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Meet Olivia Noblin: Annie Actor And Athlete

Ten-year-old Olivia Noblin of Scottsburg is not only one of two Annies starring opposite the professional actors in “Annie” at The Prizery arts center, she’s going this weekend to the World Series of softball for her age group. She plays catcher. Miraculously, there are no performances of “Annie” this weekend, thus freeing up Noblin to travel to Vancleave, Miss., with her team, the Halifax American Angels, to represent Virginia in the Dixie Softball Angels World Series.

Virginia plays Florida on Saturday and has two games Sunday. When she takes the stage again for the (almost assuredly sold-out) Wednesday matinee, she hopes to have a trophy on her mantle.

Noblin meshes the two interests effortlessly – and her loyal teammates turned out to cheer her on at this past week’s matinee, sitting on the front row.

“I was kind of nervous,” said Noblin, whose performance didn’t betray her emotions.

As for the two big events this summer, “I think I like them both the same,” said the multi-talented rising fifth grader at South Boston Elementary.

Gracie Berneche, only 8, also of Scottsburg, shares “Annie” duties, and she, too, plays softball – taking home the team sportsmanship trophy after regular season action.

Catch “Annie” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, plus Aug. 4, 5, 6, 7 with discounted 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 4 and 7. No shows this coming Saturday, July 31. Discounts are also available for seniors, youth and at all matinees.

Tickets: (434) 572-8339 or www.prizery.com. (Have a specific child you want to see? Call the box office to ask when she’ll be performing.)