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.

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