Sunday, May 4, 2014

In the Wings: Mame. Meet Carrie Francis.

Carrie Francis plays Vera Charles in Mame, the fifth and final show in the 2013-2014 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Jerry Herman wrote the music and lyrics. Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee wrote the book based on the novel "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis.

Question: Why did you audition for the musical?
Carrie Francis: Mame is one of my favorite musicals, and it was the first I ever did at Jefferson High School under Mr. Jaeger. I went on to major in theatre because of Mame.

Q: Who is Vera and what is she like?
C.F.: Vera is a Broadway diva, and has performed on stage for years and years. She's a really dramatic character, and she likes to drink. A lot. She reminds me of Joanne, the character I played last season in Company. I don't know why I'm typecast in these roles.

Q: What makes your life a banquet?
C.F.: I perform in musicals like Mame.

Mame runs Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11 at Sunnyside Intermediate School, 530 N. 26th Street in Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday show begins at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 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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