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Wells Broadway bound


Farragut High School graduate Laura Beth Wells, daughter of former FHS theater teacher Vickie Wells, for whom FHS’s Vickie B. Wells Theater is named, will make her Broadway debut Sunday, Nov. 14, at Foxwoods Theatre off 42nd St. in New York.

Laura Beth, who graduated from FHS in 1995, has been cast in the female ensemble of “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” and will play several parts, including Emily Osborn, the wife of Marvel Comics creation Dr. Norman Osborn.

The play is based on the book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger and will feature music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2.


“It draws on all the folklore of the comics and the films, but there is stuff that is new that is straight out of Bono, The Edge, and Julie’s heads, of course with the consent of Marvel,” Laura Beth said.

“There are new characters that have been created and all that. It adds to the Spiderman mythology, but it also explores how he becomes Spiderman and discovers his powers,” she added.

Following her graduation at FHS, Laura Beth attended UT where she graduated with a degree in theater, going on to obtain an MFA in theater from Kent State University in Ohio.

She said she never thought of doing anything besides theater.

“I didn’t even have a minor in undergrad,” she said.

Although she was following her dream, the road was not an easy one.

“It was really tough at first. I graduated grad school in 2000 and ended up living in the San Francisco Bay area for about two years.

“I worked very steadily as an actor out there for two years, then I decided to move to New York. I moved in 2002 and then I didn’t work for two years.” she said.

“I actually gave up on the business. Then I decided I wasn’t ready to give it up and I came back and that was when I started to really book work on a regular basis,” she added.

“Spider-Man” will be Laura Beth’s first large scale performance.

“I have never done a national tour or off-Broadway, so to go from doing the regional theater circuit and small things here in the city to all of a sudden being in the biggest Broadway show ever produced is a mind trip,” she said.

For more information on “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” or to purchase tickets, visit www.spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/

 

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