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'Annie' in Tracy

March 21, 2010 - Per Peterson
Hats off to Jesse James, Ade Miller and everyone else who helped put together “Annie” in Tracy this past weekend. I attended the musical Saturday night, thinking I was way out of my element. The only other times I’ve spent more than two hours in a high school gym were for a basketball game or baseball practice in high school. But it was two (plus) very good hours and I came away totally impressed with the musical — its direction, music, lighting and, of course, acting. Kids obviously play a major role in the musical “Annie” and this group of little thespians were not only cute, they know how to act and sing; they know how to take direction and didn’t look at all intimidated by the 200-plus people in attendance. These kids proved you don't have to know how to spike a volleyball or defend the pick-and-roll to be successful in a high school gymnasium. I’ve never been much of an arts person, but this weekend’s performance of “Annie” made me a true believer of the power, importance and legitimacy of arts programs in small towns.


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