From now until opening night on Nov. 15, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Annie.”
The Community Theatre of Howell is a family affair for a lot of families, but in terms of sheer numbers, the Hallidays might have everyone beat.
There are six members of the Halliday family of Howell, and all six of them are in CTH’s current production of “Annie.”
Dad Chris is playing Henry Morganthau, while mom Susan is in the Hooverville and NYC ensembles. Among the kids, Sarah (14) plays several roles, including an apple seller; Jenny (12) and Anna (10) are in the orphan ensemble; and Abby (7) plays Molly.
But wait, there’s more!
Susan’s dad, Lloyd Flory, plays two roles in the show, Cordell Hull and Judge Brandeis.
“That’s seven people from one family in the same show,” said director Kevin Rogers. “That’s a CTH record.”
“We love all the people we have gotten to know through CTH,” Susan said. “It really is a family-type atmosphere and we are lucky that it is in our hometown.”
“Annie” is the beloved Broadway classic based on the story of Little Orphan Annie. The musical tells the Depression-era tale of how Annie breaks away from the evil orphanage master Miss Hannigan, and how she wins the heart of the ultra-rich Daddy Warbucks. The songs include “Hard Knock Life” and the classic “Tomorrow.”
Chris works as an engineer, while Susan is a former engineer who currently works as a part-time paraprofessional. Lloyd, meanwhile, is a retired engineer. When they aren’t doing theater, the girls participate in cross country, basketball, soccer and dance.
The family got involved with CTH a few years ago, and it was love at first sight.
“We first became involved with CTH when Jenny and Anna were in ‘James and the Giant Peach,’ and then all four girls were in ‘The Little Mermaid,’ last year,” Susan said. “Sarah was in ’13,’ and now all six of us, plus my dad, are in ‘Annie.’ The girls have also really enjoyed the summer theater camps put on by CTH.”
Sarah lists her all-time favorite role as Kendra in “13”; Jenny’s is King Julian in “Madagascar”; Anna’s is Horton in “Seussical”; and Abby’s favorite is Molly in “Annie.”
“We love ‘Annie’ because it’s full of great characters and great music,” Susan said. “We also love the comedic elements and happy ending. It has been such a great experience for us all to be in a show together. It probably won’t happen again, so we’re really enjoying this time.”
And all seven members of the family say the crowds are going to love it, too.
“The audience can expect to laugh, be entertained by great singing and dancing, and leave with a warm feeling,” Susan said.
The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting “Annie” at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. Shows are Nov. 15-17 and 22-24, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday each weekend.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, available at Finding Roots in Howell, Maria’s School of Dance in Fowlerville, Big Acre in Brighton, and Ed Bock Feed and Seed in Pinckney. Tickets are also available by calling 517-545-1290, or online at cththeatre.org. You can buy tickets by clicking here.