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Actor Profile – Beatrice Velline

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

1. Theatrical background/credits.

“At O’Dowd, I’ve been in Hairspray, Godspell, and A Chorus Line, but I have been performing my whole life through different schools and companies, and recently spent my summer studying Musical Theatre at NYU.”

2. What role are you playing? What are your character’s traits?

“I play Domina, a shrewish, domineering wife and mother. The role is filled with outrageous comedic moments, and is unlike any other I have played. Playing someone far older and incredibly different from myself is a real challenge, but I get to have so much fun creating her character and acting out her farcical situations.”

3. The show is a musical farce. Explain what that means.

“A farce is a show that is chock full of outrageous, exaggerated plot lines and comedic situations far from reality. Add some songs on top and you have yourself a musical farce. For me and the other actors, this means a lot of demanding physical and vocal work to fully embody the flamboyant characters and their wild circumstances (Expect lots of slapstick comedy). In turn, the audience is guaranteed to have a fun time laughing with us or at us.”

4. Describe life as a drama kid at Bishop O’Dowd High School.

“Drama at Bishop O’Dowd is an amazingly tight knit community, whether you are a part of it through the shows or through the classes. There is always a group of like-minded people you can turn to. Drama has given me the ability to be comfortable with myself, and excited to share what I love to do with the world. The first thing you learn in drama class is the 5 D’s: Drive, Determination, Dedication, Desire, and Discipline. These skills are not only crucial to be a performer, but in any career in the future.”


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