Art beat: From MOA to CTC

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April 11, 2011 // UPDATED 3:16 pm - April 15, 2011
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas
WHITTIER — Thirteen-year-old Anna Moscowitz thinks the first play she ever saw might have been “Lyle the Crocodile” at Children’s Theatre Company.

So it was a particular thrill for the Linden Hills Community School 8th grader when she landed her first role on that theater’s stage. Moscowitz emerged from the hundreds of girls who thronged an open casting call held last fall at the Mall of America to claim the role of Duffy, the eldest of the orphans in “Annie,” the now-classic 1977 Broadway musical.

“As soon as they announced they were doing ‘Annie,’ I knew I wanted to audition,” Moscowitz said.

“I think there’s a reason why this show is so popular and it never really gets old,” she added later. “I think the music is great. There’s so many popular songs that everybody knows, like ‘A Hard Knock Life’ and ‘Tomorrow.’ And I think the story is really fun.”

Megan Fisher and Shawnee Elliott share the title role under the direction of Peter Rothstein. Veteran actor Lee Mark Nelson plays Annie’s patron, Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.

Many of the other actors in adult roles will be familiar from past Children’s Theatre Company productions, including Angela Timberman (Miss Hannigan), and company members Autumn Ness (Lily St. Regis), Reed Sigmund (Rooster), Gerald Drake and Dean Holt. They were to Moscowitz.

“It’s kind of cool,” she said. “All these shows I was seeing when I was really little, they were all in them.”

Go see it
“Annie” runs through June 12 at Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S. 874-0400.