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'Annie' to debut on Waynesboro stage

March 14, 2013
  • Annie, played by Rebecca Reed, and Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, played by Andrew Payne, are shown during Thursday's rehearsal of "Annie."
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — This weekend, Waynesboro Area Senior High School will present “Annie” as its all-school production.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school. Tickets, which cost $10 each, are available one hour before each curtain.

In the show, little orphan Annie, who is portrayed by Rebecca Reed, charms everyone with her spunk and positive attitude. With the help of other girls, Annie escapes from the orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan (Emily Johnson) to the wondrous and magical world of New York City.

In one adventure after another, Annie befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Shaun Egolf) and manages to foil the evil plot cooked up by Hannigan, her brother Rooster (Ben Dennis), and his girlfriend Lily (Claire Martin). She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Andrew Payne), his personal secretary Grace Farrell (Brianna Dade), and a lovable mutt named Sandy (Bailey Shoap).

The orphans are portrayed by Monica Blair, Kayleigh Starkey, Taylor Davis, Courtney Lake, Tyler Logsdon, Jacie Davison, Sahara Bowling, Anna Bowling, Sarah Markins, Rachel Deadmon, Ali Correll, Lacy Bennett, and Sophie Black.

Other cast members who appear as Hooverville residents, Warbuck’s servants, New York theater-goers, The Hour of Smiles radio personalities, and White House Cabinet members are Matt Bonner, Zac Arestad, Trista Taylor, Mary Dennis, Holly Roth, Amanda Cruickshanks, Hannah Collela, Galen McDonald, Connor Weibly, Madison Gober, Rachel Johnson, Sarah Hykes, Justin Kaiser, Kelly Marjarum, Megan McCrea, Courtney Nabua, Sami Rasband, Hannah Schuurman, Ashley Tomlian, Jessica Wolf and Bryn Yoder.

The show has Charles Strouse tunes like “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

The behind-the-scenes crew includes director: Debra Hollen, musical director: Eric Griffith, pit conductor: Patrick McNamee, choreographer: Debra Hollen, producer: Mark Hollen, set design: Sue Kuhn, accompanist: Angie Cales, stage manager: Matthew Mowen, assistant stage manager: Marleigh Chaney.

The show also features a full pit orchestra. Members include Bethany Barkley, Natalie Smith, Emily Shover, Dani Bautista, Leann Helfrick, Alexis Klaproth, Hannah Piper, Elliott Bonner, Kirsten Hartsock, Tristen Quinn, Alli Harbour, Lexie Shank, Dakota Baker, Kelly McNamee, Maria Trace, Archie Cooley, James Lis, Dylan Holden, Tia Huff and Kurt Vogler.

Matthew Mowen’s stage crew includes Olivia Bailey, Bill Bautista, Jacob Harris, Andrew Heibeck, Victoria Jackson, Lizah Poole and Joe Spangler.

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