Milam Communit y Theater’s production of the Broadway musical “Annie” was a smash hit, playing to enthusiastic audiences the last two Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, and again the MCT proved that there is, indeed, a lot of stage talent in our county.
Nine-year-old Sophie Thomason, a little dynamo with a big voice, had the lead. Rob Reed, a familiar polished voice with KMIL and KMIL’s The Ranch, proved a baritone profundo as Daddy Warbucks. And Tia Rae Stone, as the evil orphanage director, was downright hilarious. As for the rest of your friends and neighbors involved, they included:
Elisabeth Thomason, Richard Stone, Bill Whitmire, Kimberly McElwrath, Jack Terhune, Rickey Williams, “orphans” Shelby Thomason, Victoria Williams, Kelsey Cullen, Hannah Pelzer, Mattie Fisher, Megan Cullen, Helayna Garlett. Daddy Warbucks household staff: Monica Schiller, Beverly Garlett, Ashton Whitmire, Kaely Beard, Hugo Ayala, Thomas Merka, Marie Reed, Addison Guess, Patrick Lloyd, Lacy Porterfield, Dylan Eastland, Aubrey Guess. And more: Kyle Deal, Ed Boyle, Nicholas McAtee, Tim Smith, John Schell, Ed Boyle, Wynton Thomason, Joey Guess, Maurice Goza, Gracie Krumnow, Hayden Wilson, Jason Deal, Melanie Reed. And Sandy the dog, of course.
Director was Michael Fox. Desiree Marshall was choreographer and Jonathon Deal was stage manager. Vicki Goza and Elizabeth Williams were in charge of make-up. Pam Krumnow, Leah Thomason, Rebecca Fisher and Joyce Terhune handled costumes. Orchestra members were Kathy Turner, Sparky Thomason, Leah Thomason, Heather Vargas, Julie Hromcik, Bill Perry, Nestor Rios, Juaquin Garcia, Alonzo Ellison, Matt Larkin, Eugene Holub and Amanda Noble.
Many of these names worked in more than one capacity, and undoubtedly there are names missing here, for which we apologize. But this effort is to indicate just how many people were involved in bringing this great musical entertainment to the Cameron ISD Performing Arts Center. We thank and applaud them all.—Bill Cooke