Anna is a fourth-year Theatre Studies major from Lake Jackson, Texas and a Fall 2014 NUGI. Outside of LHS, she is involved in the Episcopal Church and Austin Area Theatre & Dance. Anna has been a choreographer for LHS for two years and counting, and she always has a big smile and kind word to say. You are so loved, Anna!
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Most people who know me know that my favorite artist is, and has been for quite some time, Taylor Swift. My love for Taylor Swift began when she released her debut album in 2006. I was a 5th grade girl who had grown up on country music and was waiting for an artist who could encapsulate my own experience as a young girl in a genre that had been generally dominated by older, often male, musicians. The way she tells stories with such detail and color has always been an inspiration to me, and I feel as though I have grown up with her. Even now that she has left country music, her extremely descriptive, anecdotal writing style is still there, and that's what I love most about her music. Other singers and songwriters that have inspired me include Maren Morris, Sara Bareilles, Kacey Musgraves, and my friends from Lake Jackson Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington who founded Blue Water Highway Band.
Describe your favorite role or performance.
I've been in many plays and musicals throughout the course of my life, but I do have one show that I am particularly proud of. In 2013, I was in a production of Barefoot in the Park, a romantic-comedy play by Neil Simon, at my hometown's area community theatre. I remember I almost didn't audition for the role because I was 17 at the time, and I wasn't confident that I had enough life experience to play a young newly-wed. But of course I went to the audition, and I ended up landing the part. Not only was this one of the largest roles I had ever had, it was the most I had ever committed myself to a role at that point in my life. I was consistently present in those performances, and I allowed the story to unfold before me rather than trying to think ahead of it. So much so, that on opening night there came I moment where I was in a fight with my "new husband," and I was supposed to throw a shoe at the door when he slammed it at me. I must have thrown this exact shoe at that exact door about 75 times or so in rehearsal. But that night, I was so enraged that the heel of the shoe stuck straight through the door. I don't know if I will ever have a greater accomplishment than not completely losing it on stage that night.
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you in LHS?
In Spring of 2016, we held our "The Way You Make Me Feel" show at The Dougherty Arts Center and about 2 hours or so before curtain the power went out. I had brought my beauty supplies to try and make myself "show ready" at the theater, and I believe about 1/4th of my hair was in beautiful long ringlets, and the rest of it was about as flat as hair could be when this occurred. Long story short, I'm rocking a disheveled pony tail in all of those videos!
Did you have any weird quirks as a kid?
My family learned that I had an aptitude for performing arts early on. I started singing and talking at an early age, but I had some quite interesting adaptations for certain words that I learned in random songs and books. An example of this would be when I had a Christmas pageant in pre-school, and my class was going to perform "Hark the Harold Angels Sing." We had all been in class and had spent quite some time learning it. Then when it came time to perform, my class got up there and NOBODY sang except me. At least this is how I remember it. I recall feeling super frustrated that no one was singing as loudly as I was, so of course I proceeded to belt out even louder...and despite all of that bravado, I did NOT get the words right. I decided that "mercy mild" was now "nursey mild" and that "with angelic hosts" had to be "with and jelly toast." I'm not going to lie; it took me a little too long to learn that these were not the words to that song.
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