Thursday, May 8, 2014

In the Wings: Mame. Meet Steve Scherer.

Steve Scherer plays Mr. 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?
Steve Scherer: I wanted to do a show with Susan and Bill Kisinger. I've not done a show with them before, although I've been doing shows with Civic since the mid-1990s. I also love Jerry Herman shows; I was in Hello, Dolly! in high school, and there are a lot of similarities to Mame.

Q: Who is Mr. Upson and what is he like?
S.S.: He and his wife are pseudo-New York, high-brow, wealthy people. Their daughter, Gloria, has fallen in love with Patrick.

Q: What makes your life a banquet?
S.S.: Getting to do theatre with all different ages in one show. You can't think of many activities that include an age range of teenagers all the way up to adults. It's fun to be around the eclectic group of actors in this show.

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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