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Brennan Bastedo as Rooster
Jen Peeso as Ms. Hannigan
Regina Hamblen as cast B Ms. Hannigan
Emma Carpenter as Lily St. Regis
SUBMITTED by Linda Guest (24-Jun-2011)

Annie is in it's final weeks of rehearsals and it's coming together brilliantly says director Suzi Castellano. Annie is a wonderful musical that everyone in the family is truly going to love. This is an opportunity for your family to see a hit Broadway musical and legendary film close to home. As Lyons kicks off their Peppermint Days weekend, Clyde Community Players will go on stage at the Ohmanns' Theatre in Lyons, NY.

The Ohmann Theatre was built in 1915 by Burt Ohmann. He operated the theatre well into the 1930's. His sons Myron and Robert managed the theatre for the next 20 years. In 2005 Robert's oldest son Bob brought the theatre back to the Ohmann family. With a complete reconstruction to the theatre it now proudly shows movies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with matinee's on Saturday and Sundays. Amazingly, original seats from the 1914 theatre were saved and now the balcony holds a precious part of the Ohmann Theatre's history. The Ohmann Theatre is managed by Tom Herendeen.

As the cast of Annie gets ready to take the stage for the 21st annual Peppermint Days festival, we talked with “Rooster, his Lily and his sister Ms. Hannigan. Rooster, played by Brennan Bastedo of Clyde attends 10th grade at the Clyde High School. Brennan enjoys playing his guitar and fishing when he is not at “Annie” rehearsals. Brennan says he was drawn to “Annie” because of his love for acting and singing. Someday, he hopes to go to college for musical theatre and eventually move on to Broadway. For now, Brennan say's “It's an honor to be performing in the oldest theatre and movie house in America and I'm very grateful that Lyons is letting us kick off Peppermint Days.”

Lily played by Kelsey Raymond of Savannah, NY. She is in 10th grade and enjoys history. Kelsey say's she enjoys singing, acting and dancing on stage. She has a younger brother and two younger sisters, one of which plays the orphan Pepper in cast B. Kelsey dreams of going to college, traveling and to continue performing on stage. When asked what advise she'd give to children interested in theatre, Kelsey say's “Practice makes perfect, practice your projection, memorization skills, dancing and singing. Whether you're in a play at the time or not just continue to practice.”

Lily is also played by Emma Carpenter of Savannah. Emma is only in 8th grade but you'd be surprised by what she has accomplished. Emma plays the piano, draws, writes and sings. Singing is her favorite part of the theatre. Emma informs us that music really makes the show. When asked about the Ohmann Theatre, Emma said, “It's really cool! The oldest standing theater and movie house, I think of everyone who has performed here!” and now Emma Carpenter can be added to the list.

Lyons Peppermint Days and other local businesses including LNB, Dobbins Drugs and Key Bank in Lyons / Clyde areas are now selling tickets for the Thursday, July 7th evening red carpet event that kicks off the festival and for 2 showings on Sunday, July 10th. Tickets will be $35 for VIP reserved seating and $12 pre-sale for regular seating. We encourage you to get your tickets soon before they sell out. For more information you can contact Suzi and 315-923-7650 or Linda at 315-945-5526.

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