Just prior to his arrival in LA, Pearce learned that his local theatre would produce the classic, Annie.
In preparation for his Daddy Warbucks audition, Pearce viewed the movie version starring Carol Burnett.
Ms. Burnett, who Pearce had not seen prior, blew him away. "I wish I could play Miss Hannigan!" Pearce exclaimed to his parents.
After his Daddy Warbucks audition, and much to everyone's surprise, the director (who was familiar with Pearce and his natural comedic ability) phoned to ask how he would feel about performing Miss Hannigan in drag!
Pearce brought down the house singing as Miss Hannigan in Annie.
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