Ariel Laukins plays Lily in Still Kicking, the first MainStage production in the 2013-2014 season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The play is by Civic Theatre volunteer Laurie Russell.
Question: Why did you audition for Still Kicking?
Ariel Laukins: I saw it when it was done as a staged reading and I fell in love with the character of Lily. I connect to her, I understand some of the things she's going through. I just thought it would be wonderful to work with so many people I've never worked with.
Q: Who is Lily? What is she like?
A.L.: Lily is one of the worst kids in the world. She's fifteen years old and going through a difficult time. She's acting out and has to do community service because she stole a car and ran it into a library. So she's sarcastic and awful and mean to everyone. She really doesn't want to be there.
Q: What is the best advice you received from an older person?
A.L.: Once my grandfather told me, while we were in the car, "Hold your hat and don't stand up."
Still Kicking opens Friday, August 30 and runs through Saturday, September 14 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre, 320 N. 5th Street, at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows begin 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.