Friday, November 25, 2011

In the Wings: The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular. Meet Cathy Russell.

Cathy Russell plays Sue Ellen in 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: How would you describe Sue Ellen?
Cathy Russell: She is a citified country girl living in Los Angeles. She is supposed to be in her late 30s. She's smart and owns her own nail salon from money she received from a sexual harassment suit. She's still pining over her high school sweetheart, Cornell Crawford, who is living in West Hollywood with his boyfriend and she hopes that one day he will convert.

Q: Why did you want to perform in The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular?
C.R.: It was so much fun to play Sue Ellen in the original production of Honky Tonk Angels in September 2008. I had to come back and do this show.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about the show?
C.R.: It's going to be the holidays, we're singing a lot of good songs, it's funny. There's nothing not to like about this show. People can come in here and laugh, then return home feeling good.

Q: What are your favorite holiday songs?
C.R.: I always liked "Silver Bells" and Harry Belafonte's "Mary's Boy Child." In this show, my favorite song is "Santa Bring My Baby Home."

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.

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