‘Annie’ the start of big things to come

It was almost appropriate that I woke up Monday morning to the sound of rain falling outside my window. Our final performance for “Annie” was Sunday, and I woke up feeling a bit sad. I already miss the many great friends I made during the show. The hugs, laughter and high-fives we shared backstage were priceless.

I also miss the great audiences we had during our seven performances. So, I’d like to first say a heartfelt thank you to all who came out to see and support the fantastic cast of “Annie.”

The electric energy you experienced in the theater wasn’t just the result of a great story we had to tell, but it was also the product of a cast that turned into a big family during the production. Elk River Community Theatre is community theater, but it becomes true “community” when the people of our area come out to see and enjoy the hard work that goes into such a production. Record attendance for this show gave our cast an amazing send off, and we greatly appreciated you!

Recently, I agreed to join the ERCT board along with many other new faces the organization now has. During my involvement with ERCT in “Clue,” “Odd Couple,” and now “Annie,” I received much feedback from many of you in the community. I can promise you that your ideas for new opportunities have been heard.

Feeling energized by the great show we just had and the great group of leaders assembled on the board, we are looking forward to a bright and positive future for theater in Elk River.

I promise you that “Annie” is just the beginning of many great things to come. — Kevin Hunter, Elk River (Editor’s note: Hunter played ‘Mr. Warbucks’)