On Wednesday, Shaw and her husband, Jason, were working on painting and other finishing touches for the sets, working alongside a number of high school students and Allen.
“Annie” was the first play Allen ever saw. Although he said he cannot recall the details of the play – he was 7 years old at the time – he said, “I remember the feeling and falling in love with theater.”
Putting the community production together “has been a challenge, but a labor of love because I have such feelings for the show,” he added.
So far, Allen said they are further ahead of the game than usual, but added there is still a lot to finish up.
For the production, Allen said they rented a computer program, called Sinfonia, which he said simulates a full orchestra and “sounds great.”
Allen said since he is acting and directing, theater supporter Beth Williams has taken on some of the costuming and props duties.
“It's been an everybody-pitch-in effort,” he added.
Now it's up to the community to play the supporting role by coming solo, with a friend or bringing the family to enjoy the fine arts in Mineral Wells next week and support local theater.
The family friendly musical takes place Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 17-19 at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the MWHS auditorium, located at 3801 Ram Boulevard.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students. They are available at the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce or Bennett's Office Supply.
Tickets will cost $12 and $7 at the door.