Holt High School Theater will present its fall production of Annie on November 15, 16, & 17 at 7:00 p.m.
The classic musical with a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin brings to life the familiar story of the unflappable optimist Little Orphan Annie. Among other songs, the score features the theater favorites “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street” and “Never Fully Dressed without a Smile.”
Annie (Annika Mills) yearns to find her parents and escape the clutches of the evil orphanage mistress Miss Hannigan (Cara Delaporta). When Grace Farrell (Emily Hampton), personal assistant to Oliver Warbucks (Nathan Hinds) arrives to offer one lucky orphan a two-week Christmas holiday at the mansion, Annie jumps at the chance. Little does she know that her short vacation will start a nation-wide search for her parents and the eventual involvement of even President Roosevelt (Chris Geerling).
Along the way the audience encounters the crooked Rooster Hannigan (Chris Brueggeman) and his blonde moll (Allie Sanderson,) who try to foil Warbuck’s plans for adoption, and a host of other entertaining characters.
Other Holt students featured in the production in multiple roles are Abigail Alsmeyer, Tyrell Beard, Kaitlin Bishop, Kari Leigh Brinkley, Chloe Buckman, Karly Cavanaugh, Morgan Chowning, Alyssa Coffey, Faith Dall, Alex Dyer, Lauryn Eaton, Meredith Gleason, Ashlyn Gordon, Riley Grady, Aislinn Hartman, Wyatt Hensel, Allie Hult, Lauren Jurotich, Jennifer Kennedy, Danielle Kimbrel, Allison Laws, Grace Malinee, Andrew Milhous, Madison Miller, Austin Muschamp, Hali Pace, Colby Patterson, Will Pendergast, Chris Rosada, Aric Schrey and Maggie Wolverton.
A number of Wentzville middle school and elementary students join the Holt cast for this production. Featured as orphans, NYC residents and more are Kayla Cointin, Anastasia Denzmore, Ava Fisk, Zoe Fleschman, Peyton Heonig, Molly Hunn, Madeline Jennings, Rebecca Kersch, Madyson Kolarik, Taylor Lahay, Emily McCulloch, Kathryn Meara, Ashley Meyer, Emily Nelson, Isabell Nutt, Annette Oliphant, Luke Price, Kelby Robinson, Kelly Rydberg, Chasteanne Salvosa, Lauren Schulte, Kaitlyn Sikes, Hollynn St. Clair, Taylor Strode, and Madeline Woodson.
The special role of Sandy is played by local canine Hogan Kohler, an active member of C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs in Florissant, MO.
The production is stage managed by the team of Christina Richardson and Lydia Richardson. General admission seating each evening is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students. Senior citizens are guests of Holt High School.