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Wall Street Journal featured student Anna Smith in "Eight Graduates Plan for an Uncertain World"

05/11/2020

Wall Street Journal featured student Anna Smith in "Eight Graduates Plan for an Uncertain World"

Most of Anna Smith’s final semester has been spent rehearsing for her senior class performance of “Head over Heels,” a rock musical set in the 16th century to a 1980s score by the all-female band the Go-Gos.

The show was to be a critical culmination for theater students looking for jobs in show business because it’s performed in front of hundreds of talent agents.

“Our showcase in April is supposed to jump-start our careers,” said the 22-year-old Ms. Smith. “I was finally going to be this young professional.”

The show will go on—but not until September.

Ms. Smith has moved back into her parents’ home in Knoxville, Tenn., putting her Broadway dreams on hold.

“It just feels like we are floating,” she said.

But Ms. Smith said she’s gotten a new French bulldog puppy to dote on and has appreciated having the time to reconnect with her family. “What’s saved me through this process is just remembering not to take things for granted.”

—Patrick Thomas

Read the full Wall Street Journal article.