Friday, February 10, 2012

In the Wings: Miss Nelson is Missing. Meet Julie Loftus.

Julie Loftus plays Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp 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?
Julie Loftus: I swam in high school for three years, but I injured my wrist and couldn't swim my senior year. I really needed something to do, and I have always admired my friends who were involved in theatre. I auditioned and I couldn't be happier.

Q: What is the best part about acting in this play?
J.L.: The juxtaposition of the two characters I get to play: Miss Nelson and the transformative Viola Swamp. I get to be evil and witchy as well as nice and simpering. It's excellent.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?
J.L.: Probably Mrs. Schneider, who teaches biology at Harrison High School, and Mr. Cotten, who is the band director at Harrison High School.

Q: Have you ever acted as bad as the kids in Room 207?
J.L.: Unfortunately, no. I was a complete Goody Two Shoes. I regret that so much because you only live once. I wish I were more of a hooligan in elementary school. But no, I was a complete teacher's pet.

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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