8.11.2007

Sibling Assignment # 31 : Annie, Sandy, and Goosebumps

This week for our sibling assignment we were to write about a memorable musical . Sunday Scribblings word is Goosebumps so I combined the two. You can find Raymond Pert’s post about the musical here and Silver Valley Girl’s will be here soon.

"Maybe far away
Or maybe real nearby
He may be pouring her coffee
She may be straightening his tie!
Maybe in a house
All hidden by a hill
She's sitting playing piano,
He's sitting paying a bill!”

I get goosebumps any time I hear the red-headed orphan sing this song in the opening of the musical “Annie” as she is longing for her parents. I love musicals, especially ones that have a happy ending. In “ Annie” I am drawn to the good vs. evil, children singing and dancing, the rags to riches storyline, the suspense of Annie searching for her parents, and the significant relationship between a girl and her dog. Annie was spunky. She was a girl you wanted to be. I remember first hearing about the musical “Annie” when the search was on for the girl to play her on Broadway. This was in 1977. Soon the song “Tomorrow” became popular and I loved hearing the stories of the live dog on the stage.

My first memory of the character was the poem by James Whitcomb Riley that my mom had read to me as a child:
"Little Orphan Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep; “
Actually, this poem inspired the original comic strip. I didn’t really remember the comic strip much except how Little Orphan Annie had those weird eyes without pupils, red hair, and a dog named Sandy. When I was teaching in the Tri-Cities a girl from our school was chosen to play Annie in the Richland Players production of the musical. I kept looking at her, unable to picture her in the part until the day she came to school with bright, curly red hair! Her mom had redone her appearance for the part. I went and saw that production of “ Annie” and got goosebumps. I fell in love with the orphans in “It’s The Hard Knocks Life” as they performed the song and dance routine while cleaning at the orphanage. It was a lively production and the star kept that red hair for the rest of the school year!

Later I saw “Annie” on stage at the Opera House in Spokane. By then I had seen the movie version and could mouth the lyrics to “Maybe”, “ Tomorrow”, and “I’m Going to Like it Here”. “Annie” is the type of musical that always sticks to the story. I love that nobody has tried to do this musical in modern day, or with Andy instead of Annie, or with a poodle or pug as Sandy. Traditional musicals give me goosebumps. I know there will be a mean Miss Hannigan, a red-haired girl, and an otterhound mix named Sandy. I think all of us growing up had a time when we wanted to run away or wished we had a different parent because we were upset about something. When Annie sang about her love for her long-lost parents in that opening song it made me feel thankful that I always had my parents. It gave me goosebumps that my mom was sitting next to me in Spokane Opera House listening to Annie sing that song:
“So maybe now this prayer's
The last one of it's kind...
Won't you please come get your "Baby"
Maybe.”
Andrea McArdle was the original Annie on Broadway(left) Allison Smith (above) was another Annie before "Kate and Allie" and "West Wing". Sarah Jessica Parker (right) first played July,one of the orphans then played the role of Annie before starring in " Square Pegs" and creating the role of Carrie Bradshaw.
You can find other Sunday Scribblings about goosebumps here.

11 comments :

  1. Really wonderful post... and the pictures are great!

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  2. I think you nailed your assignment! I haven't seen a musical in the longest time - and I do love them.

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  3. DITTO! I like how you stated that no matter how Annie is redone, it's not been changed. I love the musical, just the way it is. It has to have Miss Hannigan, a redheaded orphan and the dog but don't forget the hard man with the soft heart-Daddy Warbucks! Annie still remains one of my favourite musicals of all time.

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  4. Good post! I remember seeing the movie, but not a whole lot about it. Like you, I'm glad they haven't remade it,or even worse, a "sequel".

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  5. I LOVE musicals and so does my husband. Our little theater has never done Annie but I liked the movie. Fun post!

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  6. really fun post!

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  7. I've never seen Annie, movie or stage version. /ducks the ashtray thrown at me/

    Your post captures what I take is the enchantment of the musical. I'd forgotten you and Mom saw it together. Sweet!

    I don't know why I've never seen this. I was probably too busy cramming my head full of Shakespeare and Renaissance poetry when it came out. Oblivious.

    Great job. You made Annie come alive for dorks like me who have never seen it and I'm sure it rekindled love in those who had.

    Nice to see the picture of SJParker as a youngster. She's sure done a lot since then.

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  8. Great post. "Tomorrow" was the first song I did as a beginning voice student at Ms. Persoon's home in Elizabeth park, circa 1978. I had gone to school with her at NIC and wanted to take voice lessons forever.

    I haven't seen the movie - or the play anytime, but now I really want to!

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  9. Rob: I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Jackie: Thanks... and I think I need to go watch it again now!
    Jennifer: Yes, I love D. Warbucks also.
    Janet: don't you hate it when a good film just keeps on with sequels?
    thanks shelby.
    Okay RP... how did you miss ever seeing Annie? JEJ was also with us when we went to the Opera House. It was a Christmas gift to the two of them. Sally Struthers played Miss Hannigan and John Schuck Daddy Warbucks. I am sure we could have a movie night!
    PIMD: You would love watching it. Do you still get an opportunity to sing?

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  10. im an annie at my school play!

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  11. My school is doing Annie this semester and I was lucky enough to get the part of Annie- for 8th grade that is. We have two casts- an 8th grade and a 7th grade! This was a really great post!

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