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Monday, July 13, 2015

By My Side with Devon Perry!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

Devon Perry appears in Godspell.. but you may remember her performances as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz  and as Dolly in It Happened One Christmas Eve. We caught up with her between rehearsals!                                                    
"Performing By My Side" with Gilbert Sanchez (Jesus)

Growing up in Central Ohio, I was putting on performances in the living room as soon as I could walk and talk.  I usually incorporated the services of my dolls and my little brother (thanks, man!) and was always clad in a pink tutu.  I watched almost every movie musical and had them all memorized by the end of elementary school. From the age of 6, I began training in ballet and planned to become a professional ballerina, training intensely for over 10 years, until an injury prevented me from going any further.  It was about that time that I turned to theatre, attending Interlochen Arts Camp in the summers.  I then received a B.F.A. in musical theatre from the University of Michigan, and, well... here I am!

 My mother introduced me to Godspell as a child, through the song "Day By Day," which is still one of her favorites.  This is my first time performing in this show, which is very exciting!

This is my third show at WBT, and I love it here!  It's such a beautiful community to be a part of.  Not only are the audiences engaged and supportive, but also the people behind the scenes are just extraordinary, from the box office to the stage crew and everywhere in between.  Though it may sound cliche, WBT really has a family atmosphere, which, when felt so strongly backstage and onstage, I know must translate to the audience and make them feel included as well.

I will admit... I'd never seen Godspell, the film, until I got cast in this production.  I knew all the music, but I'd just never watched it.  In general, I'm a huge fan of the Golden Age musicals that were made into films, all the Rodgers and Hammerstein as well as anything with Gene Kelly or Ginger Rogers.  My favorites are South Pacific and White Christmas.

Some of my favorite shows are South Pacific, Merrily We Roll Along, The Wizard of Oz, and The Light in the Piazza.  Many thanks to WBT for giving me the chance to play one of my dream roles last summer as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

When I'm not onstage, I also work as a professional pianist, which is such a blast!  I also enjoy yoga and nature and kissing dogs.

There's all sorts of stuff on my iTunes.  I love just about everything from jazz to folk to electronic music.  Lately, I've been really into Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, as well as a South African band called Beatenberg - highly recommended!

  
As Dorothy                     As Dolly (with Xander Chauncey)