Wednesday, February 8, 2012

In the Wings: Miss Nelson is Missing. Meet John Carlson.

John Carlson plays Elvis in Miss Nelson is Missing, the second show of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall.

Question: Why did you audition for Miss Nelson is Missing?
John Carlson: I've already done Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and The Music Man Jr. and I thought, "Maybe I could get into this." And I did.

Q: What is the best part about playing Elvis?
J.C.: It's funny because he's not actually Elvis, he's an Elvis impersonator. He calls Miss Nelson "baby" all the time. I was raised on the song "Return to Sender."

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?
J.C.: Mrs. Mick. She teaches fifth grade at Burnett Creek Elementary.

Q: Have you ever acted as bad as the kids in Room 207?
J.C.: With other kids, but not in front of our teacher.

Miss Nelson is Missing opens Friday, February 17 and runs through Sunday, February 19 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. The Sunday show begins 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.

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