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Ten Life Lessons I Learned From Annie the Musical

Tuesday evening, I was invited to attend Annie the Musical at the Straz by way of a partnership with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. As a small girl back in the 80’s, I very first knowledgeable Annie on Broadway with my loved ones and my Grandma Nancy. It is a cherished memory and I nevertheless possess the Annie doll my grandmother purchased for me as a souvenir following the show. Practically 35 years later, that beloved raggedy Annie doll tagged along for the film reboot.

Then on Tuesday evening, my beloved raggedy Annie doll, my two girls and my mom (Grandma) also tagged along for the Broadway on Tour revival, Annie the Musical at the Straz Center. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to relive that cherished moment all more than once again.

In this Annie the Musical revival, all the endearing components are nevertheless there including all the lengthy-adored characters Annie, Oliver Warbucks and Miss Hannigan and of course, the Tony-Award winning tunes. In this revival, even so, the songs take place throughout scene alterations rather than downstage in front of a closed curtain.

And scene alterations unfold quickly as sets rotate and turn to reveal NYC city life and the dark hell-hole of Ms Hannigan’s horrible house. The two backdrops (Skid Row nestled beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and Daddy Warbuck’s golden palace) completely illustrate the stark contrast of the really poor and the really wealthy throughout the Good Depression of the 1930s.

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NYC poor

Annie the Musical

The “Broadway on Tour” revival of Annie the Musical introduces the extraordinary talents of young Issie Swickle as Annie and her nemesis, Miss Hannigan, played by the Lynn Andrews and Andrews effectively fills the footwear of the Hannigan predecessors.

In reality, Andrews’ comedic timing, scowls and shimmies play a excellent Hannigan homage to the original cast, especially throughout “Easy Street”.

Easy Street

As I watched Annie the Musical with my girls (who will hopefully cherish this moment 30+ years later with their daughters and me – Grandma…eek!) so lots of lovely life lessons had been unveiled all through the show which I in no way realized prior to.

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Ten Life Lessons I Discovered From Annie the Musical

Remain optimistic.

The sun WILL come out tomorrow. Genuinely, it will! A much better day usually lies ahead of you. To quote President Roosevelt in Annie the Musical, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” You just have to think that it will come and open your heart to it.

Life is challenging.

Sometimes, life loves to provide some difficult-knocks, but how you deal with it tends to make a globe of distinction. Maintain your chin up and know that it is only short-term. This also shall pass.

Keep away from toxic folks.

This is less difficult mentioned than carried out since at times toxic folks reside beneath the very same roof as you. In no way permit them to break your spirit. Continue to appreciate them unconditionally, but appreciate oneself much more. Be accurate to you.

Drinking in no way solved any troubles.

Laughter is the most effective medicine. So place down the bottle and discover issues that make you pleased and fill your spirit in a good, healthier way.

Be type to all creatures.

No matter if it is toxic folks or furry lost strays, appreciate all creatures unconditionally. You in no way know what tragedies or the inner battles folks have faced to make them the way they are. Merely, appear previous the scruffy, sad exterior and see the beauty inside them.

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History repeats itself.

At any moment, our secure globe can crumble. 1 minute, you are living in the lap of luxury and the subsequent, you are living on the streets. With the Good Depression in the 1933 and the most current Good Recession in 2004, Annie the Musical nevertheless illustrates the uncanny similarities in between the millions of impoverished Americans and the ridiculously wealthy 1% and the tremendous gap in between the two worlds decades following its debut on Broadway. In each eras, applications are place into spot to aid these in need to have and provide some relief though other folks resent the notion.

You are in no way totally dressed devoid of a smile.

A smile definitely is the most effective accessory for any appear. No matter if you dress up or dress down, the sparkle of lovely smile will usually full any appear much better diamonds.  Not to mention, oral hygiene is so crucial and a window to your all round overall health. So brush these pearly whites at least twice a day!

Perform difficult for your dreams.

Oliver Warbucks proudly shares his story of getting orphaned at ten years old and how he worked difficult to make cash to survive, earning his very first million at age 23. In other words, set ambitions for what you want from life and operate towards these ambitions. In no way drop sight of what you want out of life and ask oneself everyday, “How does this activity help me reach my goal?”

Cash will not bring you happiness.

All the cash in the globe cannot purchase you appreciate, though it can definitely afford you the luxury of housekeepers, a individual chef, a chauffeur and a employees to wait on you 24-7. Having said that, you can decide on to be with wealthy with worldly possessions or wealthy in spirit only a handful of folks have mastered each. When we surround ourselves with folks who appreciate and assistance us and we return that appreciate, it lifts us to even higher heights. Obtain time for loved ones and your will in no way be poor in spirit.

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Strive for operate-life balance.

All operate and no play created Daddy Warbucks a dull billionaire boy but with the aid of a warm-spirited orphan, he started to see the globe in a complete new way. In our more than-scheduled worlds, we usually do the very same. We turn into so consumed with creating cash and functioning overtime that we overlook to reside life to its fullest. For peace of thoughts and for our family’s sake, it is so crucial to schedule downtime and some unscheduled play time exciting.

Practical experience these and more time-tested life lessons! See Annie The Musical at the Straz with a functionality tonight at 7:30 p.m, eight:00 p.m. on Friday and two shows this Saturday (Sat. two and eight p.m.) and Sunday (Sun. 1 and six p.m.) Tickets get started at $45 and can be purchases on the net at www.strazcenter.org

Sunny as Sandy and Issie Swickle as Annie - photo byJoan Marcus

Aid the sun to come out tomorrow for young children in need to have!

Annie, the Straz Center and Metropolitan Ministries have partnered to gather college uniforms for young children in need to have. Donations of principal college uniforms and other children’s clothes will be accepted at the Straz Center at ALL performances. The drive rewards Metropolitan Ministries who serve households in need to have in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.

Disclosure: As component of a partnership with the Straz Center and the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I received 4 tickets to Annie the Musical in exchange for my truthful overview. All opinions shared are my personal.


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