See ‘Annie’ at the Fremont Community Theatre

“It’s the perfect family show,” said director Mitch Antesky, “for both audience and cast.”
Lori Demres
May 7, 2013

For the few out there who may not know, the show is about an orphan being adopted by a billionaire. The music is well-known, the kids are perky, there’s a dog and it’s a classic musical production every one in the family will enjoy.

Want to go?
: “Annie”
WHEN: 8 p.m. May 10, 11, 17 & 18 and 2 p.m. May 12 & 19
WHERE: Fremont Community Theatre, 1551 Dickinson Street, Fremont
COST: Adults - $12.00, Seniors and students - $10.00; Mother’s Day special-$5.00 (call for details)
INFO: 419-332-0695

It’s especially a family production when it comes to the shows cast which consists of seven people with the same last name, three in another family who also had their dog cast and a mother daughter team.“[Sandy’s] a great dog, but you never know what you’re gonna get,” said Antesky of some of the antics the dog has pulled on stage so far.

“Annie” has not been done at the Fremont Community Theatre for about 12 years and Antesky thought it was time since there is now a whole new batch of orphans to experience it. Between the 18 adults and 25 children ranging in age from 6 to 12, at least eight Ohio cities are represented.

Antesky said of the auditions, “there were so many good kids!” He double cast Annie and the main orphans to keep down the voice strain and to allow more kids to participate in the production, plus he added an orphan chorus. “It’s fun to see kids from our youth theatre camp,” said Antesky. He added that the best part about having the camp veterans around is they tell the others about their camp experience and a whole new set now want to go this summer.

A few challenges are being worked on but the most exciting is a new curtain system Fremont has acquired allowing the use of three new backdrops that have been painted for the show. The set design will also be an eye catcher as everything but the characters themselves are two dimensional.

“The set is painted in big cartoon format in black and white like newspaper print simulating the daily comics,” explained Antesky. He was trying to think of a way to update the show, but there are so many historical references to things such as Hoovervilles and the depression. Rather than going out and trying to find historical pieces of furniture and such to depict an opulent mansion, Antesky went with a more innovative and cost effective solution. It was a coup that a mother of one of the girls playing Annie is a professional artist and was able to do the set design. Ah, the hard knocks of being a director.