Reserved tickets for the EV-W spring musical “Annie” will be on sale Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, and again the next Monday and Tuesday, April 28 and 29, at the EV-W High School by the main office from 6-8:30 p.m. They are also available for purchase one hour prior to the performances. This is the only way reserve tickets may be purchased.
Annie cast is a mix of newcomers, veterans
When the EV-W drama department decided to open auditions to community members for the upcoming spring musical Annie, director Vicki Meyer wasn’t sure what to expect. Now, six weeks into rehearsals, it’s safe to say she is pleased with the results.
Nine of the 58-member cast are adults with diverse theater backgrounds. Some come with an extensive theater background while others are making their stage debuts.
Leading the way is Brad Busse in the role of Daddy Warbucks. Busse lives in St. Joseph and is program director for ROCORI Channel 10. He started acting locally with Great Northern Theatre Company as Alfie Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” and has been in “Sound of Music”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Peter Pan” and “White Christmas” and directed “Guys and Dolls”.
Busse has also been in all the Deer Camp shows at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud and this winter he wrote Deer Camp Spring Break along with Craig Kimmerle, who is the pianist for “Annie”.
Meyer has worked with Busse on a number of GNTC projections and is excited to have him in the EV-W production.
Busse is not the only cast member Meyer has worked with before. Tanya DeMorett Inselman portrays Bonnie Boylan. “Tanya played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the first EV-W musical that I directed, and was in many other shows,” Meyer said. “Her daughter, Aubri, is the youngest girl in the play.”
Darla Kerzman is in the role of Mrs. Greer. Kerzman has been involved in all the River of Life Christmas plays that Meyer directs.
Other adults include Trish Ludwig, Cher Becker, Ron Becker, Jess Lubbers, Ron Dockendorf and Chad Field. Cher Becker’s daughter Cassidy is also in the cast and Ron Becker was at rehearsals with his children Ben and Katie and thought it would be fun to take a small role.
“I think it’s working well to have the adults involved,” Meyer said. “They are all working together. Darla and Trish are the stage managers and have a real handle on what needs to be done. We also have a great group of parents that attend most of the practices and really help keep the students focused.”
Bethanne Holthaus and
Marilyn Peterson are the costumers and kid watchers. Their job includes keeping younger cast members entertained. The children typically head for the containers of markers, crayons, drawing paper and coloring books when not on stage.
Other behind-the-scenes adults include choreographer Tamara McKlintock, instrumentalist Kim Salo, set construction manager Merle Eisert, set design Kasi Stein, house manager Judy Thielen, publicity Julie Bulau and support Kris Latcham.
Rehearsals are in full swing for the EV-W drama department’s upcoming production of the musical “Annie”. The 58-member cast includes nine community members. in the photo Daddy Warbucks (Brad Busse) chats with Annie (Kallie Becker) while Grace (Heidi Geislinger) looks on. Busse, from St. Joseph, has appeared in a number of Great Northern Theater productions. Submitted photo.