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Meridian Little Theatre's 69th season gets under way Thursday night

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TWO ANNIES Sarah Margaret Huff, top right, and Lauren Rogers, bottom right, will share the lead role in the Meridian Little Theatre's production of "Annie." The show opens Thursday at 8 p.m. The two Annies are pictured with Ken Patterson, who plays Daddy Warbucks, and Twyla Hurst, who plays Warbucks' secretary, "Grace Ferrell." Photo by Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
Oct. 8, 2001
When Heidi Swanson decided to audition for the Meridian Little Theatre's upcoming production of "Annie," there was only one character she was seriously interested in.
Swanson and the rest of the cast have been rehearsing the MLT's first production of the 2001-2001 season for more than two months. The show opens Thursday night.
Swanson has seen a Broadway production of "Annie," as well as the movie, but has never seen a live production.
Swanson, who moved to Meridian about 1 1/2 years ago when her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Ray Swanson, was transferred to the Naval Air Station Meridian. She is a graduate of Concordia University and received her master's degree at Eastern Michigan University. She has been on the stage before, but not in the last 10 years.
Big family
Katie Lee, 7, will play an orphan named "Molly."
This has been a hectic time for her family, not only because of the MLT production, but because her little sister, Heather, was seriously injured in an accident right after Katie was cast.
Eva felt it was important that Katie maintain her daily routine, and didn't withdraw her from the production. The family received a lot of support from the cast, and Heather started coming to rehearsals when she got home from the hospital.
Two Annies'
Look at the pictures your eyes aren't fooling you. There are two Annies. Sara Margaret Huff and Lauren Rogers are sharing the role on different nights.
Ken Patterson portrays Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire who adopts Annie. Billy Melton once again plays the role of President Franklin Roosevelt.
This is the Meridian Little Theatre's 69th season. The production, based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," was directed by Jimmy Pigford. Patterson is the music director and Pat Gray is the choreographer. A 13-piece orchestra will be conducted by Carey Smith. William Harper is the producer.
A few tickets are left. Single tickets are $18 for adults, and $16 for students and senior citizens.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217, or e-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.

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