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Yakaitis plays a
young Cosette in
“Les Miserables” with
for Theatrical Arts.
PHOTO COURTESY OF
Mount Hebron High
Samantha Yakaitis will
Manhattan College in
New York this fall to
study musical theater.
PHOTO BY KENNETH K. LAM
Playing villains is a favorite, she said: “I love
to step into the roles of people who aren’t like
me because I have to stretch myself as an actor.
I don’t put myself in a box.”
That’s a mantra she shares with her mother,
Robyn Yakaitis, who studied musical theater at
Syracuse University and who has appeared with
her daughter in community productions such as
“Annie,” playing Miss Hannigan to Samantha’s
“Mom got to pull me by my ear, on stage,
and boss me around,” she said. “That didn’t
take much acting for her; mom said it was just
Samantha Yakaitis, as Annie, sings to Sandy, a canine actor, in Laurel Mill Playhouse’s 2012 production of “Annie.”
BALTIMORE SUN FILE PHOTO
There have been gaffes, for sure.
“I’ve forgotten lines, covered up for others,
flipped some verses in songs and tripped and
ripped my skirt while running offstage,” Yakaitis
said. “I’ve never been a crazy-strong dancer;
I’ve got to work on that in college.”
The spotlight awaits.
“I feed off the energy the audience gives back
to me,” she said. “I love belting out that final
note and seeing the joy on their faces as to how
I’ve impacted them. That’s my favorite thing.”
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