Thursday, May 8, 2014

In the Wings: Mame. Meet Debra John.

Debra John plays Mrs. Upson and other characters 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?
Debra John: I love musical theater. I love the choreography, I love the singing and I love the acting.

Question: Who is Mrs. Upson and what is she like?
D.J.: She is very formal and very snooty. She is very class-obsessed.

Q: What makes your life a banquet?
D.J.: The ability to use my talents and to make other people happy. I'm eclectic: I like running and biking and being outside, too.

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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