Monday, March 19, 2012

In the Wings: Pride and Prejudice. Meet Helen Woeste.

Helen Woeste plays Mrs. Gardiner 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?
Helen Woeste: I auditioned because I love acting so much. I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen; my godmother got me the books and I've read almost all of Jane Austen's works.

Q: How would you describe Mrs. Gardiner?
H.W.: She is Elizabeth's aunt; she married Mrs. Bennet's brother. She is a lioness: she is very straightforward and will tell you how it is, but she's doing it to protect you. She wants the best for Elizabeth and all the Bennets.

Q: What will an audience enjoy most about this show?
H.W.: Definitely there's an element of comedy to it. But it's a love story, and who doesn't love a love story?

Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
H.W.: I do. I don't think it happens for everyone, but I do believe in it. My grandparents fell in love at first sight, so I have to believe in it.

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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