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Former Augusta Player will perform on Tonys

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Former Augusta Players actress Sutton Foster will perform tonight on the 2014 Tony Awards’ telecast, and she will be vying for her third Tony Award.

Sutton Foster is up for best actress in a musical for her starring role in Violet.  CHARLES SYKES/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLES SYKES/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sutton Foster is up for best actress in a musical for her starring role in Violet.

Foster won Tonys for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie and in 2011 for the revival of Anything Goes.

The American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Tony Awards show will be broadcast live from 8 to 11 p.m. on the CBS network.

Foster will perform with the cast of the musical Violet, which is about a young woman who was facially disfigured in a childhood accident who is trying to find beauty, love and courage from a televangelist in Oklahoma.

She also is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her lead role in Violet.

Foster was born in States­boro, Ga., but she received much of her early stage training in Augusta, along with her brother, Hunter, who also has been a star of many Broadway shows.

The daughter of Bob and Helen Foster attended South Columbia Elementary School while her brother was at Evans High.

She had a supporting role in The Augusta Players’ Youth Theater production of Grease in April 1987, and years later played the lead role of Sandy in the Broadway revival version.

Other Augusta Players shows that Foster performed in included A Christmas Carol, Annie, Lighted Windows, The Sound of Music, Not Even a Mouse and It’s the Night Before Christmas.

Foster told one interviewer that the first time she performed in public was playing the lead role in Annie with The Augusta Players.

“Before that it was just yodeling in the house or singing in the bathtub and driving everybody crazy,” she said. “I started dance first when I was about 4 and doing recitals and things.

“Then they were having auditions at the community theater in Augusta for Annie, and they needed dancers for the orphans, they had
me sing, and next thing I knew I was playing the lead and singing, and I was bit.”


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