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REPORTING · 14th January 2016
Walter McFarlane
The curtain rises on Mount Elizabeth Middle and Secondary School Musical Theatre Class’s production of Annie this Friday, January 15th at 8:00 pm. Additional shows will be on January 16th and 23rd at 8:00 pm and there is a matinee on Sunday, January 24th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available from Musical Theatre Students, Pyramid Office Supply and at the door for $15.

“We have Annie, the Musical coming up. It is a 1933 production based off the Little Orphan Annie Comic Strip,” said Musical Theatre Teacher Rick Jones.

He stated an amazing amount of work has been put into the show so far. The costumes have been done by Lois Godfrey and her team. There are over 100 different costumes. The stage design is complete, designed by Jones and constructed by Moreno Guizzo and his team. Nick Dahler put together the metal fabrication for the play.

“The main theme is: Tomorrow will always be better,” said Jones in an earlier interview. “It’s all about looking for the goodness in the future, even if today’s a tough day, being positive and being truthful.”

Delaney Ribeiro is playing Annie. This is her third year in Musical Theatre, with a small role in Peter Pan, a medium role in Fiddler on the Roof, and now the title role of Annie. She tried out for Annie because she saw a lot of herself in the character.

“It is harder because you have to memorize a lot more and you have to work a lot harder and show up more and be more dedicated,” said Ribeiro. “But it is a lot more fun too.”

The class has taught her to be more responsible. Ribeiro told us theatre is something she would like to do as a hobby in the future.

Ribeiro expressed her favourite song in the musical is I don’t need anything but you. Robert Capazuto, who plays Daddy Warbucks agreed.

Hayley Bantle is playing Tessy. She told us rehearsals have been high energy with singing and dancing. She’s ready for opening night but there are always things they cannot prepare for. She explained she has learned about working as a part of a team.

“Mr. Jones and the art department, all of us have put a great deal of time and effort into the show and we feel it’s going to be pretty good,” said Kevin Eastman who is playing Bert Healy. “It’s a little harder than I expected. I’ve been alright both times.”

Both Bantle and Eastman would do this again, Eastman would look at acting as a career while Bantle would enjoy doing this in her spare time.

In addition to the cast, two dogs have been recruited for the play, including Minka, who play’s Sandy.

“Come watch the show and I hope everybody enjoys it,” said Ribeiro.

“I think you should bring your family out, it’s going to be a great time with comedy and suspense. Something for everyone in there,” said Bantle.