Forty-three middle school students have been tearing up their “new” stage for the past few months in preparation for their annual spring musical, Annie. This classic show includes song favorites “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Little Girls.”
The cast includes Delanie Burke as Annie, Daniel Murphy as Daddy Warbucks, Carolyn LaBounty as Grace Farrell, Taylor O’Connor as Miss Hannigan, Elisabeth Sudbey as Rooster Hannigan, Rebecca Shorr as Lily St Regis and Andrew Alper as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Orphans are played by Jessica Guertin (Molly), Melissa Perron (Tessie), Devon White (Pepper), Dana Rivard (Duffy), Hannah Proctor (Kate), Michelle Fraser (July), Amy Brennan, Amanda Kalinowski, Cady Sugrue, Cali Evans, Kitty Oevermann, Mairead O’Sullivan, Megan Paluzzi, Rebecca McCann. The servants are being portrayed by Zachary Mansfield ( Drake), Alexis Serales (Cecille),Alyssa Luber (Annette), Arianna Merrill (Mrs. Greer), Hannah Swanick (Mrs Pugh). Other roles are played by: Olivia Edgren Fortin (Lt Ward), Jason Lubeck (Mr. Bundles), Liz Kelley (Apple Seller), Ian Scarlett (Dogcatcher), Chloe Stewart & Martha Garley (Street Dwellers), Meghana Shenoy, Alison Bayreuther and Maggie Parone ( Street Vendors), Aicha Chibani ( Radio Announcer) Hannah Swanick (Star to Be), Erin Maguire (Man in Brownstone Window), Katie Cournoyer (Usherette), Nick Mansfield (Bert Healy), Olivia Rice, Kristin Brawn, Alyssa Luber (Oxydent Girls), Alexis Searles (Radio Singer), Jen Zinkus (Sound Effects Man), Matea Sivakova (FBI man Louis Howe), Jacob Welch (Police Officer). The show is directed by Lisa Scarlett of Apple Tree Arts.
Performances at Grafton Middle School are Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.