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“Annie”shown for one night only at the Plaza

Photo courtesy of Joan Marcus
“Annie” came to the Plaza Theatre Jan. 15, in downtown El Paso.

The Tony award-winning production of Broadway’s “Annie” was in town for one night only, and I had the privilege of being at the opening night. At exactly 7:30 p.m., the curtains lifted and the show began.

I didn’t know what to expect, having only seen the movie version of “Annie,” but this rendition definitely succeeded. The play started and right away young Tori Bates, who played Annie, dominated the stage. Her spunky attitude and optimism was charming.

The show had little dialogue, but it worked well. Set in the 1930s, the play touched heavily upon the great depression and the effects it had on the people. They even had a song, “We’d like to thank you,” as direct criticism of Herbert Hoover’s failures while in office.

The whole performance was carried by the trio of Gilgamesh Taggett (Warbucks), Tori Bates (Annie) and Casey Prins (Grace). Their musical numbers were without a doubt the crowd’s favorites. At one point in the show they even had the audience participate in the show.

Another standout performer was definitely Sandy the dog; my dog could learn a trick or two from him.      Overall, wonderful performances by the cast, the set design was lovely and the show was engaging.

The Plaza Theatre is definitely the best place to watch a show in town. The next show at the Plaza will be “VIVA España: EP Symphony Orchestra with  J. Vieaux” on Jan. 20 and 21.

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