News Column

The sun will come out today for 'Annie' opening

August 3, 2014

By Janessa Maxilom, Alamogordo Daily News, N.M.



Aug. 03--It was a "hard knock life" for the cast and crew of the play "Annie" Friday.

After three months of rehearsing and set building the play had to be cancelled on opening night due to flooding in the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts. The play was scheduled to open to the public Friday night.

Rain drenched and flooded Alamogordo causing streets to be flooded, cars stranded and flooding buildings. The Flickinger Center was among the buildings that was flooded and damaged by the heavy rainfall.

Flickinger Executive Director Jim Mack said the theater had 11 inches of water in the restrooms, basement and orchestra pit of the building.

"It was really disappointing for a lot of people and there are a lot of young kids in the show who had been working really hard to put on a great production," Mack said. "I think the kids were probably the most disappointed."

The weather dampened the spirits of some of the play's adult actors as well.

"On opening night you never hope to see something like this," said Chris Orwoll, the actor playing Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks in the play.

Orowll, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Space History said he and his fellow other cast members went to the theater to preserve the play's sets.

"Coming in as everything occurred and trying to save all of the sets," Orwoll said. "All of that was saved so that's a good thing. It just means here eventually the show will go on. The only question now is when."

According to Mack, it cost the Alamogordo Music Theater group around $10,000 to get the rights for the play and create sets for the production. Mack said thousands of hours worth of labor and rehearsing went into creating the production.

Ted Brinegar said he helped build some of the sets for the play.

Brinegar is also the father of Juliana Brinegar, the actress playing the role of Annie.

He said it was disheartening to have the play cancelled on opening night but he is still hopeful.

"I think we have to go with the theme song from the musical here which is, 'The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow,'" Brinegar said. "Although things are tough right now we will put it together and as quickly as we can bring this great message of hope to the community."

The play's director Pary Bennett said the play will be performed today at 2 p.m. provided the restrooms are functioning. Bennett said the production is also being scheduled to run on August 8 and 9.

For more information about the "Annie" production contact the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts at 437-2202.

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