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Community actors have taken direction well for 'Annie'

September 20, 2003

JOYCE RUDOLPH

The exceptional talent displayed by community actors is what has

pleased Susan Kussman most as director of the Stepping Stone Players'

musical "Annie," which is completing its run this weekend.

"They are so professional in the way they have responded to

direction from me, the choreographer and the musical director, down

to the small roles," she said.

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In addition to Annie, there are eight orphans in the cast and

several more small children. Someone had made the comment, "Those

children are all listening to you," Kussman said.

The company had only six weeks to produce "Annie," which has 14

scenes, including blocking, learning the choreography and musical

lyrics.

Kussman was able to stage the show with 40 people from curtain

call to taking their bows in only 20 minutes.

"And they did it perfectly the first time," she said. "We have

people who have done almost no theater at all that are absolutely

outstanding in this play."

She attributed that success to the 3 1/2 hour workshop she

conducted that was devoted to building a character. They all went

home and did their homework, she said.

Emma Degerstedt is in the starring role and Michael Le Beau is

playing Daddy Warbucks. Show times are 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hoover High School Auditorium is at 651 Glenwood Road in Glendale.

Sunday's performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Tickets are $10. Group rates are available. For ticket information,

e-mail info@steppingstoneplayers.com, call 246-8822, or log on to

www.steppingstoneplayers.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

FRITZ COLEMAN PROVIDES LAUGHS FOR CHARITY

Fritz Coleman performs "The Reception" in a benefit performance

at 8 tonight for Burbank's Colony Theatre and the Glendale-Crescenta

Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

This funny but poignant play is like a wedding album with

narration, said Coleman, who has been KNBC-TV Channel 4's weather

forecaster on the "Channel 4 News" for the past 20 years.

The performance will be at the Burbank Center Stage, 555 N. 3rd

St., Burbank. Tickets are $50 for the performance and $125 for the

performance and a post-show reception with Coleman, catered by Arnie

Morton's The Steakhouse. For reservations, call 558-7000 or go online

to www.colonytheatre.org.

'EVENING WITH JACK KLUGMAN' OPENS TONIGHT

"An Evening With Jack Klugman" opens tonight at The Falcon Theatre

in Burbank.

Klugman will talk about working with such legendary figures as

Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland and Tony

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