Opening Act presents ‘Annie Jr.’
Published 2:17 pm Thursday, November 2, 2023
By Lance Gaither
Danville’s Opening Act will be presenting “Annie Jr.” this weekend at the Boyle County Performance Arts Center. Performances will be held on Nov. 3, 4 and 5. The show begins at 7 p.m. with a matinee show at 4 p.m. on Nov 4.
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“Growing up “Annie” was my favorite show. I did it six times in five years,” said Opening Act Artistic Director Emma Steberl. “It is a show near and dear to my heart. It started my passion for theater.”
Opening Act Performing Arts is a non-profit organization with a goal of allowing kids to gain theater experience. The upcoming performance will feature 28 students from ages 5 to 16.
“It is similar to community theater but their is more training that goes into it,” Steberl said. “Everyone gets a role. It doesn’t matter what your ability is, as long you have that drive to learn, everyone is given a chance. As long as they work hard and have fun the end product doesn’t matter, but they are having so much fun they always do a wonderful job.”
It will be the first theater experience for many of the students participating in the performance. Others have prior theater experience.
“It is putting two experience levels together and making it work. It is really cool to see,” Steberl said. “The students aren’t nervous they are really excited for the show.”
In addition to helping teach students about theater, Opening Act participants provide volunteer work for other non-profits such as the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society.
Information on enrollment and upcoming shows can be found on the opening act Facebook page or by email at Opening_Act@aol.com.
“Annie Jr.” cast:
Annie- Aaliyah Love and Campbell Ward
Molly- Ava Berry
Kate- Lily Baker
Tessie- Camden Heist
Pepper- Alexandria Rowland
July- Sophie Southerland
Duffy- Layla Scott
Miss Hannigan- Emery Larson
Grace Farrell- Julianna Love
Oliver Warbucks- Henley Prather
Lily St. Regis- Natalie Lane
Rooster Hannigan- Warner Wiles
Star to Be/Orphan Swing- Peytie Palmer
Mrs. Greer/Orphan Swing- Addison Frink
Cecile/Orphan Swing- Aubrey Rowland
Bert Healy- Oliver Wiles
FDR/Bundles- Creston McGinnis
Drake/Dog Catcher- Owen Rockey
Officer Ward- Lane Ragusa
Mrs. Pugh and Others- Caroline Asher
Annette and Others- Maya Henson
Apple Seller/Youth Ensemble- Aubree Ward
Sound Effect Man/Youth Ensemble- Kashton McGinnis
Lucy Cano Hill