Thursday, February 23, 2012

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.

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