Anita Welch is keepin ' out of mischief in Ain't Misbehavin'

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Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

I’m a California girl born and raised.

I fell in love with theatre when I was a young girl. My father introduced me to musicals and he and I would rent musicals on tape from the public library. My all time favorite was the 1999 film version of Annie

As for singing- music always had a huge presence in my household growing up. I had Chronic Asthma as a child and spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital. My parents put me in voice lessons to help me learn breath support and to strengthen my lungs. Anytime I was afraid my mother would ask me to sing a song. Music helped shape who I am. 

I learned about Ain’t Misbehavin' while I was  studying at AMDA. I worked in the school library and went through a stage where I would watch the 1978 recorded performance they had on copy over and over. 

Ain’t Misbehavin' also happened to be my first equity show. I had the pleasure of doing this show about nine years ago. And get this! I was along side my current co-star Tony Perry! I’m thankful to be doing this show again. This time directed by the creator Richard Maltby Jr! Also working with assistant director A. Curtis Farrow, and Music director Billy McDaniels.  DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON MY LOVE FOR THIS CAST! 

I love the show Dear Evan Hansen. When my friend Charley and I went to see it we were enthralled. But, I can’t really choose a favorite. I also love The Color Purple, Porgy and Bess, and of course Ain’t Misbehavin'. 

As for my dream role, I don’t think it exists yet. It is my dream to originate a role on Broadway. To play a character that touches the lives of those who see it; One that is three dimensional and dynamic. I’ve been fortunate enough to originate some wonderful women in new works. 

When not on stage, I spend time with my dog. I have a beautiful chocolate Labrador named Chance. He makes life fun and reminds me to smile and live in the moment.

My partner and I just made a playlist on Spotify for our game nights titled “The Everything”.  Lately pre-show, I’ve been listening to music that nourishes my soul like India Arie’s "Songversations."

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