The Perry Fine Arts series will present actress Pippa White in “Voices from Ellis Island” Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Perry Performing Arts Center.
“Voices from Ellis Island” dramatizes true experiences of immigrants who passed through America’s “front door to freedom” in the early 1800s. White’s specialty is the story in history, and most of the stories she brings to life are based on real events.
White theater company, One’s Company, produces her one-woman shows. She has an extensive background in theater, appearing on television as a child actor, training at the American Conservatory Theatre Academy and hosting a daily morning television show on ABC for five years.
Moving to the Midwest led White to pursue an education, start a family and restart her theater career. She now works in theaters, arts-in-education programs and produces several one-woman shows annually.
White incorporates her love of dialects and accents into her shows. Some of her dialects come naturally, thanks to a British father. Her parents spent considerable time in England, often telling amusing stories is dialect, and these have informed her “Voices from Ellis Island.”
“Other children came home to milk and cookies after school,” White said. “I came home to afternoon tea!”
But not all White’s dialects come easily. She said she uses the International Phonetic Alphabet — her mother was a speech teacher at San Francisco State University — and she is always trying new dialects and accents in order to keep her show authentic in contemporary.
Perry Fine Arts performance are free and open to the public. Free-will donations are accepted. The Perry Performing Arts Center, 1200 18th St. in Perry, is handicapped accessible.