SCOTIA: From skis to the stage

Macherone said her daughter would first head off to Kentucky for 10 days followed by Orlando, where the production will hold its opening night on Sept. 18 and kick off its 30-week tour.

Macherone said each performer is required to have a chaperone at all times. She said she, her sister and her mom would all be taking turns touring with Marina.

"The most difficult will be being away from the rest of the family, but Marina knows we all support her," said Macherone.

Marina calls her sisters, Elena, 16, and Hailey, 13, her role models. She said she followed their example on the water ski team and said she will miss them while she is on tour.

"I am really excited and nervous at the same time. I am excited to make new friends, including my understudy, Molly. I really can't believe this is happening to me," said Marina.

Marina said she learned a lot of about taking risks as well as performing through her work with the water ski team. She said she could remember the first time she saw her sister in a show and she knew she wanted to perform on the water as well. As the water ski season ends the tour begins.

Martin Charnin who first brought "Annie" to Broadway in 1977 is producing the show. To find out more about the show, go to www.annieontour.com. For information about the U.S. Water Ski Show Team, go to www.uswaterskiteam.com.""

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