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Anna Darling (formerly Pfefferkorn) is a singer, dancer, and actor based in Madison, Wisconsin. At age 10, she played her first role in a children's theatre production of The Little Match Girl and never looked back. Anna continued to play roles with PlayTime Productions through elementary and middle school.
During her years at Monona Grove High School, she performed leading roles in the school's musicals, madrigals, one-act plays, and varsity show choir. She studied voice under Dr. Jessica Lee Timman-Schwefel. Anna was selected to sing in the Badger Conference Honors Choir as well as the treble choir of the Wisconsin School Music Association's State Honors Music Project.
Her senior year of high school saw her winning an "Outstanding Leading Performer" Jerry Award (formerly Tommy Award) for Excellence in Musical Theatre for her portrayal of Amneris in Aida. She also maintained a high honor roll grade point average, participated in the National Honor Society, and won English Student of the Year. But most importantly, she was voted "Most Likely to be the Culprit in Clue" by her senior class and "Most Likely to be a Famous Actress" by her Spanish class.
After graduating, Anna relocated to Milwaukee to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She studied voice with Kerry Hart Bieneman. She acted as dance captain and performed the title role of Carrie in the Wisconsin premiere of Carrie: The Musical. Anna was cast in two professional shows at Skylight Music Theatre before beginning her senior year. She graduated with honors in December 2015 as well as high honors in the musical theatre major.
Anna performs professionally all over Madison with companies such as Capitol City Theatre, Four Seasons Theatre, and Children's Theatre of Madison. She was a featured actor in the Fiddler on the Roof medley featured in the iconic UW-Madison Varsity Band Concert. Ms. Darling won First Runner-Up in Musical Theatre Idol of Madison. Anna made her debut with Music Theatre of Madison in the three-person musical Held: A Musical Fantasy. She originated the role of Nellie Bly in the new musical Ten Days in a Madhouse by Karen Saari and Jennifer Hedstrom. She recently made her FIVE Nightclub debut as her alter ego burlesque persona: Vivian Lark, the Seductive Songstress.
Outside of performing, Anna enjoys lattes, shopping for vintage-inspired fashions, and holding hands with her cat.
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