Annie: The Preview!

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Ciara Hess, Journalist/artist/photographer

 

Alex Dias trying out for a role in the musical Annie.

 

The Cast List!

Annie is a well known musical loved by many since it debuted on Broadway in 1977.  As a school musical it can be turned into more than the sum of its parts. I had the opportunity to watch the audition of many kids all hoping to get great roles such as Oliver Warbucks, Ms. Hannigan and the coveted red-haired orphan Annie.  The singing was exquisite and the acting was amazing. I even got an interview with cast member Alex Dias, who scored the role of July. She said, “I think it’s moving on great. We started doing our practices for the play and getting props as well. Overall everything’s moving smoothly.” She continued, “In one word to explain the production I would probably say… new, because this is a new thing for us. Our last three reproductions were plays, not musicals, so I can say it is a new experience for everyone.”  The actors seem to have an innate feeling for the characters that they are playing; even though they are still fine-tuning it, the production promises to be phenomenal.  Hopefully it will be a seamless and great musical! Make sure to come see it on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at 6:30 pm in the NRMS auditorium.