|Flourish Online Magazine||Spring 2012|
Meet Annie Power: Entertainer extraordinaire
By Stephen Chamblee
Photo by Sarah Singleton
Annie Power was born with show business in her blood. As a young child, her natural gifts singing, dancing and making people laugh were evident to everyone around her. “My love for dance and theater was always there,” Power says.“I was always dressing up and dancing around my house, so it just felt like putting on a show was what I needed to do!”
At age 12, Power began formal dance lessons but
it wasn’t until she started Lassiter High School in Marietta that she found her artistic home. “I did my first play my freshman year and it really clicked. What I had enjoyed about dance, I got more of in theater. I really love connecting with an audience.” Not long after, she discovered her singing voice and began performing in musical theater productions.
Now a junior at Kennesaw State University, Power is majoring in theatre and performance studies with a musical theatre concentration and a minor in dance. She has had the opportunity to expand her horizons by performing in a number of plays on and off campus, including “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Anything Goes,” “Melancholy Play,” “Splittin’ the
Raft,” “Play On” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”
Power credits her “dream team” – professors Jana Young, Russell Young, Dean Adams, Harrison Long and Judy Cole – with helping her develop and grow as an artist. “Annie Power lives up to her name,” says Long. “She is a force in the acting classroom but a charming one. Her diligence, intelligence and wacky sense of humor set her apart.”
Outside of campus, Power is an antique enthusiast and a collector of Audrey Hepburn memorabilia. She
is also an active member of First Baptist Church of
she teaches Sunday school, sings in the choir and helps with children’s performances.
After graduation, Power’s dream is to open her own studio for music, theater and dance. She believes the diverse course offerings at KSU have allowed her to develop the skills necessary to realize her dream. “Originally, I just wanted to do theater,” she explains. “I now realize that I want to use theater to help and affirm kids and adolescents. At KSU, I am able to study things like human services and psychology that I think are going to help me build a studio where I can do that.”