Meet The lovely Jackie Raye as Hope in Anything Goes!
I grew up in Athens, Georgia, right outside of Atlanta. My dad was a college football coach, so I moved around with his job when I was little. I lived in Athens the longest, so that’s home.
My biggest inspiration came from a number of places. I believe my first theatrical experience was a community theatre production of Annie, but I was a huge fan of musical movies like Annie, Mary Poppins, and the Broadway Kids cassette tapes, so I always, always singing. I saw my sister in a dance recital when I was in the fourth grade, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life. I always credit my local community theatre from back home for my biggest inspiration as an actor and dancer. They really allowed us as kids to get disciplined in each genre of musical theatre. I’ve been very lucky in the mentor section in my theatre path. To growing up with Terra and Shane Hannon, to my college career with Harry Parker, and Penny Ayn Maas, I think about these amazing teachers all the time.
I knew a bunch of the songs growing up from Anything Goes, but it wasn’t until 2011 when the Anything Goes revival with Sutton Foster performed on the Tony Awards I saw a number from the show. I then saw the national tour in 2012, and I was in a production of Anything Goes in Dallas in 2016 where I played one of Reno’s angels. My favorite moment in the show is the number “Anything Goes.” Richard Stafford’s choreography is so fun to watch, and the ensemble kills it every time.
I’ve never worked here prior to this show, but my favorite thing working here is how professional and friendly everyone from the cast to the crew is. It’s a lovely environment to come to work in. And so close to the city!
I love Stephen Sondheim, so many of his shows are my favorite, like Sunday in the Park with George, Company, A Little Night Music, and Gypsy.
When I’m not on stage I love practicing yoga, walking in Central Park, or eating lots of cookies. In Music, I love a little bit of everything, but I definitely love slow rock, like John Mayer, to classics like Fleetwood Mac, to pop singers like Ariana Grande. I'm definitely a music person!
With Zach Trimmer (as Billy)