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Upstage Theatre & Performing Arts Studio presents 'Annie' Aug. 1-3

August 1, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 01--EDMOND -- Playing the role of Miss Hannigan in a production of "Annie" has been a dream of Angie McKenna since she was 9 years old.

"In college I was a music theater major," McKenna said. "I ended up doing a show with a lot of kids in it and switched to music education because I found out I like anything that has kids."

She now participates in plays with her children.

Playing "Annie" in Upstage Theatre & Performing Arts Studio's production is the perfect fit for McKenna, with its 55 cast members, a majority of whom are children.

Nolia Sweatt, 11, plays Annie in this weekend's performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Mitch Park Amphitheatre, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive.

"I love the role. I love her character," Nolia said. "I like the way that she's tough and then she's sweet and then she's caring."

Nolia has been in theater since she was 6 years old. Her mother, Kari Sweatt, said it is fun to be doing the show at an outdoor venue.

"You think like, this is Oklahoma -- you get to come out and watch outdoor theater. How fun. It's exciting being a part of it," Sweatt said.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for students and free for children 4 and younger. The box office opens at 7 p.m., or tickets can be bought at www.ticketstorm.com.

For more information about "Annie" or the theater, go to www.upstagetheatreok.com.

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