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Annies shine at Greencastle-Antrim High School

March 24, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Greencastle-Antrim High School seniors Shyanne Smith, left, and Amelia Thorne share the lead role of Annie, on alternating days, in the four-day performance of "Annie" continuing today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the G-AHS auditorium.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Despite the normal opening night jitters, Greencastle-Antrim High School senior Amelia Thorne wasn't a bit nervous on Thursday.

"Maybe I will be when the music starts, but for right now I'm pretty excited," Amelia said a few hours before the curtain rose on the school's production of the classic, "Annie."

"This is a good play — very wholesome. It's a play for everybody, and it's comical," she said.

She and fellow G-AHS senior Shyanne Smith are serving double duty, on alternate nights, as Annie and Sophie, a cranky hobo. Shyanne will have the lead on Friday and Sunday, while Amelia will don the curly locks Thursday and Saturday.

For Amelia, performing the lead was bittersweet because it was her last performance with the G-AHS Drama Club

"I was really, really shy before I started drama. Now, the drama kids are my best friends, and I have the guts to sing in front of, hopefully, a full house," Amelia said.

Early signs were promising as people were buying tickets for the opening night performance two hours before the 7:30 performance in the auditorium.

Shyanne hopes the community will attend the musical to see the quality that the students can offer.

"With the dual casting, you can really see how much talent we have because there are two Annies, there are two Hannigans — there is a lot of talent with major roles. I think people will be shocked to see all the talent we have," Shyanne said.

Last year, high school senior Stephen Herman worked behind the scenes. This year he's performing.

"It always looked like fun. I've never done anything like this. I'm really excited," said Stephen, who plays a dual role as a police officer and President Roosevelt.

A newcomer to the school drama club is Skye Koons, an 80-pound, 9-year-old mixed Briard/Newfoundland dog.

"My son is playing trumpet in the pit, and they saw an ad in the school newspaper and wanted Skye to try out. Skye was the only one that showed up. But, it was meant to be," said Skye's owner Linda Koons of Greencastle.

The laid-back pooch seemed unaffected by all the attention, but is likely to steal the show.

The dog is playing the well-known role of Sandy, which has been renamed, to Sooty, to match Skye's black coat.

The drama club has worked for months to put on the four-day production continuing today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Producer and G-AHS Assistant Principal Kevin Carley said the money from the ticket sales would fund next year's production.

"It costs about $10,000 to do this kind of production for the costumes, props — the rights alone cost a lot of money," said Carley. "I don't think people realize how much it costs to rent the rights. You just can't do a show without spending money."

He hopes the show is well-attended.

"It's a great modern classic. It's from the 70s. It's a good show; it's a fun show," said Carley. "It gives students the opportunity to do something they probably will never do again. I tell kids over the years that this is your Broadway."

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If you go

What: Production of “Annie” by students and staff at Greencastle-Antrim High School.
Where: Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium
When: Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
More info: Tickets cost $5 at the door.

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