12/20/2012 -- With only a few days left until Christmas, children of all ages, some dressed in holiday attire, lined up at Theatre Albany in Albany, Ga., to see the final performance of “The Little Town of Christmas,” Sunday.
One familiar face in the cast was that of Sgt. JoAnna Sudduth, legal noncommissioned officer-in -charge, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.
“During a meeting with the commanding officer, I brought up the fact that I enjoyed theater and performing, so he encouraged me to audition for the Christmas play,” she said. “I was very excited about getting the part and I’m glad I did it.”
Sudduth noted her Theatre Albany performance was fantastic, although she was a bit nervous at first.
“I had a chance to meet wonderful new people who were a blast to work with,” she said. “We put a lot of work into the play, but it was a fun and exciting experience. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the cast.”
Col. Don Davis, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, said it’s important to mentor Marines and understand what their dreams are.
“Sergeant Sudduth has been an outstanding Marine who has given the Marine Corps everything she has over the past few years,” he said. “During a recent command interview, she revealed a passion for acting and something she desired to pursue when she got out of the Marine Corps. I simply asked her why not now, right here in Albany? There was an advertisement for an audition and I simply encouraged her to give it a go. She did and the rest is history.”
Mark Costello, director and artistic director, Theater Albany, said it is always nice to have new talent at Theater Albany.
“JoAnna was a breath of fresh air,” he said. “She has quite the stage presence and was a joy to work with. I found her to be very imaginative with a great ability to come up with something creative that would enhance her scenes.”
Sudduth, who was a member of the Drama Club at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, Ky., her former high school, has performed in and choreographed various plays. She has also been involved in the Cincinnati, Ohio, 48 Hour Film Project, appearing in the short film, “Carta de Amor.”