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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 178, Living life on my terms
Bill Pekarski:

Day 178, Living life on my terms.

I had the honor and privilege of watching the Coudersport 6th grade production of “Annie Jr.” tonight and it was amazing. Those of us in the audience tonight were treated to an entertaining and musical tale performed by a group of children who have worked extremely hard to bring this historic musical to the local stage.

As a member of the Potter Players for several different productions, I am fully aware of the amount of work and dedication it takes to put on any production. These kids memorized lines, learned how to move on stage, made signs and programs, ushered the performance, worked the stage, painted sets, and everything else they needed to make tonight possible. Under the direction of Darrel and Mary Justh, they achieved great success. The production was put on as a fundraiser for the annual 6th grade trip to Washington D.C.

I may be a little biased since my niece, Hannah Davis, played the role of Miss Hannigan, but there was no denying the dedication of everyone involved. The young Acacia Greenman sang the part of Annie with the voice of a little angel. I look forward to seeing her develop into a real treasure of a local talent in the future.

Additionally, I was so proud to see Hannah really put herself into the role of Miss Hannigan. I never thought that such a sweet girl could play an awful character and do it so well; she made the part come alive from beginning to end.

I could go on and on about each individual child as they all seemed to enjoy the fruits of their labor. All of the orphan girls, the main characters, and even the dog Zeke Justh did fantastic. I learned from the program that the four legged thespian belonged to the directors.

Prior to the show, I spent a few moments talking with Todd Husson. He said something to me that I found very profound. He said; “it doesn’t matter if you have a kid in the show or not, this is a Coudersport 6th grade production and you just come and see it!” Todd knows first-hand the importance of community and how by attending events like Annie Jr. strengthens our little town. Just by coming out and supporting the kids, we speak volumes about how much we need to keep the arts alive in our schools and how they can enrich the human spirit.

In an era where we lament on everything that is no longer here and the hassles of road projects getting underway; spending a little time watching these kids, you realize why we fight to keep things going in our community. We have so much to be proud of and we need to make sure we appreciate it!

Luckily, there is one more opportunity to see the show on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. in the High School Auditorium for anyone else who wants to support our 6th graders and see the show. Believe me, it is a great way to spend a little of your Saturday afternoon and show a bit of “Community Pride!”

Today I am dedicating my progress to the cast and crew of the 2017 Coudersport 6th Grade Class production of Annie Jr. I will upload the photos of some of the cast members that I was able to get tonight in a separate post.


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