OSKALOOSA — “Annie, the Musical,” will be performed by the Oskaloosa Middle School this weekend.
Performances will be held at George Daily Community Auditorium on both Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students with general admission and no advanced ticket sales. Student activity passes will be accepted.
“Annie” is based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” and features the adventures of a young orphan girl trying to find a family that will take her.
The performance features 35 to 40 students in the cast and crew from the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade. Four additional high school students are in the show, along with two high school students serving as back stage managers.
“There are some incredibly talented and amazing kids in this show,” said show director Kathy Akers. “I stepped out on a limb when I decided to do this performance and was blown away by the kids who auditioned for the show that had never even been in the middle school choir prior to the audition.”
Chris Weinreich serves as the musical director for the show with the assistance of David Nelson. Weinreich recruited high school students and William Penn students as members of the pit orchestra. Tuesday night was the first time the cast had an opportunity to rehearse with the live pit orchestra that will be under the direction of Scott Cressley. Choreography has been done by Regina Tippett.
Middle School Principal Andy Hoetek will have a cameo role in the performance. Annie’s dog, Sandy, will be played by Sadie. Sadie is a Sheltie and is the Akers’ family dog.
The performance is truly a family affair. Kathy’s husband, Jeff, has designed and built the entire set; son Ben and daughter Katie are working sound and lights.
There will be an intermission during the show that will offer an opportunity to purchase a drink and cookies for a donation.