Friday, July 16, 2010

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Elaine Rand.

Elaine Rand plays Annie in Annie Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp led by Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan.

Elaine said Annie is one of her favorite shows, which was one reason she wanted to attend this year's camp. She also enjoyed last year's four-week camp for Guys and Dolls Jr.

"I really enjoyed the camp last summer. We learned a lot about singing, acting and dancing. We weren't too busy, we still had time to hang out with our friends. You learn lots of tricks for dancing and how to support your voice. You also can learn how to memorize better because you have to memorize your lines. You also get to play a lot of fun theatre games. Altogether it's a really great combination," Elaine said. "I'm making a lot of friends - some are from last year's camp and there are a lot of new kids too. I get to hang out with them and we get to know each other."

Elaine said Annie is spunky, innocent and tough. She said Annie shows her toughness when she is at the orphanage.

"The orphans tease her because she was left at the orphanage with a note saying that her parents loved her and were coming back for her. The orphans mock that," she said. "But Annie threatens them and sometimes she actually beats them up for laughing at her."

Elaine said audiences will remember "It's a Hard Knock Life," one of the songs set in the orphanage.

"There are a lot of funny components and tricks, like me being wound up in a sheet," she said. "And the performers on the balcony throw towels on top of people on the stage. It's funny and it's really expressive."

Annie Jr. opens Friday, July 23 and runs through Sunday, July 25 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. There will be two performances on Saturday, July 24. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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