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Sarah Everett was born in 1989 to a Coast Guard family and has traveled the majority of her young life around the coasts of the USA, discovering the history, life and atmosphere of her country. She’s lived in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Washington, and Alaska. Her faith in Jesus Christ, as a Christian therefore, has been at the core of her dreams and lifestyle. Her earliest passions were geared towards theatre/the performing arts. Since she was very little, she loved to play stuffed animal stories with her sisters. Then beginning in middle school and into high school, she acted in a wide variety of theatre shows with different companies in Juneau.

Such theatrical shows included: “Number the Stars” by Northern Lights Junior Theatre; “The Passage Inside: An Original Ensemble Composition” by JDHS; “Pippin: The Musical” by JDHS; “Steel Magnolias” by the Perseverance Theatre Young Company; “Welcome to Social Disorder Camp: An Original Comedy” by the Perseverance Theatre Young Company; “Whiteout: An Original Play” by the Perseverance Theatre Young Company; “Peer Gynt” by the Perseverance Theatre STAR program; “The Children of Eden” by the Perseverance Theatre STAR program; “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” by the Perseverance Theatre STAR program; “Marisol” by the UAS Theatre program; and “Mozart’s Magic Flute” by Juneau’s Opera To Go. She also stage managed with Cinnamon Simpson for Northern Lights Junior Theatre such plays as “Midnight Cry: The Underground Railroad to Freedom”; “The Sound of Music,” and “Grease: The Musical”. Mask pieces, musicals, dramas, comedies, original pieces, and choirs. Sarah’s formal theatrical training includes: Classes at UAS taught by Perseverance Theatre actors; classes at JMU taught by a wide variety of actors and directors; and a summer acting/directing intensive at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

In 2011, she also picked up a love for radio, and for summer 2011 and summer 2012, she played classical music every Tuesday on KRNN. Sarah has also produced a couple radio dramas, such as “Lost Christmas” and “The Book of Virtues: A Four Story Radio Drama”. A link to the latter can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CpvlZ0-nYA. Sarah also aided in the production of a Summer Radio Drama Production with KTOO and Theater at Latitude 58 which can be found here: http://www.theateratlatitude58.com/summer-radio-theater-project-ktoo

Sarah has been a scholar of James Madison for ten years, beginning in high school (2006) when she did a Presidential history project on Madison. It was an intense study, which propelled her into the world of Mr. Madison, his life and times. She can say with God’s grace that she is a knowledgeable and quite fervent James Madison enthusiast. She began formally interpreting/impersonating Madison for her hometown in 2009, three years into her interest of Madison, as she was told that she resembled Madison closely enough to realistically represent him. This combined not only her passion for Madison, but also Theatre. Her study of Madison has been strong and entirely devoted. She has had the blessing and honor of connecting with and working with the wonderful staff and scholars at James Madison’s Montpelier; her friend Mr. Philip Bigler of the former director of the James Madison Center at James Madison University; Ms. Catherine Allgor, Dolley Madison scholar; her mentor and friend John Douglas Hall, the honored national interpreter of James Madison; as well as her dear friend and mentor, Dr. Ralph Ketcham, the foremost Madison scholar in the nation who wrote the leading biography about James Madison in 1971.

Sarah graduated from Juneau Douglas High School (JDHS) in Class of 2008, then began studies at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). She entered James Madison University in fall of 2010 as a transfer student, beginning her junior year, and with great excitement. At JMU, she contributed and invested into the JMU community. As President James Madison, she was invited frequently and attended numerous events on campus, uplifting Mr. Madison’s legacy by bringing him to life for students and faculty. For most of these interpretations, ‘Madison’ has either given a presentation, participated in constitutional debate, given a speech, participated in a Q&A session, even has simply made a guest appearance, among many other things. Some of these events/programs/organizations included: American government classrooms; The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts; Madison Historians; The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society; Constitution Day with Madison Institutes; JMU’s History Club; Kijiji; The JMU Honor Council; CMSS; University Program Board; Madison Union ACUI Conference, and the Boy Scouts of America. Her experience, scholarship, and believability of her presence as James Madison has been said by many to be completely real and authoritative. In fact, the demand of Madison’s presence at JMU amounted to her need for an agent for a brief time. She also made frequent appearances as James Madison for the JMU football games – a tradition well known now in the JMU community.

Every year since 2009, she continually makes appearances whether she is at JMU or Juneau as James Madison for New Year’s Day, President’s Day, his birthday (March 16th), Dolley Madison’s birthday (May 20th), Independence Day (July 4th), and Constitution Day (September 17th), among other unique and individual events.

Her interpretations outside of the JMU community have been notable as well. In Juneau, she represented Madison in numerous elementary, middle, and high schools; at the University of Alaska Southeast for various events of their own, mainly history and government classrooms and programs; and at Juneau’s Centennial Hall and Nugget Mall Conference Center for 2009’s Constitution Day (where she worked with another interpreter, John Venables a.k.a. William Henry Seward, and spoke to Alaska congressmen). She also appeared as Madison for Juneau’s 50th statehood anniversary Fourth of July Parade Celebration.

On March 4th, 2009, she published an article in the Juneau Empire about Madison’s bicentennial inauguration as our fourth president. She has been published by The Breeze at JMU for numerous articles she wrote about James Madison, and articles have been written about her and her interpretations both at JMU as well as in Juneau Alaska. The most notable of these publications was one article written in The Chronicle of Higher Education on March 11th, 2012. At James Madison’s Montpelier, she published a scholarly text inside of the newly released second edition of the Montpelier Hospitality Cookbook. She additionally had the honor to interpret Madison at a teachers conference for the Center for the Constitution from James Madison’s Montpelier during the summer of 2009 at Montpelier, then was re-invited to interpret/impersonate Madison for the Center for the Constitution in Washington D.C for their Dec. 2nd 2012 NCSS conference, where hundreds of teachers across the world met ‘Mr. Madison’. In August 2009, she took part in an Archaeology Expedition at Montpelier. What James Madison’s Montpelier is doing to uplift and preserve the spirit and legacy of James Madison is amazing, astounding, and beautiful to watch unfold. To Montpelier, Dr. Ketcham, John Douglas Hall, JMU, and Juneau, Sarah holds the highest esteem and gratitude for all the opportunities, privileges, friendships and guidance she has learned and still is learning. As she approached graduation from JMU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at the end of 2012, Sarah embarked out into the world to further her artistic and scholarly pursuit of James Madison’s legacy, as well as her other artistic interests.

426769_657775557571117_792737661_nIn 2013, Sarah was very humbled to have successfully launched out into her work in Theatre and Interpretation. She currently resides in Juneau Alaska with her family. July 2013, Sarah went abroad for the first time to France; on a Foursquare Gospel Church missions trip, she visited Nancy, Caen and Paris for a month.

Sarah also worked for Theater at Latitude 58 (www.theateratlatitude58.com) as an actor/assistant director/acting coach/Theatre Associate for two years. She performed in fall of 2013 as Sylvester McMonkey McBean in the preshow “The Sneetches” for “Seussical: The Musical”. In spring of 2014, Sarah performed as Captain Arthur Keller in “The Miracle Worker”, and also assistant directed “Sadako’s A Thousand Cranes” with Cinnamon Simpson for Theater at Latitude 58. In fall of 2014, she worked with Theater at Latitude 58 in shows, “Calamity Jane”‘ and “How Things Happen in Threes.” In “Calamity Jane”, she performed and sang as Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin. Sarah reprised her involvement with Theater at Latitude 58 in the spring of 2015 season, which included the classic plays “The Tempest” and “Anne of Green Gables”, the latter of which she performed as leading role Matthew Cuthbert to strong positive reviews.

In spring of 2014, Sarah self-produced and directed six original skits as an ensemble show, called “Calico”, which performed in May 2014. The video recording of “Calico” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRbMnLy1Cqw. Also see an article about it here:  http://m.juneauempire.com/art/2014-05-22/everetts-artistic-energy-feeds-calico.

During summer of 2014, Sarah was given a formal grant from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC) to produce “Calico 2: Reloaded” for the spring 2015 season. “Calico 2: Reloaded” performed in May 2015, with great success, and consisted of nine original skits as an ensemble show like its predecessor! The video recording of “Calico 2: Reloaded” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIfztuRtFFI.

As of summer 2015, Sarah embarked on theatrical opportunities with Alaska’s leading professional theater company, Perseverance Theatre (www.ptalaska.org), joining them in their fall productions of “Othello” and the musical “Sweeney Todd” as a professional backstage crew member/Wardrobe Costumer. She also hosted a special event at The Gold Town Theater for the 30th anniversary of the famed trilogy, “Back to the Future,” this October 2015. At this event, she impersonated Doc Emmett L. Brown to a welcome crowd.

Winter of 2015, Sarah stage managed for Juneau Lyric Opera’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, and sang in the Juneau Lyric Opera Mid-Winter Concert. She also starred in her first professional film project, “Health Nuts” with the JUMP Festival. Spring 2016, Sarah joined Juneau Lyric Opera once again to work with actors and crew backstage for “Man of La Mancha” in March as a professional backstage crew manager/Wardrobe Costumer. (http://juneauopera.org)

Sarah embarked on yet another full production season of acting and backstage work with both Perseverance Theatre in shows “Peter and the Starcatcher”, among others, and Juneau Lyric Opera’s “Putting It Together” by Sondheim,  Fall 2016. She also helped with production, costuming and crew work  in a special local film production last summer, “One Day and a Half.” After singing in the Juneau Lyric Opera Choir for their annual Festival this January 2017, including singing as a lead soloist, Sarah now prepares for the Fall 2017 season to act in a leading role as Annelle Depuy-Desoto in Perseverance Theatre’s “Steel Magnolias”, going on tour to Anchorage this October and performances in Juneau this December 2017.

Sarah has also begun the process of applying to become a future missionary to France through the Foursquare Gospel Church as of summer 2017. A new section of this website shall be added for that purpose (under construction) in the near future.

www.foursquaremissions.org

Other than James Madison, Sarah is a huge passionate fan of the actors Sir Michael Caine, Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, and all things Back to the Future. She is also formally studying the famous medieval martyr/saint, St. Thomas Becket. She loves the French language and culture, and has studied French for over seven years. Sarah also sings Enya and Loreena McKennitt often, and delights in films, cats and betta fish! She hopes to have a career as a character actor, a classic actor, a film actor, and a voice actor. She hopes to continue pioneering in directing, producing, and radio work. She currently runs a weekly radio show every Thursday morning from 8am-10am called Crosscurrents on KRNN.org, where she plays World and New Age music, but also produces her own radio dramas. One such radio drama can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CpvlZ0-nYA.

She continues to interpret James Madison at local schools and for occasional local events such as the July 4th Parade.

 

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