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
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.
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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
'EVENING WITH JACK KLUGMAN' OPENS TONIGHT
"An Evening With Jack Klugman" opens tonight at The Falcon Theatre
Klugman will talk about working with such legendary figures as
Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland and Tony