Cleveland (Oct. 17-Nov. 5, 2017)
Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com – 10/23/2017
“And on Friday night, Norton youngster Harper Schmid, 5, one of two local girls cast as Lulu for the Cleveland run, added an adorable touch in her short but sweet time on stage.”
Columbus (Nov. 7-12, 2017)
Kansas City, MO (Nov. 14-19, 2017)
Minneapolis, MN (Nov. 21-26, 2017)
Cherry and Spoon – 11/22/2017
“And as a special treat, the role of little Lulu (who appears in the final scene only) is locally cast in each tour stop, and here in Minneapolis is played alternately by Prewitt Anderson and Estela Antivilo. I saw the former, and although only 5 years old and up way past her bedtime, she hit every mark and said every line clearly and stole every heart in the theater”
Appleton, WI (Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2017)
Des Moines, IA (Dec. 5-10, 2017)
Isabelle Lee Busch
Faith, Family, and Technology – 12/06/2017
“One other cool thing that I enjoyed about this performance is how they cast 2 young, local girls to trade off playing a small part in the show. 5-year-old Eliana Mann from Urbandale played the part of Lulu in the opening night performance and she was great.”
Omaha, NE (Dec. 12-17, 2017)
Omaha.com – 12/13/2017
“Two little Omaha girls play Jenna’s daughter. Tuesday’s performer, Vienna Maas, was natural and adorable.”
Denver, CO (Dec. 19-31, 2017)
Milwaukee, WI (Jan. 2-7, 2018)
Cincinnati, OH (Jan. 9-21, 2018)
East Lansing, MI (Jan. 23-28, 2018)
Lansing State Journal – 01/24/2018
“Of course, one of the key highlights of the evening was DeWitt’s own 4-year-old Callie Rodgers (Vivian Southwell at other performances), making a delightful appearance at the end of the show. She sparkled for the entire audience to enjoy.”
Baltimore, MD (Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2018)
Temperance “Tempie” Oppel
Baltimore’s Child – 01/31/2018
“But one thing certainly stood out—the adorable little blonde girl who took the stage during the musical’s final scene. Tempie Oppel stole the show as ‘Lulu,’ the main character Jenna’s two-year-old daughter. … Tempie’s lines were few, but the audience was charmed to pieces by her spirited dancing and cute-as-a-button kiss on her stage mom’s cheek. Bravo, Tempie!”
DC Metro Theater Arts – 01/31/2018
“We won’t spoil the ending but let’s say you will leave with tears of joy in your eyes, thanks largely to the arrival of Lulu and all her charms. She was wonderfully played on opening night by Temperance Oppel and will be played on alternate dates by the no doubt equally lovable Korie Mitchell.”
Buffalo, NY (Feb. 6-11, 2018)
Buffalo Vibe – 02/07/2018
“And our local kindergarteners who plays five-year-old Lulu must be mentioned. We saw Isabella Maritato on opening night. She could not have been more darling. Sophia Vandette will alternate with her, and surely she is just as adorable.”
Philadelphia, PA (Feb. 13-18, 2018)
Boston, MA (Feb. 20-Mar. 4, 2018)
BroadwayWorld Boston – 02/23/2018
“On opening night, Simonne Stern from Beverly, MA went on as little Lulu in her Boston Opera House debut (she alternates performances with Kelsey Davis from Millis, MA).”
Pittsburgh, PA (Mar. 6-11, 2018)
Entertainment Central Pittsburgh – 03/07/2018
“Lulu, Jenna’s daughter, appears at the end of the play and provides a beautiful and cute spark. The Lulu part is played by young girls in each city of the tour. On the Pittsburgh tour stop she is played by Ainsley Christof and Camlyn Reace.”
Charlotte, NC (Mar. 13-18, 2018)
Dallas, TX (Mar. 28-Apr. 8, 2018)
BroadwayWorld Dallas – 04/03/2018
“And, just in case there weren’t already enough sweet treats on stage, four-year-old Eliza Chabot of Farmers Branch (who alternates nightly with Quinn Johnson of Grapevine), enters late in the evening as the cherry on top, with the most adorable smile you’ve ever seen onstage (and she knows all the lyrics, too!).”
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Apr. 11-22, 2018)
Tampa, FL (Apr. 24-29, 2018)
Durham, NC (May 1-6, 2018)
Greenville, SC (May 8-13, 2018)
Carolina Curtain Call – 05/10/2018
“In addition, two precious local tots from the Upstate alternate the role of ‘baby’ Lulu in the final scene: Charlotte Bates opened the run and Regan Ciccarelli.”
Washington, DC (May 15-Jun. 3, 2018)
DC Metro Theater Arts – 05/18/2018
“Jenna’s daughter Lulu is played on alternate performances by two local children, Alexa M. Lueck and Eva Pieja. I saw Miss Lueck, whose dancing with Ogie during curtain call was delightful.”
Nashville, TN (Jun. 5-10, 2018)
Olivia James Graves
Nashville Arts Critic – 06/09/2018
“…at show’s end, there’s a cute five-year-old added to the recipe, Lulu…For Nashville’s dates, Ellie James and Olivia Graves share Lulu duties and in one brief show-ending moment snag the spotlight and the audience’s hearts in the process.”
Lumination Network – 06/07/2018
“An especially interesting feature of the show’s tour comes from the little girls who alternate playing Lulu, Jenna’s daughter: Ellie James and Olivia James Graves, both 5 years old. Both of the girls are local talent, and Waitress marks their acting debut.”
Nashville Parent – 06/07/2018
“And a little something extra sweet comes in the ‘Opening Up’ finale. Here, two local 5-year-old girls – Eleanor ‘Ellie’ James and Olivia James Graves – alternate the role of Jenna’s daughter, Lulu. The walk on role serves as the stage debut for both little girls, certainly a wonderful experience they won’t forget.”
New Orleans, LA (Jun. 12-17, 2018)
Emma Jo Tassin
Chicago, IL (Jul. 3-22, 2018)
Around the Town Chicago – 07/04/2018
“…and the baby, around four years later, Lulu is handled by two actresses, Liana Gurevich (who we saw tonight) and Camryn Cavaliero.”
Madison, WI (Jul. 24-29, 2018)
Baltimore’s Child – 07/27/2018
“Still, by the time Jenna is triumphantly hefting her young daughter (played in rotation by Wisconsin-based urchins Rosalie Manson and Addie Manthey) there’s reason to be happy for everyone who deserves it.”
Isthmus – 07/26/2018
“Be sure to look for two of Madison’s littlest local actors in the finale: Rosalie Manson and Addie Manthey alternate in walk-on roles as Lulu – the cute-as-a-button namesake of the reinvented, reinvigorated diner, and the inspiration for Jenna’s new life.”
The Cap Times – 07/25/2018
“Finish off with a cute cameo from a Wisconsin kindergartener (Rosalie Manson, 5, from La Crosse) and that might just be all the ingredients we need.”
Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 2-26, 2018)
Observations Along the Road – 08/05/2018
“The remaining two cast members were Elizabeth and Catherine Last, who play Jenna’s daughter, Lulu, in the last scene. They alternate the role; we had Elizabeth at our performance. Their main job is to come on stage and be cute, and they do.”
Seattle, WA (Sept. 6-11, 2018)
Broadway World Seattle – 09/12/18
“And last, but certainly not least, local actress Bailey Gonzalez stole everyone’s heart in her few moments at the end as Jenna’s daughter Lulu.”
Portland, OR (Sept. 18-23, 2018)
Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 25-30, 2018)
Essie Kathryn Barrett
Phoenix/Tempe, AZ (Oct. 2-7, 2018)
Las Vegas, NV (Oct. 9-14, 2018)
San Francisco, CA (Oct. 15-Nov. 11, 2018)
Costa Mesa, CA (Nov. 13-25, 2018)
Stage Scene LA – 11/13/2018
“Child charmers Catherine Last and Elizabeth Last alternate as Lulu.”
San Diego, CA (Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2018)
Daily Actor – 11/29/2018
“And a special shout out to San Diego’s own Kensley Dibble, who plays Jenna’s daughter, Lulu (Sloane Viora shares the role with her), at the end of the show. She actually gave Morse a run for his money as a scene stealer.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune – 11/28/2018
“On Wednesday night, 5-year-old Kensley Dibble danced her toes off as Lulu, Jenna’s daughter. She alternates in the part this week with 5-year-old Sloane Viora of Point Loma.”
Tucson, AZ (Dec. 4-9, 2018)
Spokane, WA (Dec. 12-16, 2018)
The Spokesman-Review – 12/13/2018
“Brooklyn Wells, one of two area 4-year-old girls cast as Lulu, Jenna’s daughter, was adorable on Wednesday night. She’ll share the role with Remy Reith, who lives in Cheney.”
San Antonio, TX (Jan. 8-13, 2019)
Memphis, TN (Jan. 15-20, 2019)
BroadwayWorld Memphis – 01/16/2019
“Finally worthy of mention are…local Memphian Katherine Thompson, who was specially cast to play Jenna’s daughter Lulu in the show’s Memphis run. She splits the role with fellow Memphian Elizabeth Ruby Kellet, and both young ladies are precious.”
Austin, TX (Jan. 22-27, 2019)
Penelope “Ellie” Hall
Houston, TX (Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2019)
Atlanta, GA (Feb. 5-10, 2019)
Riley Madison Fuller
Richmond, VA (Feb. 12-17, 2019)
BroadwayWorld NationalTours – 02/13/2019
“Making her professional debut is Richmond local, Devyn McDowell, who is adorable as Jenna’s daughter.”
Naples, FL (Feb. 19-24, 2019)
Miami, FL (Feb. 26-Mar. 3, 2019)
Hailey Belle Melvin
West Palm Beach, FL (Mar. 5-10, 2019)
Jacksonville, FL (Mar. 12-17, 2019)
Oklahoma City, OK (Mar. 19-24, 2019)
St. Louis, MO (Mar. 26-Apr. 7, 2019)
Fayetteville, AR (Apr. 9-14, 2019)
Tulsa, OK (Apr. 16-21, 2019)
Indianapolis, IN (Apr. 23-28)
Grand Rapids, MI (Apr. 30-May 5, 2019)
Detroit, MI (May 7-19, 2019)
Worcester, MA (May 22-26, 2019)
Providence, RI (May 28-Jun. 2, 2019)
Rochester, NY (Jun. 4-9, 2019)
Schenectady, NY (Jun. 11-16, 2019)
Hartford, CT (Jun. 18-23, 2019)
Dayton, OH (Jun. 25-30, 2019)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Jul. 9 - Aug. 18, 2019)
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ISSIE SWICKLE (Annie) from Davie, FL. National tour debut as "Annie!" Huge thanks to Broadway Kids Studio, Michelle Ameerally, Broadway Artists Alliance, Jennifer Johns, Jonathan Brenner, Nancy Carson, Joy Dewing, Verna and Family. Mom, Dad, Max this is for you!www
ANGELINA CARBALLO (July, Molly u/s) is a fun-loving nine year old who is thrilled to be in this amazing production. Thanks to Actor’s Playhouse, BAA, Carson-Adler, Troika Entertainment, Joy Dewing, STA, PPDC, Encore, family and friends for fueling her passion in musical theater.
ADIA DANT (Pepper, Annie u/s) is excited to make her Broadway Tour debut at age 9. Regional: Eastside Story, Peter Pan, Annie. Special thanks to God, My Family, Nancy Carson, Walker Clark, Bob Marks, Karen Dryer, Lynne Mlott, Julie Bandy, Lynn Herrick, Janine Molinari.
LILLYBEA IRELAND (Tessie) from Evansville, Indiana; enjoys singing, golf, and snuggling her dog Sweetie. Love and thanks to friends, family, parents & siblings (Andrew, Maddie, & Nick) who said dream BIG and follow it! Send smiles and follow her journey Twitter@lillybeaIreland 🙂
SYDNEY SHUCK (Kate) 11 years old, from New York . STAGE: School House Rock, Jr.; The Little Mermaid, Jr. (Ariel) FILM: Live a Little (Haley) . I want to thank GOD, my family, Nancy Carson & Peggy Stamps!
Lilly Mae Stewart
LILLY MAE STEWART (Molly) Lilly Mae's making her National Tour Debut! Showboat (Asolo Repertory), Whistle Down the Wind (Theatre Zone), Fiddler on the Roof (Free Fall), Entertainment Revue, Les Miserable, Annie. Kisses to Kathryn Mitchell, Cynthia Ashford, Trapper Felides, family & friends! www.backstage.com/kathryndutton-mitchell/www
ISABEL WALLACH (Duffy) is delighted to make her professional debut in Annie at 10! Special thanks to the Annie creative team, Joy Dewey Casting, Kristen, Amelia, Sue, Erin, and my Kidz Theater family. Much love to my amazing family and friends – especially Emma!
NOLA.com - 02/04/15
“Issie Swickle takes on the title role with a spunky, determined performance. She sings her now-classic numbers, such as "Maybe," "Tomorrow" and "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," with conviction and a big voice, while still sounding and acting like a kid...Among the gaggle of orphans, the adorable Lilly Mae Stewart stands out as Molly, the littlest of the girls. She steals every scene that she's in."
Baltimore Sun - 01/22/15
“[Swickle] delivers dialogue and songs confidently, and handles stage business like a pro...The ensemble of Annie's orphan pals is certainly a dynamic bunch, capable of gutsy singing and dancing (keep an eye on tiny Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly)."
DC Metro Arts - 01/21/15
“Annie may find happiness elsewhere, but audiences won’t be so eager to leave the delightful company of the little girls at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. That pint-sized chorus line hits a homer with “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” nailing all the regimented kicks and twirls while delivering Martin Charnin’s witty lyrics through adoringly toothy grins.
All the young actresses here are winners, with Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly melting most of the hearts as the moppets’ mascot. All of the others, ranging in age from 9 to 11, get oohs and awws of their own in that extended radio spot parody, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”
Then again, this show’s little orphans have a truly first-rate performing model in young Issie Swickle, who is sensational as Annie. A belter with a distinctive and musical quality to her voice, Miss Swickle never misses a beat nor a punch line, and tugs at our heartstrings even when sharing the stage with another scene-stealer, like that handsome mutt that plays her dog Sandy (Macy or Sunny, depending on which performance you attend)."
MLife - 01/13/15
“West Michigan audiences are bound to be charmed by the all-in, enthusiastic performances of a large ensemble cast featuring seven children, including Issie Swickle as the title character. Swickle exudes confidence and spirit, transitioning easily from quiet solos ("Maybe") to energetic dance routines ("It's the Hard Knock Life") to big, show-stopping numbers ("Tomorrow"). She and Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Michigan's own Gilgamesh Taggett) have an easy chemistry, something they both share with the lovely Grace Farell (Ashley Edler)."
Vital Voice - 01/13/15
“Issie Swickle, who played Annie, did a knock out performance, but there are two other cast members I would like to give big props to Lilly Mae Stewart (Molly) and Lynn Andrews (Miss Hannigan). Molly is the youngest and smallest of the orphans, but Lilly brought her character to a level that took a stand above the rest. Being full of life and cute as a button, I look forward as to where her acting career takes her."
UT Daily Beacon - 01/08/15
“In this production, that little girl was Issie Swickle, whom otherwise should be known as the perfect Annie. For such a young person, she impressively commanded the stage with her powerful voice and enthusiasm. Waiting for something to go wrong proved fruitless as the show went on. She is Annie.
It seemed, though, that all the youngsters ruled the stage. Second only to Annie were the group of orphans she affectionately called ‘the kids.’ As the later hour approached, it seemed at some point they’d show their weariness, but like Swickle, all seven of them sang and danced like they’d been doing so for years. Often accompanied by no older actors on stage, they had free will to do just about whatever they wanted. They chose excellence."
The Daily Times - 01/07/15
“Issie Swickle...hit all the right notes and proved to be an enjoyable Annie."
Encore Michigan - 12/17/14
“On opening night, Annie was played by Adia Dant, and Dant's usual role of Pepper was played by Angela Pallaini. Dant was as adorable as one expects from Annie. Thanks to her charisma, costuming and red hair, she always owned the stage when she was on it. All eyes were drawn to this little spitfire who could alternately charm and flame. All of the orphans made a fantastic ensemble, their dances looking like a natural play and their songs simply the way they communicated with each other through the rough life they found themselves in."
Lansing City Pulse - 12/17/14
“As the title character, understudy Adia Dant did a remarkably serviceable job opening night."
Lansing State Journal - 12/17/14
“Much of that energy comes from the youngsters in the cast, who portray the orphans including Annie, who fail to be intimidated by the cruel Miss Hannigan who runs the orphanage. From their opening number, "It's a Hard Knock Life," charging about the stage with mops and buckets, these youngsters captivated the audience. That of course, includes Annie, who on opening night was played by an understudy, Adia Dant, substituting on an hour's notice for Issie Swickle, who is expected to return to the role for the rest of the run...she quickly hit her stride, and it was soon clear that this young actress could easily carry the show. She is a nimble dancer with a strong voice, and the ability to express Annie's spunkiness and optimism."
Vizion Magazine - 12/17/14
“Florida native, Issie Swickle, makes her National Tour debut as the title character, bringing energy and life to the iconic character. The nine year old actress proves to live up to the role as she sings some of Broadway most treasured numbers such as "Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow". Of course, Swickle is not alone on stage when it comes to child actors. She is accompanied by many talented young individuals who have embodied their roles as well. The orphans include Angelina Carballo, Adia Dant, LillyBea Ireland, Sydney Shuck, Lilly Mae Stewart, and Isabel Wallach."
Greater Lansing Theatre - 12/16/14
“The orphan ensemble was adorable and energetic."
RiverFront Times - 12/08/14
“Issie Swickle, who in the titular role of Annie delivers an unfailingly sunny performance, holds her own in numbers like "Tomorrow" and "Maybe." She plays well opposite Gilgamesh Taggett"
BroadwayWorld St. Louis - 12/03/14
“Issie Swickle does a very nice job as Annie, giving this spirited tyke just the right mix of spunk and pathos required by the role."
STL Today - 12/05/14
“The big, velvety orchestra lavishes the score with love — and so does Issie Swickle, who plays Annie. With her powerful voice and sunny manner, she serves the material in style...The cast of precocious kids show a level of poise and stage presence beyond their years. Led by Annie herself (Issie Swickle), the girls, Lilly Mae Stewart, Adia Dant, Isabel Wallach, Angelina Carballo, Lillybea Ireland and Sydney Schuck, are all as talented as they are adorable."
Eagle Tribune - 12/01/14
“Swickle, a 9-year-old vocal powerhouse...The ensemble and supporting cast are strong — especially all those little orphans."
Entertainment Monthly - 11/23/14
“Optimistic and genuine, Swickle fits well into the role’s almost forty-year-old shoes, showing her ability to both lead the younger cast and keep up with the older."
T2Online - 11/21/14
“The girls are little, but gifted with competent voices."
The Chicago Beat - 11/20/14
“... the orphans are a winning group, particularly Adia Dant as brutish Pepper, Angelina Carballo as sassy July and Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly, the youngest of the gang. Werner’s Lily is hilariously adorable..."
Chicago Now - 11/20/14
“First off, the show must have a strong Annie and Issie Swickle fills the bill with her commanding voice and stage presence....The orphans were on target with the small curly haired Lilly Mae Stewart playing a fiery spirited Molly."
Huffington Post - 11/20/14
“the clear-voiced Issie Swickle finds Annie's strength and heart. Clearly the audience, including the rows of young theatergoers, bought into the orphan's rise to success story. The rest of the orphans also delight, including a scene-stealing Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly (she'll make an exceptional Annie one day)."
Sun Times - 11/19/14
“To the role that is as demanding of its little female star as “Billy Elliot” is of its little male star, Swickle brings the quality of a pre-pubescent Ethel Merman. She has a big, interesting voice, excellent diction and an unaffected spirit...It is Molly (Lilly Mae Stewart), the tiny little orphan she befriends, who easily steals every scene she’s in with her elfin spontaneity and wit. It is impossible to take your eyes off her, whether she is dancing with the somewhat older orphans, hiding in a laundry basket or playing a ventriloquist’s dummy."
Wicked Local - Abington - 11/10/14
“As the resourceful heroine who just wants to find her long-lost parents, sweet-voiced Issie Swickle imbues Annie with winning warmth and believability. She is especially affecting on the gentle lament, “Maybe,” which opens both acts. Swickle is ably aided by a terrific troupe of young performers – Angelina Carballo, Adia Dant, Lillybea Ireland, Sydney Shuck, Lilly Mae Stewart, and Isabel Wallach – as her fellow orphans. "
Boston Globe - 11/07/14
“A 9-year-old actress by the wonderful name of Issie Swickle plays Annie, and she’s terrific, particularly when she’s singing classics like “Tomorrow” and “Maybe.” Her bell-clear voice rings out every little emotional turn in the lyrics...In the show’s long history, Miss Hannigan’s bunk beds have hosted a few future stars. If you go, keep your eye on 9-year-old Lilly Mae Stewart, who plays the littlest orphan, Molly, with thermonuclear cuteness. She tumbles into a laundry cart like a slapstick veteran, but draws the eye just standing there. At the least, she’ll be playing Annie somewhere in a year or two. "
Mom's Favorite Stuff - 11/07/14
“Issie Swickle (Annie) and Lynn Andrews (Miss Hannigan) were standouts, but the entire cast was fabulous."
Theatre Mirror - 11/07/14
“The canine co-star interacts with 9-year-old star, Issie Swickle, of Davie, Fla., as though they belong together. Making her tour debut, Issie is a talented little girl with a big voice, an inspiration as Annie. She’s a force to watch for in the future. So’s plucky scene stealer Lilly Mae Steward, also making her national tour debut as little orphan, Molly. She dances, tumbles, sings, and draws sympathy and laughter like a seasoned performer."
The LFB - 11/06/14
“9 year-old Issie Swickle who plays Annie was simply a delight to watch. She seemed comfortable in her role and had an infectious and energetic personality. She performed her musical numbers with ease and confidence.
The cast of orphans were talented and did an amazing job especially Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly. I don’t think she could have been any cuter!"
On Boston Stages - 10/30/14
“Issie Swickle has all the qualities you’d want in an Annie — brimming with confidence and charisma, and a voice that might reach the last row of the cavernous Wang even without a microphone.
She’s in sync with whomever she’s acting with, be it the other orphans — Lily Mae Stewart, Adia Dant, Isabel Wallach, Angelina Carballo, Lillybea Ireland, and Sydney Shuck — Miss Hannigan (Lynn Andrews), the odious caretaker of the orphanage, Daddy Warbucks (Gilgamesh Taggett) or President Franklin Roosevelt (Allan Baker)."
PGH Collective - 10/30/14
“Issie Swickle as Annie exuded a powerhouse of talent, capturing the audience with her delicately powerful voice and sharp-witted humor. It was a joy to watch her control the stage. Her blinding sense of optimism and faint shadow of wonder, seemingly crippled by her deplorable conditions, shows us the meaning of walking through fire with a smile."
Triblive - 10/29/14
“Issie Swickle's Annie is the warm and caring but resilient survivor we want our daughters and granddaughters to be...Annie and her six fellow orphans hit all the expected notes, musically and emotionally."
Edge Miami - 10/09/14
“In the title role, native Floridian Issie Swickle does a great job. While her voice is not as rich as that of Andrea McArdle, the role's creator, it is a fine voice that rings out loud, clear and consistently on pitch. She has the look and the character down pat and she charms the audience from the moment she steps onto the stage."
Florida Theater On Stage - 10/08/14
“The second reason to see this Annie is Annie. Savor the national bow of Davie resident Issie Swickle as she nails the title role with the polish and chops of someone a lot older than her nine years
Now here’s a surprise: She can belt out a song with best of them and she has performer’s pizzazz without self-consciously mugging for applause. But Swickle’s not some blinding strobe light pulling focus from everyone else like such forces of nature as the original Annie, Andrea McArdle. She’s not a dynamo (although she reportedly has that quality), she’s not a mini-Merman (although she reportedly has that ability). She actually acts the part, not performs it – which is probably why Charnin chose her over about 500 other applicants. It’s especially evident in the non-belt numbers such as the wistful opener “Maybe.”
Swickle inhabits a street savvy, scrappy survivor who has spent her entire childhood in a soul-crushing orphanage in the depth of the Depression. So when she sings out loud and strong about the sun coming out tomorrow, this Annie knows whereof she speaks.
Yes, she’s adorable, winsome and charming, but neither she nor the show is a two-dimensional cartoon character. When she makes her second act entrance in the red ringlets and jumper, high-kicking down a curving stairway in the Warbucks mansion, the beams emanating from her face seem genuine even as they are pure Broadway fantasy. To paraphrase the old pop standard, you’re gonna hear from her.
Of course, the moppets are simultaneously appealing and might pick your pocket if you gave them a chance: Adia Dant, Isabel Wallach, Lillybea Ireland, Sydney Shuck, the impossibly cute Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly, and Miamian Angelina Carballo."
Edit International - 10/08/14
“There are seven children in the orphanage and, having been a father and seeing countless amateur performances with children making childish mistakes on stage it was astounding to see this young group performing perfectly with professional confidence."
SouthFlorida.com - 10/08/14
“And for us South Floridians, there is the added thrill of watching one of our own, Davie’s Issie Swickle, play Annie with a relaxed confidence."
SFL Insider - 10/07/14
“The lead role of Annie was played by Issie Swickle, a Davie resident, who was making her national tour debut. Without the slightest bit of jitters, she was on point all night. The thing that I typically find with younger performers is that they don’t provide all the physical antics that should be aligned with their performance, yet Swickle did so in rare form. She along with her orphanage friends really made it difficult to not smile throughout the show, especially during their masterfully choreographed performance of a Hard Knock Life."