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‘Annie jr.’ hits high notes of the full show

By Sara Seidel

Familiar sounds from the hit musical Annie are wafting across the stage as local actors rehearse a junior version of the show.
Farris Youth Theatre Co. actors are practicing the tunes, dialogue and staging for Annie jr. in preparation for performances June 28-30 at the historic Farris Theatre. Junior versions of Broadway productions feature most of the action and music of the parent shows but are generally shorter.
In this show, for example, all the favorite tunes, including “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Maybe” and “Tomorrow” are featured.
Under the direction of Sandy Cazzell, the Annie jr. cast includes Madison Holloway in the lead role, the raggedy orphan Annie, who ultimately wins the heart of millionaire Oliver Warbucks, played by Adam Goodman.
Those attempting to thwart her efforts include the orphanage director, the sinister Miss Hannigan, portrayed by Lydia Donaldson. She and Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis, portrayed by Niall Sause and Jenny Corwin, are all trying to reach “Easy Street” by claiming the reward Warbucks offers to find Annie’s folks.
The show runs June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and June 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for theatergoers 12 and older, $5 for those 3-11 and free for children 3 and younger.
General admission tickets will be available at the door.
Helping Cazzell with the production are assistant director Rayne Ethetton, costumer Shari Donaldson and publicity manager Cindy Sause.
Mac Rogers is stage manager, and Mark Cazzell is assisting him.
The cast members include orphans Kaelyn Coldwell as Pepper, Beth Ethetton as Duffy, Mikayla Green as July, Taylor Coffer as Molly, Sophia Donaldson as Tessie and Elizabeth Bowman as Kate.
Additional orphans are Maize Dykes, Callie Anderson, Katelyn Smith, Leah Stoner, Jillian Heber and Izzie Lundholm.
Kylie Phipps portrays Grace Farrell, Daddy Warbucks’ assistant.
Servants in Warbucks’ household include Colton Baker as Drake, Natalie Rippy as Cecille, Scarlett Gottschalk as Annette, Jordan Heber as Mrs. Green and Allie Miller as Mrs. Pugh.
Additional servants are Katie Weaver, McKenzie Smith, Mackenzie James, Carlie Holmes, Morgan Houston and Allie Weaver.
Additional cast members are Jared Richards as Star-to-Be, Loree Valentine as Usherette, and Parker Brown as President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Austin Clock has three roles as the Apple Seller, Bert Healy and the Man in the Brownstone Window. Bobby Miller portrays both Bundles McCloskey and Louis Howe.  Colton Coldwell takes two roles as the sound effects man and the Dogcatcher. Colton Baker also plays the Radio Announcer.
Backstage technicians are Isabelle Rogers, who is helping her father, and Abbie Donaldson, who is managing props. Maggie Sause is running sound, and Kaela Anderson is running lights.

(Left) Looking for life on ‘Easy Street’ in the Farris Youth Theatre Company production of ‘Annie jr.’ will be (from left) Jenny Corwin, Niall Sause and Lydia Donaldson. They play characters ready to make a buck off Annie’s misfortune. ‘Annie jr.’ will be performed at the Farris Theatre June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and June 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for theatergoers 12 and older, $5 for those 3-11 and free for children 3 and younger. General admission tickets will be available at the door.   (Photo by Sara Seidel/ Richmond News)

(Left) Looking for life on ‘Easy Street’ in the Farris Youth Theatre Company production of ‘Annie jr.’ will be (from left) Jenny Corwin, Niall Sause and Lydia Donaldson. They play characters ready to make a buck off Annie’s misfortune.
‘Annie jr.’ will be performed at the Farris Theatre June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and June 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for theatergoers 12 and older, $5 for those 3-11 and free for children 3 and younger. General admission tickets will be available at the door.
(Photo by Sara Seidel/
Richmond News)

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