By Jill Osterhout
Sun Staff Writer
Going from Broad Street to Broadway has been quite the journey for one Norwich High School graduate.
As a young child, Anney McKilligan says she was exposed early on to the performing arts. Living in Unadilla first and later moving to the Norwich area, she was involved in the Tri-Town Theatre in Sidney and Orpheus Theatre out of Oneonta. McKilligan says her mother was an actress and director and she too, was inspired to follow the same path. “I was always a show-off,” said McKilligan.
“Not having a lot of options in Norwich at the time, I often traveled to places close by so I could get the experience I wanted,” said McKilligan. Following graduation from Norwich High in 1993, McKilligan headed off to the Big Apple where she would begin her studies at New York University.
While at college, she studied acting and hoped to one day be a director/designer. Becoming a puppeteer, she says, was something that just sort of happened. Known in the performing world as “Anney Fresh,” her first job was being a puppet wrangler on the set of “The Lion King” on Broadway. “It was being on the bottom of something big,” said McKilligan.