[The orphans and Annie perform “It’s The Hard-Knock Life” for audience members during their Friday performance of “Annie Jr.” at Wall Intermediate School. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]
WALL TOWNSHIP — The cast of “Annie Jr.” at Wall Intermediate School lit up the stage last weekend with four performances of the beloved show.
Adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Annie,” the show follows the journey of little orphan Annie from an orphanage ruled by the cruel Miss Hannigan to finding a loving home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
The show opened Friday, March 2 with performances at 5 and 8 p.m. and continued with two more performances on Saturday, March 3 at 3 and 7 p.m.
“The shows went better than I could have ever hoped. All four performances sold out!” director Erin Radvanski said.
“I believe the students truly enjoyed themselves. Many tears were shed, especially by the eighth graders, but all because they were just overwhelmed and grateful for the experience the theater has given them and the amazing new friends they have all gained.”
The actors performed lively renditions of well-known songs such as “It’s The Hard-Knock Life,” “Maybe,” “Tomorrow,” “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” “N.Y.C.,” “Little Girls,” “Easy Street,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You.”
Rehearsals began following auditions in October last year to put the hour-long production together. Following Saturday night’s second show, students celebrated with a cast party at Applebee’s on Route 35, Ms. Radvanski said.
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