High school adopting ‘Annie’
A red-haired orphan and her dog, Sandy, is at De Soto High School this week.
The Performing Arts Department presents "Annie," which will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in the Little Theatre. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens
More than 90 students will participate in the high school's first ever presentation of the musical that ran for 2,377 performances on Broadway in the 1970s.
Director Brian Hileman said the most challenging part of presenting a musical for the first time was casting.
"It was a really competitive audition," he said. "Several people could have played leads."
Senior Brittney Partlow will play Annie, senior Jhasmine Roddick will play Miss Hannigan, junior Josh Stanley will play Bundles McCloskey, senior Trisha Roberts will play Grace Farrell and senior Jeremy Hoffine will play Oliver Warbucks.
Mary Etta Copeland, director of vocal music, said it also was challenging to familiarize herself with all of the songs.
"It was challenging figuring out the sequence of all the songs and getting the right people cast on the songs," she said.
Hileman said "Annie" had never been performed because of the challenges that come with casting.
"You have to think generally about the kids coming back from last year," he said. "There are large female choruses, strong parts for guys and a strong, really small male chorus."
Annie tells the story of an orphan who is looking for her parents and eventually is adopted by Oliver Warbucks. It also tells the story of the economic state of the country in the 1930s. In 1977, "Annie" won 10 Tony awards, 11 Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy.
The De Soto High School Booster Club is sponsoring an ice cream social during intermission time at the fall musical. They will be serve ice cream sundaes for $2. All proceeds will go to the junior-senior after-prom.