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Grand Forks native gets her Actors Equity Card

Grand Forks native Kim Sava recently earned her Actors Equity Card after performing in "All Shook Up" at Carousel Dinner Theater in Akron, Ohio.

Kim Sava, a Grand Forks native now living in New York, earned her Actor's Equity Card after performing in "All Shook Up" at Carousel Dinner Theater in Akron, Ohio.

Sava graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 2002, where she performed in theater and with the dance team. She was in productions at Fire Hall Theatre and Frost Fire Theatre at Walhalla, N.D., and danced with North Dakota Ballet Company.

She graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo in 2006 and while there, performed in shows at NDSU, Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead. She also auditioned and worked for Southeastern Theater Conference, performing in "Steven Foster: The Musical" and "Grease" in summer theater in Kentucky.

She performed at North Shore Theater in Boston, as the lead singer on a cruise ship and at Louisville Derby Dinner Theater. After moving to New York, she worked in shows such as "Jesus Christ Superstar," "All Shook Up" and "Les Miserables" with Maine State Theater before working in Akron.

Getting an Actor's Equity Card is rite of passage for singers, dancers and actors, Sava said. Without an Equity card, you could wait hours for a chance to audition and still never be seen, she said.

"I've been wanting my card for a while," Sava said. "I actually turned it down when I was offered it at North Shore. I was 20, and I wasn't ready." Now, with a beefed-up resume, Sava said, the card means to her that she can "run with the big dogs."

Sava comes from a military family and moved to Grand Forks when she was in the eighth grade. Today, she lives in Queens, N.Y., where she's auditioning and had been called back after auditions for a couple of shows.

n Crookston native and singer/songwriter Annie Fitzgerald will perform Friday night in downtown Minneapolis in a show that can be heard live online. "An Evening with Annie Fitzgerald" will be broadcast live on Twin Cities Radio on the Net beginning at 7 p.m. and can be seen and heard live at Live from 508 at 508 First Ave. N.

To hear the concert, tune in to You can make reservations for the live show by visiting 508's Web site. Billy Southern from Duluth will open.

Fitzgerald became acquainted with Twin Cities Radio on the Net in 2007, when she appeared on "The Live Sessions." The program Friday will be part of Twin Cities Radio on the Net's support of independent artists. Her music has been described as piano-driven pop and folk with jazz undertones.

Fitzgerald began dancing when she was 2½ and worked with Nancy Paisley, Dance Etc! and the North Dakota Ballet Company. She graduated from Crookston High School in 1997 and from University of Minnesota in 2001 with degrees in vocal performance and music and then trained at Mountview Theatre School in London. She performed in theater, television and commercial work in the Minneapolis area and became a member of Actor's Equity Association.

While working at Chanhassen Theatres, she met pianist and songwriter Billy Barber and teamed with him to record his original songs, working with Grammy Award-winning engineer Tom Tucker and appearing at the Dakota with Billy Barber and the Kenni Holmen trio.

In 2005, she moved to New York to take songwriting classes at the New School in Greenwich Village and recorded her own compositions. Her self-titled EP, recorded at AtomicK Records in Minneapolis and released in May 2006, is available on iTunes and other downloadable sites.