|4/25/2013||Student thespians to present "Annie," first show is Friday|
Coming to the Jones Theater stage for five live performances beginning tomorrow Friday, April 26, is the Custer County High School spring drama “Annie” featuring Oliver Warbucks, Little Orphan Annie and Miss Hannigan, familiar names from a popular comic strip, and later Broadway play and motion picture. The curtain opens at 7:30 p.m.
Set in the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the musical drama tells the tale of Annie, a fiery young red-headed orphan who lives a miserable, hard-knock life in an orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.
Her hopeless situation changes when she is selected to spend a brief time at the residence of wealthy industrialist Oliver Warbucks.
Annie quickly charms the hearts of the household staff, and even the cold-hearted Warbucks can’t help but begin to love her.
Warbucks decides to help Annie, and find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they come to him and prove their identity.
However, Miss Hannigan, along with her evil brother Rooster and his female accomplice, concoct an evil plan to impersonate Annie’s parents in an attempt to gain the reward for themselves.
Local high school cast members are Kayla Carter, Madysen Paxton, Madisen Henrich, Alysha Benoit, Taylor Crawford, Carly Dunlap, Madysen Shubert, Kayli Short, Jonathan Redmond, Riley Rinks, Michael Batson, Adam Koudsi, Colin Rafferty, Tyler Havens, Shauna Stansbury, Rebecca Tillotson, Alycia Crawford, Rachel Schneider, Brenda Wilson, Haili Robichaux, Peter Zeller, Kristine Henrich, Bennet Zeller, Henry Watson, Noelle Zeller and Jamie Short.
Stage crew are Willy Braden, Beau Parmenter, Ashton White, Ashley Schlabach, Zach Marron, Sydney Feldman, Sarah Gerringer, Cloud Spitzfaden, Cynthia Corella and Jessica Reitz.
Community band members adding to the show’s ambiance are Don Weller, Cheryl Pinella, Don Pinella, Jody Heppe, Brittan Braddock, Dan Epperson, Ron MacFarlane, Kim Millett and Monica Backsen. Melinda Baum is the band director.
Lissa Miller is the play’s director and Maximilian Parmenter is the assistant director.
For those unable to attend the theater on opening night, performances continue Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased in the main school office today, Thursday, April 25, from 4 to 4:30 p.m., or at the Jones Theater one hour prior to each performance.
Additionally, folks can call 371-7818 to reserve tickets. – Nora Drenner
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