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Front Page July 30, 2013  RSS feed

“Annie” comes to our area -- don’t miss it

by Vanessa Goodwyn

PCT’s Hannah Weber and Jim Vincill PCT’s Hannah Weber and Jim Vincill If you are looking for a memorable family outing that everyone will enjoy, our neighbors to the east have just thing. The Palestine Community Theatre has worked up a first-class musical production of "Annie". The talented troope does a great job with the timeless rags-toriches story of the red-headed orphan whose optimistic outlook pays off during the tough times of the Great Depression. Older folks know the story from the "Little Orphan Annie" cartoon strip. The next generation probably saw the Broadway play or the movie version and kids have the video memorized, so this is really something for everyone in the family. (You might warn the little ones in advance, though, there is no dog, Sandy!)

The lead is played by 11-year-old Hannah Weber, who delivers the goods onstage with confidence and a strong, bold singing voice. Although new to the spotlight, Hannah has taken vocal lessons for a couple of years and is a member of the praise team at her church, First United Methodist. According to her mother, Dr. Ellen Weber, "Hannah had a small, nonspeaking part in PCT's 'Willie Wonka' last summer just to see what it was like and when she heard they were going to do this play, she said she wanted to try out for the role of Annie. She started practicing the songs and she blew them away at the audition." She will blow you away, too.

Twenty-three other adorable kiddos fill the orphanage, along with their drunken supervisor, Ms. Hannigan (played delightfully by Sonia Martinez), who would rather be anywhere else than "dripping with little GURLS". The songs and dances with the whole group are great fun.

PCT veteran Jim Vincill, with a freshly-shaved head, perfectly personifies the bigger-than-life character of billionaire Daddy Warbucks. He and Weber make a good team in their duets.

The final three performances are coming up this weekend at the historic Texas Theatre, which just gets better and better with every visit (213 W. Crawford, Palestine). The shows will be Friday, August 2 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, August 3 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, August 4 (2:00 p.m.), and tickets are a most reasonable $12 for adults and $8 for children 4-18. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Education Unlimited (1917 Crockett Rd.) or the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce.

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