Devon is an Enchanting Dolly

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Posted by: Pia Haas on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Devon Perry plays Dolly in our musical production of "It Happened One Christmas Eve." We asked her about the show and her Holiday traditions.

I was raised outside Columbus, Ohio by my unstoppable mother and our many cats. Throughout my childhood, I was training to be a professional ballerina, taking class every day, until an injury ended the dream of mine. Thankfully, my mom suggested going to Interlochen Arts Camp for the summer for musical theatre, and my life was changed forever. I then went to the University of Michigan and received a BFA in Musical Theatre (go blue!).

I've been singing since I could talk, dancing since I could walk. Performing has always been in my nature. My dolls were always helpful in putting on a show in the living room. I grew up watching movie musicals - two of my favorites being The Wizard of Oz and White Christmas. I love the classics! Judy Garland, Vera Ellen, Rosemary Clooney, Julie Andrews - incredible women.

I enjoy working on original material. It provides for extra collaboration and originality. It's refreshing!

When I'm not onstage I enjoy doing yoga, playing piano, and volunteering with animal rescue organizations.

On my iPod... Hmm lately I've been revisiting my main man Billy Joel. I love jazz, rock, folk, you name it and I'll take a listen.

My favorite holiday traditions are decorating the tree with my family and making Christmas cookies with recipes passed down through my family. And then eating the cookies, of course!

 Devon (as Dolly) with Xander Chauncey (as Buddy)

Doing this show is making this holiday season extra special for me. The story of Dolly and Buddy is dear to my heart. Attached is a (blurry) picture of my grandmother and grandfather on their wedding day. My grandfather was in the navy in WWII and came home on leave for the 4th of July to marry my beautiful grandmother. She went around collecting sugar rations from all the neighbors in order to make their wedding cake, and they got married in the front yard of the family home. Knowing their story has made my work on the role of Dolly very personal. Fortunately, my grandfather returned home after the war and had 3 wonderful children, one of whom is my mother. My performance in this show is dedicated to my grandparents.

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