'Pollyanna' final performances this weekend

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   Suwannee Valley Players is proud to announce the opening of the Summer Youth Workshop production of Pollyanna, adapted by Susan Pargman, and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colo. This is the delightful, classic tale of the greatest optimist of all time: Pollyanna. But it's much more than that. It's the story of how a little girl's faith in her father's promise that  good can be found in anything that happens guides her steadfastly through circumstances that most adults would find formidable.
   Pollyanna (Sarah Manders) becomes an orphan, and she is placed into the care of her purely pessimistic and domineering aunt, Polly Harrington (Adrianna Molnar). Talk about difficult circumstances, the clash of hope and doubt meeting under the same roof. The town itself isn't much better. Led by a fire and brimstone pastor, Pastor Malden (Austin Ross), whose favorite Bible verse is "Woe unto you," folks are always complaining, feeling sorry for themselves and viewing their existence as dark and dreary. Yet, Pollyanna faithfully plays her "glad game," innocently teaching it to others wherever she goes. The hired help, such as maid Nancy (Kristen Wade), cook Mrs. Durgin (Stephanie Seip) and gardener Old Tom (Micah Popp), seem to catch on first. Other townspeople like hypochondriac Mrs. Snow (Amanda Barron) and her sarcastic daughter Millie (Amaya Grant) slowly learn the joy of the game, as does Mrs. Benton (Samantha Johnson-Streit).
   Charmingly narrated by Jimmy Bean (Rhett Hoke), another orphan, we also meet the hermit-like John Pendleton (Dalton Pitts) and Dr. Chilton (Micah Popp), who had closed his heart to taking risks ... that is, until he met Pollyanna. We're optimistic this fresh adaptation will put a smile on your face.
   Pollyanna will run two weekends beginning July 8 and closing with a Sunday matinee July 17 at the Chief Theatre located at 25 East Park Avenue, Chiefland. Show times are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.. Ticket costs: $10 for adults/$8 for students (grades K-12) and seniors (Age 65+)/children 5 and younger are free/half price for active SVP members. Tickets are available at the box office 45 minutes prior to the show. If you have questions, please leave a message at 352-493-ARTS.