Musical “Annie” in rehearsal, will premiere in April

Some cast members at a recent rehearsal for Annie: From left back: Ngan Nyuyen, Kerin Dalton, Julia Yeadon and Leah Leonard. In front from left: Rose Ripley, Cailin Sullivan, Terell Wright, Jordan Cunningham, Olivia Janis, Neleh Dunn, Bonnie Gasdia, Callie Gillen and Kayla Mantell. Veritas photo

Megan Diver & Ariana Boostrom, Veritas Staff

The Music Department is presenting the hit musical Annie written by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin this spring.

Annie is the story of a little orphan girl who believes her parents left her behind by mistake, and are still coming back for her. Unexpectedly, Annie (Mikayla Andres) ends up in the lap of luxury with depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Jordan Cunningham) who decides to have an orphan live with him to promote his image.

After a while, Warbucks decides he wants to adopt her. Instead, Annie asks him to help her find her real parents and he agrees. So, Warbucks announces a whopping reward to anyone who helps to locate her parents.

This attracts the attention of many con artists like Rooster (Neleh Dunn), Lily (Olivia Janis), and Miss Hannigan (Emily Gaboriault), the “caretaker” of the girls in the orphanage Annie is from. They all hatch a plot to kidnap the little girl and take Warbucks’ $50,000 reward.

You are in for a real treat because you may or may not notice that a scene is missing seeing how this is the musical and it’s not on Broadway. However, don’t fret; this classic family musical has a happy ending for Annie and Daddy Warbucks and the whole gang.

Victoria McComb, middle school and high school chorus teacher, and Michelle Booth, elementary school music teacher, are the directors of the musical.

Ms. McComb said they chose Annie because “it is well known and well loved; the music is great and we have a good group of students to portray the roles well.”

The production is set to be performed on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. in the RMS/RHS auditorium.

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Posted on February 20, 2019, in Clubs / Activities, Features. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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