Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In the Wings: Still Kicking. Meet Charlotte Scarcelli.

Charlotte Scarcelli plays Mrs. Custenborder 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?
Charlotte Scarcelli: The title caught my eye. I volunteer at University Place, and the oldest gentleman I work with is 99 years old. He still gets about with a walker, no wheelchair. When I greet him every evening and say, "Hey, Tony, how are you doing?", he always says, "I'm still kicking, you've got to get out of my way."

Q: Who is Mrs. Custenborder? What is she like?
C.S.: She was the director of the civic theatre in the town of Rantoul for 37 years. Now she is a resident in this retirement community where the play is set. They allow her to direct a play, so I get to do that.

Q: What is the best advice you received from an older person?
C.S.: Be true to yourself.

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.

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