WHO: Lexington Children’s Theatre
WHAT: 18th Annual Summer Family Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
WHEN: Thursday, July 18th at 7:30pm
Friday, July 19th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 20th at 2:00pm
Sunday, July 21st at 2:00pm
Thursday, July 25th at 7:30pm
Friday, July 26th at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 27th at 2:00pm
Sunday, July 28th at 2:00pm and 6:30pm
WHERE: Lexington Children’s Theatre Main Stage
418 West Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507
TICKETS: $20 Children, $25 Adults
SPONSOR: Little English
“It has been unbelievable. I have never been in an LCT play before, but I have always been a strong supporter of LCT. Being able to be behind the scenes, working with my kids in something they truly enjoy, inside an environment I find very valuable within the community, while also stepping out of my comfort zone in the theatre world has been fantastic! It has also allowed me to really appreciate the talents of my kids,” says LaToi Mayo, a current LCT board member and ensemble member in LCT’s 18th Annual Summer Family Musical, Annie. Being able to provide families a way of connecting and growing together while also telling valuable stories is something LCT takes great pride in.
“I play the part of one of Ms. Hannigan’s orphans and during rehearsal I did a forward roll and got my foot stuck in a bucket! It was really funny!” says twelve-year-old Brooklyn Mayo as she describes her experience working onAnnie. Brooklyn plays an orphan, while her father, Brian, sister, Bryce, and mother, LaToi, play other roles within the ensemble. LCT invites and encourages anyone to audition for the Summer Family Musical, and the Mayo family is one of many families performing together this summer in Annie. This is the first time their family has been able to perform together, and for some members, perform at all! Brian Mayo says, “For me to not be a theatrical person, it’s different, but I like to see the growth and development that LCT provides my children. I’ve seen my oldest grow over the years, and I’m looking forward to the growth that occurs with my younger two children.” LaToi adds, “I used to not have a real realistic view of what it takes to create theatre. It takes so much time, attention, and talent to put on a show of this magnitude.”
LCT expands its relationships with families throughout Lexington in many ways. One of those ways is through Theatre School. Clementine Connell, who plays Annie in this production, has been with LCT as a student for the past three years. She has been a part of various Theatre School classes and was cast in the ensemble of Matildathis previous summer. “Summer Theatre School taught me so much about acting and that you should use your hands, feet, body, and face to express what that character is feeling. Annie has been really great. I really look forward to being in rehearsal, It’s the highlight of my whole day,” says Connell.
LCT strives to be a place where families and students can make memories that will last a lifetime. Kate Salsman, a current LCT board member, who also plays Mr. Warbucks’ caring secretary, Grace, describes her personal memories with the show. “When I was little, my best friend and I watched Annie at least 150 times - the 1982 version of the movie - and shockingly I always pretended like I was Grace, and I had the scarf. It’s been super fun just to be able to come and see a different interpretation of the same storyline.” Not only is Kate able to cherish old memories, but create new ones with her daughter, Annie Salsman, on stage every night.
Annie’s story is universal - in times of hardship, she keeps her head up and continues forward; however, the drive propelling this iconic story forward is her search for family, and who better to tell it than families within the Lexington community? Just like Annie, we all want to find a place we belong, and LCT invites you to experience this journey not just as an audience member, but as a family member.
Annie opens July 18th and runs through July 28th. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lctonstage.org, or by calling 859-254-4546 ext.247.
Annie is sponsored by Little English.