Friday, April 26, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Carrie Francis.

Carrie Francis plays Joanne and is the choreographer for Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Carrie Francis: It was the perfect time, I love musicals and Sondheim. I haven't done a musical in three years, so it worked out.

Q: Who is Joanne, and what does Bobby get from his friendship with her and Larry, played by Bill Knapp?
C.F.: Joanne is a wealthy socialite in New York City, and her husband is a businessman. She was born wealthy, probably attended prep schools, private schools. She loves and hates herself at the same time. She's mean and she drinks a lot. She provides a lot of things to Bobby: she makes him laugh a lot.

Q: Is there a challenge to choreographing a Sondheim song?
C.F.: Absolutely. A lot of lines step over each other. It's not a dance show, either. We're a bunch of singers up on stage, so we want to dance but then you can't remember the lines, and they could be one-word lines.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
C.F.: I hope everything. I hope they enjoy the dancing.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
C.F.: My favorite musical is Sunday in the Park with George. The end of Act I makes me cry every time. I also love "Being Alive" from Company and many, many others.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's performance.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

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