We visited Harmony Hall Arts Center in Fort Washington, Maryland last night to see a community theater production of Annie. Harmony Hall Arts Center is in a little community space that reminded me a lot of the WREC that used to exist where I grew up. A friend played the part of FDR, Bert Healy, and a few other roles. A bit from Jonathan C. Jackson, director and choreographer, from the program:
Welcome to Tantallon Community Players Production of Annie! Annie was the first musical I remember seeing as a child, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Its sense of optimism and hope is something that has stayed with me my entire life.
The comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” began in 1924 and has continuously revived itself on screen and stage, making this a story that transcends time. “Little Orphan Annie” ran continuously for 85 years, with its last printing on June 13, 2010.
We should all aspire to attack our life challenges with a smile, shake off self-doubt and fears, and sing our hearts out. Maybe the world would be a better place if we simply take each day as it comes, expect the best of our ourselves and the people around us, and yes, when challenged with seemingly insurmountable odds, be patient, the sun will come out tomorrow.