Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In the Wings: Pride and Prejudice. Meet Adam Mengler.

Adam Mengler plays Lieutenant Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, the third show of the 2011-2012 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Jon Jory based on the novel by Jane Austen.

Question: Why did you audition for Pride and Prejudice? Did you know the novel before you auditioned?
Adam Mengler: Yes, I read the novel maybe five years ago. I auditioned because I am a masochist and thought it would be a good idea to do this show at the same time as my school musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and go from school to rehearsal to rehearsal to bed every night and nothing else. I also thought Pride and Prejudice would be fun.

Q: How would you describe Lieutenant Wickham?
A.M.: He's slimy and sleazy, and he wants to sleep around and get lots of money and do other nefarious things.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about this show?
A.M.: They will enjoy the details of 1800s England that comes through in the sets and costumes as well as the actors' accents.

Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
A.M.: I don't know. Pass.

Pride and Prejudice opens Friday, March 30 and runs through Sunday, April 1 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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