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'Tomorrow' essay project will pick walk-on role for 'Annie' performances in Hancher

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium and the Old Capitol Mall in Iowa City will pay tribute to the irrepressible optimism of "Annie" with an essay project based on the musical's most famous song, "Tomorrow." Essays on "My Ideal Tomorrow" will be displayed at Old Capitol Mall, and one essay will lead to a walk-on role during "Annie" Dec. 8-13 in Hancher.

"Annie" is set in the midst of the Depression, but in the inspirational "Tomorrow" the little orphan sings, "The sun will come out tomorrow." People of all ages are invited to submit short essays describing their own visions for a better world to come. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 11, and all the essays will be on display in Old Capitol Mall beginning Nov. 21.

Essays, typed or neatly printed, should be mailed to Annie Essay, Suite 300, 201 S. Clinton, Iowa City, IA 52240. Beginning Nov. 4, essays may be dropped off at the "Annie" display in the Center Court of Old Capitol Mall. Each essay should be accompanied by the essayist's name and telephone number.

The Grand Prize, a walk-on role as one of the orphans in the 20th-anniversary tour production of "Annie," is available to girls of ages nine through 11, and up to 54 inches in height. Any girl who wishes to be considered for the walk-on-role Grand Prize should include her age and height, along with her name and phone number, when she submits her essay.

The Grand Prize contestants who are judged to have written the five best essays will be invited to read their essays in front of a panel of judges at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 in Old Capitol Mall. The winner of the "Annie" walk-on role will be chosen at that time.

The Grand Prize winner must be available for five of the "Annie" performances in Hancher: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; and 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. She must also arrive at 7 p.m. of opening night, Dec. 8, to meet with the "Annie" tour stage manager for a briefing on the role and schedule. She will be scheduled for a costume fitting Dec. 9 or 10.

On Dec. 11 the Grand Prize winner must arrive at 6 p.m. for rehearsal. For the remaining performances, she must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the performance. Once she arrives backstage, she will be under the continuous supervision of the show's child coordinator.

The Grand Prize winner will receive four tickets to the Dec. 8 performance, so that she and her family or friends can watch the show and observe her role. She will also win two tickets to the Friday night performance, so that her family or friends can watch her perform.

For additional information, contact Judy Hurtig at Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-1130.

"Annie" tickets are now on sale at the Hancher box office, 319-335-1160, or toll-free from Iowa and western Illinois, 1-800-HANCHER. Telegroup Inc. is the corporate sponsor of "Annie" through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from the Gazette.

10/23/98