Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Anna Kimmell Leaving MMT

Anna made hand stamps as a sideline.
Talented Anna Kimmell is leaving Mill Mountain Theatre at the end of August to join a larger theater company in Little Rock, Ark., a good career move for her, a sad departure for us.

Anna has been running the education program and doing a lot of the unheralded grunt work necessary for the effective maintenance of good theater, but you will likely recall her best as the lead in the recent "42nd Street," where she was simply striking. I said at the time that I thought she was a better dancer than Ruby Keeler, the original star of "42nd Street" and I hold to that.

Mill Mountain Theatre is like a minor league baseball team in that a lot of talent comes through on the way to higher calling, sometimes the Major Leagues. I don't know if Anna will ever get to Broadway--she said that is not a goal--but wherever she goes, the theater will be better for it. Good luck, young lady.

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