Teora Schumacher plays Cherie in Bus Stop, the third show in the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. William Inge wrote the script.
Question: Why did you audition for Bus Stop?
Teora Schumacher: I wanted to do another play. This one is funny and dramatic, and it's all about the characters. It's also a very small cast, and it's just something I wanted to try.
Q: Who is Cherie?
T.S.: Cherie is the chanteuse lounge singer. That's her character now, but I think she's hiding who she used to be. She's from a small town, she didn't finish school. When she's singing, people can look up to her. It's her second persona. Her ultimate goal is to find herself in life, she's trying to find love.
Q: What is fun about playing Cherie?
T.S.: I love her accent. I love how she randomly thinks of things and blurts them out, and I love how she tries to be part of everyone's conversation.
Q: Imagine that you are stuck at 1:30 a.m. in a diner that has a full working kitchen. What do you order?
T.S.: I would order pancakes or waffles, or eggs and toast, and coffee.
Bus Stop runs Friday, January 17 through Saturday, February 1 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. Tickets can be purchased by calling 765-423-7529 or visiting http://lafayettecivic.tix.com
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