Little Orphan Annie of comic book fame appears on stage in the Community Theatre Production of “Annie,” sponsored by the West Chicago Park District. Persons attending are guaranteed a time of laughs and heart-felt moments as Annie tries to find a family to adopt her as the 50-member cast make this an entertaining production for adults and youths. They belt out the songs with intensity and enthusiasm.
All participants are volunteers. Director is Jamee Keeney, 6th grade teacher at Turner Elementary School and co-director of the school’s annual musical, is the director. She has a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from Millikin University in Decatur. She has performed, directed, choreographed and produced numerous plays and musicals in school, community and professional theatres in several states.
Cast members, their families and friends helped with set design and costumes. Tim Shelley, Joanne and Laura Gilbert worked on set deigns, painting and rounding up props, explained Keeney. “The high school also has loaned us props and other stage settings.”
Also the school was able to help with costumes. Mari Simanonis and Rosemarie Nolazco were the two main persons sewing and finding others to assist.
Orchestra pit members are students from the high school and Elmhurst College.
To Keeney, the high point on the production is the reward of seeing the talent of the youths in West Chicago. “Their talent is astonishing. It has been fun to work with the entire cast.” She added, “Anna Nolazco, who plays Annie, is the only one who has been in plays outside of a school setting.”
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31, in the Weyrauch Auditorium at Community High School, 326 Joliet Street.
The ticket price is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets are available at the park district office, 157 W. Washington St. For more information, call the park district office at 630 231-9474.
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