Annie in Shreveport
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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.