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Jorie Janeway
SoVaNow.com / October 08, 2012
The Prizery is excited to have Jorie Janeway join the cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes. Jorie hails from Wilton, Conn., and worked this past summer at the Post Playhouse on Historic Fort Robinson State Park in Northwestern Neb. Jorie worked with Nick Albrecht and Em Laudeman there. Both NIck and Em participated in Summer Theatre Celebration at The Prizery during our second summer theatre season, well remembered for their roles in The Sound of Music. Not only is Jorie singing and dancing in the show, but she is also doing all the choreography for the show. I asked Jorie questions about her experiences in the world of theatre and here are her answers.

1. Talk about your experience in the theatre world since childhood

I grew up in the theatre world. My family was always very involved, so it just seemed very natural to me to always be a part of a show. I did a couple of professional shows as a child, not having any idea what an incredible opportunity it was. I grew up never really having any lead roles, but just loving being on stage. Theatre was mainly where my social life came from. It was fun and it was what made me happiest. It wasn’t until a month before I left for college that I decided I wanted a career in theatre. I didn’t know what that would involve since I didn’t yet understand what my performing strengths were, but I knew that was the road I needed to go down, and I would figure it out as I went. While in college I learned with some guidance from my professors that my strength was comedy. Since college it’s been a tough road, like it is with everyone trying be an actor. But I have had some wonderful opportunities to perform all over the country in regional theaters as well as tour the country and Canada on a National Tour performing some incredibly exciting comedic musical theatre characters.

2. Your thoughts on being in South Boston

As a performer, my goal is to travel, experience different parts of the country, and be able to do quality theatre. I get all of that in South Boston. The Prizery takes great pride in doing very high quality shows. South Boston is a wonderful place full of very friendly, kind people, and in a part of the country I have not yet experienced, so I am very grateful to be here.

3. What is most fun about Wonderettes?

The story is pure fun. I love engaging with the audience openly, and it is that way from start to finish.

4. What is most challenging about Wonderettes

There is a great amount of material to learn. Between the 50’s music in act 1 and the 60’s music in act 2, there are about 30 songs that are represented, and all 4 girls in the show sing every single song except for 1 solo number. That has been a lot of music to learn and since i am choreographing as well as performing, there are a lot of numbers to choreograph, but the outcome will make for a wonderful experience for the audience.

5. How do you feel about singing classic songs that everyone knows ?

I’ve had experiences in the past singing classic songs that bring people back to another time, and have been so moved watching people become overcome with these feeling of nostalgia. I KNOW this show will do that for these audiences.

6. Do you ave an interesting South Boston story yet?

I’ve heard nonstop about the cinnamon buns that would be in town around fair time. I was driving through town trying to get back to my host family’s house during TORRENTIAL downpours. I saw the cinnamon bun wagon set up with lights in the square and brought my car to a screeching halt. I HAD to have this famous South Boston cinnamon bun no matter what the circumstances, so I braved the weather and proved all of South Boston right that they have the BEST cinnamon buns that are worth risking your life in a hurricane for.

The Marvelous Wonderettes opens Thursday Oct. 11 and continues through Friday Oct. 19. The show features the great songs of the 50’s and 60’s and is just pure fun. Call The Prizery box-office 434-572-8339 for tickets are purchase online at http://www.prizery.com. Don’t miss the opening night 1958 PROM RECEPTION after the show.

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