Anna Rose Zanin as Bonnie.

Meet the “Bonnie and Clyde” cast: Anna Rose Zanin loves bringing the legendary Bonnie Parker to life

From now until opening night on Nov. 5, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Bonnie and Clyde.”

The Community Theatre of Howell is back on the big stage in November with the musical “Bonnie and Clyde.”

A Tony-nominated musical, “Bonnie and Clyde” is the alluring “behind-the-headlines” story of the love, adventure and crimes that captured the attention of an entire nation. Featuring blues, gospel and rockabilly music, this thrilling musical follows Bonnie and Clyde’s desperate pursuit of their dreams as their inevitable end draws near.

The show is directed by Luke Daniels, with Amanda Daniels as assistant director. The producers are Kim Carnahan and Linda Peasley; Lynda Bednarczyk is the stage manager; Rick Spangler is tech director; David Anderson is the vocal director; Lottie Moorehouse is the choreographer; and Dawn Eldred is doing costumes.

In today’s story, we meet Anna Rose Zanin of Fowlerville, who plays Bonnie. Anna is the daughter of Steve and Carie Zanin, and has two older brothers, Sal and Anthony. She’s a college student studying psychology and mental health.

Anna Rose Zanin as Bonnie Parker.

How did you become involved with CTH?

I became involved with CTH through my dance studio at age 7. I auditioned for and was cast in my first musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” with CTH in 2007. My first theatre production was with them, so they are a very nostalgic part of that special moment when I fully realized theatre was a burning passion of mine.

What are some memorable past roles and shows, either with CTH or other groups?

CTH was a large part of my first very special moments in theatre, with, “The Wizard of Oz” in 2007 and “Annie” in 2010. My most favorite and memorable roles outside of CTH have been as Thea/Wendla cover in Ann Arbor in Concert’s “Spring Awakening” in the summer of 2017 and especially as Winnie Foster in Interlochen Arts Academy’s production of “Tuck Everlasting” in the fall of 2017.

Most people don’t think of musical theater when they think of “Bonnie and Clyde.” What can the audience expect with this show?

I hear this a lot, and people are always intrigued and excited to hear that it’s been adapted into a musical! I think the fact that it has been turned into a musical, with such fantastic music at that, makes the history of the characters even more alive and endearing.

With “Bonnie and Clyde,” the audience can expect a show jam-packed with action, full of passion, and sewn together with beautiful musical moments.

What do you like about your role?

When I was learning about the show before the audition, I completely fell in love with the role of Bonnie, so I am so excited to have the opportunity of stepping into her shoes. What I love about her is her range of dynamics – her fieriness, flirtiness, motivation for love, and her dream of being a performer.

I also am absolutely enthralled by the music I get to sing as I go through her story. On an honorary note, I am also so lucky that I get to play her alongside my boyfriend (David Anderson), who plays Clyde. Not many couples have the privilege to say that they have played the title roles in a show together!

How does it feel being back in the theater after such a long break?

It feels absolutely magical and so refreshing to be back in the theatre after such a long intermission of careful thought and reflection. I feel like, during the time of the pandemic, everyone has had a chance to take a step back and reevaluate what’s really important to them. For me, musical theatre will always be one of those things, and I have been so hungry to come back to it. This has been the perfect opportunity to do so.

The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting the music, “Bonnie and Clyde” at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. Shows are Nov. 5-6 and 13-14, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, available by clicking here.

David Anderson and Anna Rose Zanin in “Bonnie and Clyde.”

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