Joanne Fortune plays Hildy 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?
Joanne Fortune: The reason I did this with no experience and no background whatsoever is that I saw an announcement in the newspaper that said, "Looking for women 85 and under." I thought, "I barely made the cut, but I do!" So I decided to audition. It was sort of a whim because it sounded like fun.
Q: Who is Hildy? What is she like?
J.F.: Hildy has a stutter when she speaks, so she only sings to communicate. At first I thought she was dim, but she's not. She just can't speak without stuttering.
Q: What is the best advice you received from an older person?
J.F.: Don't be afraid to try new things and experience everything you can while you can.
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.