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By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Community Players presents the musical "Annie," the touching story of orphan Annie's search for her parents. "Annie" opens tonight at the Nuart Theater and runs Dec. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 13. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.
Director Sharon Hoge said she has wanted to do a production of "Annie" for several years. "Annie" was written as a Christmas show, and is quite a large production.
"It's a great family show," Hoge said.
Hoge cast Courtney Michaelson as Annie and Bryce and Amy Moser as Oliver Warbucks and Grace, Warbuck's secretary. Jamie Smith is Miss Hannigan, the orphanage matron. The production also includes 22 orphans and has a cast of approximately 60 people.
Hoge said 22 orphans may be more than what people expect to see in "Annie," but that all of the children were so talented she cast them all.
"They're so incredibly talented," Hoge said. "They sound fabulous."
The cast began rehearsing in October. The blizzard before Thanksgiving interrupted the rehearsal schedule, but the show must go on.
"Everybody just really worked hard," Hoge said.
The original performance schedule also included a matinee performance Dec. 10, but due to conflicts that performance has been cancelled. An additional date has been added for Dec. 7.
A large production crew has assisted Hoge. The set was built by Mark Evans and Russ Cottam, Lori Bingham did set decor, Jo Scott and Lexie DeGuilio did props and Nancy Lindholm did costumes. Tammy Jolley is providing the music accompaniment and Melanie Powell is the lead choreographer. Lori's Salon assisted with Annie's hair and Carl Watkins will produce recordings.
The Nuart Theater is at 195 N. Broadway in Blackfoot. Tickets on opening night are $5 and $7 all other nights. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.