If you’ve seen a show at UMW in the past three years, chances are, you’ve seen Anissa Felix ’13.
From comedic musical roles like The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’s Logainne
SchwartzandGrubenierre to heavy dramatic roles such as Hedda Gabler’s title role,
Anissa always brings it on stage! And now she has been given yet another acting challenge,
playing the spritely Ariel in this April’s The Tempest!
The Department of Theatre and Dance brought Anissa in
for an interview about all the shows she has done here.
T&D:What is your major?
Anissa: I am a theatre major with a minor in musical theatre.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Anissa: Musical theatre performance.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Anissa: I started out in dance, and then I became interested in choir. It naturally progressed into an interest in theatre.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Anissa: RENT. Definitely RENT. The cast had a very warm, family atmosphere, we were all in it together and it was as much about the family that we made onstage as it was the family that we were offstage. And the work itself was just… the music and the show… it’s just one of my favorite shows. I grew up listening to RENT and I’d always wanted to be Mimi, so my wish came true.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Anissa: I am moving to New York and I am auditioning for musical theatre, commercials, and film.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Anissa: I’d say York peppermint patties, and then salted caramel.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Anissa: In The Heights, definitely. And I would love to play Beneatha in Raisin in the Sun. It’s a very mainstream show, but it’s a role that is very similar to my personality.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Anissa: Yes, I love to cook, I love vintage clothing, I like to write a little bit in my spare time. I substitute teach kindergarten through eighth grade, and I also teach dance class to middle school girls. I’ve also mastered the art of sushi making. I’m very proud of it.
T&D: What would you say is the most daunting part about taking on the role of Ariel? What do you look forward to about this role?
Anissa: Definitely the language. I’ve never done a Shakespeare show, so just tackling the language is a challenge in itself. But I’m also excited, because the role of Ariel can be played very many ways, she’s very playful, and I’m excited to work with the idea of a non-human character in a fantastical setting.