Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In the Wings: Annie Jr. Meet Jackson Olvera-Rowland.

Jackson Olvera-Rowland plays Oliver Warbucks in Annie Jr., the production mounted during an intensive four-week summer camp led by Civic Youth Theatre Director Melanie R. Buchanan.

Jackson signed up for the camp because many of his friends had been involved with the previous camps and said they were a great experience.

"The camp is a great first step if a person wants to feel what it is like to be an actor," he said. "I have grasped what it is like to perform in a theatre. It's a great learning experience and I'm also having a lot of fun."

Jackson said Warbucks is a hard worker, but needs all of his servants to help take care of himself. He also said Warbucks is very impatient and never truly satisfied despite being very wealthy.

"Warbucks says in the show, 'Without someone to share life with, a person might as well be broke,'" Jackson said. "When Annie comes into his life, he has someone to share it with. He has someone to love and take care of. And that helps him change a little."

Jackson concluded by suggesting what audiences will remember after a performance of Annie Jr.

"The audience will remember that this is a great play," he said. "There is a lot of comedy and there are a lot of heartwarming scenes that will get to them."

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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