CCT presents 'Annie'
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
photos by Katie Carnes, Staff intern
The Cherokee Community Theater presented the delightful musical 'Annie' on June 18-21 and 25-27, 2010. The play is based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie."
Dave Hickman served as the drama director and Blake Burroughs served as musical director.
The Sun Shines on Little Orphan Annie -
By Katie Carnes
Little Orphan Annie melts audience member's hearts with her smile in the Cherokee Community Theater's presentation of 'Annie.'
The audience travels with orphan Annie and her faithful dog Sandy as she searches for her parents through the streets of New York City, armed with nothing but half a locket and a heart full of optimism.
Mary Tjeerdsma, in the role of Little Orphan Annie, puts on a wonderful performance. Audience members can't help but smile along with Annie as she spreads cheer, happiness, and smiles to everyone she meets in the streets of 'N.Y.C.'
Well... almost everyone. Miss Hannigan, played by Nikki Thunder, wants nothing to do with Annie and the other orphans' optimism. Thunder's rumbling vocals are perfect for her role as the somewhat-shady caretaker looking to make her way to 'Easy Street,' and her performance will make you want to laugh with her, and seconds later cheer against her.
... Throughout the entire play, audience members will cheer for Daddy Warbucks, performed by Ethan Sayler. The audience follows Warbucks' powerful transformation from a hardened businessman to a man who loves a red-haired and happy orphan. His transformation, combined with his powerful vocals, brings the audience into the action constantly rooting for his and Annie's success.
Daddy Warbucks' confident character is paired perfectly with the sweet-natured Grace Farrel, played by Cheryl Ellis. Together, the duo graciously welcome Annie and the audience into the Warbucks mansion.
'Annie' will be presented again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 25; Saturday, June 26; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 27.
All performances will be at the Cherokee Community Center (upper level). The cost of an admission ticket is $10 for adults and $7 for children (12 years old and younger).
The orphans of Miss Hannigan's Orphanage explain why 'It's Hard-Knock Life' to members of the audience.
These residents of 'Hooverville' try to explain to Annie why the country - and they - are caught in a depression.
Daddy Warbucks (Ethan Sayler) has a serious 'man-to-man' talk with Annie (Mary Tjeerdsma), offering sound advice and explanation.
Grace (Cheryl Ellis) and Annie share one of many warm moments during Annie's stay at the Warbucks mansion.
Daddy Warbucks (Ethan Sayler) and Annie (Mary Tjeerdsma) wowed the audience as their shared their smiles and songs.
The tricksters Rooster Hannigan (David Lefleur) and Lily St. Regis (Heidi Church) plot and scheme as they try to make their way to 'Easy Street.'
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Andrew Linn) and Little Orphan Annie have a heart-to-heart talk during the President's visit to the Warbucks mansion.
Fully convinced by Annie's optimism, Roosevelt and his advisors sing in praise that the 'sun will come out tomorrow'.
Daddy Warbucks and Annie are all smilies as they announce the good news to the orphans that they will be treated with nothing but the best during their visit to the Warbucks mansion.
The stage is crowded as the cast of 'Annie' take a well-deserved curtain call.