Monday, October 31, 2011

In the Wings: Love Letters. Meet Alice Schwind.


Alice Schwind directs Love Letters, the second production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by A.R. Gurney.

Question: When is Love Letters set? Who are the characters?
Alice Schwind: It starts in the 1930s and ends in the 1980s. One of the characters is Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, played by John David Collier. Andy comes from a really nice family, and he is not spoiled. His parents have good expectations for him. Melissa Gardner, played by Sally Coffman, comes from a family worth a lot of money and there aren't too many expectations of her.

Q: What attracted you to directing the script?
A.S.: It is a wonderful story of people's loves and losses, their hopes and expectations that happen throughout life, their achievements and disappointments and joys.

Q: Did you have a pen pal when you grew up?
A.S.: No, I didn't.

Love Letters opens Friday, November 4 and runs two weekends through Sunday, November 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Preview of the 30th Anniversary Celebration on WBAA.org


A preview of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the historic Monon Depot Theatre appears online at WBAA, Public Radio from Purdue.

You can read the preview here.

The event begins today at 2:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre on the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thanks to everyone who participated in "The Big Clean" at Civic Theatre


Lots of work was completed during today's "The Big Clean" at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, including organizing and cleaning the props shop, costume shop, paint area and the storage area in the Haywood building.

Thank you to all the people who did work:

From Delta Sigma Pi at Purdue University:
Solwoo Kim
Shusheel Motwani
Michelle Odanga
Brittany Whitenack


From the Tae Kwon Do Club at Purdue University:
Libo Dong
Mark Sandy
Joselito Wong Yau


From the Boiler Volunteer Network:
Deepa Singh

Dan Becker
Amy Clough
Kris Kazmierczak
Bill Knapp
Steve Koehler
Tom Long
Craig Martin
Lori Portner
Bob Sauers




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Announcing the cast of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them


Director Arliss Jeffries has announced the cast of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, the second staged reading in the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Christopher Durang.

The cast includes:

Felicity - Rachel Thibault
Zamir - Zachary Davis
Luella - E. Linda Jeffries
Leonard - Rick Siler
Reverend Mike - Ralph Rohrer
Hildegard - Jane Hoaks
Voice/Narrator - Steve Martin

The staged reading of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them will be Tuesday, November 8 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event.

For more information about the staged reading, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Announcing "The Big Clean" at Civic Theatre on Oct. 29


It's time to give Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette a good ol' autumn cleaning – and we're looking for volunteers to join in!

"The Big Clean" will take place Saturday, Oct. 29. There are several parts of the theatre that need to be cleaned including storage, costumes, prop storage and the shop. There will be jobs for all skill levels, although a lot of what will be done includes moving equipment and set pieces.

Volunteers may come and go as they wish – you don't need to stay all six hours – and your work will be appreciated by everyone who works in front of, behind and on the stage at Civic Theatre.

Questions? Call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 (PLAY).

Friday, October 21, 2011

The 2011 Tour of Terror: Preview on jconline.com


A preview of the 2011 Tour of Terror appears online at http://www.jconline.com/, the website for the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper.

You can read the preview here.

The Tour of Terror opens tonight with downtown walking tours beginning at 7:00 p.m. Subsequent tours begin every 30 minutes through 11:00 p.m. There will be a Midnight Tour for people who enjoy the witching hour. Tours also will be held tomorrow as well as Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, following the same schedule.

Tours begin at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street. Tickets for all tours except the Midnight Tours cost $13.00 per person. Tickets for the Midnight Tours are $15.00.

For more information about the Tour of Terror, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Celebrating 30 years at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette patrons, fans, volunteers and officials will celebrate 30 years of operation of the Historic Monon Depot Theatre on Sunday, October 30 from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

In September 1981, Civic Theatre had a weeklong celebration of the opening of our new home. For 50 years Civic had existed - first as the Lafayette Little Theatre, then as an incorporated non-profit, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette - without a proper theatre to call home. In 1979, Civic Theatre launched a fundraising effort that led to the purchase of the old Monon Line train station and renovations to transform the space into the lovely theatre that it is today.

To commemorate the 30 years of theatre in downtown Lafayette at 5th and North Streets, Civic Theatre will host an open house celebration. Adelino's Old World Kitchen and Chef Tracy Rosa will supply hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar for the event. Civic Theatre leaders will take a moment to honor some of the many people who have made the 30 years possible. Speakers will reminisce on the effort, and the presentation will culminate with the awarding of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim Stegenga. Jim was a critical piece of the puzzle that led to the acquisition and renovation of the space. He was the first to see the potential of the old abandoned train station, and was a key player in much of the effort to see the project through. Jim, a retired professor of political science, will travel from his home in South America to accept his award.

In addition to the open house, there will be a trivia contest, tours and a wealth of historical information on the building and the past 30 years.

In 30 years of operation of the Historic Monon Depot Theatre, more than 250 productions have taken place and thousands upon thousands of patrons have seen those shows. The Monon has also hosted hundreds of youth productions, classes and camps. The Tour of Terror has seen the Monon Depot Theatre used as a starting point for eight of the last nine years, local improvisational comedy group One Size Fits All Improv had its first performances in the Monon Depot, and countless community events have taken place in the theatre and lobby.

Help us celebrate 30 years of the Historic Monon Depot Theatre by attending the Oct. 30 open house. To learn more, call 765-423-7529 (PLAY).

Monday, October 17, 2011

Announcing the cast of The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular


Director Bob Mindrum has announced the cast of The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The musical is by Ted Swindley.

The cast includes:

Angela - Ariel Ivas
Charilee - Verna Pasley
Darlene - Kate Martin
Sue Ellen - Cathy Russell

The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular will open Friday, December 2 and run three weekends through Sunday, December 18 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 performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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

Friday, October 14, 2011

2011 Tour of Terror tickets are on sale


Tickets are now available for the 2011 Tour of Terror. They can be purchased either by calling Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-7529 or visiting its website and choosing the "Ticket Info" option on the left-hand column. Tickets are $13 for all tours, except the midnight tours which cost $15.

The 9th annual Tour of Terror is a creepy, chilling, historically accurate walking tour of downtown Lafayette that will begin at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Tours will visit the sites of horrible accidents, mayhem and murder.

Tours will be held October 21-22 and 28-29. Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and continue every 30 minutes until 11 p.m. Each night will conclude with a midnight tour.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Civic Theatre recognized at Bravo for the Arts event


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette was one of several arts and culture organizations recognized during the Bravo for the Arts event yesterday at the University Plaza Hotel in West Lafayette. Organizations located throughout the 14-county area served by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation were honored.

Civic Theatre will receive $11,754 from the Indiana Arts Commission; the funding is administered through the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

In all, 27 organizations received more than $121,000 during the event. Several hundred people attended the annual event, including State Senator Sheila Klinker, State Senator Ron Alting and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Announcing the cast of Love Letters


Director Alice Schwind has announced the cast of Love Letters, the second production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by A.R. Gurney.

The cast includes:

Melissa Gardner - Sally Coffman
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III - John David Collier

Love Letters will open Friday, November 4 and run two weekends through Sunday, November 13 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 performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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

Announcing auditions: Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them


Director Arliss Jeffries has announced auditions for Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, the second staged reading during the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Christopher Durang.

Auditions will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18 at Civic Theatre's office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script, which is available to be checked out from the Civic Theatre office.

The director is seeking three women, ages 20-50, and four men, ages 20-50.

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

The staged reading of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them will take place Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Civic Theatre to host the 4-for-1 Improv Comedy Show on Oct. 15


Four improvisational comedy groups will perform Saturday, Oct. 15 during the 4-for-1 Improv Comedy Show at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The groups include Ad Liberation, The Crazy Monkeys, Ship of Fools Improv and One Size Fits All Improv. Each will perform 20-25 minutes of their own comedy during the show, which will culminate in a game that will include all four groups on the stage at one time.

The 4-for-1 Improv Comedy Show begins at 7:30 p.m., and it is fun for audience members of all ages. The cost is $5.00 per person and tickets can be bought the night of the show at Civic Theatre. They also can be reserved by calling Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 (PLAY).

All proceeds from the show go directly to Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, which is celebrating its 30th year in the historic Monon Depot Theatre.



Tuna moving, Love Letters Takes the Stage


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is committed to producing a high standard of theatrical productions.  It is with that in mind that we announce a change in the season schedule. 

Due to casting and scheduling issues with the ideal cast for Red White and Tuna it has been decided to reschedule the production to June.  All current ticket holders will automatically have their tickets exchanged to new dates.  If they wish a different date within the re-scheduled June run of the show, they will be able to do so. 

“Finding just the right cast to produce Red, White and Tuna to the level of quality that our audiences have come to expect is difficult,” says Civic Managing Director, Steven Koehler.  “It takes a high level of skill, experience and endurance to bring the many characters of Tuna Texas to life.”

In the month of November, Civic Theatre will produce the heart-warming two person show, Love Letters, by A. R. Gurney.  Take a good story. add two interesting characters. Then take away all the typical theater effects and what do you have? Love Letters by A.R. Gurney. This unique, moving play focuses on the special life-long relationship between a man and a woman, as shown solely through the reading of their love letters to one another.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets to Love Letters at a discounted rate, other single tickets will be at the usual full price for MainStage productions.

Love Letters will be directed by Alice Schwind and star Civic Veteran, John David Collier and Civic Comedy Readers leader, Sally Coffman.  Tickets are on sale today.

Prices for Love Letters
Full price Adult - $18
Full price Senior - $15
Full price Youth - $10
Season Ticket Holder Adult - $14
Season Ticket Holder Senior - $12
Season Ticket Holder Youth - $8

Show Schedule – Love Letters
Day                 Date                Time
Thursday         11/3/2011        7:30 PM          Pay What You Can Preview
Friday              11/4/2011        7:30 PM          OPENING NIGHT
Saturday          11/5/2011        7:30 PM
Sunday            11/6/2011        2:30 PM         

Friday              11/11/2011      7:30 PM         
Saturday          11/12/2011      7:30 PM
Sunday            11/13/2011      2:30 PM                 

Show Schedule – Red, White and Tuna

Day                 Date                Time
Thursday         6/7/2012          7:30 PM          Pay What You Can Preview
Friday              6/8/2012          7:30 PM          OPENING NIGHT
Saturday          6/9/2012          7:30 PM
Sunday            6/10/2012        2:30 PM         

Friday              6/15/2012        7:30 PM         
Saturday          6/16/2012        7:30 PM
Sunday            6/17/2012        2:30 PM         

Friday              6/22/2012        7:30 PM         
Saturday          6/23/2012        7:30 PM
Sunday            6/24/2012        2:30 PM          

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Share Your Thoughts: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella


Now that Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella has closed, share your thoughts about the production.

What will you remember about the show? What were your thoughts about the performances? The story and theme? The design? What were the standout moments?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Civic Theatre nominated for Journal & Courier Readers' Choice Award


Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is one of the finalists in the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards from the Journal & Courier - Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper.

Civic Theatre is one of five nominees for the "Best Live Theater Venue" award in the Entertainment & Leisure Category. The others are Elliott Hall of Music, Lafayette Theater, Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater.

To cast your vote in the 2011 Readers' Choice Awards visit the voting page on the Journal & Courier's website here. Voting ends Sunday, October 9. Winners will be announced November 11 in a special section of the Journal & Courier.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Announcing Adult Classes – November 2011


Lori Portner, Director of Education and Outreach at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, has announced the schedule for Adult Classes in November 2011:

Improv for Adults
* Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-noon
* Students will learn the skills needed to perform improv. A fun time is promised for all!
* The cost is $25.00.

Improv in the Workplace
* Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-noon
* Learning how quick thinking, collaboration and other improv skills can be applied to enhance your performance in the workplace.
* The cost is $25.00.

To register for a class, visit Civic Theatre's website and download a form, or call 765-423-7529 for assistance.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Photos from rehearsal.

Thanks to Kris Kazmierczak for providing these photos from rehearsal of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first show in the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.










Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs through Sunday, October 9 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. The show has sold out; the only remaining tickets are for Thursday night's Pay What You Can preview.

For more information about the show or Pay What You Can, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Introducing Lori Portner, Director of Education and Outreach at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.


Lori Portner has joined Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette as the Director of Education and Outreach. She taught several classes during the summer and directed The Music Man Jr. during an intense four-week summer camp. Lori also directs Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production in the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Welcome to Civic Theatre, Lori!

Question: Before you came to Civic Theatre, where did you work?
Lori Portner: I was Education Director at La Crosse Community Theatre in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Q: What were your duties?
L.P.: As Education Director, I directed our School of Theatre Arts. I taught classes and directed two or three shows per season. I also served as the interim Executive Director for a while.

Q: What did you most enjoy about La Crosse Community Theatre?
L.P.: What was really great at La Crosse Community Theatre was the support from the Board of Directors and my fellow staff. They were wonderful to work with. The kids were wonderful and so were the parents. It was a wonderful little family. I especially enjoyed the technical elements we were able to do in our theater, even though it was very small. It was great fun to create on our stage.

Q: What kind of programming did you have at La Crosse Community Theatre?
L.P.: When I started there, I was doing more outreach than in-house classes. I was going to different schools and teaching after-school programs. And then we decided to bring it in-house, so I was teaching after-school classes but mostly I taught classes on Saturdays for youth. We had a couple of other instructors who offered adult classes in improv and other things, but I was working with the youth. We had seven productions a year, but only one youth production which would be at the end of the season.

Q: When you initially researched Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, what struck you most?
L.P.: When I first looked into it, I loved how it was really for the community as far as how volunteers were used. What really attracted me to it was the outreach that was being intended – going into the high schools and things like that. I also liked that it was in the Midwest; the Midwestern culture also attracted me to it.

Q: When you made your initial visit to Greater Lafayette, what were some of your first impressions?
L.P.: It reminded me very much of where I was coming from. I had been driving through flat areas, and then all of a sudden there were some hills. It reminded me so much of La Crosse, and it's a river town – I was coming from a river town. I actually didn't realize that Purdue was here, and the Purdue campus was one of the first things I saw because I came through West Lafayette.

It was a very rainy day and when I came into town and the first thing I did was find the theatre. My first thought was that it was very small, not realizing it was divided into three buildings: the office, the shop and the theatre. And I noticed all the one-way roads.

Q: What is it like working with Steve Koehler and Bob Sauers?
L.P.: In all of my adult working life, this has been one of the best job situations I've ever had. We work together really well. Steve and Bob have been nothing but supportive. If I have any questions, no matter how busy they are, they take the time to help me out and make sure I have everything I need. As far as making me feel comfortable in the town, Steve drove me around so I could see where things are. I know if there's anything I need or have questions about, Steve and Bob are right there and they will take the time to help me. I love the working environment we have at Civic.

Q: Your first experiences have included directing The Music Man Jr. and Cinderella, working with the acting troupe and heading the Civic Youth Theatre play-reading committee. What have been your impressions about Civic's volunteers?
L.P.: My first impression has been just how Civic Theatre is so community focused. When I started, I had a one-week camp and I met the young adults that were my counselors who have been doing Civic for a long time: Abby McClure, Chris Allen, Elaine Griffin and Bailey Rosa. I heard about Civic's history, how they had grown up doing it and how they were returning to help with it. That is incredible the theatre has that type of legacy with these kids that grow up in the theatre and come back as adults to keep it going. I love that. And they were so willing to do whatever it took to make camps a wonderful experience for the next round of kids who were coming up through the ranks. Those four young adults that I got to work with are so dear to me. They were the first ones here in Lafayette that I worked with closely. I felt so welcome. I felt their love for the theatre, and I couldn't help but fall in love with the theatre through them. I love that sense of feeling that theatre can provide not only a creative outlet but also a place you can feel safe to express yourself and you're with like-minded beings. You have this sense of community and sense of family and it is so strong with Civic Theatre.

Q: What is your first memory of theatre?
L.P.: I was a tween and went to see Godspell at the La Crosse Community Theatre and there was an especially attractive young man in the show. I remember at intermission they were giving grape juice. All my friends wanted grape juice but didn't want to go up to get it. I said, "Oh, I'll go get it" because the attractive young man was serving the grape juice. I go up there and have all these little cups of grape juice and I fell off the stage. The stage was three feet off the ground. And all I remember is falling and grape juice is flying through the air. My first reaction is to turn around and see if the attractive young man is watching, but luckily he had left the stage. I can't see my friends because they're all on the floor laughing so hard. And this very kind older gentleman in the front row said, "Honey, are you okay?" That's the first memory I have as an audience member.

My second memory was – again, as a tween – I was in Annie Get Your Gun. I was in junior high and I was so excited I was cast. I had one line - just walk out and I say my line. So of course my first performance I walked out and went blank. I stood there and looked at the faces of the kids around me, thinking, "Are you going to say something?" They covered my back, but I am glad to say I was able to restore my credibility. The rest of the performances I did say my line. I was in every show after that all through high school and in my yearbook, yes, I was granted the honor of being named the Best Actress of my class.

Q: Why do you like theatre?
L.P.: I like theatre for so many reasons. I have witnessed so many transformations of kids, of people, after they have discovered theatre. They found a way to express themselves; they found a place where they feel safe and comfortable. I have found that theatre is one of the most accepting art forms. In my experience, everyone is welcome. No matter their race, their sexual orientation, their religion, their whatever … they will be accepted in a theatre family. It seems like a big melting pot where we all come together and I love that. It has not been my experience that people are judgmental because they're going to create an alternate reality where they can feel safe to express themselves. Working with kids through all the years, there are moments I can pick out when a parent has expressed a change in a child, or a teacher has or the children themselves. That is so heartwarming.

The other thing is that theatre pushes us. I love theatre that makes us think, that takes us out of our comfort zone, that makes us look at the world around us with different eyes. It teaches us different things. It is a wonderful teacher with the stories that are told. I love walking out of a theatre going, "Wow. I just have to sit and digest for a while."

Q: Who are your favorite playwrights?
L.P.: David Mamet; I love Mamet. I'm partial to him because my senior project was Oleanna. I love shows that have two or three characters and they're character driven. Oscar Wilde is by far one of my favorites. I also am a fan of Ibsen.

Q: What are your favorite plays?
L.P.: I like small-cast plays. I love Oleanna. I love 'night, Mother. I love God of Carnage, I really enjoy that show. I love anything by Oscar Wilde.

Q: What is your favorite part of the theatre process?
L.P.: I hate auditions because I hate saying no. I want to cast any child who comes to me to be in a show. My costumer in La Crosse would give me a limit of how many actors I could add to the cast. I enjoy the audition process because I like to look at actors and mold them in my mind into the characters, but I hate to say no. My favorite part is when we are working on characters and discussing motive, characterization and getting into the minds of these characters.

Q: What is your favorite theatre job?
L.P.: I love acting, but being a dramaturg or stage manager is my favorite. I love dramaturgy because I love getting into the history of the show. And stage managers get to boss people around.

Q: How would you finish this statement: "If I didn't work in theatre, I would ..."?
L.P.: "I would be working with crime victims." That's what I used to do. That work was fulfilling to help victims.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

In the Wings: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Meet Sydney Cason.


Sydney Cason plays Cinderella in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Question: Why did you want to be part of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
Sydney Cason: I was just getting back from New Zealand - we had been there all of July - and I saw the Facebook message about auditions. I thought, "I'm not doing anything right now." It's also a new director, Lori Portner, so I was looking forward to audition in front of someone new, which is a fun experience. I also really like the Rodgers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella. I think it's got good music.

Q: How would you describe Cinderella?
S.C.: A lot of Cinderellas in other versions tend to be "Woe is me, I can't do anything for myself." One of the beautiful things about the Rodgers and Hammerstein version is that she's more of a go-getter. She still needs the help of other characters like The Fairy Godmother, but she is able to imagine what she wants. Even if she isn't completely empowered to get that, she has the idea and has the start.

Q: What will an audience most remember or enjoy about Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella?
S.C.: It is a very large cast, which will be striking in the large group numbers, like the opening "The Prince is Giving a Ball," the ball itself, and the wedding at the end. It's also a very good cast, and everyone is well cast and we're all having a lot of fun together. The chemistry between characters is very good as well.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Friday, October 7 and runs through Sunday, October 9 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 or visit its website.