EV-W’s spring musical Annie will offer high school, elementary students and community members the opportunity to team up and showcase their acting and singing talents.
The school/community venture is a first, at least in recent memory, for the drama department. Adults have helped behind the scenes in numerous school plays and several years ago a community theatre group produced a few plays, but Annie will put adults and students on stage together.
Director Vicki Meyer is excited about the venture. “We would like both students and adults to have a chance at the roles of Daddy Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, Rooster and other fun parts,” she said.
Auditions will be in the high school choir room Tuesday,
Feb. 25, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday Feb. 26, at 3:15. Interested people have only to attend one of the audition dates. Call backs will be Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. for people who are asked to audition a second time.
“Adults and students don’t need to prepare anything for try-outs except a willing heart,” Meyer said. “They’ll be taught small bits from a song to sing, a few dance steps and will be asked to read some lines from the script. We will be asking everyone if they have the time to put into the practices and performances, so we’ll need to know what conflicts they might have.”
Practices will start the following week and run Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. with some small groups on Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.
Performance dates are Wednesday, April 30; Friday, May 2,
at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. Annie will be performed on the recently renovated stage in the auxiliary gym.
Annie was last performed at EV-W in 2004 and involved
80 students from grades 1 through 12 and 40 adults from the communities working behind the scenes.
“Presenting Annie the first time was a highlight for all who were involved,” Meyer said. “With 10 percent of the student population on stage, it was truly a wonderful experience.”