SCHENECTADY: 'The Music Man' and 'Annie' march in

Suzanne Rayome, who directed last season's production of "Hello, Dolly," is playing Hannigan in "Annie." She said she is excited to throw herself into the role.

"This is my fourth time doing Annie," she said. "This is a kids' classic and it is the perfect time of year for it. As a teacher I also like working with all the kids."

Rayome said the talent the company has assembled for "Annie" and "The Music Man" rivals any community theater company.

"The talent in this area is amazing. I was blown away every time I saw someone audition," Rayome said.

Emily Franklin, 11, of Loudonville is one of the young talents; she is playing Annie. She is a veteran SLOC performer who got involved with the show because her family is also involved with musical theater.

"I've always wanted to play this role," Franklin said. "It is fun to hang out with all the cast members."

Jessica Carrozzi, 9, of Richmondville is the second actor playing Annie. It's her first stint in musical theater, but she isn't new to performing in front of audiences, including singing in local parades.

Carrozzi said the hardest thing is paying attention during rehearsals and learning to take direction.

This show's director, Matthew T. Teichner, said although SLOC is a community theater company, he gives his actors a professional experience. The actors work with an acting coach and Teichner has his hand in everything from lighting to set design and choreography.

"The kids are very talented and eager to learn. A lot of them are taking classes at the New York State Theater Institute and they are really catching on," he said.

Under Teichner's direction, the characters in "Annie" are more developed than usual, which gives the audience a different look at the play.

"Everyone has seen "Annie" 1,000 times," Teichner said. "It is an old-style comedy, so this is going to be a different spin off."

"The Music Man" runs from Thursday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 18. For tickets, call the Proctors Box Office at 346-6204. "Annie" runs for three weekends beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, and running through Saturday, Dec. 15. For tickets, call 877-350-7378 or visit www.sloctheater.org.""

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