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Rocky Horror Picture Show Norfolk VA - Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror Picture Show Norfolk VA

September 27, 2016
Mayor Garner thought the show

Bev Kippenhan ’17

As Lady Jedburgh in last spring’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, an old woman in 2014’s Lysistrata, a Transylvanian in Studio 115’s annual shadow cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a participant in the 10-minute Play Festival, the 24 Hour Play Festival, and a playwright, Bev Kippenhan ’17 sure does keep busy!

The Department of Theatre and Dance asked Bev to come in for an interview.

T&D: What is your major?

I’m a theatre major with a musical theatre and arts administration minor.

T&D: What is your main focus in theatre?

It’s performance right now, but I’m also thinking about doing either playwriting or stage combat.

T&D: Where is your hometown?

Kippenhan (left) preparing for this year's 24 Hour Play Festival.I was born in Lakehurst, New Jersey, but I only lived there for four years, so I really consider Norfolk, Virginia my hometown.

T&D: How did you first get interested in theatre?

When I was little, my dad would always show me movie musicals and the first musical films I ever saw were The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music. When I was in either seventh or eighth grade, as my middle school graduation present he gave my mom and me tickets to see West Side Story and it really moved me. I think ever since those experiences when I was really little I wanted to be in performance, but I just hadn’t really discovered theatre as an outlet until I was a freshman in high school actually doing it.

T&D: What was your first experience with the Theatre Department?

It all sort of happened at once: I was taking Professor [Kristen] Lepine’s Dramatic Literature and Intro to Theatre courses while doing the Rocky Horror Picture Show as I was also doing props for Spring Awakening, all during my first semester.

T&D: What are you working on now?

Currently, I am the Assistant to Communications in the management office for theatre practicum and I am also in a Shakespeare Repertory Group called Lady Washington’s Players that we are trying to grow on campus. I am playing Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I am the Dauphin in Henry V.

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