Sunday, November 20, 2011
In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Meet Bob Mindrum.
Bob Mindrum directs The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, the holiday show of the 2011-2012 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The show was created by Ted Swindley.
Question: Why did you want to direct The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular?
Bob Mindrum: I enjoyed directing the first Honky Tonk Angels in September 2008. It was a surprise success and it was fun with its musicality and tight harmonies. And the country music made the show appealing to a different kind of audience.
Q: Where is the show set? Who are the characters?
B.M.: The show is a reunion of The Honky Tonk Angels at the Honky Tonk Bar and All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. The Honky Tonk Angels – Angela, Sue Ellen and Darlene – met on a bus to Nashville. Angela is not able to attend the reunion because she's sick. Charilee, who works in the same beauty shop in California as Sue Ellen, agrees to stand in for Angela. Charilee is from Detroit, and she brings a Motown influence to the show, songs like "Peppermint Twist" and "Santa's Got a Brand-New Bag."
Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
B.M.: The audience will enjoy the music. There's a lot of music that ranges from Willie Nelson to James Brown to Karen Carpenter to Elvis Presley and all points between. There's a house band, and that'll be a lot of fun. There's also some nice characterizations, and the actors are having fun with the characters.
Q: What are your favorite holiday songs?
B.M.: I've always been a sucker for "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I'm old-fashioned as it relates to Christmas songs. I like the old, simple, classic, four-part harmony Christmas songs.
The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular opens Friday, December 2 and runs 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 shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.