Appreciation for Phamaly’s production of “Annie”
“Hard-knock life? Kids with disabilities in ‘Annie’ say ‘pshaw!’ at Phamaly production,” July 27 theater review.
So many thanks to Lisa Kennedy for her wonderful review of Phamaly’s current musical “Annie” and its gifted, creative co-directors, Regan Linton and Steve Wilson; along with its talented, spirited cast acting — and living — with a host of disabilities that could well have prevented less-courageous souls from expressing themselves, on stage or off.
There are two more actors who deserve kudos. One is Stewart Tucker Lundy, whom the play’s booklet describes as “a quadriplegic since a diving accident in 1982.” He portrayed the fearless, optimistic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a wheelchair most Americans were unaware he used. The other is the lovely Lucy Roucis, who has been living with young-onset Parkinson’s disease for many years and played Roosevelt’s kind, thoughtful wife, Eleanor.
Playing a Depression-era president and first lady in “Annie,” Lundy and Roucis display the sort of wisdom and compassion that truly inspire and that one might well hope and long for in 2017.