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"It was kind of solemn, drifting down the big still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars...Sure is a lot of stars up there." —Huck


About the Cast

ANNIE POWER
(Huck)

Annie is a Theatre and Performance Studies major and Dance minor at Kennesaw State University and she loves every second of it. In the past year, Annie’s roles have included Tilly in Melancholy Play, Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, and a performer in Side By Side By Sondheim. Annie was born in Greenville, South Carolina and has been living in Georgia for the past 11 years. She has been teaching dance and musical theatre at Off Broadway Dance Center in Alpharetta for the past 5 years. She loves theatre and intends on keeping it a huge part of her life. She would like to thank her wonderfully supportive professors. They have made Kennesaw State Department of Theatre, Performance Studies, and Dance a home for her. She would also like to thank her brother and parents for being the most loving family imaginable. Most importantly, she would like to thank her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She owes all of these blessings to his grace and goodness.


JOHN STEWART
(Frederick Douglass/Jim)

John is a student at Kennesaw State University. Upon completing his second year at KSU he has had the privilege to take part in creating some outstanding theatre. He is continually looking for the next challenge and that brings us to Splittin' the Raft. John is humbled to be a part of such an excellent ensemble of designers, directors, and actors. Theater has the capacity to be a catalyst for change on both a personal and thus a societal scale, and this piece is no exception.









ROBERT HADAWAY
(Ensemble)

Rob is a non-traditional Senior at KSU. He began his college career in 1978 and it appears he will get his bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Performance Studies in the spring of 2012. His mother is going to be so proud! Rob is a former Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown and has also toured with Circus Medrono in Switzerland. In 2009 Rob appeared at the International Clown Festival in Hangzhou China. His favorite role to date is Curly in The Three Stooges Live at the MGM grand in Las Vegas. Rob has been seen here at KSU in The Comedy of Errors, Annie Get Your Gun and The Good Person of Szechwan. He wishes to thank his partner David, for all the love and support along the way.







SHANNON SPARKS
(Ensemble)

Shannon discovered her love for singing and acting growing up in church. All of the children were required to participate in plays each year, and she remembers giving it her all. The church choir was like a second home to her. Pure joy would flow through the congregation during performances, but the greatest joy came from knowing she was a part of it. When she came to KSU in 2008, the decision to pursue a degree in theatre was a no-brainer. The department has nourished her creativity both in the classroom and out. Besides participating in the KSU Tellers during the 2009-10 academic year, Shannon has remained focused on her studies. Splittin' the Raft will provide an opportunity to bring what she has learned in the classroom to the stage.