.
Amelia Caliendo: Oliver Hix doesn't like the other members of the school board. After Harold Hill gets them to form a barbershop quartet, we always sing.
Taylor Kantz: Jacey Squires is sort of best friends with one of the school board members, but he doesn't fit in with the rest of them.

Q: What is the best part of being in the camp?
A.L.: The best part is hanging out with all my friends. I spend eight hours a day with them and it's a great time.
Emma Brehm: It's really fun to do the camp because we're learning stuff and I get to spend time with my friends.
A.C.: I like the choreography; it's really fun. People here are really nice, too.

Q: What will the audience most enjoy about the show?
A.L.: The character Winthrop Paroo, played by John Carlson. He's just really adorable.
E.B.: The show has lots of energy in it.
A.C.: Probably the song "Seventy-Six Trombones." It's a really fun song.
T.K.: Everything. It's all just amazing so far.

The Music Man Jr. opens Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, July 31 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 Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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