Thursday, December 14, 2006

Academy of Children's Theater presents Annie at the First Methodist Performing Arts Center Fri, Dec 15, sat, Dec 16, 7 pm

Annie in Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau.

Academy of Children's Theater founder and director Cynthia Hawkins-Whitaker presents 11 year-old Mollye Shacklette as Annie this week. The performances take place Thur, Fri and Saturday nights at 7 pm at the First United Performance Arts Center.

ACT has won a reputation for fine shows. The teens I know who are part of ACT, Andrew Wood, Lacy Helms and Tyler Northen among them, speak in the highest terms of the theater experience they're getting under Hawkins-Whitaker. And they are very high on Annie.

Hawkins-Whitaker has the sort of engine in the works that can be difficult: her daughter, Lily, is a solid young actress. And there are some 60 youths in her corps.

In this production the audience will see Ric Humphries as Daddy Warbucks; Lily Whitaker as Miss Hannigan; Ryan Williams as Rooster; Ansley Hughes as Grace Farrell; Robin Jackson as Lily St. Regis; Lucia Boyd as Molly; Parker Stough as FDR; and Casey Bozenski as Bert Healy.

Lauren Ross is the choreographer. The musical director is Daniel Ley. Technical direction is by Jamie Sanders. Lighting is by Courtney Gaston.

Tickets: (318) 429-6885.
$10, students; $20, adults.

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