Thursday, July 15, 2010

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Ellie Parker.

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

Ellie and her cousin Lilly Parker, who plays Lily St. Regis in Annie Jr., participated in last summer's Guys and Dolls Jr. summer camp.

"I had so much fun last year that I wanted to do the camp again," Ellie said. "You get to meet new friends and you get to do what you love – singing, acting and dancing. It's a lot of fun."

Ellie said that Miss Hannigan is an evil character, but also is fun to play.

"She is really laidback and mean, which is fun to act out," she said. "When Annie tries to escape from the orphanage, Miss Hannigan walks in, throws her on the ground, yells and tosses her around."

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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