Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Announcing the cast of Red, White and Tuna


Director Alice Schwind has announced the cast of Red, White and Tuna, the final production in the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard.

The cast includes:

John David Collier
Larry Sommers


Red, White and Tuna will open Friday, June 8 and run three weekends through Sunday, June 24 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette.

Friday and Saturday 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-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Monday, February 27, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Photos of set construction.


The following photos show the set being built for Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. These photos were taken in late February.






Sunday, February 26, 2012

Announcing auditions for Young Directors Project


Auditions for Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, have been announced.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakland High School, 611 S. 21st Street in Lafayette.

Cody Walker is directing Thornton Wilder's The Happy Journey to Camden and Trenton. He is looking for 2 males, 3 females and either 1 male or female, ages 12-18. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.

Emily Davis is directing Cosmo Hamilton's Why Cupid Came to Earl's Court. She is looking for 3 males and 4 females, ages 12-18. Those auditioning will be asked to perform a one-minute memorized monologue as well as read from the script. Those auditioning for Phyllis should prepare a comedic monologue, and those auditioning for the cook should demonstrate a Cockney accent.

Scripts are available at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Young Directors Project will open Friday, April 20 and run through Sunday, April 22 in the historic Monon Depot Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

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

Friday, February 24, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet David Dietz.


David Dietz plays Cole Porter in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
David Dietz: I wanted to do a musical, and this looked like a really fun show. I had worked with Kate Walker on Cabaret and Out of Order, and felt that this was a wonderful opportunity.

Q: Who was Cole Porter?
D.D.: He was a prolific songwriter. He wrote hundreds if not thousands of songs, many of which probably have not been heard in a long time. The songs he wrote are very witty, they've got great melodies and they're fun to sing and listen to. I get to sing some of my favorite songs in this show.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
D.D.: My favorite song is "Begin the Beguine," which I do not get to sing in this show. But "You're the Top" is right up there; I get to sing it in Red Hot and Cole. I get to sing "Friendship," too. I had been in a production of Anything Goes, so I got exposed to his music that way.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Mary Beth Weckerlin.


Mary Beth Weckerlin plays Linda Porter in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Mary Beth Weckerlin: I love the Cole Porter music. I knew that Gail Deagan would be playing keyboard; she's a dear friend of mine and I knew it would be fun to do it with her. I felt pretty familiar with the tunes, although I've now learned otherwise.

Q: Who was Linda Porter and what was her relationship with Cole Porter like?
M.B.W.: Linda was an aristocrat from Louisville, Kentucky, who found herself in Paris in the 1920s. She was very sophisticated and came from a lot of wealth. All reports were that she was genteel and she had a beautiful disposition. Her relationship with Cole began when she first met him; he was gentle and she had just finished a bad marriage where she probably had been physically harmed. Cole represented a genteel, kind, soft-hearted man. She really fell in love with him. Although she found out he was homosexual or bisexual, they had some sort of understanding because they had a very long marriage. It appeared to everyone to be very amiable and loving.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
M.B.W.: At first it was "Night and Day," but now I think it might be "So in Love."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Zack Campbell.


Zack Campbell plays a doctor, a photographer and a dancer in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Zack Campbell: I recently gained a new interest in acting, and I thought Red Hot and Cole would be an awesome opportunity to get a feel of all that theatre has to offer. I knew Frank Sinatra had sung some arrangements of Cole Porter's songs, but I didn't know much about Cole Porter.

Q: What does the doctor do?
Z.C.: The doctor explains and shows the tragic decision-making of Cole's family in regard to his injury with the horse. He explains the situation and the mental battle that Cole went through.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
Z.C.: I really like "I Get a Kick Out of You."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Announcing the directors of Young Directors Project


Civic Youth Theatre has announced the directors participating in Young Directors Project, the fourth and final production of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Emily Davis will direct Why Cupid Came to Earl's Court by Cosmo Hamilton. Jessica Searight will serve as her mentor during the rehearsal process.

Cody Walker will direct The Happy Journey to Camden and Trenton by Thornton Wilder. Laura Mecsey will serve as his mentor during the rehearsal process.

Information about auditions for these two one-act plays will be available soon.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Linnea Leatherman.


Linnea Leatherman plays Ethel Merman in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole? What was the draw?
Linnea Leatherman: The draws were Kate Walker, as director, and Paul Addison, as music director. I've worked with Kate at Myers Dinner Theatre and I wanted to come up here to do her show. Paul and I grew up together in Northwest Indiana.

Q: Who was Ethel Merman and what was her connection to Cole Porter?
L.L.: She was a friend of Cole's and did a whole lotta musicals. She had a really, really, really big voice.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
L.L.: I like "Friendship." The lyrics are so funny. I sang that in Anything Goes as Reno.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Trish Anderson.


Trish Anderson plays Bella Spewack in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Trish Anderson: A friend of mine, Lori Stout, really wanted to audition. She asked if I would audition with her. I hadn't done a Civic Theatre MainStage show yet, so I said "Sure, why not." I went to college for theater, and I was familiar with a lot of his songs.

Q: Who was Bella Spewack? What was her relationship with Cole Porter?
T.A.: Bella Spewack and her husband, Sam, were writers. They wrote Kiss Me, Kate with Cole Porter. She's pretty amazing, actually. Bella and Sam were part of the group that hung around Cole and Linda Porter. They collaborated a lot with Cole Porter and other artists of the time.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
T.A.: "Anything Goes."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Mary Anne Cecil.


Mary Anne Cecil plays Hedda Hopper in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Mary Anne Cecil: I love musicals, and I like working with Kate Walker. One of my other favorite people to work with, Linnea Leatherman, also is in the show. So it's kind of like "Old Home Week."

Q: Who was Hedda Hopper? What was her relationship with Cole Porter?
M.A.C.: Hedda Hopper was an actress early on, but Hollywood didn't move her in the direction she wanted to move. She became a gossip columnist with all the scoops and special news. She made people upset from time to time, a lot like the tabloids and movie magazines today. She was part of the entourage - socialites, actors, musicians, businesspeople and people with money - who did a lot of things with Cole and Linda Porter.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
M.A.C.: There are so many wonderful songs that you hear and don't even realize that he wrote them. He was a prolific songwriter. "Night and Day" is one of my favorites.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Heather Mocny.


Heather Mocny plays a waitress and a socialite in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Heather Mocny: I'm studying theatre at Purdue. When I heard about it, I got so excited because I love musicals. So I decided to audition.

Q: What are the waitress and socialite like?
H.M.: The waitress assists the headwaiter, and we're there to mingle and socialize with everyone at the party.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
H.M.: "Anything Goes."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Cheryl Drake-Smith.


Cheryl Drake-Smith plays a dancer/starlet in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Cheryl Drake-Smith: It's a good show, it's exciting and I wanted to be part of it. I knew some Cole Porter songs, too – everyone knows "Everything Goes." When the audience watches the show, they'll recognize the songs and tap their feet along with them.

Q: What is the starlet like?
C.D-S.: She is a dancer who is trying to break into a Cole Porter show.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
C.D-S.: "Anything Goes."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Chelsea Robinson.


Chelsea Robinson plays Elsa Maxwell in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Chelsea Robinson: I wanted to work with Kate Walker on a musical. I had a lot of fun with her doing Out of Order. Also, Cole Porter's music is amazing.

Q: Who was Elsa Maxwell and what was her relationship to Cole Porter?
C.R.: Elsa Maxwell was Cole Porter's best friend. She was a socialite who threw parties in the 1930s and 1940s. She was known as "The Hostess with the Mostest." She also was credited with inventing the treasure hunt. It's been fun to research her online to find out who she was. One of her most famous sayings was "Rise above it."

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
C.R.: "You Do Something to Me."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Tim Devery.


Tim Devery plays Moss Hart and Sam Katz in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Tim Devery: I'm a fan of musicals.

Q: Who were Moss Hart and Sam Katz?
T.D.: Moss Hart was a writer who frequently collaborated with George S. Kaufman, including the plays You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Sam Katz produced at least one of Cole Porter's shows.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
T.D.: I'll be frank. Most of my Cole Porter knowledge comes from the show Anything Goes, which I'm not very fond of. But I actually like the song "The Physician." It's so crass. It's not in Red Hot and Cole. It describes different parts of the anatomy, and it's hilarious. I understand why people don't like it because it doesn't fit anywhere, but it's delicious.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Lori Stout.


Lori Stout plays a waitress and a Countess, and sings a solo in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Lori Stout: I wanted to do something different with my singing. I had never done a Civic show before, so this is stretching my limits a lot.

Q: What is the Countess like? What song do you sing as a solo?
L.S.: The Countess is a slightly snobby character, which is kind of fun. And I sing "Just One of Those Things."

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
L.S.: "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Bill Knapp.


Bill Knapp plays Clifton Webb, Noël Coward and a British soldier in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Bill Knapp: First, Kate Walker is directing. I've done two other shows with Kate - Out of Order and Cabaret - and I've always had a lot of fun. I thought this would be equally so.

Q: Who were Clifton Webb and Noël Coward?
B.K.: Clifton Webb was a stage actor, he was in Cole Porter's first Broadway show. He later went on to do a lot of character work in shows like Laura and Cheaper by the Dozen. Noël Coward was a famous playwright and songwriter.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
B.K.: There are a lot, actually. I've been listening to a lot of Cole Porter music the last six months. The song I sing in Red Hot and Cole is "Let's Do It," which has Noël Coward's lyrics. There are so many great songs.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Craig Martin.


Craig Martin plays Monty Woolley in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Craig Martin: Working with Kate Walker was one draw. Another was having the chance to do a full-blown musical again. This is a full song-and-dance review, and I don't have a lot of experience with it.

Q: Who was Monty Woolley and what was his relationship with Cole Porter?
C.M.: Monty Woolley was a good friend of Cole and Linda Porter. He was an interesting character actor, he played the lead in The Man Who Came to Dinner, and he referred to himself as an insufferable extrovert. He was a showman, a fop and a supreme smartass. He was a larger-than-life character.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
C.M.: My favorite Cole Porter song is "Begin the Beguine."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Ashley McElroy.


Ashley McElroy plays Ada "Bricktop" Smith in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Ashley McElroy: I wanted to do a musical. I had done RENT this summer, and I wanted to do another. The timing worked out.

Q: Who was Ada "Bricktop" Smith? What was her relationship with Cole Porter?
A.M.: Ada was the owner of Chez Bricktop in Paris. Cole and Linda Porter used to go there to party, drink and hang out. It was their central location when they were in Paris.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
A.M.: I've always been a fan of Frank Sinatra's "Night and Day," and I didn't realize Cole Porter wrote it. It's always been one of my favorite songs.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Monday, February 20, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Liz Bruni.


Liz Bruni plays Dorothy Parker and Sara Murphy in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Liz Bruni: Originally I wasn't going to audition. I helped Kate Walker during auditions as her dance instructor. After hanging around for a while, it just looked too much fun.

Q: Who were Dorothy Parker and Sara Murphy?
L.B.: Dorothy Parker was a writer, she wrote for the New Yorker and was nominated for an Academy Award. She was a wisecracking, tough, alcoholic fun chick. Sara Murphy was an heiress, married to Gerald Murphy. Sara was one of Cole's muses and a good friend.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
L.B.: I like "Tom, Dick or Harry" from Kiss Me, Kate.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Steve Scherer.


Steve Scherer plays Ray Goetz and George S. Kaufman in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Steve Scherer: I love musicals, and I love classic musicals. This show combines the best of all: from Anything Goes to Kiss Me, Kate to some Cole Porter music you may not have ever heard of.

Q: Who were Ray Goetz and George S. Kaufman?
S.S.: Goetz tried to hire Cole Porter to write a musical he was working on. Kaufman wrote for the Marx Brothers, and he wrote some movie scripts, musicals and plays - including You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner, with Moss Hart - as well. Kaufman was one of the group of very talented people Cole Porter hung out with.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
S.S.: I love "Anything Goes." Everyone knows it, it's fun to sing and you can tap dance to it.

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Jessica Searight.


Jessica Searight plays Irene Castle in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Jessica Searight: I auditioned because I wanted to get more involved with Civic Theatre. I'm used to performing and acting, and I haven't done a musical in a really long time.

Q: Who was Irene Castle, and what was her relationship with Cole Porter?
J.S.: Irene Castle was a famous ballroom dancer; she and her husband, Vernon, were hired to dance at parties. At one point, she saw Cole Porter on a ship with Monty Woolley and they hung out for the rest of the trip. That's how they got to know one another.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
C.M.: My favorite Cole Porter song is "I Get a Kick out of You."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Nate Shumate.


Nate Shumate plays Paul in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Nate Shumate: Kate Walker was one of the reasons, definitely. And I love everyone at Civic Theatre.

Q: Who is Paul?
N.S.: Paul is Cole Porter's assistant and right-hand man. He's a young man, very innocent. He's kind of Porter's caretaker.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
N.S.: Probably "Anything Goes" or "De-Lovely."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.

In the Wings: Red Hot and Cole. Meet Nelson Tilley.


Nelson Tilley plays the Headwaiter in Red Hot and Cole, the fourth show of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley and Randy Strawderman; the music and lyrics are by Cole Porter.

Question: Why did you audition for Red Hot and Cole?
Nelson Tilley: The biggest draw was working with Kate Walker. I had never worked with her before. Also, when I was in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Civic, I had a fun time. I wanted to do another show with Nate Shumate, too.

Q: What does the Headwaiter do during Red Hot and Cole?
N.T.: I make sure that everything goes smoothly at the parties. If someone needs a refill on their drink, I have to refill it and make sure they're taken care of.

Q: What is your favorite Cole Porter song?
N.T.: My favorite song is going to have to be "Anything Goes" or "De-Lovely."

Red Hot and Cole opens Friday, March 2 and runs three consecutive weekends through Sunday, March 18 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 about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre's website.