Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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.

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