“Annie” Comes to Spring Mills

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“Annie” Comes to Spring Mills

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The SMHS theater department is preparing the musical Annie as their final show of the year. Rehearsals started in March and will continue through May.  

Annie is a musical which was originally released in 1982 but is set during the Great-Depression Era. It takes place in an orphanage where Annie thinks her parents left her by mistake. Oliver, a rich man to the public eye, selects one child to take in to improve his image, and Annie is chosen. While Annie becomes accustomed to living in Warbucks’ mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings forward many frauds.  

“Musicals are a lot different than plays because of the musical side. A lot more people are involved in the making of a musical than a play. There’s a choreographer, music director, and orchestra on top of the cast and crew. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s so satisfying when everything comes together. I prefer musical over plays,” said senior Kendall Snyder. 

Some of the cast members for this musical will include Kendall Snyder as Annie, Nigel Guest-Hatcher as Oliver Warbucks, Charity Turley as Grace Ferral, Sarah Sweeney as Agatha Hannigan, Dakota DiMarino as Rooster Hannigan, and Paige Fields as Lily St. Regis. They have also welcomed a few middle schoolers into the cast.  

“I absolutely love everyone in the cast, and it has been very fun so far,” said Snyder. “However, I’m definitely most nervous about singing Tomorrow.’ It’s such an iconic songand there are so many people who know it that messing up would be terrifying.” 

SMHS students are already excited to see the play, which will premiere in May.  

“I do plan to go,” said senior Genevieve Edwards-Kauffmann. “I’m super pumped to watch my friends act because they’re very talented.”