‘Annie’ ready for run
A little girl and her dog will be the center of attention in Baldwin City beginning this weekend.
The Baldwin City Theater production of "Annie" will begin Saturday at the downtown outdoor theater located next to the post office.
The Baldwin City Theater began its summer productions with "Annie" 10 years ago, CLEAR executive director Kathy Davis said.
"It's not necessarily my favorite show, but it was my first show," Davis said. "It has a lot of good memories."
With a cast of about 65, she said there is a good mixture of new faces and veteran actors.
This year the part of Annie will be played by Julie Miller.
"She just jumped out at us," Davis said. "She has a beautiful little pear-shaped face, brown eyes and an outstanding voice."
Susan Pouliot will play the part of Miss Hannigan, Knute Pittenger will play Daddy Warbucks, Terry Thoelle will play Grace and Greg Wessling will play the part of Rooster.
"We really had a good selection on those lead," Davis said.
People in attendance can expect to see something similar to the first "Annie" production, only bigger, she said.
"They will hear music that is melodious to the best of ears. They will see hard-working young people and seasoned actors who enjoy being on stage," Davis said. "They will also hear an orchestra that carries the cast. They are just wonderful."
Davis said it will also be apparent the amount of work the stage crew done.
She said that with more than 150 people volunteering to act, direct, paint, design, make costumes, construct props and perfect the sound and lighting, "Annie" has really been a community production.
"We've had hundreds and hundreds of people help," she said. "Nobody has begrudgingly done anything. It just goes on and on and on."
"Annie" could not be successful without the help of many volunteers, Davis said.
"I feel mega kudos to everybody that helped," she said.
"Baldwin is so fortunate," she said. "It just makes me weep that people want to see this done so bad."
Editor's note: "Annie" will be at 8 p.m. on June 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23. June 18 and 21 are family nights. The rain date is June 20. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. On family night the admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.