Alliance Middle School (AMS) is set to present “Annie Jr.” November 18-20. The cast consists of approximately 35 students, including two actresses to play Annie.
Kara Eversdyke, 7th grade, and Stella Jackson, 7th grade, will each take on the lead role of Annie in two performances.
There will be four showings of the production in total. Performances will take place Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 pm. All performances will take place in the auditorium at Alliance High School.
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults, $5 for students. If a young child will be attending and an adult plans to hold them for the duration of the show, a ticket does not have to be purchased for them. Tickets are general admission only and are available online at https://anniejr.ludus.com/index.php?step=seats. There will also be tickets available at the door.
The students have been working hard for weeks preparing for the musical. For some, this will be their first time performing in a musical. Others may have been part of past productions, like the Alliance High School spring musical, but didn’t have the chance to be in a leading role. With only middle schoolers as part of the cast, this is their chance to shine.
“This has been such a positive experience for students,” said Shawna Taylor, the AMS choir teacher. “Theater has helped many students build friendships and share their love for music. It has been an outlet for them to express their creativity and be involved in something that has allowed them to grow in their skills.”
The cast of “Annie Jr.” includes:
Kara Eversdyke and Stella Jackson as Annie
Brinley Mann as Molly
Reese Hays as Pepper
Maddy James as July
Audrina Wait as Tessie
Annalise Guappone as Kate
Gianna Phillips as Duffy/“Star to Be”
Miley Gross, Grace Durenda, Taryn Moore, Shanilya Flowers, Morgan Belba, Jordan Bugara, Vanessa Hinojosa, Rylee Pisino and Brooklyn Schuette as Unnamed Orphans
Gracie McGeehen as Miss Hannigan
Riellyanne Lemmon as Sandy
Natalie Austin as Grace
Dominic Falconer as Rooster/Mr. Bundles
Corie Horning as Lily
Aidan Kern as Oliver Warbucks
Miley Gross as Drake
Gianna Caserta as Mrs. Greer
Allison Kline as Mrs. Pugh
Ki-Anne Nordquest as Cecille
Raelynn Kline as Annette
Halo Hines, Paige Carpenter, Kaitlynn Brady as Ensemble
Sophia Murphy as Apple Seller
Jayda McEldowney as Bert(a) Healy
Melody Lin as Officer Ward (Policewoman)
Caitlin Cheatham as The President/Ensemble
Jovanni Rainieri as Louis Howe
Allison Kline as Dogcatcher
Taylor has served as director of the show and has been assisted by Heather Shive, with lighting and sound direction by Logan McGee.