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Annie
a Musical
CATEGORY : MUSICAL


COMPANY : Barnbuster Musicals [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 829

SHOWING : December 05, 2003 - January 03, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The rags to riches story of Little Orphan Annie searching for her real parents leads her to Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, the worlds richest man, where they both learn about life and how love can fill even the most empty heart.


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast Tara Simpson Hodges
Director Tara Simpson Hodges
Stage Manager Scott Soloway
Musical Director David Stephens
Annie Jessica Bosworth
Rooster Hannigan Sean Dolan
Lily Jolley Jones
Aggie Hannigan Cheri Kenelley
Ickes/Policeman Neil Matchan
Annie Jennifer Soloway
Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks Alan Stacy
FDR/Bert Healey David Stephens
Grace Farrell Carrie Thompson
Annie Emily Wolfert
Drake Matt Wolfert
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REVIEWS

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ANNIE- -heartwarming family show
by lbg1119
Saturday, December 13, 2003
5.0
I saw Annie on December 6th when JESSICA BOSWORTH played Annie. She is such a wonderful actress who knew every line and interacted well with the other children and the adults in the production. She has a wonderful smile and I think she will soon be on the big screen!!
The orphans in ANNIE all did a great job. The smallest one had such personality.
Jessica Bosworth's father, Richie Bosworth,was also in the production as two different characters and did a great job. It was a family affair and a great show for families to see! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A very good family show
by theaterbuff
Monday, December 8, 2003
4.0
As a "friend of a friend" of someone in the cast, I was at the opening night of Cobb Playhouse's ANNIE on Friday, Dec. 5th. I also attended the performance on Saturday night. I have the following comments about those performances:

As was stated in the previous review, it was nice to see the live music at this theater, which has had a history of a sub-par sound system. That said, the music was too loud on Friday night, and it was out of sync during the curtain call. Both of these problems were corrected in the Saturday night performance.

The other great improvement over ANNIE's of the past was the quick scene changes. I noticed no "dead time" in either performance I attended, which was a welcomed improvement! Also, the Warbuck's mansion set was very impressive with its array of fine artwork ("all them Dusenburgs hanging on the wall")!

The cast's performances were all that you would want from a good community theater: The girl playing ANNIE on Friday night had a very strong singing voice, it had to be to be heard over much of the music. She also was well rehearsed and was sharp with her dialogue and stage movement. The ANNIE on Saturday night, while not having as strong a voice, had wonderful acting abilities and displayed a wide and authentic range of emotions including an infectious smile.

The rest of the cast was competent and enthusiastic...including particularly good performances from "Rooster" Hannigan and Bert Healy (who also performed FDR and was the musical director...whew!) And, of course, the orphans were cute and a real crowd-pleaser.

Sure, there were a few minor lines missed and some stage gaffes, such as doorknobs falling off and necklaces breaking, but I've always found that to be the charm of small community theater...as long as it doesn't get too distracting, which it didn't.

Overall, the show was good on Friday night, and even better on Saturday. if they keep improving over the remaining weeks of their run, they will have a show that could give the Fox a run for their money! Take your kids to see this show, especially young girls will love it! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
a step in the right direction
by Okely Dokely
Saturday, December 6, 2003
3.0
Little General (or whatever they like to call themselves these days) is showing promise. I don't know what made me come back after seeing the abysmal "Christmas Carol" last week, but I'm kinda glad I did. They are on their way to being non-profit (pending IRS review), they've really cleaned up their lobby, and "Annie" - to my very pleasant surprise - had live musicians.

As a show, it was a very mixed bag. I don't know who played the title character, since there are 3 actresses who rotate in that role, but she was pretty emotionless and had a singing voice that was average at best. The best things I can say about her are that she moved well on stage, had a very firm knowledge of her lines (only one line flub that I caught), and seemed very sure of herself overall. Alan Stacy returns to the role of Daddy Warbucks. I usually don't mind him that much; he's got a competent acting ability and, also, a singing voice that is adequate. He has yet to annoy me with his frequent appearances in the theater's shows. He's a nice guy, does a lot for Little General, and is about as good as most of the people cast there. On to David Stephens, the musical director, who also played the roles of Bert Healy and FDR. I enjoyed him, the audience loved him, but the problem with him was that he didn't make the characters of Healy and FDR different enough from each other. It sounded pretty much like the same voice to me.

As I begin the paragraph where I talk about the music, let me first applaud the theater for making the step from that dreadful RehearsScore to actual music. They were good musicians, too, though the keyboard needs to be majorly turned down. From where I was in the front row, I literally couldn't hear a word that was sung during "I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here." And, this is not the fault of anyone involved in this production, but I grew very tired of the constant reprises of "Tomorrow" and "Maybe." On a good note, I LOVED the "Hard Knock Life" number.

Let me close with two more criticisms. Firstly, there's nothing that frustrates me more when I see a show than props that are mimed. I don't think it's too much of a hassle to get a random sheet of paper to use as an adoption paper for Miss Hannigan to sign, nor do I think it's a major hardship to find a champagne-like liquid to put in the glasses that certain characters toast with. And one more thing: please rehearse your curtain call. I'll just leave it at that. You know what I'm talking about. :)

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