Sunday, May 4, 2014

In the Wings: Mame. Meet Lisa Bittles.

Lisa Bittles plays Mother Burnside and is in the chorus of 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?
Lisa Bittles: The last show I was in was Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol several seasons ago. It was time for me to get involved again. Robert Kauffman, our stage manager, is my hairdresser, and he told me that should audition.

Q: Who is Mother Burnside and what is she like?
L.B.: Mother Burnside is Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside's mother. She is an octogenarian who still believes in the "Northern Aggression." She thinks the Civil War is still going on. She's very anti-North.

Q: What makes your life a banquet?
L.B.: I'm the type of person who dabbles in this and dabbles in that. My work at Purdue provides variety, I volunteer with a group that does animal assistive therapy, I'm a farm girl. I take in everything and anything. It's always about wanting to learn.

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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