a memorable walk-on

by Jon Merrill (no login)


In 1991 I was helping out with a community theater group in New Jersey that performed Annie on a wooden platform set up in front of the famous marble staircase in the building that was used for the Warbucks Mansion in the 1982 movie.

With five minutes warning, they talked me into doing a walk-on in NYC. They found me an old hat and an overcoat and I was to be a husband and father to a couple of street people. The actress playing Lily quickly taught me the dance, and on I went. I was petrified the whole time and was glad that most of my onstage time was in a freeze while A Star To Be sang. I am definitely NOT an actor and have terrible stagefright, but I was glad to experience exactly once actually being on an Annie stage.

The only other (sort of) walk-on I did was in 1970 in San Francisco during one of the National Tours of Hair. At the very end, a Hair tradition was to invite the audience on stage to dance along with the actors during the long final number ("Let The Sunshine In"), so of course I did it. A buddy from Army basic training a few months before in Louisiana was doing the same thing, and he recognized me and said hello. Small world.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008, 10:24 PM
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