The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting the musical “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” this weekend at the Howell High School Freshman Campus. From now until opening night on March 15, we’ll be introducing you to members of the cast. In today’s story, we meet Abby Brown, who plays several roles in the show.
She’s only in second grade, but Abby Brown is already a theatrical veteran.
Abby, who attends Challenger Elementary School in Howell, is already in her fourth show with the Community Theatre of Howell.
She was Mort in “Madagascar Jr.,” performed in the Youth Ensemble in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and then followed that up by playing several sea creatures in “The Little Mermaid.”
And now in “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.,” you’ll see her on stage playing a movie fan, a screening guest and a pedestrian.
“I love everything about the theater – the singing, dancing, and acting,” Abby said. “But being able to become a different character than who I am in real life is the best part.”
The daughter of Sarah and Scott Brown of Howell, Abby has a 2-year-old brother, Alex.
She said her favorite part of being in this production is “the costumes, for sure! They are all so adorable.”
Abby said she loves everything about being involved in a CTH show.
“I like that the kids get to help make the props,” she said. “The adults don’t do everything themselves. They let us help behind the scenes, too. I had so much fun making the fake food for ‘Singin’ in the Rain, Jr.’”
And with opening night coming up this week, she can’t wait to perform for the audience.
“They are going to laugh so hard,” she said. “And they will love all the dance numbers!”
Theater is a family affair for Abby, too.
Sarah Brown, her mom, has been involved with two CTH productions. She was Inga in “Young Frankenstein” and the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Sarah has her degree in musical theater from Oklahoma City University. She is a professional actress in Michigan, and has been seen in numerous shows, not only at CTH, but at The Dio Theatre, The Encore Theatre, and Ann Arbor Civic Theatre as well.
Olive Hayden-Moore (Abby’s grandma) has her vocal performance degree from the University of Houston. Throughout her career, she has performed all over the country in many concerts and musicals, and has toured internationally with the U.S.O. Today, she lives in Michigan, and still performs professionally, having been seen in many shows at The Dio Theatre in Pinckney.
“Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” takes the stage March 15-17 at the Howell High School Freshman Campus. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $9, available by clicking here.