The cast and crew of the local production "Annie" are doing more than putting on a show - they are giving back to the community.
At the end of the performances, the "orphans" stand at the doors and collect pocket change to support Marshall County Child Abuse Prevention Services.
"John, my husband, came up with the idea. When we go to the Civic Center in Des Moines, there usually is a request to support AIDS research at the end of the show. John thought our production of 'Annie' should go beyond an evening's entertainment. So we added this request for pocket change for local Child Abuse Prevention Services," said Director Janet Collison.
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The town ward, played by Kevin Lageschulte, brings Annie (Olivia Banes) back to the orphanage and speaks with Miss Hannigan, played by Lynn Maas, and the other orphans, played by Kiersten Kruse, Ashley Macbeth, Chloe Wickam, Emma Naylor, Averi Bolar and Lexia Rau.
After three shows, $1,612.81 has been collected.
"Our community is so generous. Those are mighty big pockets," Collison said.
There are two more performances, both at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the box office within 30 minutes before curtain call each performance night. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10.
"The Martha Ellen Tye Theater was sold out on July 28 and it looks like it will happen again this weekend," said Collison.