Posting Date: February 11, 2011
Meet Sarah Peavy: Redefining success
By Caitlin Amick
Photo by Kimberly New
Sarah performing as Annie Oakley in the KSU production of "Annie Get Your Gun."
Photo by Robert Pack
For Sarah Peavy, success in the acting world is not determined by how big of a role she lands or how prestigious of a company she performs with. Instead, she defines success as working hard to achieve the goals she sets for herself, no matter how big or small.
Sarah, a sophomore theatre student with a concentration in musical theatre, chose Kennesaw State University as the place to pursue her goals because of its strong theatre department. In addition to having strong ties with the Atlanta acting scene, she says the professors are truly committed to helping students grow. “They can see students' potential and know how to harness their skills and polish them as performers, all while being extremely encouraging.”
As a freshman, she landed several major roles. She played the lead female part of Meredith Parker in “Bat Boy: The Musical” and was part of the ensemble in “A Grand Night for Singing.” Sarah views both roles as great learning experiences that taught her a lot about acting for a live audience. She says in each performance she tried to feed off the audience’s energy, changing the delivery of certain lines based on their reactions.
She took what she learned from these performances and applied it to her starring role as Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun.” KSU Associate Professor Russell Young, Instructor of Music Judy Cole and Instructor of Voice Jana Young also helped her grow into the role. “Reading the script, I didn't fit the character type at all. But with the help of Russell and Jana Young, I was able to really feel a connection with the role. By the end, I felt like I was Annie Oakley. It was the role of a lifetime.”
Russell Young calls Sarah a talented student with an extensive and strong voice range. He says she is gifted vocally to do just about anything in musical theatre. Young also says, “Sarah has this amazing voice coupled with a very humble and sweet character. She is the total team member with her peers and is a tireless worker. I always enjoy directing her.”
This semester, Sarah will work with Young again in “Side by Side by Sondheim,” set to be performed by the KSU Musical Theatre Ensemble at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta on March 18. Sarah says rehearsing for the upcoming performance has been “time-consuming work, but it’s worth it. You have to work hard to be able to say you’re proud of a performance.”
Sarah’s post-graduation goal is to make a living performing on stage, starting in Atlanta and then branching out to other cities. She also isn’t opposed to working with film or teaching further down the road. “I’ll be happy as long as I’m doing what I love and striving for my personal best.”