Annie debuts at Palmer Ridge

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As the musical Annie once again makes its way to Broadway Nov. 8 the musical will also debut on the Palmer Ridge High School stage on the same night.

The theater department will bring the Tony award winning musical to life for three nights in November.

“It's such a popular show,” Maria Capp, stage director, said.

“This is the show that filled our talent pool,” added Josh Belk, drama teacher. “We really liked the fact that it is family friendly.”

The musical is based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Annie is an orphan who lives at the Hudson Street Orphanage in New York City during the Depression. Annie and the other orphans are treated cruelly but Annie gets a break when she goes to live with Oliver `Daddy' Warbucks, a billionaire who takes to the radio to help her find her real parents.

The musical first made its Broadway run in 1977 lasting for six years. It became a feature film in 1982.

For the past six weeks students have been learning their lines and rehearsing famous songs from the musical like “Tomorrow” and “It's a Hard Knock Life”.

“I really do love it,” Elizabeth Tomlinson, who plays the part of Annie, said of the musical. “We're trying to add a different character element to it.”

Daniel Skaggs plays Warbucks and he hopes he brings something different to the character.

“I want to get past the stereotype he is portrayed as,” Skaggs said.

Skaggs and Tomlinson, both seniors, feel that the production will be a success in part because the cast and crew have worked so well together. Skaggs has been involved in drama since he started high school.

“We've really grown together. Some of us have worked together since freshman year,” Skaggs added.

One treat the audience will be in for is Sandy, Annie's dog. The coveted role went to a real four-legged canine in this production.

“I just hope we pack the house. We haven't had a packed house at Palmer Ridge yet,” Capp said.

Annie will take place at 7:00 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 10. There will also be a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Nov. 10. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at www.showtix4u.com.