Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In the Wings: The Beverly Hillbillies. Meet Kevin Bayley.

Kevin Bayley plays Jed Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies, the fourth and final show in the 2013-2014 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. David Rogers wrote the script based on the television program of the same name by Paul Henning.

Question: Why did you audition for the play?
Kevin Bayley: I wasn't planning to audition, but Tori Rosa, the stage manager, texted me while the second day of auditions was going on, and suggested I audition.

Q: What is fun about your character?
K.B.: He is a naïve, but not dumb, classic country man. He exemplifies what the mountain man, the man of the land, would be back in the sixties.

Q: What is your favorite old-time television series?
K.B.: The one I've seen the most and enjoyed the most is M*A*S*H. That group mastered what a sitcom should be: combining comedy and a story that really drives everything home.

The Beverly Hillbillies runs Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13 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 show begins at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth age 18 and under. Call 765-423-7529 or visit to learn about ticket availability or to purchase tickets in advance.

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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