|Lily Mace as Tessie|
|Brandon Mace as Rooster|
Nine year-old Lily Mace plays the orphan Tessie in the Farmington Players’ production of Annie. Lily said, “I know how it feels to not have a place to call home. Since my Dad is in the Army we have had to move around a lot. I just turned nine and have already lived in Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and now Michigan!”
Lily’s Dad is Brandon Mace, who portrays the villain Rooster Hannigan in Annie. Brandon said, “We have a home in North Carolina but don't really call anyplace home.” The Maces are a military family and are here on orders in Michigan for three years. While it is hard to put down roots, Brandon and Lily “wanted to find a show to do together that was close to where we lived, where we could sing and dance and have a great time. Lily and I have done theatre separately but now we finally get to be in the same show! It has been fun to go to rehearsals together and can't wait until the show begins.”
Brandon is an experienced performer and loves his role as the cocky Rooster, saying, “I have played a lot of good/nice guys, so it is fun to play an over the top, ridiculous bad guy.” For her part, Lily exclaimed with Tessie’s signature line: “Oh my goodness! … This role is so much fun to play. This is my first community theatre show and that makes it a challenge but I am learning so much and look forward to doing more shows.”
Brandon described Annie as a “classic show that you just can't go wrong with: Good story, good music and 100% family oriented.” He can personally relate to Annie’s optimism despite personal hardship: “I think Annie is about looking on the bright side and making the most of what life deals you. Life is tough for a lot of people today; this show reminds us how important it is to hope for what tomorrow can bring and then get us out there to make it happen!”
Brandon also met his wife Krissi in the theater so it is definitely a family affair. Brandon has performed professionally in the Washington DC area and locally with the Spotlight Players and Dearborn Theater Guild. Lily loves dance and takes classes at Center Stage in Northville and has recently started voice lessons.
The Farmington Players' production of Annie is proudly sponsored by Mall Malisow & Cooney, PC. The show runs from December 13 to 29. Tickets are going fast and can be purchased online at www.farmingtonplayers.org or by calling the box office at 248-553-2955.