Brenau Scholar Hannah Skelton

Taking it to the next stage

Eighteen-year-old Brenau Scholar Hannah Skelton from Cleveland, Georgia, applied a simple strategy for deciding where she would go to college: attend as many college plays and musicals as she could and pick the school that put on the most impressive stage production. Brenau beat all contenders. “They were amazing,” the musical theater major said. “I wanted to be a part of that.”

She probably always was. Her mother, Tammy Skelton, BU ’91, brought her daughter to Brenau productions even before the college-shopping process began. At White County High School, Hannah tried to participate in some way in every high school production – from acting to working backstage. She jumped right in at Brenau as a member of the run crew for the fall production of Mary Poppins. “It was just awesome to look around and see all those people who had the same passion,” she said. “Knowing that being here will get me to that level gives me so much confidence.”

For Skelton, performing on stage bestows a special strength – the power to evoke emotions in people and change the way they reflect on the world. “You feel so connected. It reminds you that we are all under the same sun.”

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