Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In the Wings: Guys and Dolls. Meet Laura Mecsey.



Laura Mecsey directs Guys and Dolls, the first of two summer productions from Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 2012. The music and lyrics are by Frank Loesser; the book is by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Laura will be getting married soon and moving to North Carolina, where she will be looking for a job in the theatre arts.

Question: Why did you want to direct Guys and Dolls?
Laura Mecsey: Guys and Dolls has always been one of my favorite musicals. I have a personal affinity to this musical: it was one of the first musicals I was ever part of. It's just a fun, moving musical. Some musicals are light and fun to watch, but there isn't a lot of meat to them. In Guys and Dolls, you see a full transformation of the character of Sarah Brown, from being set in her ways to opening up and finding love. There also are songs people will know and adore.

Q: What makes this a good show for young actors?
L.M.:  It's very ensemble-based and it teaches performers to be a part of something bigger than themselves. It's so important for a lot of musicals but especially Guys and Dolls. And the ensemble is a lot of fun: every character is interesting.

Q: What are your goals for the actors? What do you want them to get out of this experience?
L.M.: We approach this summer experience as giving them the responsibility of acting like professionals. A fantastic thing that everyone will leave with is that, if they are responsible and work hard, they can accomplish fantastic things.

Q: What will an audience remember most about this show?
L.M.: We're trying to highlight the beautiful moments. The love and chemistry between Sky and Sarah, and the adoration between Nathan and Adelaide, I hope they remember the fantastic moments of young love and the fun gangsters.

Q: In real life, are you more of a Save-a-Soul Sister or a gangster's doll?
L.M.: I'm probably a Save-a-Soul Sister because I'm about bringing out the best in everybody. And I don't have a big rebellious streak.

Guys and Dolls will run July 20 and 21 at the Tippecanoe CountyAmphitheater Park, 4449 State Road 43 North, West Lafayette.

The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.

For information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit its website.



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