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RMS teen plays central character in mature CWC play

Dec 2, 2012 - From staff reports

A 13-year-old Riverton Middle School student who has been acting professionally since she was 7 is a central character in Central Wyoming College's upcoming production of "The Magdalen Whitewash," a moving play about Irish asylums that imprisoned girls for being pregnant out of wedlock.

Kirstin Dorn plays the role of young Mary, who is sent to a Magdalen asylum when she becomes pregnant by her father.

The play opens in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Dec. 2 and 7:30 p.m. performances are scheduled for Dec. 6, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.

Kirstin, who is concurrently preparing for her eighth movie role while rehearsing for the CWC play, launched her career by winning a regional "Best New Talent" contest in Utah.

The play, which has only been seen in the U.S. twice before, tells the stories of eight "Maggies," Irish girls who were locked away for life to work in laundries for not only out-of-wedlock pregnancies, but for being sexually assaulted or abused by relatives, or simply because they were just too pretty and alluring to men.

Director Mike Myers was familiar with Kirstin's talents from past roles she's played in CWC productions.

"It's a very demanding role," he said. "I needed someone who could do it that looked like she was 13."

Tickets may be ordered online at www.tickets.cwc.edu or by calling 855-2002.

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