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Emma Degerstedt’s experience playing Annie in the...

Emma Degerstedt’s experience playing Annie in the Stepping Stone

Players musical is the type most actresses can only dream about. She

admires her director and is charmed by her co-stars.

Michael Le Beau plays Daddy Warbucks in the community theater

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production opening this weekend at Hoover High School’s Auditorium.

“He’s funny,” Emma said. “We had a photo shoot of both of us. I

was supposed to have a serious face, but he kept doing poses and

making funny faces and made me laugh. Then we got serious and

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finished the photo shoot.”

A good working rapport is especially important on stage, she said,

when portraying father and daughter.

“When you hug the person, it kind of shows when your acting that

you don’t like somebody,” she said.

Emma, a sixth-grader at Marine View Middle School in Huntington

Beach, said she also loves working with the three dogs in the play,

especially Sandy.

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“She really likes me, so that’s a good thing,” she said.

Director Susan Kussman has been a great teacher for the budding

actress, Emma said.

“She taught me a lot of new things. One thing she told me that

sticks in my head is that instead of acting a part, we have to think

about it. I have to listen to what Daddy Warbucks is talking about as

if I’m hearing it for the first time, so it shows in my face. It

works really good,” she said.

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Emma has high hopes of going into acting professionally. She is

auditioning for commercials and plans to go to a college in New York

to take acting and dancing.

“I want to make it on Broadway, and be a dance teacher because I

also love to dance. I’ve two careers in mind,” she said.

During a trip to New York with her parent, they saw the Broadway

production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

“I really want to play Millie someday or be in ‘Chicago’ and play

Roxie Hart. I like the songs in it,” she said.

Show times for “Annie” are 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Performances continue Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 21

at Hoover High School Auditorium, 651 Glenwood Road in Glendale.

Matinee performances on Sept. 14 and 21 will be interpreted in

American Sign Language. Tickets are $10. Group rates are available.

For ticket information, e-mail info@steppingstoneplayers.com, call

246-8822, or visit online at www.steppingstoneplayers.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

GRANDPARENTS HONORED AT CONCERT

Grandparents and their grandchildren will be celebrated when

Arthur B. Rubinstein conducts the Symphony in the Glen Orchestra in a

free concert Sunday, National Grandparents Day, at Griffith Park.

A pre-concert activity, a Junior and Senior Maestro Workshop, will

be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Grandparents and grandchildren will receive

free chopstick batons and workbooks and learn the basics of

conducting an orchestra.

Six pairs of participants will be chosen by drawing to conduct the

orchestra during the concert, which is from 3 to 5 p.m. Performance

pieces include music by Grainger, Ginastera, Kodaly and others.

“What makes this performance special is we will play a song that

is the official song of the holiday, based on a Mozart aria “La Ci

Darem La Mano” which means “Your hand in mine, dear,” Rubinstein

said. “I wrote lyrics for it and the Grandparents Day Council adopted

this as the official song.”

The maestro also composed the scores for such films as “WarGames,”

“Stakeout” and “Lost in America.” He won an Emmy for the theme for

the TV series “Scarecrow and Mrs. King.”

The orchestra plays near merry-go-round, 4790 Crystal Springs

Drive. Spectators can follow the signs on entry into the park. Free

parking and shuttle service to the site are available.

POPS ORCHESTRA SALUTES THE STARS

The Pasadena Pops Orchestra and Music Director Rachael Worby will

present a musical space odyssey titled “Beyond The Stars” at 7:30

tonight at Descanso Gardens.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is providing images from the Hubble

Telescope to be shown along with the music from Holst’s “The Planets”

as well as Mozart’s “Jupiter” and others.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnickers. Tickets range from $19 to

$61 at the door. Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La

Canada Flintridge.

ART SHOW MIXES ANIMALS AND ANIMATION

Animation and animals combine in the exhibit opening today at

White’s Gallery in Montrose.

“Animalia” is the title for the show featuring works of three

artists, James Worthy, Jean Paul Orpinas and Romy Muirhead.

Worthy, who draws for Nickelodeon, shows his animal character

pencil illustrations. Orpinas, who works for Disney Studios, exhibits

sketches of animals from the Los Angeles Zoo. Muirhead brings her

paintings of giraffes.

An artists’ reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours

are 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays,

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibit

continues through Sept. 13. The gallery is at 2414 Honolulu Ave.,

Montrose. For more information, call 957-4071.

ON STAGE

‘DAMN YANKEES’ ARE UP TO BAT

“Damn Yankees” is continuing this weekend at Glendale Centre

Theatre.

Written by Abbot, Wallop, Adler and Ross, the musical is about one

fan’s attempt to save his favorite baseball team. It has entertained

numerous generations since it first premiered on Broadway. The run

continues through Oct. 11. Tickets range from $14 to $17.

For the children, “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Byron Simpson

continues at 11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 15. Tickets are $12 and

$10 for children.

For reservations, call 244-8481. Glendale Centre Theatre is at 324

N. Orange St., Glendale.

‘RAPUNZEL’ ENDS AT THE FALCON THEATRE

“Rapunzel,” written by Lori Marshall and directed by Joseph Leo

Bwarie, is ending its run at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

Based on the classic fairy tale of love and deception by the

Brothers Grimm, Rapunzel and friends look high and low for happiness

in a magical forest, only to find that it was right in front of them

all along.

Performances are 1 and 3 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets

are $10. The Falcon is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. For

reservations, call 955-8101.

* If you have press releases for the 48 Hours column, please call

JOYCE RUDOLPH at 637-3241 or e-mail joyce.rudolph@latimes.com or fax

them to 241-1975.


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