To the editor:
The Glove presented "Annie" last week. For those who missed it, the last performance was exceptional because the audience had the pleasure of enjoying the performance of not one, but two "Annies." Sound odd? Well, yes, it was somewhat unconventional, but the show was full of heart. In the spirit of the season there's a story of two special little girls who, each in their own way, gave from their very hearts what no amount of money could buy.
The director, Will Eagan, had wisely cast two Annies for his production: Adriana-Annie and Isabelle-Annie. Each Annie was planned to perform twice. The girls, unlike what one would expect, became friendly, not competitive. They joked, wrote notes, played pranks, and bought each other little gifts. Unfortunately, Isabelle got sick and therein our story lies.
Isabelle had a heartbreaking performance Friday when she literally lost her voice on stage. No one died, but in theater losing a voice qualifies as tragic. She was actually worse on Sunday, which was to be her second performance. She would not be able to sing and she knew it. Despite all her hard work and although it broke her heart not to perform, she decided it was best for the sake of the show. She requested for the good of the show that Adriana take the stage.
Fate had been unfair and director Eagan wouldn't hear of it. He came up with a way that Isabelle would still be able to perform. He proposed a creative plan of Isabelle performing with Adriana singing. But would Adriana agree to something so selfless? In a word, yes. What fate had stolen, providence restored. In order to help her friend, she agreed without a second thought. Not only does this little girl have the voice of an angel, but the heart of one, too.
It's a remarkable director indeed who can create strong bonds in his cast and direct a group so dedicated to each other. Eagan made an announcement to the cast and then eventually to the audience, and for the show, Isabelle took the stage to act and dance and Adriana stood at the piano singing. Together they put on a wonderful performance and when the two Annies took their curtain call together the audience popped up out their seats like champagne corks.
There are too few examples of kids today being selfless -- rarely are the opportunities taken to actually do good for others. It's heartwarming to see children giving of themselves at any time, but especially so at Christmas time.